In the space of just one year, English actress Gemma Arterton rose from fresh-faced newcomer to an experienced film and television actress with serious credits to her name, including a sizable role in...
Gemma Arterton's West End musical Made In Dagenham is to close after just six months on stage. The curtain will come down on the play, which is based on the 2010 movie of the same name, on 11 April (15), but theatre bosses are hoping to revive the show for a U.K. tour.
Producer Rebecca Quigley says, "Of course we're sad to have to say goodbye for now, but to those amazing women who inspired this story, to our wonderful Made in Dagenham musical family and to the hundreds of thousands of people who will have seen the show before 11 April, a very big and heartfelt thank you."
The film version featured Sally Hawkins, Andrea Riseborough and Jaime Winstone as women fighting for equal rights at a car factory in Essex, England in the 1960s..
British actress Gemma Arterton has branded society "inherently sexist" after joining protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday (16Dec14) to campaign for equal pay for women. The former Bond girl is currently starring in a stage adaptation of Made in Dagenham, a story about female workers in England who campaigned for equal pay at a Ford car plant in the 1960s.
Arterton teamed up with some real-life workers on Tuesday to make a stand for gender equality outside the iconic government building while politicians inside debated a policy which could force big firms to publish the difference in pay between male and female employees.
The actress tells Sky News she had experienced a gender pay gap in the acting industry and insists it is a form of sexism that exists because women are too afraid to challenge their earnings.
When asked if society is inherently sexist, Arterton replies, "I do, I think it's something that's ingrained in us - it's not just three generations worth of sexism, it's a lifetime worth of sexism and it... takes a lot of guts for us to accept that, to move on from it and even for women to think, 'Yes, I can speak up, I can ask for a pay rise, I deserve it, I'm not ashamed to do that'. In ourselves we often don't feel it's our place to do that and I'm experiencing it even doing this musical... even people watching it are reluctant to join in on it because it's something deep inside them. Sexism is everywhere."
Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Gemma Arterton and Gillian Anderson have been lauded for their theatre acting after landing top nominations for Britain's WhatsOnStage Awards. Hiddleston's performance as Shakespeare's Coriolanus has scored the production six nods, including Best Actor in a Play for the Thor star, who will do battle with Tennant (Richard II), Mark Strong (A View From the Bridge), Richard Armitage (The Crucible) and Tom Bateman (Shakespeare in Love).
Castmembers Hadley Fraser, Mark Gatiss and Deborah Findlay have also earned recognition in the supporting categories, while Coriolanus is shortlisted for Best Play Revival, against Blithe Spirit, The Crucible, Richard II and A Streetcar Named Desire.
The Tennessee Williams production has also won acclaim for Anderson as Best Actress in a Play, pitting her against Billie Piper (Great Britain), Imelda Staunton (Good People), Helen McCrory (Medea) and Lucy Briggs-Owen (Shakespeare in Love).
Meanwhile, the musical categories are dominated by Miss Saigon and Memphis the Musical, boasting 12 and 10 nominations respectively.
Miss Saigon's Alistair Brammer and Jon Jon Briones are up for Best Actor in a Musical, alongside Memphis the Musical's Killian Donnelly, Marti Pellow from Evita and Robert Lindsay for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, while the female category features Miss Saigon's Eva Noblezada going up against Beverley Knight (Memphis the Musical) and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton (Made in Dagenham), among others.
The winners for the WhatsOnStage Awards, voted for by the public, will be announced at a ceremony in London on 15 February (15).
Dame Helen Mirren, Damian Lewis and Prince Harry became stockbrokers in London on Wednesday (03Dec14) to raise money for charity. They were joined by former Girls Aloud singers Cheryl Cole and Nicola Roberts, actress Gemma Arterton and chef Jamie Oliver to take over the trading floor at investment firm ICAP, buying and selling shares to generate cash for their chosen charities.
