She was born with six fingers on each hand and on June 5th 2010 she married her stunt-man gemma fiancé in a fairytale ceremony in a Moorish Castle in Andalucia, Spain.
Gemma Arterton wore a flowing strapless white dress and a veil and they exchanged their vows against a picturesque setting. The couple met on the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” in 2008 when she was a Bond Girl and he was a stuntman.
Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent with polydactyly (an extra digit on the fingers or toes). Her father had it and so did her grandfather. The doctor who delivered her tied off the extra fingers and they fell off, leaving small scars.
Her parents divorced when she was 5-years old and her father re-married when she was 7-years-old so her single mother brought Gemma and her younger sister Hannah Jane up on a housing estate in Gravesend.
She worked as a make-up sales girl and took a performance arts course at the Miskin Theatre in Dartford, part of North West Kent College and then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on a full grant.
Arterton won her first professional role in Stephen Poliakoff’s “Capturing Mary” while she was still at Drama School, she also made her stage debut as Rosalind in Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at the Globe Theatre in London in July 2007 before graduating later that year.
Her film debut was in the 2007 St Trinians film when she beat Sienna Miller for the role as Head Girl. The following year she was chosen to be Bond Girl Strawberry Fields in “Quantum of Solace” from 1500 candidates.
She also played the protagonist in the BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”. Her most controversial film role was in “The Disappearance of Alice Creed in 2009” in which her character was kidnapped and abused in several graphic nude scenes.
She was nominated for a BAFTA for this performance and she was nominated again for her role in “Tamara Drewe” when she played the leading role.
The film was based on a weekly comic strip serial by Posy Simmonds published in the Guardian Review section. The strip is based upon a modern re-working of Thomas Hardy’s 19th Century novel “Far From the Madding Crowd. “
The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010 and won the 2009 Prix de la Critique.
Gemma Arterton is very beautiful and prefers to wear minimum make-up as she likes the natural look. She believes too much make-up makes her look old, so she frequently goes to events without wearing any mascara.