GEMMA WARDLE - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Gemma has over 25 years experience as an actress in television, theatre and film.
Her professional career began at the age of 10, appearing in many leading roles in children's television dramas, including series regular Holly Painter in Wilderness Edge, How We Used To Live, The 8:15 From Manchester andDramarama.
As a child, Gemma broadened her professional experience into radio and theatre and at the age of 16 she was cast in the Manchester production of Les Misérables. Within the year Cameron Mackintosh offered Gemma the leading role of Eponine in London's West End production. This is a role in which Gemma has returned to over the years and performed for Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle.
Other theatre credits include; creating the role of Serena Katz in the Original London cast of Fame, Mrs Lester in the Original London cast of Betty Blue Eyes, Miss Red in the Original London cast of Shout!, Cinderella's Mother in the Olivier award winning production of Into The Woods at Regent Park Open Air Theatre. Gemma has also appeared in numerous plays and shows across the country such as Carousel(UK Tour), Dreamers, Union Street, Sweet Charity (Oldham Coliseum) , The Naked Truth (UK Tour), Peter Pan (Sheffield Lyceum), Up On The Roof (New Wolsey, Ipswich), The Green Violin (Amsterdam) and appearances in The BBC Proms and Les Miserables 10th Anniversary, both at The Royal Albert Hall and featured Alumni Cast in Les Miserables 25th Anniversay Concert at Londons O2 Arena.
Alongside theatre Gemma brings a wealth of experience in television and film, playing series regular Chris Jacobs in Channel Five Soap, Family Affairs, working with Victoria Wood and Julie Walters in the television film, Pat And Margaret as well as featuring in the epic Les Misérables movie. More recently, Gemma played there role of Mrs Brown in the CBBC drama,Harriet's Army.
Other TV credits include: Harriet's Army (CBBC), Doctors (BBC), Life On Mars (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Supplies (ITV Granada).
Gemma is also a regular featured voice-over artist for film, television and radio. She has made several recordings for BBC 4, including : Relative Strangers, There's a Valley in Spain and The Stone Book.
Big Finish recordings: Wendy Plainfolk in Judge Dredd and Alys in Doctor Who with Colin Baker.
Last year, Gemma worked with Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, Claude Michel Schönberg and the Working Title/ Universal Films teams, in pre-production, to sing and work through the score of the Les Misérables movie. She has also been part of the team assisting Claude-Michel and Alan Bloubil, singing the score for the revival of Les Misérables on Broadway.
The experience gained from working with producers and directors at the top of their profession such as SIr Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Trevor Nunn, Sir Richard Eyre, John Caird, Julian Jarold and Timothy Sheader, makes Gemma a great asset to TOTALLY LIT!