Gemma was a member of Oldham Theatre Workshop, and as a child appeared in many lead roles for BBC, Granada and Yorkshire TV
Cast at 16 in the Manchester production of Les Miserables, she was offered the role of Eponine in the West End at 17 years old.
Gemma created the roles of Mrs Lester in Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre) and Serena Katz in Fame (Cambridge Theatre)
Other Theatre includes: Cinderella’s Mother -Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Fairy Bowbells - Dick Whittington (Salisbury Playhouse), Mrs Darling - Peter Pan (Sheffield Lyceum), Angela - Up On The Roof (New Wolsey); Faith - The Naked Truth (UK Tour); Adele in Dreamers, Charity in Sweet Charity, Jo in Union Street, Fairy Bubbles- Jack And The Beanstalk (Oldham Coliseum), Miss Red in Shout! (Jermyn Street Theatre, London), Carrie Pipperidge -Carousel (UK Tour)
Television Chris Jacobs (series regular) - Family Affairs;: Theresa Sullivan, in Holby City, Mrs Brown, in Harriet’s Army, Guest leads: Michaela Long, Rachel Meeson and Catherine Flemming in Doctors, Nurse Judy in Life on Mars Series 2, Marion Philips in Holby City, Lydia in Supplies and series regular Holly Painter-Wilderness Edge.
Film: Emma- Louise in Victoria Wood’s Pat and Margaret (BBC), Les Miserables (Universal Pictures)
Concerts: My Fair Lady (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall); Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert ,O2 Arena, Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC Radio 2); Les Miserables 10th Anniversary, The Royal Albert Hall and Eponine at a private performance of Les Miserables at Windsor Castle for Her Majesty The Queen.
Recordings include: Original London Cast Recordings for Betty Blue Eyes and Fame and Les Miserables 10th and 25th Anniversaries.