Jemma Redgrave reading Poems from Guantánamo at the Center for Constitutional Rights in 2007
Jemima Rebecca Redgrave
(1965-01-14) 14 January 1965
Tim Owen (m. 1992)
Jemima (Jemma) Rebecca Redgrave (born 14 January 1965) is a fourth-generation English actress of the Redgrave family. She is best known for her role as the title character in four series of Bramwell, as well as her recurring role in Doctor Who as Kate Stewart, Head of Scientific Research at UNIT. As well as a successful career in television, she has appeared in many onstage productions and on film, including her portrayal as Evie Wilcox in the BAFTA-award winning Merchant Ivory adaptation of Howards End.
Early life and family
Born in London, she is the daughter of the actor Corin Redgrave and his first wife, Deirdre Hamilton-Hill, a former fashion model. They divorced when Jemma was nine. She has a brother, Luke Redgrave, who is a camera operator, and two half-brothers, Arden and Harvey Redgrave. Her mother died in 1997 and her father died in 2010.
She is the grand-daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, as well as being the niece of actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and cousin of Joely Richardson, Carlo Nero and Natasha Richardson. Her step-mother is the actress Kika Markham.
After graduation, Redgrave landed a succession of high-profile stage acting roles: in the 1988 stage production of Strindberg‘s Easter; in Lady Windermere’s Fan in Belfast, Northern Ireland; as Emily in Thornton Wilder‘s Our Town; as Irina in a 1990 revival of Anton Chekhov‘s The Three Sisters in London’s West End with her aunts Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave; in 1993 with Colin Firth in Alexander Griboyedov‘s Chatsky at the Almeida Theatre, London; and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2001 at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre), London, playing Titania alongside Dawn French as Bottom.
In 2010, she appeared in New York’s Public Theater in The Great Game: Afghanistan which featured seven hours of on-stage acting. Redgrave appeared in four of the twelve plays. In 2012, Redgrave appeared alongside Ben Chaplin in Roger Michell‘s production of Farewell to the Theatre at the Hampstead Theatre, followed by starring roles in Donkeys’ Years (2014) and An Ideal Husband (2016).
She has appeared in many roles on British television, including leading actor roles as the eponymous Dr. Eleanor Bramwell in four series of ITV’s Bramwell and as D.S. Eve Granger in Cold Blood, alongside John Hannah and Matthew Kelly. Redgrave also appeared as Eleanor in Roger Michell‘s The Buddha of Suburbia: a four-part adaptation of the ground-breaking novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi and with a soundtrack written and performed specifically for the production by David Bowie.
Other prominent roles have included Francesca Rochester in Judge John Deed and Dee Stanton in Like Father, Like Son. In 2007, she portrayed Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park and Sophie Wall in Waking the Dead, followed by a 2009 appearance in the Sally Wainwright-penned series, Unforgiven. In 2013, she also appeared as Doctor Zoe Evans in the BBC One drama series Frankie..
From 2016 to 2018, Redgrave played former-RAMC surgeon, Major Berenice Wolfe, in the popular BBC medical drama Holby City. In 2019, she joined the cast of ITV’s Grantchester as Amelia, the mother of the show’s lead character, Rev. Will Davenport.
In 2012, Jemma became the first (and, as of yet, only) member of the Redgrave acting family to appear in Doctor Who, making her first appearance as Kate Stewart, the daughter of The Brigadier (Lethbridge-Stewart) and current Head of Scientific Research at UNIT, in “The Power of Three” and reprising the role a year later in the 50th anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor“: a special episode featuring three Doctors (John Hurt, David Tennant and Matt Smith) which was broadcast by the BBC in 94 countries simultaneously and in cinemas worldwide (earning a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ever simulcast of a TV drama).
Redgrave returned to the role of Kate Stewart in the Doctor Who (series 8) finale “Death in Heaven“, and in the 2015 episodes “The Magician’s Apprentice“, “The Zygon Invasion” and “The Zygon Inversion“, appearing alongside Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.
