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  M.   February 03, 2011

Her peaches and cream complexion, pillow lips, sprinkling of freckles and cockney sauciness have bowled over everyone from James Bond to Hollywood heavyweights, and left a number of British businessmen with neck ache.

When we meet on a wet London day, the 25-year-old actress – in stilettos and rolled-up boyfriend jeans – is standing under an umbrella on the front step of a city hotel, sucking on a cigarette and swearing into her mobile.

Businessmen teeming along the soaking street risk serious chiropractic injury to cop a double take of the luminous beauty.

Arterton, who is now cackling with laughter and screeching “bloody hell” into the phone, is oblivious to the head turning around her.

She is, she says once back inside the hotel, glad to be promoting her “favourite film so far” – the English comedy Tamara Drewe.

“I get to smooch three people in this film. Three!” she exclaims.

Since leaving drama school three years ago, Arterton has joined the likes of Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth and Andrew Garfield as the latest wave of British acting talent wining over Hollywood.

There was her breakthrough TV role, as Tess of the D’Urbervilles, for the BBC and her brief, yet naked, appearance as Strawberry Fields in 2008’s Quantum of Solace. In the past 12 months she has headlined two blockbusters, Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia, squeezed in British kidnap thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, and a West End play, The Little Dog Laughed, not to mention getting married.

“I don’t know how I’ve done it,” she says.

Working with Tamara Drewe’s stellar British cast in the stunning Dorset scenery was the perfect antidote to mega-budget Hollywood, Arterton says.

“I just left drama school wide-eyed,” she says. “Every time I got a job I’d go ‘Yah!’ without even thinking about the job and the connotations.

“Now I’ve had time to reflect, I’ve realised I just want to make films I enjoy.

“You don’t just make the film, you have to live with it. And this has been my favourite film so far.

“The experience, the people, the beautiful location, brilliant script. It was everything a movie should be.”

Tamara Drewe’s other major attraction is British filmmaker Stephen Frears.

The 69-year-old director of The Queen and High Fidelity needed little convincing to pick Arterton as the title role of the film adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ beloved cartoon strip Tamara Drewe.

“She’s gorgeous, witty and a very good actress,” Frears says of Arterton. “She just had everything I needed, really.”

Arterton found Frears’ adoration difficult to process.

“That was flattering but I felt quite weird about it as well,” she says.

“He hadn’t seen any of my work, we just went for a coffee.

“I got a phone call saying Stephen Frears wants to meet you. He says ‘Oh hello, yes you look like her, you’ll do’.

“I said ‘but you haven’t seen me act, I would feel more comfortable if I read for you or something’. And he said ‘No, I know, I just know’.”

Set in the English countryside, Tamara Drewe is a middle-class comedy about a young journalist torn between multiple lovers.

But where Bridget Jones is bumbling and sweet, Tamara is hard to like.

“She’s a bit of a bitch, promiscuous, a tart and a bit insecure,” Arterton says.

“But this character is written by a woman for women and she is so real.”

The inspiration for Arterton’s Tamara was an Australian woman in her circle of friends.

“She had a nose job in Australia and came over to the UK with this amazing nose and had a whole new identity,” the actress says.

“She became this temptress and all women hated her because she’s sleeping with all the guys and she’s very successful, but she has absolutely no friends.

“She was always interesting as a person to me because I always thought ‘why can’t you just be you?”‘

In the film, Tamara deviates between sleeping with a married middle-aged novelist, an egotistical rock star and a hunky handyman.

While at times the film can come across as a Jilly Cooper rural romp, Tamara Drewe also presents a realistic take of a professionally successful but insecure young woman.

It’s a situation Arterton empathises with.

“She is a woman who does things without knowing why she does them. That is normal, it happens all the time. All women do it.”

Arterton, now married to fashion distributor Stefano Catelli, has found “solid happiness” in her life.

“When you are happy and you love and are loved so much neurosis goes,” she says. “Everything becomes much more straightforward and clear.”

She is even comfortable with her blossoming stardom and being the subject of celebrity-chasing paparazzi.

“I get papped occasionally, but literally people don’t know who I am and that suits me absolutely fine,” Arterton says. “I walk around London all the time and nobody notices me.”

A few chiropractors would disagree.

Tamara Drewe opens today in Australia

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