Gemma Atkinson (born 16 November 1984) is a British actress, television personality and glamour and lingerie model.
She is best known for playing Lisa Hunter on Hollyoaks (2001–2005) and on three spin-off series, Hollyoaks: After Hours (2004), Hollyoaks: Let Loose (2005) and Hollyoaks: In the City (2006); for starring on Soapstar Superstar (2007) and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2007); and for playing Tamzin Bayle on Casualty (2011–2014) and Carly Hope on Emmerdale (2015–present).
Atkinson was born in Bury, Greater Manchester. She took her GCSEs at Castlebrook High School, Bury before becoming a commercial and photographic model.
Atkinson has dated Cristiano Ronaldo and was once engaged to Marcus Bent.She then dated martial arts instructor Liam Richards; the two separating in 2013. She is now in a relationship with personal trainer and former rugby player Olly Foster.
Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter on the Channel 4 teenage soap opera Hollyoaks. Atkinson and Marcus Patric (who played the character Ben Davies) subsequently appeared in a spin-off series called Hollyoaks: Let Loose for E4, in which their characters started a new life together in Chester. This was followed by Hollyoaks: In the City, also screened on E4. Atkinson made her debut video game appearance in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008) in the role of Lt. Eva McKenna,which she reprised in Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising (2009). She also took part in EA’s “Be the One” event in Trafalgar Square on 29 October 2008, which forms part of the London Games Festival.
Atkinson has also played Goldie Lookin Chain’s love interest in the music video for the single “R’n’B” and featured on the cover of the CD single release. In theatre, Atkinson appeared in Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House in December 2008. She took the title role alongside John Thomson who played Captain Hook.
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