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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gemma Arterton: biography and career

Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England on February 2nd 1986. Her parents divorced when she was age 5, and so Gemma lived with her younger sister and her mother. After attending a grammar school in Gravesend, and attending a performance arts course, Arterton trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) on a full government grant. She enjoyed studying at RADA and felt she was open to the processes the teachers put her through.
Whilst studying at RADA, she landed her first professional role in Capturing Mary (2007) (TV). Her feature film debut came later that year, when she appeared as Kelly Jones, the inimitable Head Girl at St Trinian's. 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". In 2009, she was the winner of Empire's Best Newcomer Award. 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. Arterton has been cast to play Gretel, a modern spin on the children's tale Hansel and Gretel. The character will be an older version of the classic character who works alongside her brother Hansel (Jeremy Renner) as they track down witches for money.
On 5 June 2010, she married Stefano Catelli, at a secret ceremony in Zuheros, Andalucia, Spain.



2012 In with the Outlaws: Pandora Dallas

2013 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters: Gretel

2012 Song for Marion: Elizabeth

2012 Byzantium: Clara Webb

2011 Astonish Me (short): The Guide

2010 Sammy's avonturen: De geheime doorgang (voice)

2010 Tamara Drewe: Tamara Drewe

2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: Tamina

2010 Clash of the Titans: Io

2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold: Kelly Jones

2009 The Disappearance of Alice Creed: Alice Creed

2009 The Boat That Rocked: Desiree

2009 Perfect (short): Poppy

2008 Quantum of Solace: Strawberry Fields

2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles (TV mini-series): Tess Durbeyfield
– Episode #1.4 (2008)
– Episode #1.3 (2008)
– Episode #1.2 (2008)
– Episode #1.1 (2008)

2008 Lost in Austen (TV mini-series): Elizabeth Bennet
– Episode #1.4 (2008)
– Episode #1.1 (2008)

2008 RocknRolla: June

2008 Three and Out: Frankie Cassidy

2007 St. Trinian's: Kelly

2007 Capturing Mary (TV movie): Liza