Gemma oaten

Gemma Oaten

Well known actress and CEO of SEED Eating Disorder Support Services, Expert in eating disorders and talks on mental health, bullying and the motivation to overcome and succeed
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Gemma oaten

Former Emmerdale actress and eating disorder expert Gemma Oaten is a bubbly, fun and inspirational speaker.

Having conquered anorexia, from which she suffered for many years, Gemma Oaten also has personal expertise in mental health issues and bullying.

Gemma Oaten’s acting career already includes BBC ‘Doctors’, which she did just one month from graduation at Drama studio London in 2010, and the role of Rachel Breckle in Emmerdale from 2011 – 2015, for which she received ‘Best Newcomer’ nominations for the TV Choice Awards, British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards.

She has an impeccable reputation with directors, casting agents and producers alike and counts Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Tom as both mentors and friends.

It was Patrick Stewart who suggested she use her public profile to raise awareness for mental health, anorexia and bullying issues. Gemma says she is alive because she found the strength to fight her demons, thanks to the support of her parents.

She regularly speaks to audiences around the UK about not only being a survivor and advocate of what it is to really, nearly lose it all, but what it was like to get back to full health and fulfil her dreams.

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Since Emmerdale she has also appeared on Casualty and Holby City, and has become a patron for her parent’s charity Seed (Support and empathy for eating disorders).

Gemma has also appeared regularly on daytime programmes such as ‘Good Morning Britain’ and ‘This Morning’ to continue her promise to raise awareness for eating disorders, alongside promoting the huge TV storylines she has been involved in.

She became an ambassador for the Princess Diana Awards in the fight to promote anti bullying and she gained much admiration from her peers whilst delivering a passionate speech on bullying at the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation Gala. She received a standing ovation.

Gemma’s path to success has been a very tough one. Suffering from anorexia for 15 years she nearly died four times. Recovery was incredible hard with many hurdles along the way. It came with hard work and goal setting, achieving and positive thinking.

So it was with incredible gratitude and delight that was able to live her dream and become a household name on Emmerdale.  Gemma has 84k followers on twitter ranging from the age of 8 to 98!

Her big exit storyline at Emmerdale resulted in her appearing in many publications and she made the front cover of the Daily Express weekend magazine which a great achievement for one so early in her career.

If she wasn’t busy enough, Gemma runs workshops on confidence building, public speaking, team building, acting and more. As well as speaking around the country with United Learning and The PiXL Club to deliver her powerful and important message re well-being, resilience, eating disorders awareness and more, in schools.

Gemma recently was seen on our TV screens in the new series of Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip in early 2020 and Channel 5’s “When TV guests go horribly wrong”.

However, in 2021 as we live through a pandemic, her TV work has mainly been as spokesperson for SEED and being an advocate for Eating Disorders Awareness seen by millions of viewers on BBC Breakfast, Loose Women, ITV News, BBC News, Sky News and more.

Something Gemma is most passionate about. Creating change and inspiring hope.

Featured Topics Include:

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Overcoming an eating disorder/mental health issues
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Turning adversity into success
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Dealing with failure
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Grit and resilience
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Changing your mindset
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Achieving your dreams
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Stress and Wellbeing
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Overcoming an eating disorder/mental health issues
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Turning adversity into success
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Dealing with failure
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Grit and resilience
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Changing your mindset
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Achieving your dreams
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Stress and Wellbeing
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Gemma Oaten recently agreed to be the guest speaker at our event to launch a youth mental health education project. She was excellent, well prepared, passionate, warm and humorous. The audience were totally charmed by Gemma and she helped enormously to make the evening very successful.

I think she is an outstanding natural speaker and will add magic to any event.

Lady Gilda Levy - Chairwoman

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Gemma’s life story is incredible, the fights, battles, mental turmoil and struggles are only overtaken by her incredible enthusiasm for life, her shining personality and her message of pure “Hope”. Listening to Gemma it is almost impossible not to travel on the journey with her, you come part of the feelings, sadness, fear and courage and by the end you leave knowing that truly, “anything is possible” and more so “You are possible”. Her inspiring talks are not a performance they are a real life showcase of courage, determination and empowerment and victory over a very real, tragic, sad story. Inspiring is a word so often used too easily but Gemma is the utter meaning of this word. She talks it, talks it and shines it and I am honoured to have her as part of my life.

Ian Royce

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