Gemma Bissix in East Enders and Hollyoaks: Gemma Bissix made her soap debut in 1993, playing Clare Bates on East Enders.
She left Albert Square in 1998, only to crop up eight years later as Clare Devine on Hollyoaks.
So far it is still a mystery whether the actress will be playing a nurse or part of the medical staff, or who her character will be.
The only hint we have is that she will play a “sassy Northern bird who speaks as she finds”. xx”It also appears that the actress may be struggling with the workload, as she told her fans she was “shattered”.
In 2007, she took part in the BBC's Celebrity Master Chef competition. On 15/16 March 2008, Atkinson co-presented the Live gaming expo at Wembley Stadium with Virgin Radio presenter Iain Lee.
In November 2007, she appeared in the seventh series of I'm a Celebrity... Atkinson and her family appeared on All Star Family Fortunes on 20 September 2008, competing against Antony Cotton and his family.
She did a bungee jump, a skydive, a glider flight and swam with great white sharks.
In 2013, she appeared in an episode of I Love My Country, on BBC One.
Other television roles included appearing as herself in the pilot for Plus One, part of the pilot series Comedy Showcase in October 2009.
Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter on the Channel 4 teenage soap opera Hollyoaks.
Atkinson and Marcus Patric (who played the character Ben Davies) subsequently appeared in a spin-off series called Hollyoaks: Let Loose for E4, in which their characters started a new life together in Chester.
The Atkinsons did not win the show; however, Gemma was given £1,000 for her chosen charity.
On 12 November 2008, she appeared in Jack Osbourne's ITV2 show Adrenaline Junkie filmed in South Africa.
In Autumn 2017 Atkinson competed in the fifteenth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with professional dancer Aljaž Skorjanec.