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Biography

Gemma Jones (born Jennifer Jones on 4 December 1942) is an English character actress on both stage and screen.

Jones recorded Shakespeare's "Sonnet 50" ("How heavy do I journey on the way") in 2002 for EMI Classics album, When Love Speaks.

She rose to fame in 1974, after playing the Empress Frederick in the BBC television drama series Fall of Eagles and Louisa Trotter in another BBC drama, The Duchess of Duke Street. On stage, in 1986 she played the great soprano Giuseppina Strepponi in After Aida at the Old Vic Theatre.

Jones played Mrs. Dashwood alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in the Academy Award-winning period drama Sense and Sensibility (1995). Other notable roles include Lady Queensbury in Wilde (1997), Grace Winslow in The Winslow Boy (1999), Pam Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Poppy Pomfrey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. From 2007 to 2008 she played Connie James in the BBC1 drama Spooks.

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