|Born||Gemma Anna Merna
6 February 1984
|Occupation||Actress, model, yoga teacher|
|Known for||Role of Carmel Valentine|
|Notable work||Carmel Valentine in Hollyoaks|
|Spouse(s)||Ian Minton (m. 2012)|
Gemma Anna Merna (born 6 February 1984) is a former English actress, model and yoga teacher. She is best known for portraying the role of Carmel Valentine in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2014.
Merna joined the cast of the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks in August 2006. In 2007, she won Best Comedy Performance in 2007 at the British Soap Awards. At the 2007 National Television Awards, she was nominated for "Best Female Soap Actress"..
In 2008,Merna appeared on the game show All Star Family Fortunes in a Hollyoaks V. Emmerdale special. In February 2013, she appeared on All Star Family Fortunes playing against gardener, garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin.
In 2011, she appeared in the documentaries 50 Greatest Wedding Shockers and Hollyoaks Best Bits.
In 2013 and 2014, Merna appeared as a panelist in an episode of Big Brother's Bit On The Side.
On 24 August 2014, it was announced that Merna had decided to leave Hollyoaks and would leave in November 2014 in one of Hollyoaks' biggest stunts. Jennifer Metcalfe – who plays Merna's on-screen sister Mercedes McQueen – announced her decision to leave the soap opera a few days after Merna's announcement. Carmel was killed-off in an explosive train accident on 12 November 2014, with cast members and television critics praising Merna's performance in her final scenes. Metcalfe later returned to the soap a few months later – it had been revealed that she had in fact gone for a break.
On 25 October 2014, Merna appeared on a special celebrity episode of the The Chase.
|2006–2014||Hollyoaks||TV||Carmel Valentine||Regular role|
|2009–2010||Hollyoaks Later||TV||Carmel Valentine||5 episodes|
|2009||Hole in the Wall||TV||Herself||1 Episode|
|2011||50 Greatest Wedding Shockers||TV||Herself||TV Documentary|
|2011||Hollyoaks Best Bits 2011||TV||Herself||TV Documentary|
|2008, 2013||All Star Family Fortunes||TV||Herself||2 Episodes|
|2013, 2014||Big Brother's Bit On The Side||TV||Herself||2 Episodes, Guest|
|2014||Splash!||TV||Herself||Heat 1, Contestant|
|2014||Virtually Famous||TV||Herself||1 Episode, Panelist|
|2014||The Chase Celebrity Special||TV||Herself||1 Episode, Participant|
|2014||Daily Brunch with Ocado||TV||Herself||1 Episode, Guest|
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