Gemma Merna was born in October 1984 in Cleethorpes, England but later moved to Disbury in Manchester. She is an actress who became known for her role as Carmel Valentine in Hollyoaks.
She won Best Comedy Performance in the 2007 The British Soap Awards for her role in the Channel 4 series. The part was her first major television or stage role.
Gemma was nominated in the same yeat for Best Female Soap Actress at the National Television Awards. Gemma admitted in an interview in 2009 that she had a breast enlargement when she was 22 and it gave her more confidence.