GEMMA ARTERTON (Rebecca Shafran), sgraduating from RADA in 2007, has already garnered an Empire Film award for Best Newcomer and a nomination for the Orange Rising Star award at the 2011 BAFTAs.
Gemma has most recently been seen in the highly anticipated Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan and written by Moira Buffini, in which she stars as vampire Clara opposite Saoirse Ronan.
Gemma has just finished filming the psychological thriller The Voices in Berlin, starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick. She has also been announced as the title role in upcoming film Gemma Bovery starring opposite Fabrice Luchini. Directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) it's an adaptation of a Posy Simmonds graphic novel and will see Gemma in her first foreign language role.
Earlier this year, Gemma was seen in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring opposite Jeremy Renner and in the London-set comedic drama Song for Marion, alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.
Last year, Gemma voiced the character of Shelley in A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures, an animated feature including voices from John Hurt and Dominic Cooper. also starred in the title role in Tamara Drewe directed by award-winning director Stephen Frears, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Tamsin Greig. In 2010, Gemma appeared alongside Sam Worthington as the goddess Io in Louis Letterier's remake of the 1981 epic Clash of the Titans, based on the classic Greek myth. She the lead female role of Princess Tamina in Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, dby Mike Newell; she starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Sir Ben Kingsley. In 2009, Gemma in J Blakeson's independent film The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a thrilling tale of kidnapping and intrigue in which she played the title role alongside Compston and Eddie Marsan.
Gemma starred in Richard Curtis' The Boat that Rocked, a period comedy set in the 1960s, also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson. In 2008, Gemma starred as iconic Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace, directed by Marc Forster, starring Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. Her other film credits include Guy Ritchie's gangster film RocknRolla, Three and Out, directed by Jonathan Gershfield, and the classic remake of St Trinians directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson, for which she was nominated for an Empire Award and won a National Movie Award.
For television, Gemma's heartrending portrayal of the heroic Tess in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, also starring Eddie Redmayne and Hans Matheson, earned her rave reviews and numerous award nominations. She also played the role of Elizabeth Bennett in ITVs costume drama Lost in Austen. In 2007 she also starred in the BBC's Capturing Mary, directed by Stephen Poliakoff, in which she played the character Liza; also starring were Maggie Smith, David Walliams and Ruth Wilson.
In early 2010 Gemma make her West End debut at the Garrick alongside Rupert Friend and Tamsin Greig, in Douglas Carter Beane's award-winning Broadway comedy The Little Dog Laughed. She returned to the stage in November 2010 at the internationally renowned Almeida Theatre in Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, for which she received critical acclaim for her spellbinding turn as Hilda Wangel.
Gemma's previous theatre credits include the role of Rosaline at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Love's Labour's Lost directed by Dominic Dromgoole. After gaining an award for Best Supporting Actress for Kent, she gained a fullscholarship to RADA, where she took lead roles in productions such as An Ideal Husband, Andronicus and The Beggars Opera.