Gemma Christina Arterton is an English actress, activist and film producer. She made her professional stage debut playing Rosaline in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Globe Theatre. Her breakthrough role was playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
About Gemma Arterton in brief
Gemma Christina Arterton is an English actress, activist and film producer. She made her professional stage debut playing Rosaline in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Globe Theatre. Her breakthrough role was playing Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. She has since gone on to appear in a number of blockbuster films, including Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. She was awarded the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Award for her work both acting in and producing The Escape. She is also on record as being a prominent supporter of the Time’s Up, ERA 50: 50 and MeToo movements. She played an integral role in persuading actresses to wear black at the 2018 Baftas in support of Time’sUp, and has been involved with ERA50: 50, an equal pay campaign in the UK, since its inception. Since 2016, she has run her own production company, Rebel Park Productions, which focuses on creating female-led content both in front of, and behind the camera. In 2010, she made her West End debut in The West End premiere of The Little Dog Laughed.
In 2011, she appeared in a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights as Catherine Earnshaw; she later left the project in order to star in Bond Girl 007. In 2012, she played the eponymous protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. In 2013, she starred in The Disappearance of Alice Creed, in which her character is kidnapped and abused in several graphic nude scenes. In 2014, she was the face of Avon’s Avon 007 fragrance, when it launched in October 2008. Her most controversial role to date was in the 2009 film The Disappearances ofAlice Creed, which required her to be handcuffed to a bed and wear a ball gag in her mouth throughout the film. In the same year, she also played Elizabeth Bennet in the ITV serial, Lost in Austen. She also appeared in The Duchess of Malfi, Made in Dagenham, Nell Gwynn and Saint Joan. She won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for the latter. Her mother, Sally-Anne Heap, runs a cleaning business, and her father, Barry J. Arterton, is a welder, and she grew up in a council estate with her mother and younger sister.