Today we celebrate Irish actress Gemma Craven for her historical costume film and television roles!
We have covered this fairytale with fabulous 18th-century costumes in our review. Gemma is Cinderella and gets a spectacular wardrobe after paying her dues slaving away for her bitchy stepmother.
Pennies From Heaven (1978)
Miniseries about a philandering husband in 1930s England, starring Bob Hoskins (not to be confused with the 1981 film remake starring Steve Martin). I haven’t seen the miniseries, so not sure what Gemma’s housewife character is doing dressed as Theda Bara, but it probably makes sense in context.
East Lynne (1982)
The Shutterstock caption for this identifies the TV movie based on Ellen Wood’s 1861 novel as a “Christmas special” because Victorian women who leave their husbands for deadbeat aristocrats and suffer horribly as a result makes for such a heartwarming holiday story.
Gemma plays Minna Planer, first wife of Richard Wagner, in the miniseries based on the composer’s life. The costumes were designed by Shirley Russell.
Robin Hood (1984-1986) “The Enchantment”
Teased bangs are so 12th-century England. I highly recommend you read the synopsis of this episode here, because I don’t think I could do any better.
The Man Who Cried (1993)
That is allegedly Gemma Craven opposite Ciarán Hinds. Normally I wouldn’t include a photo this ambiguous but we always seem to end up with at least one outraged comment about how we “forgot” to list someone’s favorite role, so here you go. A boring pic of the back of Gemma Craven’s head. Allegedly. Please don’t yell at me.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993)
Another instance of there being no online images of Gemma playing the role of Miss Twinkleton in this early-1990s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ last novel. So … Here, have another a photo of Gemma in The Slipper and the Rose.
The Cazalets (2001)
She’s in this … somewhere.
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Gemma Craven’s?