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Jemima (Jemma) Rebecca Redgrave (born 14 January 1965) is the fourth-generation English actress of the Redgrave family.
Kate Stewart, Head of Scientific Research at UNIT, appeared as the title character in four series of Bramwell, and she appears in Doctor Who as Kate Stewart.
She has appeared in numerous onstage and film roles, as well as her career in television, including her portrayal of Evie Wilcox in Howards End's BAFTA-award winning Merchant Ivory adaptation.
Early life and family
She was born in London and is the niece of actor Corin Redgrave and his first wife, Deirdre Hamilton-Hill, a former fashion model. When Jemma was nine years old, they divorced. She has a brother, Luke Redgrave, who is a camera operator, and two half-brothers, Arden and Harvey Redgrave. Her mother died in 1997 and her father died in 2010.
She is the granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, niece of actress Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and cousin of Joely Richardson, Carlo Nero, and Natasha Richardson. Kika Markham, her stepmother, is a film actress.
In 1992, Redgrave married Tim Owen, a barrister at Matrix Chambers. Gabriel, the boy's son, was born in 1994. The couple lived together from 1997 to 1998. They reconciled, but Alfie, their son, was born in 2000. In 2020, the couple divorced.
As a child, she attended the Godolphin and Latymer school in Hammersmith. She then enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art at the age of 18.
After graduation, Redgrave landed a succession of high-profile stage acting roles: in the 1988 stage production of Strindberg's Easter; in Lady Windermere's Fan in Belfast, Northern Ireland; as Emily in Thornton Wilder's Our Town; as Irina in a 1990 revival of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters in London's West End with her aunts Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave; in 1993 with Colin Firth in Alexander Griboyedov's Chatsky at the Almeida Theatre, London; and in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2001 at the Albery Theatre (now the Noël Coward Theatre), London, playing Titania alongside Dawn French as Bottom.
In 2010, she appeared in New York's Public Theater in The Great Game: Afghanistan which featured seven hours of on-stage acting. Redgrave appeared in four of the twelve plays. In 2012, Redgrave appeared alongside Ben Chaplin in Roger Michell's production of Farewell to the Theatre at the Hampstead Theatre, followed by starring roles in Donkeys' Years (2014) and An Ideal Husband (2016).
In 2018, Redgrave appeared in another Roger Michell production, appearing again alongside Ben Chaplin, this time in Joe Penhall's Mood Music at The Old Vic.
She has appeared in many roles on British television, including leading actor roles as the eponymous Dr. Eleanor Bramwell in four series of ITV's Bramwell and as D.S. Eve Granger in Cold Blood, alongside John Hannah and Matthew Kelly. Redgrave also appeared as Eleanor in Roger Michell's The Buddha of Suburbia: a four-part adaptation of the ground-breaking novel of the same name by Hanif Kureishi and with a soundtrack written and performed specifically for the production by David Bowie.
Other prominent roles have included Francesca Rochester in Judge John Deed and Dee Stanton in Like Father, Like Son. In 2007, she portrayed Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park and Sophie Wall in Waking the Dead, followed by a 2009 appearance in the series, Unforgiven, written by Sally Wainwright. In 2013, she also appeared as Doctor Zoe Evans in the BBC One drama series Frankie.
From 2016 to 2018, Redgrave played former RAMC surgeon, Major Berenice Wolfe, in the popular BBC medical drama Holby City. In 2019, she joined the cast of ITV's Grantchester as Amelia, the mother of the show's lead character, Rev. Will Davenport.
On August 31, 2021, she made a surprise return to Holby City as Bernie Wolfe.
In 2012, Redgrave was cast in the long-running science-fiction programme Doctor Who as Kate Stewart, the daughter of The Brigadier, a recurring character from the series' classic run. First appearing in "The Power of Three" (2012) with Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, Kate is the head of Scientific Research and de facto leader of fictional military organisation UNIT, a role previously occupied by her father before his retirement. Redgrave reprises the role in the fiftieth anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" (2013), which was simulcast on television and in cinemas across the world in 94 countries, earning a Guinness World Record for the world's largest ever simulcast of a TV drama.
Redgrave later portrayed Kate alongside Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor in the Series 8 finale "Death in Heaven" (2014) and the 2015 episodes "The Magician's Apprentice", "The Zygon Invasion" and "The Zygon Inversion". She also began headlining the audio drama spin-off UNIT: The New Series for Big Finish Productions alongside Ingrid Oliver as Osgood, whom Redgrave appeared on-screen with in Doctor Who. Redgrave also played Kate in a promo video for Doctor Who: Time Fracture, an immersive experience that began running in London in April 2021 before returning to the main programme in the Series 13 episodes "Survivors of the Flux" and "The Vanquishers", as well as the upcoming special "Power of the Doctor", due to air in late 2022.