Gemma Bird Matheson

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Gemma Bird Matheson is a South African, Papua New Guinean and Australian actor/writer/producer.

Her play THE ZAP was shortlisted for the 2022 Bruntwood Prize for playwriting in conjunction with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester UK.

Her original series 50 SHADES OF BLACK (GIRL) received Screen Australia Development funding in 2019 and was one of ten projects selected for the SBS & Screen Australia “Digital Originals” Initiative; Gemma is currently developing the series as a broadcast version with a streamer.

Gemma wrote an episode of THE PM’S DAUGHTER which aired in early 2022 on the ABC and she returns to write for Series 2 and has also written an episode of ABC Kids’ show MIKKI VS THE WORLD.

Alongside Alexandra Keddie, Gemma created, wrote, executive produced and starred in the 6 x 5-12min ABC series THE HOUSEMATE which aired on ABC iView 2018. THE HOUSEMATE was commissioned by ABC and Screen Australia after the pilot acquired over 270k views on Facebook.

Gemma is also attached as Executive Producer on SHE BECOMES HER, another series in development at Screen Australia, as well as 2021 web-series THE POWER OF THE DREAM. She is co-writer/creator/producer and performer in film ME & HER(pes), which is being produced through Alexandra and Gemma’s joint company Chips & Gravy Films.

As an actor Gemma was a finalist for the 2018 Heath Ledger Scholarship and starred in AACTA and International Emmy Nominated ABC series CONTENT which also won a Rose D’Or. Gemma’s television acting credits include PIECES OF HER (Made Up Stories), NEIGHBOURS (Fremantle), THE PM’S DAUGHTER (Fremantle Media), WINNERS AND LOSERS (Channel Seven), TRIP FOR BISCUITS (ABCMe), CHILDHOOD’S END (SyFy), NEIGHBOURS (Fremantle Media/Channel Eleven), BERTRAM POPPINGSTOCK: PROBLEM SOLVER (ABC3). Gemma was also cast as the co-lead role in the ABC 2017 Fresh Blood short form series WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS? and played the roles of Kobie in the Canadian Horror Feature film THE DROWNSMAN directed by Chad Archibald.