Gemma Jones reveals she’s unrecognisable as Campe, the terrifying half-woman, half-scorpion creature she plays in an upcoming episode of BBC1’s Atlantis.
Talking to whatsontv.co.uk, Gemma – who made her name in 1970s series The Duchess of Duke Street – said: “Campe is an ancient creature, with the knowledge of centuries, who emits ghastly prophecies.
“I’ve never done anything like this before. I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for! I had a mould made of my head and teeth and spent hours in make-up. The transformation is extraordinary!”
Gemma is arguably more recognisable for her roles as seasoned spy Connie James in Spooks and Renee Zellweger’s mum in the Bridget Jones Diary films.
But what does she think of novelist Helen Fielding’s third instalment of the franchise: Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?
“I have skimmed through the new Bridget Jones’ book and I was very shocked to read my husband in it has died.
“I’ll doubt whether they’ll make another movie but if they did I’d absolutely be up for it. But if they did lovely Jim Broadbent, who played my husband, wouldn’t be in it…
“Maybe he could come back as a ghost!”
Gemma appears in Atlantis on Saturday November 30 at 8pm on BBC1.