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1967 (age 50–51)|
(m. 1997; div. 2005)
Gemmell has also appeared in the long running television show Silent Witness as mainly Detective Constable Kerry Cox. Gemmell appeared first in 1996 in eight episodes, following this stint as Cox Gemmell appeared in two other characters firstly as Beth Ashdown in 2006 and then finally in 2014 as Ellie Brooke. In the first series Gemmell appeared as Kerry Cox in "Buried Lies", "Long Days Short Nights", "Darkness Visible" and "Sins of The Fathers", as Ellie Brooke Gemmell appeared in "Undertone" and as Beth Ashdown in "Terminus".
Gemmell has also appeared in several shows a guest star, most notably Gemmell has featured in Casualty as Monica Darling during 2014. Gemmell has also appeared in long running series Midsomer Murders as Diana Carnarvon during 2015 in the episode "A Vintage Murder", the episode had the third highest rating of the series.
Gemmell is also known as a leading character in the successful ITV Series Home Fires as the Reverend's wife Sarah Collingbourne, Gemmell is a main character in the show and has appeared in all episodes so far in the show. In the show Gemmell's character is the sister of the Women's Institute President Frances Barden and supports her through the show. However when her husband is captured Sarah must face troubles and must rise to the challenge. The first series gained a rating average of 6.2 Million; this led to it being commissioned for a second series. The premiere episode gained a rating of 5.2 Million Views with a 23.7% share.
Ruth Gemmell was born in Bristol but grew up in County Durham, England, where she attended an all-girls' school in Darlington called Polam Hall School. She has three brothers. Her parents divorced when she was a child and she moved with her mother to Darlington from Barnard Castle. Later she moved to London, to live with her father and to pursue her acting dream. She states; "I moved to London because I assumed you had to go to drama school there...I didn't know any better. Having not lived with my dad before I thought it was an ideal opportunity, which is crazy now!"
She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Gemmell has played a variety of roles mainly in theatres plus TV dramas. She played the leading female role Fever Pitch, based on Nick Hornby's novel of the same name, starring opposite Colin Firth and had another leading role in the comedy/drama 2 January (2006).
In 2004 she starred in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me as the mother of the title character, who abandoned her when she was a baby, leading her to spend life in a children's home.
From January 2009 she became a recurring character in EastEnders as Debra Dean (EastEnders), the mother of a teenage girl who, identically to her role in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, abandoned her daughter when she was an infant.
Gemmell has appeared three times in the BBC's police drama Waking the Dead, playing two different characters. Her first appearance was in 2002 in the episode Special Relationships as DI Jess Worral, a former lover of DSI Boyd. She next appeared in the episode Sins of seventh season in 2008 as Linda Cummings, an exceptionally intelligent serial killer. Gemmell reprised the role of Cummings in Endgame, the fourth episode of the eighth season of the show. The storyline had Cummings manipulating Boyd and revealed that Cummings' accomplice was responsible for the drugs overdose that killed Boyd's son Luke. The role reprisal of Cummings is a first in the show's history.
Gemmell's ex-husband Ray Stevenson has also appeared in the show as consultant child abductor in the episode Fugue State.
In November 2011, Gemmell played Lady Shonagon in the adaptation for BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour of "The Pillow Book", by Robert Forrest. She appeared as Jen, the wife of an adulterous civil servant, in Channel 4 drama Utopia, in early 2013.
In 2015, Gemmell appeared in the television series Penny Dreadful as Octavia Putney for five episodes.
