Gemma ArtertonThe Prince of Persia star will be treading the boards in November, starring opposite Stephen Dillane in The Master Builder. Travis Preston directs from Kenneth McLeish’s translation from the original Norwegian. Previews start at London’s Almeida Theatre on November 12, and the play runs until January 8 2011. Arterton made her West End debut earlier this year in The Little Dog Who Laughed at the Garrick Theatre.

For those of you think that Arterton is just some James Bond totty, she spent three years at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Model-turned-actress she is definitely not. I remember walking through Rada, where they have pictures of that year’s alumni on the walls, coming across one moody black-and-white photograph of this incredibly beautiful girl, and wondering, “Who on earth is she?” The answer was, of course, Gemma Arterton. Her subsequent success makes me suspect that no matter how good an actor you are, it’s really about whether you’re good-looking or not.

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