Gemma Arterton

Last updated on the 31 March 2024 by Maeve

Gemma Arterton

Mini Biography

Born: 2 February 1986, Gravesend, England. 

Gemma Arterton grew up in a working-class family and attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls. After completing her education, she went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Arterton began her acting career in 2007, with a role in the film “St Trinian’s.” She gained recognition for her performance in the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” (2008), where she played the role of Bond girl, Strawberry Fields. She went on to star in several other successful films, including “Clash of the Titans” (2010), “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010), and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (2013).

In addition to her film work, Arterton has also appeared on stage in productions such as “The Master Builder” and “Saint Joan.” She has received critical acclaim for her performances and was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in “The Duchess of Malfi.”

Arterton is also known for her philanthropic work. She is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps young people in the UK. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme to raise awareness of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Despite her success, Arterton has been open about the challenges she has faced in the entertainment industry, including sexism and objectification. She has been an advocate for women’s rights and has spoken out against the mistreatment of women in the industry.

 

Suggested viewing

 

Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

A naive young woman, burdened by family pressures and false connections, faces tragedy at the hands of a wealthy relative. Seeking refuge, she finds love with a seemingly virtuous man, only to have her past resurface. Torn between societal expectations and her own desires, she fights for happiness in a world stacked against her, ultimately facing a heartbreaking choice that defines her fate.

Top cast: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Hans Matheson, Ruth Jones, Christopher Fairbanks, Donald Sumpter, Jodie Whittaker, Ian Puleston-Davies, Jessica Turner.

Their Finest (2015)

Their Finest poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.5

Amidst the London Blitz, a plucky screenwriter joins a ragtag film crew crafting propaganda. Partnered with a jaded actor and a charming writer, she battles egos, censors, and falling bombs to create a film that will lift spirits and sway America into the war. Romance blooms, humour sparks, and resilience shines as they chase their “finest” moment, proving the power of storytelling even in the darkest times.

Top cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Houston, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Jake Lacy, Rachael Stirling, Henry Goodman, Jeremy Irons.

Tamara Drewe (2010)

Tamara Drewe

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.2

Returning home with a new nose and city swagger, a young writer stirs up the sleepy village with her beauty. A rock drummer and a philandering writer fall under her spell, igniting a passionate triangle. Meanwhile, jealous teenagers meddle, fueled by their own fantasies and fuelled by internet fame. Secrets, lies, and desires clash in a hilarious and suspenseful dance, leaving everyone questioning the price of truth and identity.

Top cast: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper, Jessica Barden, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig, Charlotte Christie, Alex Kelly.

Vita & Virginia (2019)

Vita & Virginia

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 5.8

In 1920s London, two contrasting writers collide. An established socialite seeks literary inspiration, while a struggling author craves emotional warmth. A passionate yet complex affair unfolds, defying societal norms and open marriages. Their love fuels creativity, pushing boundaries and shaping iconic works, but the cost of defying expectations may threaten their art and their hearts.

Top cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Ferdinando, Emerald Fennell, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Sam Hardy, Gethin Anthony.

Summerland (2020)

Summerland

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.0

A reclusive writer living on the English coast during World War II reluctantly takes in a young evacuee from London. She gradually forms a bond with him and recalls her past love affair with a woman who wanted to be a mother. She faces a dilemma when she learns the boy’s mother is her former lover.

Top cast: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucas Bond, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay, Dixie Egerickx, Siân Phillips, Amanda Root, Jessica Gunning.

Funny Woman (2023)

Funny Woman

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

A young woman from Blackpool dreams of becoming a comedy star in the 1960s. She moves to London and lands a role in a popular sitcom, where she faces the challenges of a male-dominated industry, a ruthless producer, and a complicated love life. Along the way, she discovers her true voice and identity.

Top cast: Gemma Arterton, Arsher Ali, Tom Bateman, Rupert Everett, David Threlfall, Rosie Cavaliero, Alexa Davies, Leo Bill, Matthew Beard.

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