“Ev­ery­one knows some­one a bit like Gemma!”

Inside Soap - - THE INSIDE SOAP AWARDS 2018 -

It’s a dou­ble whammy for Dol­ly­rose Camp­bell, who has scooped our Fun­ni­est Fe­male tro­phy two times on the trot. When we first met way­ward Gemma back in 2014, there was noth­ing very funny about her trou­bled life – but since mov­ing to the cob­bles, she has lit up the Street with her wacky out­fits and quirky turn of phrase. Even heart­break at the hands of her fancy ex-fi­ancé Henry couldn’t sup­press Gemma’s sense of hu­mour for long – so no won­der she’s your queen of com­edy once more…

You’ve been voted Fun­ni­est Fe­male again – did you ex­pect it?

No, not at all, it’s al­ways a sur­prise – and I’m re­ally pleased. It’s al­ways nice to be voted for, and to know that the au­di­ence are en­joy­ing watch­ing Gemma and she’s pop­u­lar. So thank you very much to ev­ery­one – and please keep watch­ing!

Who would you have voted for?

I’m in good com­pany with all the other nom­i­nees in this cat­e­gory, but I like Tameka Emp­son [Easten­ders’

Kim]. She’s al­ways very funny, so I’d have voted for her. I’ve not met her yet, as I don’t get out much – I’m a bit of an old-timer!

Why do you think Gemma strikes such a chord with the Coro­na­tion Street view­ers?

Well, she’s had her heart bro­ken re­cently, and I think peo­ple care about her. And I think ev­ery­one knows some­body a bit like Gemma. I’ve based dif­fer­ent as­pects of her on many dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

What have been your favourite Gemma mo­ments this year?

She’s a fun char­ac­ter, and the sto­ries that I get to play with her are all re­ally en­joy­able. The good thing about

Coro­na­tion Street is that there are plenty of other com­edy char­ac­ters to bounce off. And the more ex­pe­ri­ences Gemma has, the more we learn about her in the process. I’ve been very lucky!

Who makes you laugh?

Me­lanie Hill, who plays Cathy. We share a dress­ing room to­gether, and I’d say that I’m her big­gest fan!

Your co-star Si­mon Greg­son (Steve) has won Fun­ni­est Male – would you like more scenes be­tween Steve and Gemma?

They’ve not had much to­gether so far, have they? But it would be cool if they could go on an ad­ven­ture to­gether some­where. That would be hi­lar­i­ous.

Do you know where you might keep your award yet?

I’ve not got that much room at home, so maybe I’ll put it in my dress­ing room.

Can you tease us about what’s com­ing up for Gemma?

There’s lots of dif­fer­ent stuff hap­pen­ing over Christ­mas – a bit of a blast from the past, which is quite re­veal­ing. It might show us a few dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of Gemma’s char­ac­ter, and ex­plain some things about why she’s like she is. There’s plenty more to come!

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