Welcome to Gemma Arterton Online, your best and oldest source for the english rose Gemma Arterton. We strive to provide you with news, photos, in-depth information, media, fun stuff and much more on our favorite British star! Gemma is most known for her roles in: St. Trinian's, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans. Her upcoming films are Vita & Virginia, My Zoe and Summerland. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, then do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We hope you enjoy the site and come back often!

  M.   February 11, 2012

Gemma Arterton has revealed growing up on a council estate in Kent left her able to defend herself in a fight.

Gemma Arterton learnt how to fight when she was growing up.

The British actress and her younger sister Hannah were raised on a council estate in Kent, in south east England, by their mother Sally-Anne – who brought them up alone after divorcing Gemma’s father – and the Hollywood starlet admits she had to learn how to defend herself.

She revealed to Vogue magazine: “I never started anything. I was always provoked.”

Recalling one incident outside a Gravesend Theatre when a local girl demanded a cigarette from her, said: “I was like, ‘Why don’t you buy your own like the rest of us?’ And she punched me in the face! She was much smaller than me, and it was a really s**t punch, so I punched her back.”

The ‘Tamara Drewe‘ star was also prepared to confront boys who stepped out of line with her.

She said: “I was quite strong-willed and not very good with boys (growing up). I was in this s**t club in Gravesend and this boy pinched my arse, and I turned round and decked him. He just didn’t know what hit him, Obviously, I did!”