Gemma Craven

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TV Actress
Date of Birth June 1, 1950
Place of Birth Ireland
Age 70 years old
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Rita Gemma Craven is an Irish actress. She is best known for her role as Joan Parker, the frigid wife of Arthur, in the BBC TV drama Pennies From Heaven.

Born: Rita Gemma Gabriel, June 1, 1950, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Occupation: Actress, performer, singer, musician
Years active: 1972–present
Spouse(s): Frazer Hines (1981–1984), David Beamish (1990–1996)
Awards: Best Actress – Musical, 1980 They're Playing Our Song
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About Gemma Craven

Irish-born actress who played Joan Parker in the popular BBC series Pennies From Heaven and also appeared in South Pacific.

Before Fame

She acted alongside Richard Chamberlain in 1976's The Slipper and the Rose. She was cast in the film after its producers saw her perform in a stage production of The Threepenny Opera at the Bristol Old Vic.


She acted opposite Richard Burton in the 1983 film Wagner. She won a Laurence Olivier Award for her work in the musical They're Playing Our Song.

Family Life

She was briefly married to fellow actor, Frazer Hines. But she remarried David Beamish in 1990, and they separated six years later.


She and actress Helen Mirren both attended St. Bernard's Convent High School for Girls in Essex, England.

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