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Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton
File:Gemma Arterton Toronto 2014.jpg
Arterton at the premiere of Gemma Bovery, September 2014.
Born (1986-02-02) 2 February 1986 (age 30)
Gravesend, Kent, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Stefano Catelli
(2010–2013; separated)
Family Hannah Arterton (sister)

Gemma Christina Arterton[1] (born 2 February 1986)[2] is an English actress.

Arterton made her film debut in the comedy film St Trinian's (2007). Her breakthrough role was in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008), playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, which won her an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. She is known for her roles in the fantasy films Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Byzantium (2013) and as the character Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013).

Early life

Arterton was born at North Kent Hospital in Gravesend, Kent,[3] to Sally-Anne (née Heap), a cleaner, and Barry Arterton, a welder.[3][4] Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Wreckless Eric. Her matrilineal great-grandmother was a German Jewish concert violinist.[5] Arterton was born with polydactyly, and at her birth a doctor tied off the boneless sixth digits to remove them.[6]

She attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls in Kent, and made her stage debut there in an amateur production of Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell into a Book, which was entered into a competition at a local festival, where she won the best actress prize.[7]

At age 16, Arterton left school to attend the Miskin Theatre School in Dartford. She then received a full government grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, although she said in 2008 that she "got up to her eyes in debt with a student loan".[7] She graduated from RADA in 2008.[8] Her sister, Hannah Arterton, is also an actress.[9][10]


Arterton won her first professional role in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary, while she was still at drama school.[11] Similarly, she made her stage debut as Rosaline in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe Theatre, London in July 2007 before graduating later that year.[12] She made her film debut in St Trinian's (2007) as Head Girl Kelly.[13]

In 2008, she appeared in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.[14] Chosen from around 1,500 candidates, Arterton plays Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, in what is described as a "nice-sized role".[15] On her character, Arterton describes Strawberry Fields as "the thinking man's crumpet".[16] The same year, she played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.[17] Also in 2008, she played the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the ITV serial, Lost in Austen. Her most controversial role to date was in the 2009 film, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, in which her character is kidnapped and abused in several graphic nude scenes.[18]

Arterton is the face of Avon's Bond Girl 007 fragrance, which launched in October 2008.[19] Having already started in a series of advertisements for Avon, Arterton in May 2008 requested a role opposite model Kate Moss for Rimmel, but was blocked on contractual terms under her Avon contract.[20]

In 2010, Arterton made her West End debut in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed.[21] She was originally attached to star in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights[22] as Catherine Earnshaw, however, she later left the project.[23] She is set to star in Burden of Desire.[24]

Arterton was seen in the 2010 films Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and played the lead in Tamara Drewe.[25] In 2011, Arterton was nominated twice by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her performances in Tamara Drewe and The Disappearance of Alice Creed.[26] In November 2012 she was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech.

Arterton starred in the action horror film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters as Gretel opposite actor Jeremy Renner who played Hansel. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them.[27] It was released on 25 January 2013. In January 2014 she took the title role in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, the inaugural production at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the new indoor theatre at Shakespeare's Globe.[28] In the same year, starred along Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver, in the psycho thriller film The Voices.[29]

In 2014-2015, Arterton was starring in Made in Dagenham, a stage musical about the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 concerning equal pay for women. She played a woman named Rita O'Grady.[30] Since its premiere on 5 November 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre in London,[31] she has expressed her support publicly for their cause.[32]

In a 2015 interview with the Independent newspaper, Arterton stated that she was director Jonathan Glazer's choice for the lead role in his movie Under The Skin. However the director was forced to recast due to Arterton's perceived lack of 'star power'.[33]

