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Gemma Arterton Bio
Gemma Arterton (born February 2, 1986) 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 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 plays St. Joan in Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan at Donmar Warehouse, December 2016. She plays the lead role in Their Finest 2017.
Arterton won her first professional role in Stephen Poliakoff’s Capturing Mary while she was still at drama school. 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. She made her film debut in St Trinian’s (2007) as Head Girl Kelly.
In 2008, she appeared in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Chosen from around fifteen hundred candidates, Arterton plays Bond Girl Strawberry Fields, in what is described as a “nice-sized role”. Arterton describes her character as “the thinking man’s crumpet”. In the same year, she played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. 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. 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.
Arterton is the face of Avon’s Bond Girl 007 fragrance, which launched in October 2008. 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.
In 2010, Arterton made her West End debut in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed. She was originally attached to star in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights as Catherine Earnshaw; however, she later left the project. In 2008 Arterton announced that she was “soon to be in a film adaptation of the book Burden of Desire in a starring role, but as of 2016 the film has not been produced.
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. In 2010 Arterton also starred in the Almeida Theatre’s production of “The Master Builder.” In 2011, Arterton was nominated twice by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her performances in Tamara Drewe and The Disappearance of Alice Creed. 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 the actor Jeremy Renner who played Hansel. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them. 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. In the same year, she starred with Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver in the psychological thriller film, The Voices.
In 2014–2015, Arterton was starring in Made in Dagenham, 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”. 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, she has publicly expressed her support for their cause.
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. However, Glazer was forced to recast due to Arterton’s perceived lack of ‘star power’.
In February 2016, Arterton started a run playing the title role in the Shakespeare’s Globe transfer of Nell Gwynn, at the West End’s Apollo Theatre. In July 2016 she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. and she will play Vita Sackville-West in upcoming film Vita & Virginia.
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