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PUBLISHED: 18:02 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 23 August 2010

LONDON - APRIL 21:  Actress Gemma Arterton arrives at the World Charity Premiere Of 'Three And Out' at the The Odeon, Leicester Square on April 21, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

LONDON - APRIL 21: Actress Gemma Arterton arrives at the World Charity Premiere Of 'Three And Out' at the The Odeon, Leicester Square on April 21, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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A 22-YEAR-OLD actress continues her rise to Hollywood stardom after landing a starring role in next year s Disney summer blockbuster. Gemma Arterton, who was born and raised in the borough and attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, will play Prince

A 22-YEAR-OLD actress continues her rise to Hollywood stardom after landing a starring role in next year's Disney summer blockbuster.

Gemma Arterton, who was born and raised in the borough and attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, will play Princess Tamina in Prince Of Persia, The Sands Of Time.

She will appear alongside A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal, star of the Day After Tomorrow and Brokeback Mountain, who will play Dastan, a young prince in sixth century Persia.

In the film he must join forces with Tamina, (Arterton) an exotic princess, to prevent a villainous nobleman from possessing the sands of time, a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its holder to rule the world.

This week top British actors Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley have been confirmed as having parts in the film, due to be released in July 2009.

Gemma shot to fame in the remake of St. Trinian's last year and within the last six months she has landed a part in the new Bond film Quantum Of Solace and recently starred in Three And Out alongside Mackenzie Crook from Dartford, a film comedy based on suicide on the trains.

Fan Amanda Grant, 23, said: "Gemma seems to be the girl of the moment. She was a massive hit in St. Trinian's, a great fun movie - a remake of a classic.

"To land a part in the new Bond film is something I imagine most actresses dream about, let alone one who is just beginning her career and finding fame."

Ms Arterton was also unveiled as the new face of the advertising campaign for the Bond Girl 007 Fragrance this month.

After growing up in Gravesend, she won a place at the prestigious London drama school at RADA and after graduating last year she made her film debut alongside Maggie Smith and David Walliams in Capturing Mary.

She has performed at the Globe theatre and also worked with Guy Ritchie in his forthcoming gangster caper Rocknrolla.

The Prince Of Persia is a video game adaptation and will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, famous for blockbusters like Armageddon and Pearl Harbour.

Filming is set to begin in Morocco and England in July.

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