Personal life

On 5 June 2010, Arterton married fashion consultant Stefano Catelli in a private ceremony in Zuheros, Spain.[34] In early 2013, Arterton and her husband separated.[35][36]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 St Trinian's Kelly Jones
2007 Capturing Mary Liza TV film
2008 Lost in Austen Elizabeth Bennet TV series (2 episodes)
2008 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Tess Durbeyfield TV series (4 episodes)
2008 Three and Out Frankie Cassidy
2008 RocknRolla June
2008 Quantum of Solace Strawberry Fields
2009 Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked a.k.a. Pirate Radio Desiree
2009 St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Kelly Jones
2010 Clash of the Titans Io
2010 Disappearance of Alice Creed, TheThe Disappearance of Alice Creed Alice Creed
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Princess Tamina
2010 Tamara Drewe Tamara Drewe
2012 Song for Marion Elizabeth
2012 Byzantium Clara
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gretel
2013 Runner Runner Rebecca Shafran
2014 Inside No. 9 Gerri TV series (episode "Tom & Gerri")
2014 Gemma Bovery Gemma Bovery
2015 The Voices Fiona

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Result
2008 Empire Award for Best Newcomer St Trinian's Nominated
2008 National Movie Award for Best Actress St Trinian's
2009 Empire Award for Best Newcomer Quantum of Solace Won
2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Female Clash of the Titans Nominated
2010 Scream Award for Best Breakout Performance Female Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice Fantasy Actress Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Clash of the Titans
2011 BAFTA Rising Star Award Herself
2011 Glamour Award for Woman of the Year – Film Actress Herself Won


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  2. ^ Staff (29 January 2013). "Interview: ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Cast at the Sydney Premiere". The Young Folks. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. "...everyone thinks [my birthday is] in January, but it's not. 
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  4. ^ "How St Trinian's Gemma makes easy work of a Shakespearean comedy". Daily Mail (London, UK). 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "When GQ met Gemma Arterton". GQ Magazine. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
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  10. ^ "Atlantis, The Earth Bull". BBC. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
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  14. ^ Olly Richards (17 December 2007). "Gemma Arterton Is Bond 22's Girl". Empire. Retrieved 17 December 2007. 
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  17. ^ "Gemma Arterton stars in Lost in Austen and Tess of the d'Urbervilles". The Times (London, UK). 31 August 2008.  (subscription required)
  18. ^ Brown, Lane. "Gemma Arterton on The Disappearance of Alice Creed and Not Starring in Transformers 3". (New York Magazine). Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Longbottom, Wil (10 October 2008). "Scent of a Bond girl: Gemma Arterton stars in ad for new 007-themed perfume". Daily mail. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  20. ^ Nicholl, Kate (11 May 2008). "You're off the Rimmel case, Agent Gemma". Daily Mail (London, UK). Retrieved 11 May 2008. 
  21. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (26 September 2009). "Gemma Arterton takes her bow in West End debut". Daily Mail (London, UK). 
  22. ^ Singh, Anita (15 May 2009). "Bond girl Gemma Arterton to star in Wuthering Heights 'teen drama'". The Daily Telegraph (London, UK). Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  23. ^ "Gemma won't be in Wuthering Heights". Press Association via 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  24. ^ Cripps, Charlotte (25 April 2008). "Cultural Life: Gemma Arterton, Actress". The Independent (London, UK). 
  25. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (17 July 2009). "Gemma Arterton is wanted by The Queen director to get crowd Madding in sexy new role". Daily Mail (London, UK). 
  26. ^ Mitchell, Wendy. "Black Swan, King's Speech lead films on BAFTA longlist",, 7 January 2011.
  27. ^ "First Look: Jeremy Renner in "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"". Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  28. ^ Taylor, Paul (16 January 2014). "The Duchess of Malfi, theatre review: 'Gemma Arterton is luminous'". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  29. ^ Barton, Steve (7 January 2015). "Hear the Voices On VOD in February". Dread Central. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
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  34. ^ Nathan, Sara (9 June 2010). "Gemma Arterton enters the Bond of marriage as she weds Italian she pencilled in her diary as 'future husband'". Daily Mail (London). Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. 
  35. ^ Cochrane, Kira (9 September 2010). "Tamara Drewe and the rise of Gemma Arterton". The Guardian. London, UK. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  36. ^ Kay, Richard (11 February 2013). "Party pieces: At movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's BAFTA bash". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 19 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. It's true I've split with my husband. ... 

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