Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent. She was born with polydactyly.Arterton and her sister, Hannah Jane Arterton (born 1989, Gravesend), were raised by their father who was a welder, and mother who was a cleaner. She worked as a makeup salesgirl, according to a November 2008 interview with Teen Vogue. After attending Gravesend Grammar School for Girls on Pelham Road in Gravesend attending a performance arts course at The Miskin Theatre in Dartford, she trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on a full grant.
In 2007, Arterton lived with John Nolan, a special effects technician. A year later in 2008, she broke up with Nolan. She has recently broken up with 19-year-old Spanish stuntman Eduardo Muñoz, her horse-riding instructor on the set of the Disney production, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. In July 2009 Gemma Arterton celebrated her engagement in London with her fiance – known only as Stefano, a stuntman she met on the set of the James Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace.
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|Name: Gemma Christina Arterton
Birthdate: February 2nd 1986 in Gravesend, Kent, England, UK
Height: 5′ 7″ (170 cm)
Natural Accent: London / RP
Education: Graduated from RADA in 2007
Represented by: Sally Long-Innes at Independent
BASSC Certificate in Stage Combat (Distinction); Dance – Period, Elizabethan, Restoration, Waltz, Russian, Polka, Flamenco; Wide range of accents including regional British, American and Irish; Strong soprano singer
Advanced National Diploma in Acting at the Miskin Theatre Company (Distinction); Member of the Masquerade Theatre Company in Kent, productions include The Massacre at Civitella and Gina in Guiding Star. Received the 2004 Best Supporting Actress for Kent Award.
Special Interests: Music, gigs, film, socialising, drawing/painting, playing the guitar, making clothes and jewellery
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England on February 2nd 1986. Gemma and her younger sister Hannah (a musician) were raised by their cleaner mother and welder father. 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. “I was quite chilled, so if I got negative feedback I could deal with it, even if it hurt. It’s good to go from somewhere that’s so intense, and where people are studying you, to a big romp like St Trinian’s.”
Since graduating from RADA in 2007, Gemma Arterton has quickly become one of the rising stars of the British film industry, establishing herself in a broad range of eye-catching roles across film and television. Within months of graduation she was making her mark on stage and television, starring as Rosaline in Love Labour’s Lost at the Globe theatre and opposite Maggie Smith and David Walliams in Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC drama Capturing Mary.
Her feature film debut came later that year, when she appeared as Kelly Jones, the inimitable Head Girl at St Trinian’s. The film, a reimagining of the classic Ealing Studios series, was such a success that Gemma reunited with co-stars Rupert Everett and Colin Firth for the sequel, St. Trinian’s: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.
2008 proved to be even busier, with roles in comedy Three and Out, Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, and as Elizabeth Bennett in the BBC’s comic fantasy Lost in Austen. Capping it all were two stand-out performances which both made her a household name and further underlined her versatility as an actor: firstly, the title role in the BBC’s acclaimed adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, opposite Eddie Redmayne and Hans Matheson; and, secondly, a striking, subtly comic turn as Agent Strawberry Fields, foil to Daniel Craig’s brooding James Bond in the international blockbuster, Quantum of Solace.
Winner of Empire’s Best Newcomer Award in 2009, Gemma’s career continues to go from strength to strength in a wide variety of roles. Having appeared alongside Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans and Kenneth Branagh in Richard Curtis’s pirate radio comedy The Boat That Rocked, she follows The Disappearance of Alice Creed, with key roles in two big-budget epics: Prince of Persia, directed by Mike Newell and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans, opposite Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson and Sam Worthington. Also forthcoming is Wuthering Heights, which offers Gemma the opportunity to bring her own interpretation of Emily Bronte’s legendary Cathy to the big screen.
One may expect great things from this talented and unique English actress.
Birthname is Gemma Christina Arterton.
Born on February 2nd 1986 in Gravesend, Kent, England.
Is an Aquarius.
Father, Barry, is a welder.
Mother, Sally, is a cleaner.
Her parents divorced when she was six. But her father stayed closely involved in his daughters’ upbringing.
Has a stepmum called Theresa.
Younger sister Hannah Jane Arterton was born in 1989. Hannah used to be a singer who was pursuing a solo career, after singing in a band called Nexus. Her influences are Dolores O’Riordan, Björk, Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell. She’s also an actress, who is now at RADA. “She’s very petite and blonde. Yes, we’re like Kylie and Danni Minogue!”.
Is 5’7″ (1.70 m) tall.
Was born with six fingers and a crumpled ear. “I was born with two extra fingers. There were no bones in them, just the fingers and the fingernails. And I’ve got a crumpled ear, look! I was a freakish baby. A bit of an oddball. And I still feel like that now.”
