Arterton at the Australian premiere of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters in 2013
|Born||Gemma Christina Arterton
12 January 1986
Gravesend, Kent, England
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
Gemma Christina Arterton (born 12 January 1986) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in St Trinian's (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Byzantium, and Runner, Runner (all in 2013).
Arterton was born in Gravesend and North Kent Hospital, Gravesend, Kent, the daughter of Sally-Anne Heap, a cleaner, and Barry Arterton, a welder. Arterton was born with polydactyly, and at her birth a doctor tied off the boneless sixth digits to remove them. 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; it was entered into a competition at a local festival, where she won the best actress prize. At the age of 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, she "got up to my eyes in debt with a student loan". She graduated from RADA in 2008.
Arterton won her first professional role in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary, while she was still at drama school. 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. She made her film debut in St Trinian's (2007) as Head Girl Kelly.
In 2008, she appeared in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. Chosen from around 1,500 candidates, Arterton plays Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, in what is described as a "nice-sized role". On her character, Arterton describes Strawberry Fields as "the thinking man's crumpet". In 2008, she played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Also in 2008, she played the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the ITV serial Lost in Austen. Her most controversial role was in the 2009 film The Disappearance of Alice Creed in which Arterton's character is kidnapped and abused in several graphic nude scenes.
She is the face of Avon's Bond Girl 007 fragrance, which launched in October 2008. 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.
In 2010, she made her West End debut in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed. She was originally attached to star in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights as Catherine Earnshaw, however, she later left the project. She is set to star in Burden of Desire.
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. 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.
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. It was released on January 25, 2013.
On 5 June 2010, Arterton married Stefano Catelli, a fashion consultant, at a private ceremony in Zuheros, Andalucia, Spain. By early 2013, Arterton had separated from her husband. She has a sister, Hannah, who is also an actress and recently featured in British drama Atlantis.
|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||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|
|2013||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||Gretel|
|2013||Runner, Runner||Rebecca Shafran|
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2011||BAFTA Rising Star Award||Herself|
|2011||Glamour Award for Woman of the Year - Film Actress||Herself||Won|
- Film Review. Orpheus Pub. 2008.
- Arterton interview (January 29, 2013). "Interview: ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Cast at the Sydney Premiere". The Young Folks. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013. ""...everyone thinks [my birthday is] in January, but it’s not."
- Mottram, James (29 March 2010). "Gemma Arterton – from a council estate to Clash of the Titans". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
- "How St Trinian's Gemma makes easy work of a Shakespearean comedy". Daily Mail (London). 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on April 14, 2010.
- Johnson, Chris (9 May 2008). "'I was born with six fingers on each hand' reveals Bond Girl Gemma Arterton in startling interview". Daily Mirror (London). Archived from the original on June 10, 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- Fletcher, Damien (9 May 2008). "Exclusive: Bond Girl Gemma Arterton shops at Primark and mum's a cleaner". Daily Mirror (London). Archived from the original on June 10, 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
- "Gemma Arterton Nominated for 2011 BAFTA Rising Star Award". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. 2011, n.d. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- "Gemma Arterton- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- London Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost CurtainUp.com
- "St Trinian's girl Gemma Arterton on the new skool rules". Daily Mail (London). 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011.
- Olly Richards (17 December 2007). "Gemma Arterton Is Bond 22's Girl". Empire. Retrieved 17 December 2007.
- "Bond 22 Pre-Production Diary (22)". MI6-HQ.com. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
- "Gemma Arterton – Billion Dollar Bond Girl". MI6 Confidential. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "Gemma Arterton stars in Lost in Austen and Tess of the d’Urbervilles". The Times (London). 31 August 2008. (subscription required)
- Brown, Lane. "Gemma Arterton on The Disappearance of Alice Creed and Not Starring in Transformers 3". Vulture.com (New York magazine). Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- 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.
- Nicholl, Kate (11 May 2008). "You're off the Rimmel case, Agent Gemma". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- Bamigboye, Baz (26 September 2009). "Gemma Arterton takes her bow in West End debut". Daily Mail (London).
- Singh, Anita (15 May 2009). "Bond girl Gemma Arterton to star in Wuthering Heights 'teen drama'". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
- "Gemma won't be in Wuthering Heights". Press Association via MSN.com. 26 February 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
- Cripps, Charlotte (25 April 2008). "Cultural Life: Gemma Arterton, Actress". The Independent (London).
- Bamigboye, Baz (17 July 2009). "Gemma Arterton is wanted by The Queen director to get crowd Madding in sexy new role". Daily Mail (London).
- Mitchell, Wendy. "Black Swan, King's Speech lead films on BAFTA longlist", Screendaily.com, 7 January 2011.
- "First Look: Jeremy Renner in "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters"". worstpreviews.com. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
- Nathan, Sara (June 9, 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 June 10, 2010.
- Cochrane, Kira (9 September 2010). "Tamara Drewe and the rise of Gemma Arterton". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on Septembre 13, 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- Kay, Richard (11 February 2013). "Party pieces: At movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's Baftas bash". (second item under "You're fired! Earl kills off historic shoot") 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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