|1991||Who Needs a Heart||Abigail|
|1997||Fever Pitch||Sarah Hughes|
|1997||The Perfect Blue||Jo|
|20??||Cliffs of Freedom||Varvara Vakrinos||Completed|
|1995||The Bill||Sue Latham||"Woman of Substance"|
|1995||Band of Gold||Gina Dickson||"Sold"|
|1996||Kavanagh QC||Jenny Norris||"Men of Substance"|
|1996||Short Sharp Shocks||Kate||"Everywhere"|
|1996||Silent Witness||Kerry Cox||Regular role (series 1)|
|1997||Peak Practice||Christine Higson||"Home Truths"|
|1998||Macbeth||Lady Macduff||TV film|
|1999||The Bill||Jane Joyce||"Sex, Lies and Videotape"|
|1999||The Alchemists||Julia Bannerman||TV film|
|1999||Four Fathers||Nicola Yallop||"1.1", "1.2", "1.3"|
|2001||Holby City||Diana Calder||"Extra Time"|
|2002||Dalziel and Pascoe||Rachel Waller||"For Love Nor Money"|
|2002||Waking the Dead||DI Jess Worrall||"Special Relationship: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2003||The Bill||Carol Evans||"144: Power Trip", "145: Ride the Tiger", "146: The Law of the Jungle"|
|2003||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Jeannie Waring||"Playing for the Ashes"|
|2003||Murder in Mind||Liz Willis||"Landlord"|
|2004||Blue Dove||Jenny Page||TV miniseries|
|2005||Midsomer Murders||Anne Merrick||"The House in the Woods"|
|2006||The Afternoon Play||Rachel||"Are You Jim's Wife?"|
|2006||A Touch of Frost||Christine Harris||"Endangered Species"|
|2006||Silent Witness||DI Beth Ashdown||"Terminus: Part 2"|
|2007||Five Days||Dr. Tobolska||"Day 28", "Day 33", "Day 79"|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Miss Sweetiman||"Mrs. McGinty's Dead"|
|2008–09||Waking the Dead||Linda Cummings||Guest role (series 7–8)|
|2009||Trial & Retribution||Kay Satchell||"Shooter: Part 1"|
|2009||Primeval||Katherine Kavanagh||"3.3", "3.4"|
|2009||EastEnders||Debra Dean||Recurring role|
|2009||The Bill||Rebecca Sands||"Psychiatric Help", "Reaching Out"|
|2010||Lewis||Robyn Strong||"Your Sudden Death Question"|
|2010||Casualty||Kate Margolin||"No Place Like Home"|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||Mel Garvey||"Confession"|
|2010||Moving On||Joanne||"Losing My Religion"|
|2011||The Fades||Alice||TV miniseries|
|2012||Inside Men||Rebecca||TV miniseries|
|2013||Father Brown||Martha Quinton||"The Wrong Shape"|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||Lady Winnet||"1.2"|
|2013||Holby City||Amanda Layton||"Only Human", "The More Deceived"|
|2013||Coming Up||Lynn||"Big Girl"|
|2013–14||Utopia||Jen Dugdale||Recurring role|
|2014||Silent Witness||Ellie Brooke||"Undertone: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2014||Inspector George Gently||Irene Seddon||"Gently Between the Lines"|
|2014||Casualty||DC Monica Darling||"Deadfall"|
|2015||Midsomer Murders||Diana Carnarvon||"A Vintage Murder"|
|2015||Penny Dreadful||Octavia Putney||Guest role (series 2)|
|2015–16||Home Fires||Sarah Collingborne||Main role|
|2017||Ransom||Laurie||"Girl on a Train"|
|2018||Doctors||DCI Gail Hargreaves||"Gone: Parts 1 & 2"|
|The Turn of the Screw|
|Measure for Measure|
|An Ideal Husband|
|The Winter's Tale|
|The Second Mrs Tanqueray|
|The Importance of Being Earnest|
|A Tale of Two Cities|
|Death and the Maiden|
|Macbeth||Royal Shakespeare Company, 2004/2005|
|King Lear||Royal Shakespeare Company, 2004/2005|
|11 August 2008–15 August 2008||The Pillow Book||Shōnagon||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|8 June 2009–12 June 2009||The Pillow Book (series 2)||Shōnagon||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|30 October 2010||The Vanishing||Lieneke||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|26 May 2011–30 May 2011||The Spy Who Came in from the Cold||Liz Gold||BBC Radio 4|
|15 November 2010–19 November 2010||The Pillow Book (series 3)||Shōnagon||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|31 October 2011–4 November 2011||The Pillow Book (series 4)||Shōnagon||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
- Gibb, Bill "Home Fires star Ruth Gemmell shares an embarrassing encounter". The Sunday Post (7 April 2016). Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Second series of Home Fires from ITV Studios begins filming". "ITV Press Centre". Retrieved 30 April 2016.
- Hardwick, Viv (14 October 2004). "Magic MacBeth". thenorthernecho.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- Macbeth 2004 interview with Ruth Gemmell – dead link
- Fever Pitch Cast discuss film
- Ruth Gemmell to guest in The Bill
- BBC Press Office Week 45
- BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Pillow Book
- BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Pillow Book (series 2)
- BBC – Saturday Play – The Vanishing
- BBC – The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
- BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Pillow Book (series 3)
- BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Pillow Book (series 4)