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Jones, Gemma (I) Biography




biography of Jones, Gemma (I)

Jennifer Jones
4 December 1942, London, England, UK
5' 6"


-   Distinguished features and a deep resonant voice


-   Daughter of actor 'Griffith Jones' (qv) and older sister of actor 'Nicholas Jones (I)' (qv).

-   An Associate Member of RADA.

-   Graduated from RADA.

-   She has the dubious distinction of playing the first character to die in the popular detective series _"Inspector Morse" (1987)_ (qv).

-   Was an avid mountain climber for many years, a passion she credited to the fact that her family originally came from the Welsh mountains.

-   Is a good friend of fellow RADA graduate 'Martin Jarvis' (qv).

-   Current hobbies include gardening and hill walking near the Jones family home, an old lead miner's cottage in the Welsh mountains.

-   Mother, with 'Sebastian Graham Jones' (qv), of 'Luke Jones (II)' (qv).

-   Was in consideration for the part of Sarah/Anna in _The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)_ (qv) but 'Meryl Streep' (qv), who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.


-   P. D. James "Devices and Desires"

-   The voice of Marmee in Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's production of "Little Women"

-   (1971) She acted in 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv)'s play, "Getting On", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with 'Mona Washbourne' (qv) and 'Kenneth More' (qv) in the cast. 'Patrick Garland (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1979) She acted in 'C.P. Taylor' (qv)'s play, "And a Nightingale Sang", at the Wimbledon Theatre and Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, England with 'Patricia Routledge' (qv) in the cast. 'Mike Ockrent' (qv) was the director.

-   (1986) She acted in 'Julian Mitchell (I)' (qv)'s play, "After Aida", at the Old Vic Theatre with 'Ian Charleson' (qv), 'Richard Griffiths (I)' (qv), and 8 British Opera Singers (Welsh National Opera production of a play about Verdi and Boito) in the cast.

-   Appeared in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "Much Ado About Nothing" - Chichester Festival Theatre.

-   Played "Cherry" in 'George Farquhar' (qv)'s "The Beaux Strategem" - Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon (1963).

-   Played Joanna in "Baal" by 'Bertolt Brecht' (qv) - Phoenix Theatre, London (1963).

-   Played "Victoria" in "Portrait of a Queen", a play by 'William Francis (V)' (qv) - Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead (1966).

-   Played the title role in 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s "Saint Joan" - Wimbledon Theatre, London (1966).

-   Played "Helen Schlegel" in "Howard's End", based on the novel by 'E.M. Forster' (qv) - New Theatre, London (1967).

-   Played "Julia" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London (1968).

-   Played "Ophelia" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "Hamlet" - Birmingham Rep (1969).

-   Played "Valerie" in "There'll Be Some Changes Made", a new play by 'Alun Owen' (qv) - Fortune Theatre, London (1969).

-   Played "Nina" in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s "The Seagull" - Thorndike Theatre, London (1969).

-   Played "Christina of Sweden" in "The Abdication", a new play by 'Ruth Wolff (I)' (qv) - Theatre Royal, Bath (1971).

-   Her credits at Nottingham Playhouse include: "Portia" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "The Merchant of Venice" (1964), "Gilda" in "Alfie" by 'John Neville (I)' (qv) (1964, also West End), "Adele" in "The Cavern" by 'Jean Anouilh (I)' (qv) (1965, also West End) and "Blanche" in "A Streetcar Named Desire" by 'Tennessee Williams' (qv) (1975).

-   Played Ruth in "The Homecoming" by 'Harold Pinter' (qv) - UK tour (1978).

-   Played Sally in the musical "Cabaret" - Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (1979).

-   (1989) Played "Goneril" in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s "King Lear" - Old Vic Theatre, London (1989).

-   Played Titania in "The Fairy Queen", filmed as _The fairy queen (La reine des fées) (1989) (TV)_ (qv) - Theatre de l'Archeveche, Aix-en-Provence, France (1989).

-   (1991) Played "Theo" in "The Ride Down Mount Morgan", a play by 'Arthur Miller (I)' (qv) - Wyndhams Theatre, London (1991).

-   Her Royal Shakespeare Company credits include: Hippolyta/ Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1970), Hermione in "The Winter's Tale" (1981), Doll/Lady Mortimer in "Henry IV", "Clay" a new play by Peter Whelan (1982), Maria in "Twelfth Night", Katherine in "Henry VIII", Portia in "Julius Ceasar" (all 1983), "Measure For Measure" (1984), "Breaking the Silence" by 'Stephen Poliakoff' (qv) (1985), Paulina in "A Winter's Tale" and Mistress Ford in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (both 1992).

-   (1995) Played "Aline" in 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s "The Master Builder" - Theatre Royal Haymarket, London/ Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto (1995).

-   (1995) Played "Alice" in 'August Strindberg' (qv)'s "The Dance of Death" - Almeida Theatre, London (1995).

-   (1996) Played "Sonya" in "Tolstoy", a new play by 'James Goldman (I)' (qv) - Aldwych Theatre, London (1996).

