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Working Actor: Where You've Seen Gemma Arterton Before

Where have you seen 'Byzantium''s Bond girl-turned-vampire before?

She's poised right on the cusp of genuine crossover stardom in the United States, but this stunning Brit has been steadily pulling down eye-catching roles for a while now. With her performance in Neil Jordan's Byzantium opening this week, it's time to figure out where you've seen her.

You've Most Likely Seen Her In ...
The fairy-tales-and-monsters ostensible franchise-starter Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Arterton played Gretel to Jeremy Renner's Hansel, and she managed to look pretty badass while dispatching CGI witches (and one very real Famke Janssen).

Unless You've Really Been Paying Attention, in Which Case You Remember Her From ...
Several very British films which earned Arterton some across-the-pond recognition, although in very different genres and temperaments. In Tamara Drewe, Arterton enchants the men of a small English writer's retreat, while in the darker The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Arterton played an abductee subjected to terrible horrors. Arterton is also one of the many British actresses to come from the St. Trinian's star-churning machine, along with Lena Headey, Juno Temple, and Lucy Punch.

"Wait, So She's That Woman From ..."
...that movie with the guys in skirts. In America, at least before Hansel and Gretel and Famke and Spike came along, Arterton was best known for her performances in a pair of sand-blasted blockbusters where she played what amounted to the female lead: as Tamina in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and as Io in Clash of the Titans.

You Can Also Go Back and Spot Her In ...
Quantum of Solace, the second of the Daniel Craig-starring Bond films, wherein Arterton starred as the impeccably named (and shockingly Julianne Moore-reminiscent) Strawberry Fields.

Perhaps Your Cultural Tastes Lie in Television, In Which Case...
You can track down Arterton's lead performance in the BBC's adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, as well as her turn as Elizabeth Bennett in Lost in Austen, the BBC miniseries where a modern woman quite literally finds herself lost in the Jane Austen universe.

Where You Can Find Her Now ...
As a haunted, moody vampire (are there any other kinds?) and also brothel proprietress in Neil Jordan's rather captivating Byzantium. When the film played the Tribeca Film Festival this year, the screen chemistry between Arterton and Saoirse Ronan was one of the highlights of the festival and also served as a very promising sign for Arterton's career going forward.

Previously: Is Jim Carrey's 'Kick-Ass 2' Diss Actually Good Publicity for the Film?


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