Since 2015, she has also appeared as Kate Stewart as the lead in numerous UNIT audio adventures for Big Finish Productions, working alongside the likes of Ingrid Oliver, Ramon Tikaram, Derek Jacobi and Alex Kingston.
|1988||Dream Demon||Diana||Harley Cokeliss|
|1992||Howards End||Evie Wilcox||James Ivory||Winner of Best Film BAFTA (1992). Winner of Cannes Film Festival 45th Anniversary Prize. Nominated for Best Motion Picture at 50th Golden Globe Awards. Nominated for Best Picture at 65th Academy Awards|
|1993||One Night Stand||Kate||Bill Britten|
|1994||Power and Lovers||Emily||Aldo Lado|
|1998||The Acid House||Jenny||Paul McGuigan|
|2003||I’ll Be There||Rebecca Edmonds||Craig Ferguson|
|2005||Lassie||Daisy||Charles Sturridge||Nominated for Critics Choice Award at Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2007). Nominated for Best Irish Film at Irish Film and Television Awards (2007).|
|2016||Love and Friendship||Lady DeCourcy||Whit Stillman||Nominated for Film of the Year at the London Film Critics Circle Awards 2016|
|1988||Tales of the Unexpected||Violette Charbonneau||Episode: “A Time to Die”|
|1990||The Real Charlotte||Pamela Dysart||TV miniseries|
|1991||All Good Things||Elaine Wilson||TV miniseries|
|Performance||Caroline Coon||Episode: “The Trials of Oz”|
|1993||Diana: Her True Story||Carolyn Bartholomew||TV film|
|The Buddha of Suburbia||Eleanor||Episode: “1.4”|
|1995–98||Bramwell||Dr. Eleanor Bramwell||Main role (27 episodes)|
|1998||Mosley||Cimmie Curzon||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2000||Blue Murder||Gale||TV film|
|Cry Wolf||Dr. Jocelyn Wolf||Episode: “1.5”|
|Fish||Joanna Morgan||Main role (6 episodes)|
|Bramwell V||Dr. Eleanor Bramwell||TV series|
|2001||High Stakes||Anna Foster||Episode: “The Do-Gooders”|
|Judge John Deed||Francesca Rochester||Episodes: “Rough Justice”, “Appropriate Response”|
|2002||Episode: “Nobody’s Fool”|
|The Swap||Jen Forrester||2 episodes|
|My Family||Dr. Connor||Episode: “Shrink Rap”|
|2004||Amnesia||Jenna Dean||2 episodes|
|The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Grace Finnegan||Episode: “If Wishes Were Horses”|
|The Grid||MI6 Agent Emily Tuthill||TV miniseries|
|2005||Tom Brown’s Schooldays||Mary Arnold||TV film|
|Like Father Like Son||Dee Stanton||2 episodes|
|Cold Blood||Eve Granger||TV film|
|2006||Lewis||Trudi Griffon||TV film|
|2007||Waking the Dead||Sophie Wall||Episodes: “Mask of Sanity: Parts 1 & 2”|
|Cold Blood 2||Eve Granger||TV film|
|Mansfield Park||Lady Bertram||TV film|
|The Relief of Belsen||Jean McFarlane||TV film|
|Cold Blood||Eve Granger||Episodes: “Interference”, “Dead and Buried”|
|2008||Episode: “The Last Hurrah”|
|Agatha Christie’s Marple: Murder Is Easy||Jessie Humbleby||TV film|
|2009||Unforgiven||Rachel Belcombe||Main role|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||Helena Marsden||Episode: “Shaken”|
|2012–15||Doctor Who||Kate Stewart||6 episodes|
|2013||Frankie||Dr. Zoe Evans||Main role (6 episodes)|
|2014||Dracula||Minerva Westenra||Episode: “A Whiff of Sulphur” “Four Roses”|
|Inspector George Gently||Jennifer Bing||Episode: “Gently With Honour”|
|2015||Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain||Clementine Churchill|
|2016–17, 2018-Dec 2018||Holby City||Bernie Wolfe||Main role (63 episodes)|
|2019||Grantchester||Amelia Davenport||Recurring role (2 episodes)|