Gemma AtkinsonShe’s set foot on stage as a naked Miss September, but is better known for calendars of her own. She’s gone from humble beginnings on teatime TV to appearances on the silver screen. It’s official: Gemma Atkinson is up and running.
Remember the days when Hollyoaks was a guilty pleasure that you pretended your other half was ‘forcing’ you to watch? You sat there in faux disgruntlement, secretly thanking the TV gods for the 30-minute slice of heaven that came in the form of the soap’s gaggle of blonde, tanned creatures who looked as though their curves had been lovingly designed by Porsche.Chief among them was Gemma Atkinson, who grew into a bombshell before our very eyes between 2001 and 2006 as Lisa Hunter. Photo shoots, lingerie contracts, men’s mags, calendars, an appearance in a video game, and further work on stage and screen have all followed, including a run in the theatre production of Calendar Girls, where as Miss September she followed in the unclad footsteps of a certain Jerry Hall. And when we say unclad, we don’t mean she’s a barefoot runner, you nerk.The upcoming films How to Stop Being A Loser and Airborne are now helping her on her way to big screen stardom. Atkinson has literally and figuratively taken off. Oh, and she is a keen runner as well. In 2007 she completed a 5K for Breast Cancer Awareness and this year she took part in the Great Manchester Run for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. It was her third consecutive appearance in the race and her quickest to date, slicing two minutes off her 2010 time to finish in 55mins 29secs.However you look at it, and we have a lot and from different angles too, things just get better and better for Miss Gemma Atkinson.