Jennifer Gemma Jones (born 4 December 1942) is an English character actress on both stage and screen. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility (1995), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). For her role in the BBC TV film Marvellous (2014), she won the 2015 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jennifer Gemma Jones
4 December 1942
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Relatives||Nicholas Jones (brother)|
Jones was born in Marylebone, the daughter of Irene (née Isaac; 1911–1985) and Griffith Jones, an actor (1909–2007). Her brother Nicholas Jones is also an actor. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won the Gold Medal.
Gemma Jones appeared at Nottingham Playhouse in 1965, as Anya, in The Cherry Orchard. In 1966, she played the great soprano Giuseppina Strepponi in After Aida at the Old Vic Theatre. Jones became known to television viewers after starring in the BBC serial Kenilworth (1967) as Queen Elizabeth I, and in BBC 2's 1970 dramatisation of The Spoils of Poynton.
She was first recognised outside the UK in the mid-1970s, 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.
Jones played Mrs. Dashwood alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in the Academy Award-winning period drama Sense and Sensibility (1995). Her other notable roles include Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre (1997) Lady Queensbury in Wilde (1997), Grace Winslow in The Winslow Boy (1999), Bridget's mother Pam Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Poppy Pomfrey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), reprising her role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011).
From 2007 to 2008, she played Connie James in the BBC1 drama Spooks. She appeared in the Woody Allen film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010. 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.
She received the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Neil Baldwin's mother, Mary, in the 2014 television film Marvellous.
|1988||Paperhouse||Dr. Sarah Nicols|
|On the Black Hill||Mary Jones|
|1995||Feast of July||Mrs. Wainwright|
|Sense and Sensibility||Mrs. Dashwood|
|1997||Jane Eyre||Mrs. Fairfax|
|1998||O.K. Garage||Mrs. Wiggins|
|The Theory of Flight||Anne|
|1999||The Winslow Boy||Grace Winslow|
|Cotton Mary||Eunice Pickles|
|2001||Bridget Jones's Diary||Bridget's Mum|
|Don't Tempt Me||Nancy|
|2002||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Madam Pomfrey|
|2003||Shanghai Knights||Queen Victoria|
|Kiss of Life||Sonia|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Mum|
|2007||The Contractor||Mrs. Day|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Madam Pomfrey|
|2010||You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Helena|
|Forget me Not||Lizzie Fisher|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2||Madam Pomfrey|
|Hysteria||Lady St. John-Smythe|
|2013||Burn the Clock||Becky|
|2016||Bridget Jones's Baby||Mum|
|2017||God's Own Country||Deidre Saxby|
|You, Me and Him||Sue Miller|
|2018||The Egg and the Thieving Pie||Thelma|
|1962||ITV Play of the Week||Postmistress||(episode: The Typewriter)|
|No Hiding Place||Brenda|
|1963||The Human Jungle||Pamela Phillips|
|ITV Television Playhouse||Rachel||(episode: Adam's Apple)|
|1965||Theatre 625||Victoire / Lucille Desmoulins||(episode:Poor Bitos)|
|1966||ITV Play of the Week||Vera Fawcett||(episode: Come Laughing Home )|
|Thirteen Against Fate||Antoinette Baron||(episode: The Lodger)|
|Theatre 625||Nina||(episode:The Seagull )|
|1967||Rainbow City||Mary Steele||4 episodes|
|1968||Sanctuary||Sister Stephens||(episode: The Novice)|
|1969||The Wednesday Play||Clarice||1 episode|
|1970||Crime of Passion||Nicole Delcourt|
|1971||The Spoils of Poynton||Fleda Vetch|
|1974||Fall of Eagles||Princess Vicky|
|1976||The Duchess of Duke Street||Louisa Trotter||1976–1977|
|1980||The Merchant of Venice||Portia|
|1986||The Importance of Being Earnest||Miss Prism||TV Movie|
|1987||Inspector Morse||Anne Staveley||(episode: "The Dead of Jericho")|
|1988||The Storyteller||Queen||1 episode|
|1989||Chelworth||Virginia Hincham||8 episodes|
|1990||Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Mrs. Peveril||3 episodes|
|1991||Devices and Desires – Adam Dalgliesh||Alice Mair|
|1993||Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death||Sara Glynn||TV Movie|
|Screen One||Nicky Dobbs||1 episode|
|The Return of the Borrowers||Miss Menzies||3 episodes|
|1997||The Phoenix and the Carpet||Mrs. Bibble|
|Midsomer Murders||Maisie Gooch||(episode "Ring Out Your Dead")|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Miss Cecilia Williams||(episode "Five Little Pigs")|
|Trial and Retribution||Dr. Jean Mullins||2003–2008|
|2005||All About George||Kate Kinsey|
|Ballet Shoes||Dr. Jakes||TV Movie|
|2010||The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister||Aunt Lister|
|Whistle and I'll Come to You||Alice Parkin|
|2011||Merlin||The Cailleach||2 episodes|
|2012||The Lady Vanishes||Rose Flood-Porter|
|2013||Death in Paradise||Sister Anne||1 episode|
|Last Tango in Halifax||Muriel||2 episodes|
|2015||Teacup Travels||Great Aunt Lizzie||2015–2017|
|Doc Martin||Annie Winton||2 episodes|
|Unforgotten||Claire Slater||6 episodes|
|2017||Diana and I||Mrs. McDonald||TV Movie|
|2019||Gentleman Jack||Aunt Anne Lister|
Other projects, contributionsEdit
- Noble, Peter, ed. (1982). 1982–1983 Screen International Film And TV Year Book. King Publications.
- "Gemma Jones Biography (1942–)".
- Gemma Jones Biography – Yahoo! Movies
- Radio Times, p.6, 10–16 July 1971.
- Nottingham Playhouse. Programme, The Cherry Orchard. 1965.
- "Ant and Dec repeat Bafta success". BBC Online. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "BBC One: Capital". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015.