-   Her National Theatre credits include: "Battle Royal" a new play by Nick Stafford (2000), Susan in "Next of Kin" a new play by John Hopkins, and the Countess in Beaumarchais' "The Marriage of Figaro" (1974).

-   Played Big Mama in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" by 'Tennessee Williams' (qv) - Lyric Theatre, London (2001).

-   Appeared in "Tejas Verdes" by 'Fermín Cabal' (qv) - Gate Theatre, London (2005).

-   Her credits at Hampstead Theatre include: the old woman in "Everything is Illuminated" based on the novel by 'Jonathan Safran Foer' (qv) (2006), Joanna in "Disposing of the Body" a new play by 'Hugh Whitemore' (qv) (1999), and Eugenie in "The Pastime of M Robert" (1966).

-   Played Grace in "On Religion" by 'Mick Gordon' (qv) and AC Grayling - Soho Theatre, London (2006).

-   (2008) Played "Amy" in "The Family Reunion", a play by 'T.S. Eliot' (qv) - Donmar Warehouse, London (2008).

-   (1991) She acted in 'Arthur Miller (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Ride Down Mount Morgan", at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with 'Tom Conti' (qv) and 'Clare Higgins (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Michael Blakemore' (qv) was the director.

-   (November 1964) She acted in Cottrell's translation of 'Georges Feydeau' (qv)'s play, "The Birdwatcher", at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with 'John Neville (I)' (qv), 'Ursula Smith (I)' (qv), 'Christopher Hancock (I)' (qv) and 'John Tordoff' (qv) in the cast. 'Ronald Magill' (qv) was the director.

-   (January 1965) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "Richard II", at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with 'John Neville (I)' (qv), 'Michael Craig (I)' (qv), 'Ronald Magill' (qv), 'Christopher Hancock (I)' (qv), 'John Tordoff' (qv) and 'Ursula Smith (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'John Neville (I)' (qv) and 'Michael Rudman (I)' (qv) were the directors.

-   (November-December 1969) She acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "The Seagull", at the Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead, Surrey, England with 'Gwen Watford' (qv), 'Michael Byrne (I)' (qv), 'Moray Watson' (qv) and 'Amanda Boxer' (qv) in the cast. 'Robin Phillips (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1979) She acted in 'C.P. Taylor' (qv)'s play, "And a Nightingale Sang", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with 'Patricia Routledge' (qv), 'Veronica Sowerby' (qv), 'Christian Rodska' (qv) and 'Ray Brooks (II)' (qv) in the cast. 'Mike Ockrent' (qv) was the director.

-   (1980) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," in a Cambridge Theatre Company production at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England with Brian Cox, Edward Jewesbury, Paul Whitworth, Kenny Ireland, Iain Mitchell, James Aubrey, and Emma Williams in the cast. Jonathan Lynn was director.

-   (1989) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Eric Porter, Paul Rogers, Peter Eyre, Frances De La Tour, Clive Russell, Jasper Britton, Ian Hogg, and Peter Bayliss in the cast. Jonathan Miller was director.

-   (January 1995) She acted in 'Michael Meyer (IV)' (qv)'s translation of 'August Strindberg' (qv)'s play, "The Dance of Death", at the Almeida Theatre in London, England with 'John Neville (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Stormare' (qv) was the director.

-   (1995) She acted in 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s play, "The Master Builder", in the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with 'Alan Bates (I)' (qv), 'Victoria Hamilton (I)' (qv) and 'John Normington' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1964) She acted in 'Bill Naughton (I)' (qv)'s play, "Alfie", at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with 'John Neville (I)' (qv), 'Maggie McGrath' (qv), 'Ursula Smith (I)' (qv), 'Maggie Jordan' (qv), 'Geraldine Moffat' (qv), 'John Tordoff' (qv) and 'Alfred Bell' (qv) in the cast. 'Donald McWhinnie' (qv) was the director.

-   (1965) She acted in 'Jean Anouilh (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Cavern", at the Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England with 'Christopher Hancock (I)' (qv), 'Gillian Martell' (qv) and 'John Tordoff' (qv) in the cast. 'Donald McWhinnie' (qv) was the director.

-   (1967) She acted in 'Lance Sieveking' (qv) and Cottrell's stage adaptation of 'E.M. Forster' (qv)'s novel, "Howard's End", at the New Theatre in London, England with 'Gwen Watford' (qv), 'Joyce Carey' (qv) and 'Andrew Ray' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1969) She acted in Harry England's play, "There'll Be Some Changes Made", at the Fortune Theatre in London, England in a Park Theatre Company production with 'Carmen Munroe' (qv), 'David Battley' (qv) and 'Alan Lake (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Donald McWhinnie' (qv) was the director.

-   (1972) She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Alan Howard, Barry Stanton, Robert Lloyd, Philip Locke, George Sweeney, Richard Moore, Zhivila Roche, Philip Sayer, Jennie Stoller, David Meyer, and Roshan Seth in the cast. Peter Brook was director.

-   (1981) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Winter's Tale", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv) and 'Sheila Hancock' (qv) in the cast. 'Ronald Eyre' (qv) was the director.

