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Gemma Jones

Highest Rated:   100% Radiator (2015)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
Since 1963, Gemma Jones has been one of the most esteemed character actresses in British film and theater. Not until 1995, however, did she receive widespread recognition outside the U.K. That was the year she played the mother of two darlings of the modern cinema, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, in their roles as the Dashwood sisters in director Ang Lee's Oscar-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility. In 1997, Jones performed in another acclaimed film, Wilde, as Lady Queensbury, the woman who accused 19th century Irish author Oscar Wilde of corrupting her son, thereby setting in motion a notorious trial that ruined Wilde. Then good got better for Jones. Between 1999 and 2001, she played in three other popular productions that won numerous awards: first as Grace Winslow opposite Nigel Hawthorne in David Mamet's production of The Winslow Boy, then as Elizabeth Harrison in Charles Sturridge's production of Longitude, and finally as Mrs. Pam Jones in Sharon Maguire's production of Bridget Jones' Diary. By 2002, Gemma Jones was at work filming what promised to be one of the biggest box-office draws of the year, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which she portrays Madame Pomfrey, the maker of magical healing potions.The daughter of British actor Griffth Jones, Gemma Jones was born Jennifer Jones on December 4, 1942, in London. Because acting was in her blood, it was no surprise when she enrolled in the British Academy of Dramatic Art to be molded into an actress in the classic tradition. Shortly after graduation, she performed in Baal on the same stage with Peter O'Toole. After other stage and TV productions, she debuted on film in director Ken Russell's The Devils in 1971, then performed in several TV series, including The Duchess of Duke Street, a popular 1976 series in Britain that starred her as "London's best cook." Between film and TV roles, she also performed on the stage as a member of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company in such Shakespeare plays as A Winter's Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet. She also acted in productions of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mount Morgan, and Henrik Ibsen's The Masterbuilder. When stardom arrived in 1995 with Sense and Sensibility, she continued to perform in lesser known but highly praised productions, including The Feast of July, Jane Eyre, The Theory of Flight, and Captain Jack. Her 2002 role in the Harry Potter film promises to make her a household name among children as well as adults -- perhaps for decades to come.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
94% God's Own Country
  • Actor
2017
76% Bridget Jones's Baby
  • Bridget's Mum
$24.1M 2016
100% Radiator
  • Actor
2015
50% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage
  • Queen Margaret
$22k 2014
No Score Yet Marvellous
  • Mary
2014
57% Hysteria
  • Lady St. John-Smythe
$1.8M 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Madam Pomfrey
$381.1M 2011
73% Forget Me Not
  • Lizzie
2011
45% You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • Helena
$3.2M 2010
No Score Yet The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister
  • Aunt Lister
2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Madam Pomfrey
$302M 2009
33% Good
  • Mother
2008
100% Ballet Shoes
  • Dr. Jakes
2008
No Score Yet The Contractor
  • Mrs. Day
2007
No Score Yet Frágiles (Fragile)
  • Mrs. Folder
2005
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Mum
$40.3M 2004
38% Sin noticias de Dios (Don't Tempt Me)
  • Nancy
2003
66% Shanghai Knights
  • Queen Victoria
$60.5M 2003
No Score Yet Kiss of Life
  • Sonia
2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Madame Pomfrey
$261.9M 2002
81% Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Bridget's Mom
2001
36% Cotton Mary
  • Mrs. Davids
2000
No Score Yet Longitude
  • Elizabeth Harrison
2000
No Score Yet Captain Jack
  • Actor
1999
97% The Winslow Boy
  • Grace Winslow
1999
50% The Theory of Flight
  • Anne
1998
71% Wilde
  • Lady Queensberry
1998
No Score Yet O.K. Garage
  • Mrs. Wiggins
1998
No Score Yet Jane Eyre
  • Mrs. Fairfax
1997
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Mrs. Dashwood
1995
67% Feast of July
  • Mrs. Wainwright
1995
No Score Yet Borrowers
  • Miss Menzies
1994
No Score Yet Return of the Borrowers
  • Miss Menzies
1993
100% Paperhouse
  • Dr. Sarah Nicols
1989
No Score Yet The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet On the Black Hill
  • Mary Jones
1988
76% The Devils
  • Madeleine De Brou
1971
No Score Yet The Spoils of Poynton
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Cherry Orchard
  • Actor
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% Atlantis
2013-2015
  • Campe
  • 2014
98% Last Tango in Halifax
2012-2015
  • Muriel
  • 2014
No Score Yet Death in Paradise
2011
  • Sister Anne
  • 2013
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Guest
  • Rose Floodporter
  • 2013
  • 2007
  • 1992
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • The Cailleach
  • 2012
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
  • Connie James
  • 2010

Quotes from Gemma Jones' Characters