Jemma Redgrave

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Jemma Redgrave
Jemma Redgrave reading Poems from Guantánamo.jpg
Jemma Redgrave reading Poems from Guantánamo at the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2007
Born Jemima[1] Rebecca Redgrave
(1965-01-14) 14 January 1965 (age 53)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Tim Owen (m. 1992)
Children 2
Family Redgrave

Jemma Rebecca Redgrave (born 14 January 1965) is a fourth-generation English actress of the Redgrave family.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in London, she is the daughter of the actor Corin Redgrave and his first wife, Deirdre Hamilton-Hill, a former fashion model. They divorced when Jemma was nine. She has a brother, Luke Redgrave, who is a camera operator,[2] and two half-brothers, Arden and Harvey Redgrave. Her mother died in 1997[2] and her father died in 2010.[3]

She is the niece of actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave and cousin of Joely Richardson, Carlo Nero and Natasha Richardson.



Jemma Redgrave enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art[4] at the age of 18.


After graduation, Redgrave landed acting roles in the 1988 stage production of Strindberg's Easter, in Lady Windermere's Fan in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Emily in Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Irina in a 1990 revival of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters in London's West End with her aunts Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, in 1993 with Colin Firth in Alexander Griboyedov's Chatsky at the Almeida Theatre, London and in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2001 at the Albery Theatre, London. In 2010, she appeared in New York's Public Theater in The Great Game: Afghanistan which featured seven hours of on-stage acting.[5] Redgrave appeared in four of the twelve plays.[6]

Jemma was supposed to play the role of Stephanie Abrahams in Duet for One, but had to withdraw due to ill-health.[7]


She has appeared in many roles on British television and is best known for her portrayals as Eve Granger in Cold Blood, Dr. Eleanor Bramwell in Bramwell, Eleanor in The Buddha of Suburbia, Francesca Rochester in Judge John Deed, and Dee Stanton in Like Father, Like Son. In 2007, she portrayed the indolent Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park and Sophie Wall in Waking the Dead. She played an aloof psychiatrist complicit in torture in Episode 3 of Season 6 of George Gently. Also in 2013 she appeared as Doctor Zoe Evans in the BBC One drama series Frankie.[8]

Doctor Who[edit]

She appeared as Kate Stewart (formerly played by Beverley Cressman in the two videos Downtime and Dæmos Rising), the daughter of The Brigadier (Lethbridge-Stewart), in "The Power of Three" episode of Doctor Who in 2012 and reprised the role a year later in the 50th anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor"; and she returned to the role of Kate Stewart in the Doctor Who (series 8) finale "Death in Heaven", and in the 2015 episodes "The Magician's Apprentice", "The Zygon Invasion" and "The Zygon Inversion".

Holby City[edit]

She joined the cast of BBC medical drama Holby City as army medic Major Berenice (Bernie) Wolfe. After appearing in 59 episodes, Redgrave left the show in August 2017. It has, however, been intimated by producers of the show that she may return at some point in the future. Jemma was revealed to be returning to Holby City on 6 February 2018 with her due to start work in March for a month long filming schedule.


Her film roles include Evie Wilcox in Howards End, Diana Markham in Dream Demon and Daisie in Lassie in 2005.

Personal life[edit]

Jemma Redgrave married Tim Owen, a London barrister, in 1992. Redgrave gave birth to their first son, Gabriel, in 1994. They were separated from 1997 to October 1998. However, the couple reconciled and, in 2000, Redgrave gave birth to a second son, Alfie.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Dream Demon Diana
1992 Howards End Evie Wilcox
1993 One Night Stand Kate Short film
1994 Power and Lovers Emily
1998 The Acid House Jenny
2002 Moonlight Mother
2003 I'll Be There Rebecca Edmonds
2005 Lassie Daisy
2016 Love and Friendship Lady DeCourcy


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Violette Charbonneau Episode: "A Time to Die"
1990 The Real Charlotte Pamela Dysart TV miniseries
1991 All Good Things Elaine Wilson TV miniseries
1991 Performance Caroline Coon Episode: "The Trials of Oz"
1993 Diana: Her True Story Carolyn Bartholomew TV film
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia Eleanor Episode: "1.4"
1995–98 Bramwell Dr. Eleanor Bramwell Main role (27 episodes)
1998 Mosley Cimmie Curzon Recurring role (4 episodes)
2000 Blue Murder Gale TV film
2000 Cry Wolf Dr. Jocelyn Wolf Episode: "1.5"
2000 Fish Joanna Morgan Main role (6 episodes)
2000 Bramwell V Dr. Eleanor Bramwell TV series
2001 High Stakes Anna Foster Episode: "The Do-Gooders"
2001 Judge John Deed Francesca Rochester Episodes: "Rough Justice", "Appropriate Response"
2002 Judge John Deed Francesca Rochester Episode: "Nobody's Fool"
2002 The Swap Jen Forrester 2 episodes
2002 My Family Dr. Connor Episode: "Shrink Rap"
2004 Amnesia Jenna Dean 2 episodes
2004 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Grace Finnegan Episode: "If Wishes Were Horses"
2004 The Grid MI6 Agent Emily Tuthill TV miniseries
2005 Tom Brown's Schooldays Mary Arnold TV film
2005 Like Father Like Son Dee Stanton 2 episodes
2005 Cold Blood Eve Granger TV film
2006 Lewis Trudi Griffon TV film
2007 Waking the Dead Sophie Wall Episodes: "Mask of Sanity: Parts 1 & 2"
2007 Cold Blood 2 Eve Granger TV film
2007 Mansfield Park Lady Bertram TV film
2007 The Relief of Belsen Jean McFarlane TV film
2007 Cold Blood Eve Granger Episodes: "Interference", "Dead and Buried"
2008 Cold Blood Eve Granger Episode: "The Last Hurrah"
2008 Agatha Christie's Marple: Murder Is Easy Jessie Humbleby TV film
2009 Unforgiven Rachel Belcombe Main role
2010 Law & Order: UK Helena Marsden Episode: "Shaken"
2012–15 Doctor Who Kate Stewart 6 episodes
2013 Frankie Dr. Zoe Evans Main role (6 episodes)
2014 Dracula Minerva Westenra Episode: "A Whiff of Sulphur" "Four Roses"
2014 Inspector George Gently Jennifer Bing Episode: "Gently With Honour"
2015 Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain Clementine Churchill
2016–17 2018-? Holby City Bernie Wolfe Main role


  1. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (17 November 2013). "We Weren't Brainwashed". Independent News. 
  2. ^ a b LIPTON, MICHAEL A. (24 January 2000). "Clan Destined". 
  3. ^ Noah, Sherna (7 April 2010). "Britain's first family of acting mourns loss of its father figure". Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Overview for Jemma Redgrave". Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Actress Jemma Redgrave, The Great Game: Afghanistan". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Actress Jemma Redgrave hits the New York stage
  7. ^ "Jemma Redgrave withdraws from Duet for One tour". The Stage. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Eve Myles to star in new BBC One drama series, Frankie". BBC. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 

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