English actress Gemma Arterton rose to fame in her native Britain during the late 2000s, with a series of roles in productions that crossed genre lines. She landed one of her first major assignments as an alluring, mischievous boarding-school student, Kelly, in the 2007 St. Trinian's (an update of Frank Launder's 1953 comedy classic The Belles of St. Trinian's), then signed for a supporting part in the legendary Stephen Poliakoff's made-for-television drama Capturing Mary. Arterton made headlines around the world when cast as Fields, one of the famed Bond girls, in the 22nd installment of the James Bond series, Quantum of Solace. She vaulted into leading roles in big-budget fantasy fare such as Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and scored a major part in Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Born with the hereditary condition polydactyly, with six fingers on each hand.
- Made her West End stage debut in 2007, playing Rosaline in a Globe Theatre production of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.
- First big-screen role was in the British high-school comedy St. Trinian's (2007).
- Was the face of the Avon perfume Bond Girl 007, released in 2008 in conjunction with the 22nd entry in the Bond series, Quantum of Solace.
- Performed many of her own stunts in the 2010 fantasy remake Clash of the Titans.