Gemma Merna
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English actress and glamour model Gemma Merna is best known for playing Carmel McQueen in the British Channel 4 series “Hollyoaks” (2006-?).

Merna has been married to Ian Minton since 2012. She is a supporter of Manchester United F.C. and Liverpool F.C. She had a breast enlargement when she was 21.     


Childhood and Family:

Gemma Merna was born Gemma Ann Merna on October 11, 1984, in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, UK. Her family moved to Didsbury when she was one year old. Gemma attended St. George's RC High School in the Walkden, Greater Manchester.

On May 27, 2012, Gemma was married to businessman Ian Minton. Her “Hollyoaks” screen mother Nicole Barber-Lane, sister Jennifer Metcalf and cousin Jorgie Porter served as bridesmaids at the ceremony.



Gemma Merna made an auspicious television debut when she was cast as Carmel Valentine on the British long running soap opera “Hollyoaks.” The role brought her a British Soap Award in 2007 for Best Comedy Performance. She also received a National Television nomination for  Best Female Soap Actress. In 2009, Merna reprised her role on the spin off series “Hollyoaks Later”.  

Apart from “Hollyoaks,” Merna also appeared in other television series such as “Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack” (2008), “Hole in the Wall” (2009), “All Star Family Fortunes,” “Big Brother's Bit on the Side,” “Sing If You Can” (2011), “Celebrity Juice” (2011), “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” (2013) and “Splash!”.


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