Gemma Arterton

Rita O’Grady

Training: After winning an award for ‘Best Supporting Actress for Kent’, she gained a full scholarship to RADA, graduating in 2007

Theatre includes: The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker Theatre), Douglas Carter Beane’s Award-winning comedy The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick), Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder, Rosaline in Love Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, directed by Dominic Dromgoole). Whilst at RADA Gemma took lead roles in productions such as An Ideal Husband, Titus Andronicus and The Beggar’s Opera.

Film includes: Marjane Satrapi’s psychological thriller The Voices, (starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick), title role in Gemma Bovery (directed by Anne Fontaine and starring Fabrice Luchini), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (opposite Jeremy Renner), Song for Marion (alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp), Clara in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium (opposite Saoirse Ronan), Rebecca Shafran in the Brad Furman thriller Runner, Runner (alongside Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake), Shelley in A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure, the title role in Tamara Drewe (directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears), the goddess Io in Louis Letterier’s remake of the 1981 epic Clash of the Titans, Princess Tamina in Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (directed by Mike Newell), title role in J Blakeson’s independent film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Richard Curtis’ The Boat that Rocked, iconic Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace, Guy Ritchie’s gangster film RocknRolla, Three and Out, (directed by Jonathan Gershfield), and the classic remake of St Trinian’s (directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson for which she was nominated for an Empire Award and won a National Movie Award).

Television includes: Tess in the BBC adaptation of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Elizabeth Bennett in ITV’s Lost in Austen, Liza in Capturing Mary (directed by Stephen Poliakoff)

Awards: Empire Film award for ‘Best Newcomer’ and a nomination for the ‘Orange Rising Star’ award at the 2011 BAFTAs.