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Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton TIFF 2, 2012.jpg
Arterton at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
BornGemma Christina Arterton
(1986-02-02) 2 February 1986 (age 32)
Gravesend, Kent, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActress
Years active2007–present
Spouse(s)
Stefano Catelli
(m. 2010; div. 2015)
FamilyHannah 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 was the title star of the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009). 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). She played Joan in Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan at Donmar Warehouse, December 2016. She plays the lead role in the film Their Finest (2017).

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 Accolades
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life[edit]

Arterton was born at North Kent Hospital in Gravesend, Kent,[3] to Sally-Anne (née Heap), a cleaner, and Barry Arterton, a welder.[3] Her matrilineal great-grandmother was a German-Jewish concert violinist.[4] She was born with polydactyly, and at her birth a doctor tied off the boneless sixth digits to remove them.[5][better source needed]

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. The production was entered into a competition at a local festival, where she won the best actress prize.[6]

At age 16, Arterton left school to attend the Miskin Theatre at North West Kent College in Dartford. She received a full government grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), although she said in 2008 that she "got up to her eyes in debt with a student loan."[6] She graduated from RADA in 2008.[7] Her sister, Hannah Arterton, is also an actress.[8]

Career[edit]

Arterton won her first professional role in Stephen Poliakoff's Capturing Mary while she was still at drama school.[9] She made her stage debut as Rosaline in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe Theatre in London in July 2007 before graduating later that year.[10] She made her film debut in St Trinian's (2007) as Head Girl Kelly.[11][better source needed]

In 2008, she appeared in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.[12] Chosen from around fifteen hundred candidates, Arterton plays Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, in what is described as a "nice-sized role".[13] Arterton describes her character as "the thinking man's crumpet".[14] In the same year, she played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.[15] Also in 2008, she played 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.[16] The role required her to be handcuffed to a bed and wear a ball gag in her mouth throughout. She requested that she be left tied to the bed even when the camera was not on her to help her performance. She joked that the crew would put the ball gag back in if she was chatting too much.[17][18][19]

Arterton is the face of Avon's Bond Girl 007 fragrance, which launched in October 2008.[20][better source needed] 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.[21][better source needed]

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

Arterton appeared in pivotal roles in the 2010 films Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and played the lead in Tamara Drewe.[25][better source needed] In 2010 Arterton also starred in the Almeida Theatre's production of "The Master Builder."[26] In 2011, Arterton was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rising Star Award,[7][27] and was under consideration for Leading Actress for her performances in Tamara Drewe and The Disappearance of Alice Creed.[28] 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 Jeremy Renner who played Hansel. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them.[29] 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.[30] In the same year, she starred with Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver in the psychological thriller film, The Voices.[31]

In 2014–2015, Arterton was starring in Made in Dagenham,[32] a stage musical about the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 concerning equal pay for women. She played a woman named Rita O'Grady and her performance received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Simon Edge, for the Daily Express, complained of an "underpowered central performance from Gemma Arterton as Rita ... she lacks any of the goofy charisma that Sally Hawkins brought to the film role, so that it's hard to see how her character ever came to the fore of this dispute".[33][34] The show closed after only five months, due to poor ticket sales. Since its premiere on 5 November 2014 at the Adelphi Theatre in London,[35] she has publicly expressed her support for their cause.[36]

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. Glazer, however, was forced to recast due to Arterton's perceived lack of "star power".[37]

In February 2016, Arterton started a run playing the title role in the Shakespeare's Globe transfer of Nell Gwynn,[38] at the West End's Apollo Theatre.[39] In July 2016 she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.[40] and she will play Vita Sackville-West in upcoming film Vita and Virginia.[41][42]

Personal life[edit]

From 2007 to 2008, Arterton had an 18-month relationship with John Nolan. They met on the set of Quantum of Solace and lived together near Alexandra Palace.[43] In 2008, she had a relationship with Spanish stuntman Eduardo Munoz,[44][better source needed] whom she met on the set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, when he was hired to teach her to ride horses. They lived together in a flat in London and split up after six months.[45]

On 5 June 2010, Arterton married Italian businessman Stefano Catelli, who works for a British fashion marketing company, in a private ceremony in Zuheros, Spain, less than a year after the couple began dating and getting engaged at the Download music festival in 2009.[46][better source needed] In early 2013, Arterton and her husband separated,[47] and in August 2015 their divorce was finalised "by consent" at the Central Family Court in High Holborn.[48] Arterton stated she "never really believed in exchanging vows", and that she's not sure she would "want to walk down the aisle again."[47][49] In 2013, Arterton stated that she wants to wait until she has accomplished something in the acting world before having children.[50]

From 2013 until 2016, she was in a relationship with Franklin Ohanessian, a French film assistant director whom she met on the set of The Voices in 2013 and worked together with in the film Gemma Bovery.[51][better source needed][52]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 St Trinian's Kelly Jones
2008 Three and Out Frankie Cassidy
2008 RocknRolla June
2008 Quantum of Solace Strawberry Fields
2009 The Boat That Rocked Desiree
2009 The Disappearance of Alice Creed Alice Creed
2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Kelly Jones
2010 Clash of the Titans Io
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Princess Tamina
2010 Tamara Drewe Tamara Drewe
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Shelly Voice role, UK version
2012 Byzantium Clara
2012 Song for Marion Elizabeth
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Gretel
2013 Runner Runner Rebecca Shafran
2014 The Voices Fiona
2014 Gemma Bovery Gemma Bovery French-language film
2016 100 Streets[53] Emily
2016 The Girl with All the Gifts Helen Justineau
2016 The History of Love Alma Mereminski
2016 Orpheline Tara French-language film
2016 Their Finest Catrin Cole
2017 The Escape Tara
2018 Vita and Virginia[54] Vita Sackville-West
2019 Murder Mystery Post-production
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Capturing Mary Liza Television film
2008 Lost in Austen Elizabeth Bennet Miniseries (2 episodes out of 4)
2008 Tess of the d'Urbervilles Tess Durbeyfield Miniseries (4 episodes out of 4)
2014 Inside No. 9 Gerri TV series (episode "Tom & Gerri")
2016 Sport Relief 2016 Jessica Spencer Segment Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
2018 Watership Down Clover Miniseries, voice role
Music video roles
Year Artist Title Director Notes
2016 Bonobo Kerala Dave Bullivant

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2008 Empire Award Best Newcomer St Trinian's Nominated
2008 National Movie Award Best Actress St Trinian's Nominated
2009 Empire Award Best Newcomer Quantum of Solace Won [55]
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Female Breakout Clash of the Titans Nominated [56]
2010 Teen Choice Award Choice Fantasy Actress Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Clash of the Titans Nominated [57]
2010 Scream Award Best Breakout Performance Female Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Nominated
2011 BAFTA Rising Star Award Herself Nominated [7][27]
2011 Glamour Awards Woman of the Year – Film Actress Herself Won [58]
2014 Whatsonstage.com Awards Best Actress In A Musical Made in Dagenham Nominated
2015 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Made in Dagenham Nominated
2015 Evening Standard Theatre Award Newcomer in a Musical Made in Dagenham Won [59]
2016 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress Nell Gwynn Nominated
2016 Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actress Nell Gwynn Nominated