-   (1982) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Winter's Tale", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv) and 'Sheila Hancock' (qv) in the cast. 'Ronald Eyre' (qv) was the director.

-   (1983) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "King Henry The Eighth", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with 'Richard Griffiths (I)' (qv) and 'John Thaw' (qv) in the cast. 'Howard Davies (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1993) She acted in 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv)'s play, "The Winter's Tale", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with 'John Nettles (II)' (qv), 'Samantha Bond (I)' (qv), 'Benjamin Whitrow' (qv), 'Paul Jesson' (qv), 'Andrew Jarvis (I)' (qv), 'Jeffery Dench' (qv), 'Graham Turner (I)' (qv), 'Richard McCabe' (qv), 'Alan Cox (I)' (qv) and 'Phyllida Hancock' (qv) in the cast. 'Adrian Noble' (qv) was the director.

-   (1994) She acted in 'Michael Hastings (II)' (qv)' play, "Unfinished Business", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Pit Theatre in London, England with 'Jasper Britton' (qv), 'Toby Stephens' (qv) and 'Philip Voss (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Steven Pimlott' (qv) was the director.

-   (1975) She acted in 'David Rudkin (I)' (qv)'s play, "Ashes", at the Gardner Centre Theatre in Brighton, East Sussex, London, England with 'Ian McKellen' (qv), 'Paul Shelley (I)' (qv) and 'Ann Mitchell (I)' (qv) in the cast.

-   (1963) She acted in 'Bertolt Brecht' (qv)'s play, "Baal", was performed at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with 'Peter O'Toole (I)' (qv) and 'Harry Andrews' (qv) in the cast. William Gaskill was the director.

-   (1962) She performed in the revue, "Take to the Hills! Charity Revue", at the Scala Theatre in London, England with 'Patrick Mower' (qv), 'Ian Hamilton (I)' (qv), Brian Marber, 'Acker Bilk' (qv), 'Hughie Green' (qv), 'Michael Flanders' (qv), 'Donald Swann' (qv), 'Larry Adler (I)' (qv) and 'Joan Heal' (qv) in the cast. 'Gerald Harper' (qv) was the director.

-   (1974) She acted 'Beaumarchais' (qv)'s play, "The Marriage of Figaro", in the National Theatre production at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland with 'Gawn Grainger' (qv), 'Nicola Pagett' (qv), 'Derek Godfrey' (qv), 'Benjamin Whitrow' (qv), 'William Relton' (qv) and 'Hugh Thomas (II)' (qv) in the cast. 'Jonathan Miller (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (January 1974-December 1974) She acted in the Repertoire Season in the National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in Trevor Griffith's play, "The Party;" Eduardo De Filippo's play, "Saturday Sunday Monday;" William Shakespeare's plays, "Measure for Measure," "The Tempest," "Romeo and Juliet;" Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play, "The Front Page;" Peter Shaffer's play, "Equus;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Frank Wedekind's play, "Spring Awakening;" Edward Clarke's play, "Next of Kin;" JB Priestley's play, "Eden End;" Beaumarchais's play, "The Marriage of Figaro;" Peter Nichols's play, "The Freeway;" and Rene Clair's play, "Grand Manoeuvres;" with Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Joan Plowright, Rachel Kempson, Alec McCowen, Arthur Lowe, Beryl Reid, Denis Quilley, Frank Finlay, Geoffrey Palmer, Graham Crowden, Irene Handl, James Laurenson, Jenny Agutter, Joan Hickson, John Shrapnel, Martin Shaw, Michael Kitchen, Peter Firth, Cyril Cusack, Ronald Pickup, Alan MacNaugthan, Anna Carteret, Benjamin Whitrow, Christopher Guard, Clive Merrison, Constance Cummings, Dai Bradley, David Bradley, David Dixon, David Firth, Derek Godfrey, Gabrielle Day, Gawn Grainger, Gillian Barge, Howard Goorney, Hugh Thomas, Jane Carr, Jane Wenham, Jeanne Watts, Joseph O'Conor, Julian Curry, Julian Orchard, Julie Covington, Lesley Manville, Leslie Sands, Louise Purnell, Mark Dignam, Michael Feast, Michael Jayston, Nicholas Clay, Nicola Pagett, Patti Love, Paul Curran, Paul Rogers, Paul Scofield, Ram John Holder, Rupert Frazer, Veronica Quilligan, William Relton, and William Squire in the cast.

-   (1971) She acted in 'Alan Bennett (I)' (qv)'s play, "Getting On", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with 'Kenneth More' (qv) and 'Mona Washbourne' (qv) in the cast. 'Patrick Garland (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1986) She acted in Julian Mitchell's play, "After Aida," in a Welsh National Opera Production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ian Charleson, Richard Griffiths, Malcolm Storry, Elizabeth Collier, Christine Teare, Beverley Mills, Wendy Verco, John Harris, Mark Hamilton, Henry Newman, Steven Page, Martin Andre, and Michael Lloyd in the cast.

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