Gemma Arterton claims she has lost out on acting roles because of her working-class background. The award-winning actress, 31 – who shot to fame thanks to her role in big-budget 2008 Bond movie Quantum Of Solace – believes her career has suffered in the past because she is ‘not posh enough’ to play certain roles. Speaking in an interview with the Irish Times newspaper, Gemma explained: ‘I can only speak from my personal experience. There have definitely been times when I have not got jobs because it was thought I was not posh enough. I know that.’
The Their Finest star acknowledged the idea can be overplayed at times, pointing out that some actors from working-class backgrounds simply wish to steer clear of playing ‘posh’ characters. ‘I think maybe it is a bit of a myth’, she added. ‘Don’t forget that actors choose. Not all actors want to play posh.’
The thespian said she prefers theatre to film work, despite the eye-watering salaries on offer for high-profile movie roles. ‘The theatre has always been my first love,’ Gemma explained. ‘I just love it. I love to be able to go out and just do a play. I like to be able to tell a whole story and have it be a little different every night. That’s why I became an actor.’
The Tamara Drewe star grew up on a council estate in Gravesend, Kent, and attended the local grammar school. Gemma’s father is a welder and her mum worked as a cleaner to support Gemma and her younger sister Hannah. The talented actress won a place at prestigious acting school RADA – alumni include the likes of Tom Hiddleston and Alan Rickman.
Gemma previously told the Guardian newspaper that she found Rada ‘intimidating’ because many of the students were Oxbridge graduates. She said: ‘I didn’t know about Shakespeare or Stanislavski, and when I went to RADA there were lots of Oxbridge graduates there, and I found that really intimidating.’
The actress, pictured in 2014’s Gemma Bovery, admitted in the past that she felt intimidated by the Oxbridge graduates at exclusive drama school Rada.
Gemma won legions of fans when she starred in Tamara Drewe, a film based on Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From The Madding Crowd
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