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Also Known As: Jennifer Jones Died:
Born: December 4, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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This petite auburn-haired sparkling-eyed British character player is best-known in her homeland for her acclaimed stage and TV performances. Gemma Jones is recalled by American audiences for her starring turn as the lower-class cook turned upper-crust hotelier in two series of "The Duchess of Duke Street" (PBS, 1976-78) and for her screen work as the often perplexed mother of the Dashwood sisters in Ang Lee's superior "Sense and Sensibility" (1995).The daughter of British actor Griffith Jones, Gemma (born Jennifer) Jones found almost immediate employment after her graduation for RADA. Within a year, she was appearing in London's West End alongside Peter O'Toole in "Baal" (1963) and she primarily concentrated on her stage career over the next three decades. Among her many notable performances were Portia in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (1964-65), "Saint Joan" (1966), Ophelia to Richard Chamberlain's "Hamlet" (1969), Blanche Du Bois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1975), Goneril in "King Lear" (1989) and, more recently, Sonya in "Tolstoy" (1996), opposite F. Murray Abraham. Jones toured throughout the world in the early 1970s with Peter Brook's famed production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"...

This petite auburn-haired sparkling-eyed British character player is best-known in her homeland for her acclaimed stage and TV performances. Gemma Jones is recalled by American audiences for her starring turn as the lower-class cook turned upper-crust hotelier in two series of "The Duchess of Duke Street" (PBS, 1976-78) and for her screen work as the often perplexed mother of the Dashwood sisters in Ang Lee's superior "Sense and Sensibility" (1995).

The daughter of British actor Griffith Jones, Gemma (born Jennifer) Jones found almost immediate employment after her graduation for RADA. Within a year, she was appearing in London's West End alongside Peter O'Toole in "Baal" (1963) and she primarily concentrated on her stage career over the next three decades. Among her many notable performances were Portia in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (1964-65), "Saint Joan" (1966), Ophelia to Richard Chamberlain's "Hamlet" (1969), Blanche Du Bois in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1975), Goneril in "King Lear" (1989) and, more recently, Sonya in "Tolstoy" (1996), opposite F. Murray Abraham. Jones toured throughout the world in the early 1970s with Peter Brook's famed production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and returned to the US with the National Theatre's 1994 production of "The Winter's Tale".

Jones made her screen debut in Ken Russell's visually stunning but somewhat confused "The Devils" (1971). Her additional screen work has been fairly limited. On TV, she has appeared in "The Lie" (1970) by Ingmar Bergman, the thriller "Dial a Deadly Number" (ABC, 1975) and PBS' "Devices and Desires" (1991). On the big screen, Jones was also seen as a physician in "Paperhouse" (1988) and as another 19th century mother in the Merchant-Ivory production "Feast of July" (1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Forget Me Not (2011)
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 Ballet Shoes (2008)
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 Good (2008)
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 Contractor, The (2007)
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 Fragile (2005)
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1962:
After graduating from RADA, made stage debut in "The Beaux Strategem"
1962:
Made London stage debut opposite Peter O'Toole in "Baal"
1971:
Feature film debut, Ken Russell's "The Devils"
1971:
Played Hippolyta and Titania in Peter Brook's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on tour throughout the world including the U.S.
1972:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1976:
Starred in "The Duchess of Duke Street" (shown first on the BBC and in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater")
1979:
Made stage musical debut as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret"
1980:
Cast as Portia in BBC production of "The Merchant of Venice"
1986:
Co-starred in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (BBC)
1991:
Starred in Arthur Miller's "A Ride Down Mount Morgan" in London
1994:
Returned to U.S. to appear with The National Theatre production of "The Winter's Tale" in Washington, DC
1995:
Played supporting role of Mrs. Dashwood in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility"
1997:
Portrayed Lady Queensberry in "Wilde"
1999:
Co-starred as Mrs. Winslow in David Mamet's remake of "The Winslow Boy"
2001:
Landed featured role in the London stage revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
2001:
Cast as the title character's mother in "Bridget Jones's Diary," based on the novel by Helen Fielding
2002:
Played Madam Pomfrey in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," directed by Chris Columbus
2003:
Landed recurring role on ITV crime drama "Trial & Retribution"
2004:
Reprised role as Bridget's mum in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"
2009:
Reprised Madam Pomfrey role in David Yates directed "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
2010:
Appeared in "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," written and directed by Woody Allen
2011:
Returned as Madam Pomfrey in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
2012:
Played supporting role opposite Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the period comedy "Hysteria"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1962

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companion:
Sebastian Graham-Jones. Director.

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father:
Griffith Jones. Actor.
mother:
Irene Jones.
son:
Luke Graham-Jones. Born c. 1973.

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