Ten things you need to know about Gemma Arterton

We bring you factoids about the RUNNER RUNNER actress

RUNNER RUNNER hits Irish cinemas this week. Gemma Arterton stars in the dark thriller about a college student who cracks an online poker game that goes bust. We bring you trivia about the actress who is making a dent in Hollywood.

The first scene Arterton shot for QUANTUM OF SOLACE was her love scene with Daniel Craig.
… Talk about a tough first day at work!

Gemma was in consideration for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
… She lost out to but Anne Hathaway.

Arterton was (almost) secretly married to stuntman and body double Stefano Catelli for two years.
… The two separated in 2012.

Gemma was born with an extra finger on each hand and had the extra digits removed as an infant.
… Thankfully, the scars from the surgery are virtually unnoticeable today.

When she worked as a singer in a gangster bar in London, Gemma was told to sing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ when the patrons got rowdy.
… She is also a big karaoke fan.

Director Mike Newell said that he cast Arterton in PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME because of ‘how very old seeing the back of her beautiful neck’ made him feel.
… That’s quite the compliment!

In THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, Gemma Arterton refused the use of a body double for her nude scene as she wanted to convey genuine fear.
… She was given a safe word for her to say if she felt uncomfortable in her nude scenes and wanted filming to stop.

Gemma’s first film role was in ST. TRINIANS in 2007.
… She has had quite the career trajectory since then, but she still managed to make time to perform in the sequel.

Arterton has appeared in two projects based on or inspired by Thomas Hardy’s work; TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES mini series for the BBC and TAMARA DREWE, which is based on a book inspired by Hardy’s work.
… Also in TAMARA DREWE, a character is writing a book about Hardy, and there is a photograph of Hardy prominently displayed in one scene.

According to IMDB, Arterton has eight projects in production.
… We wonder when she last had a day off.

RUNNER RUNNER is in Irish cinemas from September 27th

Words: Brogen Hayes