Gemma Jones is an English character actress on both stage and screen.
Early life Jones was born in Marylebone, the daughter
of Irene and Griffith Jones, an actor. Her brother, Nicholas Jones, is also an actor.
She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Career Gemma Jones appeared at Nottingham Playhouse
in 1965, as Anya, in The Cherry Orchard. Jones became known to television viewers after starring
in the BBC serial Kenilworth as Queen Elizabeth I and in BBC2's 1970 dramatisation of The
Spoils of Poynton. She was first recognised outside the UK in
1974, after playing the Empress Frederick in the BBC television drama series Fall of
Eagles and Louisa Trotter in another BBC drama, The Duchess of Duke Street. In 1980, she played
the role of Portia in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venice, opposite
Warren Mitchell's Shylock. In 1966, played the great soprano Giuseppina Strepponi in
After Aida at the Old Vic Theatre. Jones played Mrs. Dashwood alongside Kate Winslet, Alan
Rickman and Emma Thompson in the Academy Award-winning period drama Sense and Sensibility.
Other notable roles include Lady Queensbury in Wilde, Grace Winslow in The Winslow Boy,
Bridget's mother Pam Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary and Poppy Pomfrey in Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets, reprising her role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. From 2007 to 2008 she played Connie James
in the BBC1 drama Spooks. In 2010, she appeared in the Woody Allen film You Will Meet a Tall
Dark Stranger. In 2011 she appeared in the BBC1 series Merlin, as the Cailleach, the
gatekeeper to the spirit world. Also in 2011 she appeared in the Bridge Project's version
of Richard III as Queen Margaret, alongside Kevin Spacey as Richard III and directed by
Sam Mendes, at the Old Vic and subsequently on an international tour.
Personal life She has a son, Luke G-Jones, with the director,
Sebastian Graham-Jones in 1975. Luke G-Jones is a film producer.
Other projects, contributions When Love Speaks - Shakespeare's "Sonnet 50"