ICAP will donate the entire revenue to good causes as part of the company's 22nd annual global Charity Day.
The celebrities appeared to have a blast at the London headquarters as they were joined by traders dressed as nuns, cheerleaders and vikings.
Roberts showed her delight by tweeting from the event, "I just walked the trading floor and did lots of deals for Cheryl's Trust #ICAPCharityDay So much fun!!"
Last year (13), Prince Harry broke a banking record by managing to pull in $24 billion (£15 billion) in a single trade.
Britain's Prince Harry has vowed to reveal a personal secret to promote World Aids Day on Monday (01Dec14).
The royal shot a short clip in support of the Feel No Shame campaign to reduce the stigma around the illness, and he has promised to tell the world a personal secret.
The drive is spearheaded by the Sentebale charity, which the prince co-founded in 2006 after visiting Lesotho in Africa, where almost 40,000 children are HIV positive.
Other stars planning to reveal a secret on World Aids Day include singer Nicole Scherzinger and actress Gemma Arterton.
Prince Harry says, "Myself and many others will be sharing secrets of our own throughout the day and we are asking everyone else to do the same."
Filmmaker Tommy Wirkola has dropped out of directing the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel. Wirkola directed the first film in 2013, but has exited the sequel to pursue other projects.
He tells Fangoria.com, "I've just decided to not direct Hansel & Gretel 2. I have been lately attached to a few more things, it's just a matter of time and priorities... I want to do something a little bit different now.
"I did write the script and I hope to be involved in it."
A new director has yet to be announced and it remains unclear if original stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will return for the follow-up film.
Kate Bush has won rave reviews for her comeback concert, with critics hailing the singer's first show in 35 years as "spellbinding", "magical" and "wonderous". The reclusive singer made a return to the stage at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday night (26Aug14), more than three decades after her last gig there in 1979 which effectively marked her retirement from live performance.
Bush's show, the first of 22 dates at the venue, has pulled in a slew of five-star reviews, with critics praising her innovative use of video montages, theatrical dance sequences, operatic performance art and even a mini-play featuring her 16-year-old son Bertie, who also sang with a choir on stage.
She thrilled the crowd with renditions of hits including Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love, and King of the Mountain, as well as her epic The Ninth Wave.
Critics also revealed Bush's distinctive voice has not been dulled by her years away from the music scene, with Bernadette McNulty of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper writing, "Her voice was an undiminished roar, surprisingly rich and powerful after such a long break," adding, "There was something thrilling about seeing the often bonkers but still delightful imagination of Bush run free after all this time, apparently untouched by the frenetic pace of the digital world... Still childishly wondrous."
The Daily Mail's Jan Moir describes the show as "magical", adding, "Age has not withered our Kate, but the dancing acrobatics and histrionics of an earlier age were gone... Her voice still sounds terrific - although she no longer includes Wuthering Heights, her first and biggest hit, on her set list... Her music is still audacious and weird, but sometimes it is spellbindingly beautiful, too."
The Guardian's Alexis Petridis, who gives the show five stars out of five, writes, "Over the course of nearly three hours, Kate Bush's first gig for 35 years variously features dancers in lifejackets attacking the stage with axes and chainsaws; a giant machine that hovers above the auditorium... giant paper aeroplanes; a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages, vast billowing sheets manipulated to represent waves... and the singer herself being borne through the audience by dancers clad in costumes based on fish skeletons... Her voice too is in remarkable condition: she's note-perfect throughout."
Andy Gill of The Independent concludes, "It's quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage."
A number of celebrity fans were in the audience for Bush's first show, including Bjork, actress Gemma Arterton, and Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, who is credited with discovering the singer and helping her land her first record deal. Pop star Lily Allen was also at the gig and broke Bush's camera ban by snapping a picture of the stage and uploading it to her Twitter.com page.
Prior to the first show, Bush released a statement urging fans to leave their digital devices at home so they could "share in the experience together".
