Gemma Arterton
Birth Date:
Gravesend, Kent, England, UK
Birth Place:
January 12, 1986
5' 7
Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, Gravesend, Kent, England
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Clash of the Titans


English actress Gemma Arterton is notable for her performances such films as “St Trinian's” (2007), “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” (2009), “Clash of the Titans” (2010), “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010), “Byzantium” (2012), “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (2013) and “Runner, Runner” (2013). She was the winner of the 2009 Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Arterton also has performed on stage and television.    

Arterton had separated from her husband Stefano Catelli, whom she married in 2010. Previously, she was in a relationship with stuntman Eduardo Ivan Munoz, whom she met during the production of “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010). Arterton is an great supporter of Charlton Athletic Football Club and is a lifelong karaoke fan.         


Childhood and Family:

Gemma Christina Arterton was born on January 12, 1986, in Gravesend, Kent, England, to Barry Arterton, an architect, and Sally Heap, a cleaner. She was born with an extra finger on each hand, a benign condition known as polydactyly, and had the extra digits removed as an infant. The scars from the surgery are almost invisible today. When she was five, her parents divorced, and Gemma went on to  live with her mother and younger sister, Hannah (born in 1989). She attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, in Kent, and made her stage debut there in an amateur production of Alan Ayckbourn's “The Boy Who Fell Into a Book.” She left school at age 16, and then attended the Miskin Theatre School in Dartford, where she appeared in productions like “The Massacre of Civitella” and “Guiding Star.” After winning an award for Best Supporting Actress in 2004, she earned a grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and graduated later in 2008.

On June 6, 2010, Gemma married Stefano Catelli in a secret hilltop ceremony in the village of Zuheros in Spain before family and close friends. The couple had separated.

Quantum of Solace


While still at drama school, Gemma Arterton made her professional acting debut as Liza in Stephen Poliakoff's “Capturing Mary,” starring Maggie Smith, Ruth Wilson and David Walliams. The British TV film won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Television Music. The same time, in July, she made her debut on stage as Rosaline in Shakespeare's “Love's Labour's Lost” at the Globe Theatre, London. She was cast as Kelly in her first feature film, “St. Trinian's,” which was released in the UK on December 21, 2007. The latter film brought her a National Movie nomination for Best Performance – Female and an Empire nomination for Best Newcomer (both 2008).

Arterton's career gained boost in 2008 when she won the role of Bond Girl Strawberry Fields on the James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace,” after beating about 1,500 candidates. In October 2008, she She became the face of Avon's Bond Girl 007 fragrance.

Still in that same year, Arterton portrayed Frankie Cassidy in Jonathan Gershfield's comedy film “A Deal Is a Deal” (starring Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney and Sharon Duncan-Brewster), June in “RocknRolla,” a British crime film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, and starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Toby Kebbell, and also appeared on television on the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's “Tess of the D'Urbervilles,” where she was nominated for a Broadcasting Press Guild Award in the category of Best Actress for her performance as the eponymous protagonist, and the ITV serial “Lost in Austen,”  where she played Elizabeth Bennet.

In 2009,  Arterton won the Empire for Best Newcomer. She also reprised her role as Kelly in the sequel “St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold” (2009), played the title role in “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” (2009), a British thriller movie about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts, and portrayed Poppy in the short film “Perfect” (2009).

Arterton enjoyed further prominence when she was cast as Io, Perseus's guide and narrator of the Titanomachy, on the American fantasy/adventure movie “Clash of the Titans” (2010), opposite Sam Worthington as Perseus, the demigod son of Zeus. Helmed by Louis Leterrier, the film was a commercial success despite receiving mostly negative reviews from critics. For her performance in the film, Arterton was nominated for the 2010 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie: Breakout Female and Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy, the latter of which also for her performance as Princess Tamina in Mike Newell's “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010), opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley
and Alfred Molina. Still in 2010, Arterton starred as the title role in the film “Tamara Drewe” and provided the voice of Shelley in “A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures.” Meanwhile, on stage, the actress made her West End debut in the UK premiere of “The Little Dog Laughed.”

In 2011, Arterton was nominated for the BAFTA Awards in the category of Rising Star Award. In the following year, she starred with  Saoirse Ronan and Jonny Lee Miller in the British-Irish fantasy thriller film “Byzantium,” directed by Neil Jordan. The film received positive reviews from critics. She also starred opposite  Terence Stamp, Christopher Eccleston, and Vanessa Redgrave on the British-German comedy/drama film “Unfinished Song,” written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams. In 2013, Arterton played the role of Gretel on the commercially successful action/horror film  “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” opposite Jeremy Renner, and Rebecca Shafran on the American crime/thriller film “Runner Runner,” opposite  Justin Timberlake, Anthony Mackie, and Ben Affleck.

In 2014, Arterton will play roles on the upcoming films “The Voices” and “Gemma Bovery.” She will provide the voice of The Keys to the Street on the film “Once Upon a Time in the Kitchen” and will appear in the TV series “ Inside No. 9.”  


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