Went to Gravesend Grammar School for Girls. She was a bit of an indie girl. Or a geek, like she once said.
She was into skate stuff when she was at school. “Limp Bizkit, Cypress Hill, those cockroach ones. Papa Roach!”
Left school at 16, went to performing arts college, then won a place at RADA.
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) grad. She trained on a full Government grant.
Worked on a beauty counter to pay the rent before landing the role of Kelly, the head girl, in St Trinian’s .
Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Globe theatre in London was her first professional play. She won much praise for her portrayal of Rosaline.
Special interests are music, gigs, film, socialising, drawing/painting, playing the guitar, making clothes and jewellery.
Co-starred with Casino Royale Bond girl Caterina Murino in St Trinian’s.
When Gemma found out that she nailed a Bond girl part in Quantum of Solace, she sent a text message to her mother noting down “I got Bond!”.
Used to live near Alexandra Palace with her animator boyfriend, John Nolan (then 27). “It’s lovely to have someone who understands how unpredictable the job is. He’s not an actor, which is great.” The couple split up in the summer of 2008. Then the actress started a relationship with Spanish stuntman Eduardo Munoz (then 19) on the set of Prince Of Persia, in Morocco. She’s now with an Italian named Stefano. They got engaged at the Download Festival in June 2009. Although there is a large diamond engagement ring flashing on her finger, she won’t reveal anything about her fiancé, apart from the fact that he’s not, as reported, Daniel Craig’s body double. “He thinks that’s really funny.” “All I can tell you is that ‘he’ is my significant other and he’s not even in the industry. Nobody knows anything about him and that’s how I want it to be.”
Good aspects of her recent rise to fame: she loves being offered clothes for free, she still loves being recognized, and she still gets scared in the presence of stars. (Arena – February 2008)
Was nonimated in the Best Newcomer category at the Empire Awards 2008 for her role in St Trinian’s. She won in the same category in 2009, for Quantum of Solace.
Her favorite label is Louis Vuitton.
Accidentally wore her borrowed Louis Vuitton dress back-to-front at the St Trinian’s premiere.
When Gemma was cast as a Bond girl, she still had student debts to pay off.
Her agent Sally Long-Innes also represents 007 himself – Daniel Craig.
Co-starred for the second time with St Trinian’s fellow actress Talulah Riley in The Boat That Rocked and St Trinian’s II. Co-starred for the second time with Tess fellow actor Hans Matheson in Clash of the Titans.
Talulah Riley (Annabelle Fritton) plays the new head girl in St Trinian’s II. Gemma Arterton’s character is now working for the intelligence services (an amusing play on her role in the last Bond film).
Beat out 1500 other actresses for her role in Quantum of Solace.
The first scene she shot for Quantum of Solace was the love scene with Daniel Craig.
Was filming her last scene for Three and Out when she was told she had won the part in Quantum of Solace.
Featured in Empire Magazine’s “The Hot List” as one of the biggest upcoming stars in the 2010’s. Other people on the list were Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Mia Wasikowska and Clash of the Titans co-star Sam Worthington.
She had to turn down four film roles to find the time for The Little Dog Laughed.
Gemma is the star of two of 2010’s biggest films: Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
The actress recently made her West End debut in Hollywood satire The Little Dog Laughed. “It’s good,” she says of stage acting. “It feels like where I belong. I trained in theatre, and it’s what I always thought I’d do.”
Gemma’s role model? “I’d really like the type of career Rachel Weisz has. I have a lot of respect for her: brilliant, talented, intelligent, a witty sort of woman… You know, she’d do the rom-com — not that I ever want to do a rom-com — but then she’ll go off and do The Constant Gardener, have a family and live a quite normal life, it seems. I respect that.”
Gemma likes to challenge people’s perceptions of what she can do. “So many people say, ‘Oh, you’re just a Bond girl.’ And I think, ‘Because that’s all you’ve seen me do.’ They’re not going to think otherwise until I do something else.”
Gemma claims nobody ever recognises her in person. But then again, even she finds it hard spotting herself in some films!
“I’ve got boobs and bit of a bum.” That’s how Gemma describes herself, adding, “I like my curves!” She refuses to conform to this muscly, sinewy look that so many actresses seem to think is attractive.
Her favorite exercise is trampolining — “an aerobic workout, but actually fun,” she says.
Gemma says that it’s always funny, especially with girls, people always want to them in little brackets, which they belong in. But she’s confident in her own ability to not worry about being compared to people.
If she could do an ideal film, that’d be a musical or a film about music. She loves singing and music is her first passion.
Her main interest is to keep her work varied and choose fully rounded and interesting roles.
Friends would describe Gemma as: crumpled, prim and sunny.