More Gemma Jones Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)Gemma Jones is perhaps best known for her recent portrayal of Bridget's mother in Sharon Maguire's Bridget Jones' Diary.
Other notable film credits and roles include: Merchant Ivory's Cotton Mary; BBC Films The Theory of Flight; in David Mamet's The Winslow Boy; An Inch Over the Horizon; with Stephen Fry in Wilde; Valley Girls; with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility; in Merchant Ivory's Feast of July and On the Black Hill. She will next be seen in a Spanish film with Penelope Cruz entitled No News from God.
Gemma Jones first trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she won the Gold Medal. She has gone on to become an extremely respected stage actress with West End credits including: Brecht's Baal with Peter O'Toole; Bill Naughton's Alfie with John Neville; Jean Anouilh's The Cavern for which she received the Clarence Derwent Award; E.M Forster's Howard's End; Alan Bennett's Getting On with Kenneth More; Harold Pinter's The Homecoming; And a Nightingale Sang by C.P Taylor; Arthur Miller's Ride Down Mount Morgan and Ibsen's The Master Builder with Alan Bates.
She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays such as: The Merry Wives of Windsor; A Winter's Tale; Twelfth Night: Henry VIII; Julius Caesar; Volpone and the world tour of Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. For the Royal National Theatre Jones she has appeared in John Hopkins' Next of Fire, Beaumarchais' The Marriage of Figaro and Battle Royal by Nick Stafford. At the Old Vic she played Goneril in King Lear and was in Adrian Mitchell's After Aida. And at the Young Vic she starred in David Rudkin's Ashes with Ian McKellen. She played Ophelia to Richard Chamberlain's Hamlet; Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire; Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Lady Macbeth on a tour of England and India. She was in Stephen Poliakoff's Breaking the Silence; in Manuel Puig's Mystery of the Rose Bouquet at the Donmar Warehouse and co-starred with John Neville in Strindberg's Dance of Death at the Almeida Theatre.
Equally at home on the small screen, Gemma Jones' many notable television roles include: her highly acclaimed performance at the Duchess of Duke Street; as well as Nina in The Seagull; Queen Elizabeth I in Kenilworth; Varia in The Cherry Orchard; Ingmar Bergman's The Lie; The Importance of Being Ernest; The Merchant of Venice; Inspector Morse; The Story Teller; Wycliffe; Faith; Devices and Desires; After the Dance and the BAFTA award winning Longitude directed by Charles Sturridge.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (01-Jan-2000)