Gemma Atkinson: From Glamour Model To Fitness Model To Mum

By Ciara

23rd July 2019

Gemma Atkinson: From Glamour Model To Fitness Model To Mum

Gemma Atkinson: From glamour model to fitness model to mum – we’re looking at the actress’ transition from modelling to motherhood.

The UK soapstar’s career has skyrocketed in recent years after she headed onto the Strictly floor in 2017 and danced her way into the final.

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More recently, the former Hollyoaks’ (UK soap) star revealed that she has given birth to her first child with boyfriend Gorka Marquez – here’s her story.

Where Did She Start Out?

Born in November 1984, Gemma was introduced to the acting world at the age of 17 when she landed the role of Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks.

After five years of the lovable Lisa, Gemma launched her parallel career as a glamour model – and it was pretty successful!

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Because of her appearance in risque lingerie shoots for magazines including FHM, Loaded, Zoo and Nuts, Atkinson made FHM’s infamous 100 Sexiest Women list, debuting at number 32 in 2006. A year later, it appeared that our Gem got even sexier, bumping up to position 23, before rising again in 2008 to number 18.

Taking a break from her modelling career, Gemma returned to the soap world in 2015, where she played Tamzin Bayle on Casualty (2011–12, 2014) before landing the role of Carly Hope on Emmerdale (2015–17).

Moving From Glamour To Fitness…

If you follow the actress on Instagram (which you totally should), you might’ve seen her flexed muscles or her 6am pre-workout alarm calls. And it was the positive influence of her ex-boyfriend and English soccer player Adam Smith – who things ended with in 2008 – that helped Gemma to get in good shape.

She revealed:

“I got my fitness mojo back at 22 when I learnt about nutrition. Over the past six years I’ve completely changed my lifestyle. My partner and I train together and cook healthy meals, and I only drink alcohol on special occasions. His six-pack motivates me too!”

She’s The Fittest She’s Been…

Gemma adds:

“I know it’s difficult for women with children, as time is limited. If you set aside just 20 minutes a day, you’ll reap the rewards. You’ll get fit and healthy, have more energy, your skin will improve, you’ll sleep better and feel more positive.”


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After a meeting with my publishers at Harper Collins I’m still SO overwhelmed by all your lovely comments and feed back about my first book “The Ultimate Body Plan” I’ve had messages from so many of you relating not only to the plan but the introduction about my life ups & downs. It’s Good to know we all go through stuff and we all get through stuff. I’m so pleased the plan has worked for so many of you and most importantly made you feel happier, healthier and more confident! Keep going with it. This book is a lifestyle change and NOT a quick fix. If you fancy making maintainable changes and forming new habits for yourself, hit the link in my bio to order your copy. We’ve included programs for at home or at the gym and recipes include vegan, vegetarian and gluten free 💪🏼❤️💁🏼‍♀️

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In spite of admitting she had breast enlargement surgery to improve her glamour modelling career, Gem now admits she’s she happiest she’s ever been in her body.

“I’m the happiest, most confident I’ve ever been. I’ve got so much energy. I wake up feeling ready to go, rather than thinking, ‘I’m so tired, I can’t face anything!’”

She’s Also Been Busy Book-Writing

“Our beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gorks couldn’t be happier.
“She’s incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times!

“Little Miss independent already! Thank you SO much to the nurses & doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of myself and my baby.


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♥️𝑀𝒾𝒶 𝐿𝑜𝓊𝒾𝓈𝑒 𝑀𝒶𝓇𝓆𝓊𝑒𝓏♥️

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“You’re all so wonderful and I’m so grateful to have had you all with me.

“Back home now for family time and to introduce little lady to her big brothers Norman & Ollie…. Let the next life chapter begin @gorka_marquez.”

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