Who is Gemma Atkinson, when did she start dating Strictly's Gorka Marquez and what did she say about Shamima Begum?

Who is Gemma Atkinson, when did she start dating Strictly's Gorka Marquez and what did she say about Shamima Begum?

SOAP star Gemma Atkinson's career has soared in recent years following her Strictly debut in 2017.

As well as welcoming her baby daughter into the world, Gemma is now engaged to Strictly dancing pro Gorka Marquez.

What is Gemma Atkinson's backstory?

Gemma Louise Atkinson was born November 16, 1984, and is an English actress and ex-glamour model.

Emmerdale fans will, of course, recognise Gemma from her role as Carly Hope in the ITV soap.

But she's probably best known for playing Lisa Hunter in teen favourite Hollyoaks.

She was on the Channel 4 programme for five years between 2001 to 2005.

When was Gemma Atkinson's baby born?

Gemma and boyfriend Gorka Marquez confirmed they are having a baby on February 1, 2019.

The couple then welcomed their new baby on July 4, 2019.

Sharing her happy news that she'd become a mum for the first time, Gemma wrote on Instagram: "And just like that, we’re a three!

"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.

"You’re all so wonderful and I’m so grateful to have had you all with me and to have been under your care these past 4 days.

"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."

When did Gemma Atkinson start dating Gorka?

Gemma's love life has often hit the headlines.

Throughout the 2017 Strictly series, she and her co-star Gorka were constantly asked whether they were dating.

Despite months of questioning and speculation, the pair continued to deny their romance.

On Valentine's Day 2018 the pair FINALLY confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in showbiz that they were a couple.

Sharing a snap of her resting her head on Gorka's shoulder as they sat on the beach on holiday on Instagram, she wrote: "Here’s to many more kid. Happy Valentines Day @gorka_marquez."

And on Valentines 2021, the pair shared another romantic bombshell.

Gorka Marquez proposed to Gemma on Valentine’s Day in 2021.

The former Emmerdale actress revealed the happy news in a romantic Instagram post today with a picture of her and Spanish dancer Gorka, 30.

Posing next to her husband to be, Gemma, 36, flashed her diamond engagement ring.

She captioned the snap: “Valentine’s forever… Of course I said yes.”

Gorka also shared the news with his 650,000 followers, posting the same picture of them.

He wrote: “The best day with my forever Valentine’s.“I asked and she said YES!!!!!!"

Who else has Gemma Atkinson dated?

Gemma has previously dated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lee Ryan, footballer Adam Smith and her Emmerdale co-star Cleveland Campbell.

Prior to meeting Gorka, she was with personal trainer Olly Foster.

What shows has Gemma been on?

Gemma has appeared on a few reality TV shows including I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2007.

She joined Strictly in 2017 and was partnered by Aljaž Skorjanec.

The couple were runners-up on the show.

After Hollyoaks, Gemma joined BBC's Casualty as Tamzin Bayle before heading to Emmerdale in 2015.

Gemma also co-hosts Key 103's Breakfast Show.

What is Gemma's net worth?

Gemma Atkinson is believed to have a net worth of £3million.

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