10 Facts About Gemma Craven


Rita Gemma Craven was born on Rita Gemma Gabriel; 1 June 1950 and is an Irish actress.

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Gemma Craven is best known for her role as Joan Parker, the frigid wife of Arthur, in the BBC TV drama Pennies From Heaven.

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Gemma Craven appeared as Cinderella in the film The Slipper and the Rose opposite Richard Chamberlain.

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Gemma Craven was cast as an unknown, having been spotted by one of the producers while performing at the Bristol Old Vic in a production of The Threepenny Opera.

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Gemma Craven played Josie in Boy George's Taboo and features on the OCR singing "Independent Woman".

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Gemma Craven appeared as Joan Parker, the frigid wife of Arthur, in the original television version of Dennis Potter's Pennies From Heaven ; she has since talked about the difficulty the role presented in undertaking a nude scene, which was seen as counter to her public image.

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Gemma Craven made guest appearances on Robin of Sherwood, The Bill, The Morecambe and Wise Show, The Two Ronnies, Father Ted and in the popular British drama Midsomer Murders episode, "Shot at Dawn" as Judy Hicks, the wife of Dave Hicks.

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Gemma Craven co-starred in the acclaimed 1982 British TV version of East Lynne.

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Gemma Craven appeared on Irish television in the popular medical drama series The Clinic which runs weekly on RTE One.

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Gemma Craven was married from 1981 to 1984 to actor Frazer Hines, and from 1990 to 1996 to financier David Beamish.

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