16 November 1984 (age 28)
Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair colour Brunette
Eye colour Green
Measurements 36E-24-36 
Dress size 10 (UK)
Originally from Bury, Greater Manchester, Atkinson took her GCSEs at Castlebrook High School before becoming a commercial and photographic model. Atkinson has dated Cristiano Ronaldo and was engaged to Marcus Bent but they have since split up.
Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter on the Channel 4 teenage soap opera Hollyoaks. Atkinson and Marcus Patric (who played the character Ben Davies) subsequently appeared in a "spin-off" series called Hollyoaks: Let Loose for E4, in which their characters started a new life together in Chester. This was followed by Hollyoaks: In the City, also screened on E4.
Atkinson made her debut video game appearance in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008) in the role of Lt. Eva McKenna, which she reprised in Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising (2009). She also took part in EA's "Be The One" event in Trafalgar Square on 29 October 2008, which forms part of the London Games Festival.
Atkinson has also played Goldie Lookin Chain's love interest in the music video for the single "R'n'B" and featured on the cover of the CD single release.
In theatre, Atkinson appeared in Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House in December 2008. She took the title role alongside John Thomson who played Captain Hook.
Other TV roles included appearing as herself in the pilot for Plus One, part of the pilot series Comedy Showcase in October 2009. In early April 2009 she finished filming for an episode of The Bill. She plays Ria Crossley the girlfriend of a drug dealer.
In film, Atkinson has appeared in the British independent film Boogie Woogie, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2009. She has done filming for a forthcoming horror film called 13Hrs in February 2009 and a new UK gangster film called Baseline in March 2009.
Atkinson appeared in the West End production of Tim Firth's Calendar Girls at the Noël Coward Theatre, from July 28 to October 17 where she played the character of Elaine.
Atkinson also went on tour with Calendar Girls, she played Celia aka Miss September in the production. The January to April 2010 tour of Calendar Girls also starred Lynda Bellingham, Judith Barker, Debbie Chazen, Letitia Dean and Jan Harvey.
Atkinson played the lead female role, Belinda, in Neil LaBute's play This Is How It Goes at The King's Head Theatre in Islington, London from Sept 7th - Oct 3rd 2010.
In 2010 she appeared in the film The Sweet Shop, a romantic comedy about a Hollywood superstar and a small town sweetshop owner.
She finished filming in Dec 2010 on the romantic comedy How to Stop Being a Loser with Richard E. Grant, Jill Halfpenny and Pamela Anderson produced by 'Press On Features Ltd'.The film is due out in October 2011.
At the beginning of May 2011 Atkinson started filming for her part in BBC medical drama Casualty. She played the part of Tamzin, a paramedic. Atkinson appeared onscreen from Sat 13 August 2011, but had confirmed on Twitter that she was only there for 10 weeks (10 episodes) She left the show on 1st October 2011, after her sixth appearance. It has been announced that she is rejoining the series, again playing Tamzin.
The premiere of Atkinson's latest film How to Stop Being a Loser took place on 14th Nov 2011.
Her upcoming film Airborne is still in post-production. A first version has been displayed at the 2011 The Cannes Film Festival. 
Atkinson started filming her next project on 2 Dec 2011. It is a remake of Night of the Living Dead, which is to be shot in a 3-D format. She plays Barbara, the main female character.
Atkinson finished filming the movie The Dyatlov Pass Incident in March 2012...It is a film directed by Renny Harlin. 
Atkinson has just started filming for BBC1s Casualty. She was initially on the show for three months last year 2011, but she confirmed via Twitter that she is currently filming new episodes in Cardiff. She's filming until August 2012.
Atkinson has appeared as a contestant on reality TV series such as I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Weakest Link (with Marcus Patric) in December 2006, Celebrity MasterChef and ITV1's Soapstar Superstar in January 2007. She reached the last four stage of Soapstar Superstar.
Songs performed on Soapstar Superstar:
Day 1: "Who Knew" (Pink)
Day 2: "Fields of Gold" (Eva Cassidy)
Day 3: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (Arrows)
Day 4: "Love at First Sight" (Kylie Minogue)
Day 5: "You're Still the One" (Shania Twain)
Day 6: "Brass in Pocket" (The Pretenders); Pink Medley: "Just like a Pill"/"Feel Good Time"/"Last to Know"
In November 2007, she appeared on ITV1 in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in Australia, coming fifth in the competition.
In January 2008, Atkinson appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, with Marcus Patric.
On 15/16 March 2008, Atkinson co-presented the Play.com Live gaming expo at Wembley Stadium with Virgin Radio presenter Iain Lee.
Atkinson and her family appeared on All Star Family Fortunes on 20 September 2008, competing against Antony Cotton and his family. The Atkinsons did not win the show; however, Gemma was given £1,000 for her chosen charity.
On 12 November 2008, she appeared in Jack Osbourne's ITV2 show Adrenaline Junkie filmed in South Africa. She did a bungee jump, a skydive, a glider flight and swam with great white sharks.
Film Year Title Role Notes
2009 Boogie Woogie Charlotte Bailey
2010 Baseline Karen
The Sweet Shop Katie Powell
2011 How to Stop Being a Loser Hannah
2012 Airborne Harriet
Night of the Living 3D Dead Barbara