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Gemma Atkinson

Bringing drama to the dance floor

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Meet Gemma Atkinson

“I don’t think you’d say I was a dance of any sorts, my mum thinks I’m like Bambi on ice”

Soap-star Gemma gained nationwide recognition as Hollyoaks’ character Lisa Hunter and soon she’ll be getting into character, beneath the Strictly glitterball.

I have a thick skin and I'm used to the odd bad thing said about me. I'm looking forward to having tips from some of the best people in the industry

‘A few of my old Hollyoaks mates have taken part in the show and have told me what an incredible experience it was and how they would do it all over again in a heartbeat.’

Nominated as ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2016 National Television Awards for her role in Emmerdale, her pathway to success has included appearances in The Bill, Waterloo Road, Casualty and West End production - Calendar Girls.

As well as TV stints, Gemma has also starred in a number of films, including a comedy where she played an obsessive, controlling girlfriend… Let’s just hope her partner doesn’t get too under the thumb!

‘I like strict but with an element of fun. I also need someone tall & strong as I'm 5ft 9 and 11 stone!’

The Strictly routines shouldn’t be too exhausting for gym-buff Gemma, she works out six times a week and is a dab hand at kick boxing. Time will tell if her love for fitness will remain when her moves are put to the test on the dancefloor!