Born in January 1986 in Kent, England, Gemma Artenton is an actress perhaps best known for her role in the James Bond picture Quantum of Solace. The daughter of a cleaner and a welder, she attended grammar school in Gravesend. She then proceeded to take a performance arts course, officially training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts on a full government grant. She graduated from the renowned school in 2007. Her sister, Hannah, is a singer who is pursuing a solo career.
Arterton landed her first professional role in Capturing Mary in 2007 while she was still at RADA. She then played in a made for TV movie among the likes of Maggie Smith and David Williams. She made her stage debut in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Golden Theater in London in 2007. What came next was his appearance as head girl Kelly in St. Trinians in 2007, a role which she won against Sienna Miller. She reportedly couldn’t believe it when Miller was thrown out of contention early on. She was nonimated in the Best Newcomer category at the Empire Awards 2008 for her role in St Trinian's.
Towards the end of 2007, Arterton bagged the role of M16 Agent Fields in the Bond movie Quantum Solace, alongside Daniel Craig and Dame Judy Dench. She allegedly beat out 1,5000 candidates for the “nice-sized role.” When she found out she bagged the part in Quantum of Solace, she sent a text message to her mother that said, “I got Bond!"
Arterton’s other interests include music, gigs, film, socializing, drawing/painting, playing the guitar, making clothes, and jewelry. In connection to the Bond movie, she is the face of Avon’s Bond Girl 007 fragrance, but even before she had already started a series of adverts for Avon. Meanwhile, her favorite label is Louis Vuitton.