Gemma Christina Arterton is an English actress known for her roles in movies, such as ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’, and ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’. She was born in Gravesend, Kent, in Greater London. She began her career after studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her film debut with a supporting role in the comedy film ‘St Trinian’s’. Soon after, she appeared in the spy thriller “James Bond” film ‘Quantum of Solace’. The film was a success commercially and was met with mostly average reviews. She then played the female lead in the action fantasy film ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’. More recently, she played a supporting role in the French film ‘Orphan’. Arterton has been nominated for several awards in her career so far, and out of these, she won the ‘Empire Award for Best Newcomer’ for ‘Quantum of Solace,’ and the ‘Evening Standard Theatre Award’ for her role in the musical ‘Made in Dagenham’. She was also awarded the Glamour Award for Woman of the Year in 2011.
Childhood & Early Life
Gemma Arterton was born on 2nd February 1986 in Gravesend, Kent, in Greater England. Her mother Sally-Anne was a cleaner while her father Barry Arterton was a welder. She has a sister Hannah Arterton, who also became an actress.
She studied at Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, and it was during this time that she started acting. She made her stage debut in an amateur production of ‘The Boy Who Fell into a Book’. She won the best actress prize at a local festival for her performance. She later received a government grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from where she graduated in 2008.
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Gemma Christina Arterton’s first professional acting role was in the play ‘Capturing Mary’, while she was still at drama school. She soon made her film debut with a role in the comedy film ‘St Trinian’s’ in 2007. The film was a commercial success, earning around four times its budget. It was met with mixed reviews.
She started earning international popularity following her role in the 2008 film ‘Quantum of Solace’. Directed by Marc Forster, the film is about the British spy James Bond trying to seek justice following the death of his lover. The film was a commercial success, and became the seventh highest grossing films of the year. It was met with average reviews. Arterton won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer for her performance.
In 2008, she was also seen in the miniseries ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’. She also appeared in the TV series ‘Lost in Austen.’ The next year, she was seen in the thriller film ‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’. The film is about the kidnapping of a young woman by ex-convicts.
In 2010, she appeared in the play ‘The Little Dog Laughed’. She also appeared in the financially successful fantasy movies ‘Clash of the Titans’ and ‘Prince of Persia: Sands of Time’.
After appearing in the films ‘Byzantium’ (2012) and ‘Song for Marion’ (2012), she appeared in the dark fantasy action horror film ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ in 2013. Though the film was a huge success commercially, it was met with negative reviews from the critics. The same year, she starred alongside Justin Timberlake in the crime thriller film ‘Runner Runner’. The film was a commercial success but was met with negative reviews.
In 2014, she played the titular lead role in the comedy drama film ‘Gemma Boverty’. The film was a commercial failure. Her more recent works include ‘100 Streets’ (2016), ‘Orphan’ (2016) and ‘The Escape’ (2017).
Gemma Arterton came to international recognition for her role in the James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’. Directed by Marc Forster, the film revolves around the British spy James Bond, who is trying to avenge the death of his former lover. Other actors who starred in the film are Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Wright, and Judi Dench. The film did quite well, earning nearly $600 million on a $200 million budget. Critical reception was mostly mixed.
Arterton played the female lead in the action fantasy film ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’. Directed by Mike Newell, the film also starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, and Ronald Pickup. The film was mostly based on the video game ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’. It was a commercial success, earning around $336 million on a budget of around $150-200 million. It was met with mixed reviews from the critics.
She is also known for her role in ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ which was directed by Tommy Wirkola. The film is a continuation of the popular folktale ‘Hansel and Gretel.’ In the movie, the siblings have now grown to become witch exterminators for hire. The other actors in the film were Jeremy Renner, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare and Derek Mears. The film did well commercially, earning around $226 million on a $50 million budget. However, the film was met with mostly negative reviews from the critics.
Gemma Arterton married Italian businessman Stefano Catelli in 2010. However, they eventually separated in 2013 and the divorce was finalized in 2015.
Since 2016, she has been in a relationship with Rory Keenan. They starred together in the play ‘Saint Joan’. Previously, she had dated Franklin Ohanessian, John Nolan, and Eduardo Munoz.