British actress Gemma Arterton is hoping to collaborate with her sister on a writing project. The Quantum of Solace star is eyeing a move behind the scenes, and wants to work with her actress sister Hannah.
Hannah, who stars in new movie Walking on Sunshine, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "We would quite like to write something together, something that is really our own... That is something we are thinking seriously about."
British actress Gemma Arterton battled nerves ahead of her performance at a tribute concert for musical theatre legend Sir Tim Rice. The former Bond girl was joined a host of musicians including The Who star Roger Daltrey, Rufus Wainwright, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rice's long-term collaborator Andrew Lloyd-Webber to celebrate the works of the Oscar-winning songwriter on Tuesday (08Jul14).
Arterton sang with an orchestra during the show at London's Southbank Centre, and she posted a picture of the stage on Twitter.com ahead of her big moment, adding, "My first proper public singing performance tonight. Here's me doing the soundcheck. No pressure..."
The tribute show, titled Tim Rice: A Life In Song, will be televised in the U.K. later this year (14).
Arterton will soon be showcasing her vocal skills on a regular basis in the Made in Dagenham musical, which opens in London in October (14).
British actress Gemma Arterton is moving on from her marriage split by striking up a new romance with French director Franklin Ohanessian. The former Bond girl separated from Italian businessman Stefano Catelli in 2013 after less than three years of marriage, and she later admitted to Britain's Marie Claire magazine that she had never been sure about walking down the aisle.
Arterton is now enjoying a new relationship, and she showed off her partner at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in London on Saturday (28Jun14).
The pair was spotted kissing and cuddling as they watched the action on court.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "Franklin doesn't like or really want to be in the limelight, but yes, we are together. We met when I was filming (2014 film) The Voices and hit it off. We speak in French and I regularly commute to Paris to be with him."
Made West End debut in "The Little Dog Laughed," a satire about Hollywood alongside Rupert Friend
Landed first onscreen role in BBC drama "Capturing Mary," co-starring Maggie Smith
Joined ensemble cast for Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
Played a Persian princess opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
Co-starred in remake of 1981 film "Clash of the Titans"
Cast in Neil Jordan's fantasy thriller "Byzantium"
First starring role, as the title character in Thomas Hardy’s period drama "Tess of the d’Urbervilles" (BBC)
Made feature debut in "St. Trinian’s" alongside Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, and Lena Headey
Played a shy girl who reinvents herself as a femme fatale in Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe"
Made London stage debut in production of Shakespeare’s "Love’s Labour's Lost"
Co-starred with Jeremy Renner as the titular bounty hunters in "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"
Cast as Elizabeth Bennett, Jane Austen’s heroine in ITV’s four-part miniseries "Lost in Austen"
Cast as MI6 Agent Strawberry Fields opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in "Quantum of Solace"
In the space of just one year, English actress Gemma Arterton rose from fresh-faced newcomer to an experienced film and television actress with serious credits to her name, including a sizable role in the 22nd James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace" (2008). An accomplished and award-winning stage actress by the age of 18, Arterton earned her big break with a lead role in "St. Trinian's" (2007), the latest in a long line of British films based on cartoonist Ronald Searle's books about rowdy schoolgirls. More starring roles in British features followed, including Guy Ritchie's "Rocknrolla" (2008) and acclaimed television efforts like "Lost in Austen" (2008) and "Tess of the d'Urbevilles" (2008), which cast her in the title role. The flurry of work was immediately overshadowed by her supporting turn in "Quantum of Solace" as Agent Fields, a M16 operative who works with Bond during his adventures in South America. She was soon announced as the female lead opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Ben Kingsley in the film version of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," (2009), which helped to solidify her status as an international star in the making.
Divorced from Sally Heap when Gemma was five
Married June 5, 2010 in Andalucia, Spain; Reportedly separated as of February 2013
Divorced from Barry Arterton when Gemma was five; raised Gemma and her sisters as a single mother