Ruth Gemmell (born in 1967 in Darlington, UK) is a British actress. She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After graduating, she has played a variety of roles mainly in theatres and TV dramas. She played the leading female role in the 1997 film Fever Pitch starring opposite Colin Firth and had another leading role in the comedy/drama 2 January (2006). In 2004 she starred in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me as the mother of the title character, who abandoned her when she was a baby, leading her to spend life in a children's home.
From January 2009 she became a recurring character in EastEnders as Debra Dean; the mother of a teenage girl who, identically to her role in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, abandoned her daughter when she was an infant.
Ruth returned to EastEnders in June 2009 and July 2009, it is stated she could reprise her role later in the year for the trial of her characters daughter Whitney's abuser Tony.
In August 2009 she starred as Rebecca Sands in two episodes of The Bill.
 Personal life
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