Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton


Life Story

Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden.

Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived with her younger sister and her mother. Her parents encouraged their children to explore their creative abilities. Gemma's sister, Hannah, liked to sing, whereas Gemma chose acting. During her teenage years, she was part of the Masquerade and Miskin theater companies, appearing in productions of The Massacre of Civitella and Guiding Star. In 2004, she won an award for Best Supporting Actress, which helped her to win a grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Whilst studying at RADA, she landed her first professional role in Capturing Mary (2007), directed by Stephen Poliakoff and starring Maggie Smith. Gemma graduated from RADA in 2007 and won her first film role in St. Trinian's (2007). Her breakthrough role came in 2008, when she appeared in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008). In 2009, she was the winner of Empire's Best Newcomer Award.


Rory Keenan (15 September 2019 - present)


Graduated from RADA in 2007.
Raised by a single mother.
She has a younger sister Hannah Arterton (b. 1989).
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 (2010) co-star Sam Worthington.
Were filming her last scene for A Deal Is a Deal (2008) when she was told, she had won the part in Quantum of Solace (2008).
Beat out 1500 other actresses for her role in Quantum of Solace (2008).
The first scene she shot for Quantum of Solace (2008) was the love scene with Daniel Craig.
Clash of the Titans (1981) was one of her childhood favorites, and even though the script was very different from the original, she was eager to star in the remake.
Was in consideration for the role of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010) after Emily Blunt dropped out of the project, but Scarlett Johansson was cast instead. She also auditioned for the role of Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 (2013), but Rebecca Hall was cast instead.
Replaced Natalie Portman as Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights (2011), but later dropped out of the project. Kaya Scodelario was then cast instead.
(2007-2008) Had an 18-month relationship with British animator John Nolan.They met on the set of Quantum of Solace (2008) and lived together in London.
During her time as a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London she worked as a make-up salesgirl.
Her parents are Barry J. Arterton, a welder, and Sally-Ann Heap, a cleaner.
Announced her engagement to Italian businessman Stefano Catelli, who works for a British fashion marketing company, having been in a relationship with him since March 2009. [July 2009]
Was in a relationship with Spanish stuntman Eduardo Ivan Munoz, having met him on the set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010). [June 2008]
Her grandmother, Helen Sarfas (b. 1939), died at her home in Kent after stabbing herself in the chest with a knife on 8 January 2010. She had battled years of depression and bipolar disorder.

Personal Quotes 

The minute anyone says, "Oh my God! You're so amazing!" I just have to go, "Shut up! Please!". I am normal. I have just one rule--don't believe the hype!
[on the set of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)] When [director Mike Newell] first met me for the film he said, "Oh dear. Can't you do posh?" I thought, "I can't believe he's asked me that!". So I said--firmly, through gritted teeth--"Of course I can, I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Fucking Art!".
As soon as I say, "I can't go out in that dress, I've already worn it before!" my dad will say, "Listen to yourself! Stop being stupid!".
[on making The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)] I wanted something that was getting down and dirty, and really not about how you look. I wanted to be, like, fucking hair and make-up everywhere, just not giving a fuck! And yes, I get tied up, beaten, and there's nudity. All the things that made people go, "You should not do this!". But I put my foot down.
When you put yourself in these huge popcorn movies you get out there, in the public arena, more than anyone else. But that also means that you're out there to be criticised more than anyone else. With Keira Knightley, she's brave to do her play. Because, for some reason, if you're successful in Britain, people tend not to like you. But if you're a successful woman, and beautiful, in Britain, you're even more disliked.
On one of the [2009] movies, I'd just done this big comedy scene, and all they said was, "You need to work on your arms!". Hey, when you've had 12 fingers, everything else looks OK from here. And I said, "But what about the acting?". And they said, "Don't worry about the acting, worry about your arms!". I just wanted to say, "Screw you all! I'd rather do a play!".
I'd really like the type of career Rachel Weisz has. I have a lot of respect for her: brilliant, intelligent, a witty sort of woman . . . You know, she'll do a rom-com--not that I ever want to do a rom-com--but then she'll go off and do The Constant Gardener (2005), have a family, and live a quite normal life, it seems. I respect that.
[on pressure from studio executives on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)] They sent me to a personal trainer, wanted to get my teeth done, hair extensions, make me look like somebody else. And that's fine I had the tan, I had the hair, I went to the gym. I became the thing they wanted me to be for the part. But I don't agree with what they think is beautiful because it's not me. Unless you're really famous and successful then they're going to bully you into going to the gym. It's a side of the industry that I find uncomfortable.



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