Who is Gemma Atkinson, when did she start dating Strictly's Gorka Marquez and what did she say about Shamima Begum?

She has now revealed she is having a baby – here's Gem's story.

What is Gemma Atkinson's backstory?

Gemma Louise Atkinson was born November 16, 1984, and is an English actress and ex-glamour model.

Emmerdale fans will, of course, recognise Gemma from her role as Carly Hope in the ITV soap.

But she's probably best known for playing Lisa Hunter in teen favourite Hollyoaks.

She was on the Channel 4 programme for five years between 2001 to 2005.

What has Gemma said about  jihadi bride Shamima Begum?


When is Gemma Atkinson's baby due?

Gemma and boyfriend Gorka Marquez confirmed they are having a baby on February 1, 2019.

The couple announced the news on Instagram by sharing a picture of Gemma's pet dogs Norm and Ollie.

One had a sign around its neck, which read "Guess what…mum's pregnant" while the other wore one that said: "We're going to be big brothers!"

Gorka, 28, wrote in the caption: "@glouiseatkinson Thank you for the greatest gift in life.
"Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year! Baby Marquez.

"Norm and Ollie can’t wait to start their big brother duties."

Former Emmerdale actress Gemma, 34, shared the same picture and wrote: "And what Amazing big brothers they will be!

"Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year.

"Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already."

The couple hasn't yet shared any further details such as the due date or sex of the baby.

What has Gemma said about jihadi bride Shamima Begum?

On February 18, 2019 Gemma shared a tribute to the Manchester terror victims and said their deaths are the reason why jihadi bride Shamima Begum should stay in Syria.

Gemma posted a collage of those murdered in the horrific blast and fumed on Instagram: “Here’s 22 reasons why that Isis bride should NOT be allowed back in the UK!”

The pregnant ex-Hollyoaks star also shared a bee emoji – a symbol that came to represent love and strength in Manchester.

When did Gemma Atkinson start dating Gorka?

Gemma's love life has often hit the headlines.

Throughout the 2017 Strictly series, she and her co-star Gorka were constantly asked whether they were dating.

Despite months of questioning and speculation, the pair continued to deny their romance.

On Valentine's Day 2018 the pair FINALLY confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in showbiz that they were a couple.

Sharing a snap of her resting her head on Gorka's shoulder as they sat on the beach on holiday on Instagram, she wrote: "Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentines Day @gorka_marquez."

Who else has Gemma Atkinson dated?

Gemma has previously dated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lee Ryan, footballer Adam Smith and her Emmerdale co-star Cleveland Campbell.

Prior to meeting Gorka, she was with personal trainer Olly Foster.

What shows has Gemma been on?

Gemma has appeared on a few reality TV shows including I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2007.

She joined Strictly in 2017 and was partnered by Aljaž Skorjanec.

The couple were runners-up on the show.

After Hollyoaks, Gemma joined BBC's Casualty as Tamzin Bayle before heading to Emmerdale in 2015.

Gemma also co-hosts Key 103's Breakfast Show.

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