2 January 1967 |
Darlington, County Durham, England
|Spouse(s)||Ray Stevenson (1997–2005)|
Ruth Gemmell (born 2 January 1967) is an English actress.
Ruth Gemmell was born in Darlington, County Durham, England. She has three brothers. She attended an all-girls' school in Darlington called Polam Hall School. 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, 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 in the 1997 film Fever Pitch starring opposite Colin Firth and had another leading role in the comedy/drama January 2nd (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, 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.
Ruth 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, Ruth 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.
- Band of Gold (1995)
- The Bill (1999, 2003, 2009)
- Silent Witness (1996, 2006, 2014)
- Dalziel and Pascoe (2002): "For Love Nor Money"
- Waking the Dead (2002) (DI Jess Worral): "Special Relationships"
- The Inspector Lynley Mysteries episode 2.1 "Playing for the Ashes" (2003) (Jeannie Waring)
- Spooks (2003) "Without Incident" / "President's Visit" (Miranda)
- Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me (2004) (Carly Beaker, Tracy's Mother)
- Midsomer Murders episode 9.1 "The House in the Woods" (2005) (Anne Merrick)
- A Touch of Frost (2006) (Christine Harris)
- Summerhill (2008) (Rose)
- Waking the Dead (2008, 2009) (Linda Cummings): "Sins", "Skin"
- EastEnders (2009, 2010) (Debra Dean)
- Primeval (2009) (Katherine Kavenagh)
- Lewis (2009): "Your Sudden Death Question" (Robyn Strong)
- Casualty (2010): "No Place Like Home" (Kate Margolin)
- Moving On (2010): "Losing My Religion" (Joanne)
- Inside Men (2012): (Rebecca Leighton)
- Utopia (2013): (Jen)
- Holby City (2013): "Only Human" (Amanda Layton)
- Silent Witness (2014): "Undertone" (Ellie Brooke)
- Father Brown (2013) Martha Quinton "The wrong shape"
- Inspector George Gently (2014) "Irene Seddon"
- Casualty (2014): "Deadfall" (DC Monica Darling)
- Midsomer Murders (2015) episode 17.4 "A Vintage Murder" (Diana Carnarvon)
- Home Fires (2015) as Sarah Collingborne
- The Weir
- Nabokov's Gloves
- The Turn of the Screw
- Measure for Measure
- Uncle Vanya
- 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
- Coram Boy
She performed in Macbeth and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004/2005.
|11 August 2008 – 15 August 2008||The Pillow Book||Shonagon||Lu Kemp||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|8 June 2009 – 12 June 2009||The Pillow Book (series 2)||Shonagon||Lu Kemp||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|30 October 2010||The Vanishing||Lieneke||Kirsty Williams||BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|26 May 2011 – 30 May 2011||The Spy Who Came in From the Cold||Liz Gold||written by John le Carré dramatised by Robert Forrest||BBC Radio 4|
|15 November 2010 – 19 November 2010||The Pillow Book (series 3)||Shonagon||Lu Kemp||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
|31 October 2011 – 4 November 2011||The Pillow Book (series 4)||Shonagon||Lu Kemp||BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama|
- Hardwick, Viv (October 14, 2004). "Magic MacBeth". thenorthernecho.co.uk. Retrieved March 23, 2011.
- Macbeth 2004 interview with Ruth Gemmell
- Fever Pitch Cast discuss film
- Ruth Gemmell to guest in The Bill
- BBC Press Office Week 45
- "BBC Programme Information: Week 39". BBC Press Office. Retrieved on 10 September 2009.
- 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)