Actress Jemma Redgrave is back as pioneering Victorian medic Eleanor Bramwell in a new ten-part ITV series.
The award-winning Bramwell (Monday, 9pm) has firmly established Jemma as yet another star from the Redgrave family. Here are ten things you never knew about her.
\AS A third-generation member of the famous Redgrave theatrical dynasty, Jemma, 30, has acting in her blood. She is the daughter of Corin, niece of Vanessa and Lynn, granddaughter of the late Sir Michael, and cousin of Joely and Natasha Richardson.
BEING a Redgrave didn’t guarantee an acting career and she admits struggling at drama school. “I’m very proud of my family name,” she says. “Maybe it does open doors – people are more willing to see you because they are curious. But it doesn’t mean success.”
HER mother, Deirdre, split from her father when Jemma was in her teens. “I married into a wild bunch of the most illustrious, talented, pig-headed, idealistic and controversial people. It was a privilege I wouldn’t have missed,” says Deirdre.
JEMMA, who has a younger brother Luke, had an unorthodox childhood. “My mother was quite avant garde. She took me to see a Siouxsie And The Banshees concert when I was 13, which made me the envy of my friends -and scared me to death,” she says.
SHE is 5ft 8in, but was overweight as a youngster. Her favourite food is smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels and Haagen-Dazs ice cream.
“I ate for comfort when my parents split up, but I started losing weight around the time of my first ever date,” she says.
THERE was a storm of protest four years ago when she starred in The Buddha Of Suburbia.
During the controversial series she did her ironing in the nude, writhed naked with Anthony Sher and took part in an explicit orgy scene.
“I would do it all again if I wanted to play a part as badly as I did that one,” she says.
SHE wed barrister Tim Owen, 39,in July 1992. They live in north London and have a three year-old son Gabriel who visits her on the set of Bramwell. “He is very well behaved and know when to be quiet when filming starts,” says Jemma.
HER most frightening experience was watching the Childcatcher entice the children in to his cage in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
“My brother was three and wet himself. I had to be enticed out from behind my seat in the cinema,” she says.
JEMMA is an accomplished stage actress, starring with her aunts Vanessa and Lynn in The Three Sisters and romantic comedy Chatsky. She also starred in the Oscar-winning Howard’s End with Emma Thompson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
TWO of her acting heroines are Ava Gardner and Ingrid Bergman.
“They were both strong and feminine at the same time,” she says.
Jemma is surprised and delighted how successful Bramwell has become. “I had no idea how well it would be received,” she says.
PEAK Practice star Gary Mavers doubles up from his regular medical role to play a copper in this one-off thriller tonight.
As Det Sgt Adam Ross, he is drawn into a web of adultery, deception and murder when he falls for the rich, beautiful and mysterious Gale Francombe (Jemma Redgrave).
But no sooner has he started an affair with this femme fatale, than he meets another woman who, in other circumstances, would probably have been his ideal partner.
Adam and Gale meanwhile plan what they believe will be the perfect murder.
As a cop who would be given the job of investigating himself, Adam thinks he will be able to cover all of the angles and leave the murder unsolved. But life is never that simple…
Jemma says: “Gale is completely cold-hearted and calculating, which was an irresistible challenge after playing someone was intensely warm as Eleanor in Bramwell.
I really liked the contrast, plus the fact that Gale was so open to interpretation.
“She’s a real chameleon. Just as you think you’re working her out, she changes again. …
Genteel English rose Jemma Redgrave is set to stun cinema audiences in a shock Jock movie…
Playing mum to the Scots baby from hell!
For Ms Redgrave has joined Irvine Welsh’s gravy train and is about to be seen in the sickest movie idea of the year – a drugs shocker, The Acid House.
The plot turns on a teenage drug fiend (Ewen Bremner) who swaps personalities with a newborn baby.
At nine months, the weird bairn swears like a trooper, supports Hibs and spells out his needs… mostly booze and to be taken on to the terracing at Easter Road!
“When I got the script I thought it the most bizarre thing I have ever read,” says Jemma.
The role highlights Jemma’s versatility.
The 32-year-old member of the Redgrave acting dynasty stars as the Fascist leader’s first wife, Cimmie Curzon, in the Mosley series which began on Channel 4 on Thursday.
And she will be back on our TV screens as the prim Victorian, Doc Bramwell.
“After two years of period drama, to go to Glasgow and wear jeans and swear a lot and work with Martin Clunes was Nirvana,” she says.
The Acid House, which hits cinemas this spring, stars Martin Clunes, of Men Behaving Badly, as the shell-shocked dad.
It’s a tale of a jobless druggie tripping on LSD one night through Edinburgh’s West Pilton Park during a thunderstorm.
As he passes an ambulance in which a woman is giving birth, a bolt of lightning triggers the personality swap.
The mother suspects something is wrong when she smells booze on her child’s breath.
“It was quick tricky,” says Jemma. “I was followed around by four puppeteers working bits of the baby.”
Time really does fly it seems. I’m happy to say we’re ONE YEAR ONLINE already!
Thanks everyone who has been supporting us on this journey and who keeps checking our social sites for new rare photos and the latest buzz around ‘Berena’… you can always email us if you got any future post requests 😉
Last but not least, we received a few questions so for everyone who didn’t know – Jemma herself is on Twitter too @jemma_redgrave …and we’re hoping she’ll get verified soon!
Have a good (Holby) Tuesday 😀
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