While there are currently a lot of hugely successful British stars in Hollywood these days, there have also been plenty who have made the move to the US but had to go running back to the UK with their tails between their legs. However, while a lot of British stars try to prove themselves in the US, there are others who are content to continue to get acting work in the UK.
British actress Gemma Atkinson rose to fame in the British show Hollyoaks and, thanks to her good looks, she went on to enjoy a long and successful glamour modelling career, before deciding to call it quits as a model. Gemma has now revealed that her decision to give up her modelling career, is because she wanted to get taken seriously as an actress.
Atkinson explained, "I haven't done glamour modelling for five years now. My boyfriend at the time thought I looked great, my family was very complimentary, but I was my own worst critic. That was one of the reasons I quit. Another was that I'd done all the mags here, in the US and Australia."
She added, "The next step was Playboy... They called. I could have done that, but I'd have risked never having a serious job again. I decided I wanted to be known as an actress. Money doesn't make you happy. I stepped away from it and disappeared for two years. I'm still lucky to be doing my day job."
Gemma Atkinson has now returned to her role as Tamzin Bayle in the long running British television show Casualty. We look forward to seeing where he acting career takes her in the future.