Who is Ruth Gemmel?
Ruth Gemmel is an English actress famous for her role in the tv series Utopia and her matriarch act in the period drama Bridgerton.
Her early life and career beginnings
Ruth grew up alongside her three brothers in County Durham, England. She attended a school for girls called Polam Hall School in Darlington and moved over to Darlington with her mother after her parents’ divorce. However, she later relocated to London to live with her father while pursuing her acting career. Also, her desire to master acting made her attend a drama school at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Ruth’s professional career life
Ruth did several theater performances, including The Weir, Othello, Uncle Vanya, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, King Lear, and a host of others, and performed various acts on BBC Radio 4.
In 1991, Ruth portrayed Abigail in the film Who Needs a Heart. Years later, she appeared in various television series like The Bill as Sue Latham and Band of Gold as Gina Dickson in 1995. She also played Jenny Norris in Kavanagh QC, Kate in Short Sharp Shocks, appeared in Peak Practice, and got a regular role on the set of Silent Witness in Kerry Cox in 1996.
Playing the female lead role in the 1997 film Fever Pitch that was loosely adapted from Nick Hornsby’s memoir, thrust her into the limelight, followed by a part in The Perfect Blue where she portrayed Jo. Having played Lady Macduff in a 1999 Shakespearean tv film Macbeth, she did other films that include January 2nd, Good, Storage 24, Offender, and several television dramas like The Bill, The Alchemist, Four Fathers, Holly City, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Inspector Linley series, Murder in Mind, Spooks and many others.
The actress played a guest role in the police drama Waking the Dead, where she played two different characters in 2002. She also starred in the 2004 Tracy Beaker: The Movie of Me as Carly Beaker, the title character’s mother. After then, she appeared in Blue Dove, Midsomer Murders, The Afternoon Play, A Touch of Frost, Five days, Summer Hill, and other television series.
Ruth Gemmel, in 2009 became a recurring character in a British soap opera, EastEnders as Debra Dean, and was occupied the entire time working in more television shows like Casualty, Moving On, and The Fades. Also, she snagged a starring role alongside other cast members in the 2012 drama miniseries Inside Men and a recurring role in the thriller drama Utopia, amongst others.
In 2015, Ruth played the role of Sarah Collingborne in Home Fires and got a spot in the Shondaland period drama Bridgerton as Lady Violet Bridgerton. The series made waves and further afforded the brilliant actress global recognition.
In Bridgerton, she worked with Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Nicola Coughlan, Jonathan Bailey, Harriet Cains, Bessie Carter, Claudia Jessie, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Polly Walker, Ruby Barker, Ben Miller, Adjoa Andoh, Julie Andrews and Golda Rosheuvel.
Her personal life
Ruth and actor Ray Stevenson met in 1995 while filming the television drama Band of Gold. They married in Westminster, London, in 1997 and divorced in 2005.
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