Gillian Kearney

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TV Actress
Date of Birth May 9, 1972
Place of Birth England
Age 48 years old
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Gillian Louise Kearney is an English actress best known for her early role as Debbie McGrath in Channel 4's Liverpool-based soap opera Brookside and the spin-off mini-series Damon and Debbie, and for playing Jessica Harrison in the long-running BBC television medical drama series Casualty, as well as Emma Barton in the ITV Yorkshire-based soap opera Emmerdale. The role of Emma Barton gained her recognition because of character's involvement in Emmerdale's most high profile storylines during her three year stint.

Born: Gillian Louise Kearney, May 09, 1972, Liverpool, England
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1986–present
Television: Brookside/Damon and Debbie (1986–1989), Shameless (2005–2007), Casualty (2008–2010), Emmerdale (2015–2017)
Partner(s): Eddie Foo
Children: 1
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About Gillian Kearney

Most well known for her role as Jessica Harrison on the popular BBC series Casualty, Kearney is also notable for portraying Emma Barton and Debbie McGrath on the respective soap operas Emmerdale and Brookside.

Before Fame

In her early years, she acted in numerous Liverpool Playhouse Youth Theatre productions and was discovered by a Mersey Television scout, who promptly secured her an audition for Brookside.


In 2011, she played Louise Scanlon on the short-lived television series Justice.

Family Life

A native of Liverpool, England, she is the daughter of Barbara and Gerard Kearney and has three brothers, including professional soccer player Tom Kearney. She and her fiance Eddie Foo welcomed a son named John Gerard in the summer of 2010.


She and Damian Lewis were both in the cast of the TV miniseries The Forsyte Saga.

Information related to Gillian Kearney

  • Actresses from Liverpool
  • Alumni of Rose Bruford College
  • English radio actresses
  • English child actresses
  • English soap opera actresses
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Latest information about Gillian Kearney updated on January 20, 2021.

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