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Gemma's a gem!

PUBLISHED: 18:11 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010

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A HOLLYWOOD star is set to star in a dramatisation of Thomas Hardy s most tragic tale - for the second time. Gemma Arterton, from Gravesend, whose meteoric rise to fame will see her be the next Bond girl, is soon to appear as the title role in Tess of th

LONDON - APRIL 21:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Actress Gemma Arterton arrives at the World Charity premiere of 'Three And Out' at the Odeon cinema, Leicester Square on April 21, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

A HOLLYWOOD star is set to star in a dramatisation of Thomas Hardy's most tragic tale - for the second time.

Gemma Arterton, from Gravesend, whose meteoric rise to fame will see her be the next Bond girl, is soon to appear as the title role in Tess of the D'urbervilles on BBC1 this Sunday. But this will be the second time she appears in a production of Hardy's classic story, set in the West Country, after appearing in Tess at school eight years ago.

Drama teacher at Gravesend Grammar School for Girls in Pelham Road, Liz Rosenhall recalled: "Performances that really stuck out were her roles in A Memory of Lizzie and in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, which, funnily enough, she is also doing on the telly at the moment!

"It's so strange when I see her face appear on telly!"

Mrs Rosenhall, who also taught Arterton's sister, mother and uncle added: "She was a confident performer. We had lots of good actors, but she stood out."

The Dartford-born 22-year-old graduated from drama school RADA last year. Mrs Rosenhall, 56, added: "I have kept in touch with her over the years - I saw her perform at the Globe as Rosalind in Love's Labour's Lost and we met up afterwards and she hadn't changed. She was so humbled by what was happening to her. She spoke about her drama lessons at school and how much she's learnt there.

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