Hannah Arterton

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Hannah Arterton
Hannah Arterton Oliviers Red Carpet 2018.jpg
Hannah Arterton on the Olivier Awards red carpet, 2018
Hannah Jane Arterton

(1989-01-26) 26 January 1989 (age 30)
Gravesend, Kent, England
ResidenceSouth Norwood, London[1]
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2011–present
FamilyGemma Arterton (sister)

Hannah Jane Arterton[2] (born 26 January 1989) is an English actress. She was born in Gravesend, Kent. Arterton attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2011. She has appeared in the television series: The Five (2016) and Safe (2018) and the film Walking on Sunshine (2014).

Early life[edit]

Arterton was born on 26 January 1989 in Gravesend, Kent, England.[3][4] Her mother Sally-Anne (née Heap) is a cleaner and runs a cleaning business and her father Barry J. Arterton is a metal worker welder.[5][6][7] Her parents divorced during her early childhood with Arterton growing up with her older sister Gemma Arterton and mother in a council estate.[5][8][9] She reports being initially drawn to acting at the age of seven after watching a rehearsal of the musical The Wizard of Oz performed by The Miskin Theatre in Dartford. Arterton recalled: "I'd never seen anything like that. I was absolutely blown away... A whole different world just opened up."[6] Her matrilineal great-grandmother was a German-Jewish concert violinist.[10]

Her early education was at the Gravesend Grammar School for Girls.[11] She subsequently studied Performance and Music Technology at North Kent College's Miskin Theatre.[12] While studying there, she provided backing vocals for a skiffle band which resulted in a record deal offer which later collapsed. She commented on the experience: "'Argh, I can't do this. It's too hard to trust people in the music industry. It's full of sharks and guys latching on to a young artist and wanting to make money. I found it all quite scary." A lecturer at The Miskin Theatre subsequently convinced her to apply for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), from which she later graduated in 2011.[6][13] During her final year at RADA, she was cast by Stephen Poliakoff in his play My City.[6] Also while at RADA, Arterton formed a seven-piece covers band The Hitmen and Her for which she is the lead singer.[6]


After performing in the play, My City (2011) with Tracey Ullman and Tom Riley at the Almeida Theatre, Arterton was then cast as Korinna in the BBC television series Atlantis (2013).[6][14]

Her feature film debut was as a woman caught in a love triangle in the romantic musical Walking on Sunshine (2014).[6][15] Her performance received generally positive reviews from critics.[3][16][17] In the same year, she starred in Hide and Seek (2014), a romantic drama about a polyamorous commune which received the Edinburgh International Film Festival's award for Best British Feature Film.[18][19]

In 2016, she played a detective in American crime novelist Harlan Coben's television series The Five.[20] Two years later, Arterton reunited with Coben to play detective Emma Castle in Netflix original series Safe.[21] In the same year, she appeared in two horror films directed Paul Hyett, The Convent, and Peripheral.



Title Year(s) Role Channel Notes Ref(s)
Midsomer Murders 2011 Katy ITV Episode: "A Sacred Trust" [22]
Atlantis 2013 Korinna BBC One 5 episodes [14]
Doc Martin 2015 Ms. Grappy ITV Episode: "Education, Education, Education" [23]
The Five 2016 D.C. Ally Caine Sky1 10 episodes [25]
Versailles 2017 Sister Hermione BBC Two Series 2, Episode 7 [26]
Safe 2018 D.C. Emma Castle Netflix 8 episodes [27]


Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
At First Sight 2013 Avy Short film [29]
Walking on Sunshine 2014 Taylor [6]
Hide and Seek 2014 Charlotte [18]
Otherwise Engaged 2015 Megan Short film [30]
Burn Burn Burn 2015 Sophie [32]
Total Loss 2016 Rebecca Short film [32]
The Convent 2018 Persephone [33]
Peripheral 2018 Bobbi Johnson [36]
Hayley Alien 2019 Shop Manager Director and writer
Short film
Old Beginnings 2019 Sophia Short film [40]
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Title Year Role Station Notes Ref(s)
Shout to the Top 2012 Rain BBC Radio 2 [32][41]
Queens of Noise 2014 Rain BBC Radio 4 [41]
The Bone Clocks 2014 Reader BBC Radio 4 2 episodes [42]
Born in the DDR 2015 Hanne BBC Radio 4 [43]


Title Year Role Theatre Notes Ref(s)
My City 2011 Waitress Almeida Theatre 8 September – 5 November [44][45]

Personal life[edit]

Arterton is in a relationship with Chris Hyson, a musician and composer. They live together in South Norwood, London.[1]


  1. ^ a b Watson, Fay (15 June 2018). "Hannah Arterton: 'I got to 18 and was like, 'Oh God, what am I going to do with my life?'". The Resident. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Results for Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records". Findmypast. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Lodge, Guy (24 October 2014). "International Star You Should Know: Hannah Arterton's Film Career Off to Swift Start". Variety.
  4. ^ Jamieson, Teddy (14 June 2014). "Hannah Arterton's kick up the Eighties". The Herald.
  5. ^ a b Garratt, Sheryl (30 January 2013). "Gemma Arterton: Hollywood's free spirit". The Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Jones, Alice (26 June 2014). "Hannah Arterton steps out of sister Gemma's shadow with Walking on Sunshine starring role". The Independent.
  7. ^ "Gemma Arterton interview". Stylist. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  8. ^ Harrod, Horatia (28 March 2011). "Gemma Arterton: size matters". The Daily Telegraph.
  9. ^ Helliker, Adam (10 March 2013). "Gemma Arterton's supermum keeps her grounded". The Daily Express. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  10. ^ "When GQ met Gemma Arterton". GQ. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Gravesend actress Hannah Arterton — little sister of A-lister Gemma — in summer movie Walking On Sunshine". Kent Online. 26 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Alumni". The Miskin Theatre. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Hannah Arterton". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Atlantis, Series 1, White Lies". BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  15. ^ Debruge, Peter (19 June 2014). "Film Review: 'Walking on Sunshine'". Variety.
  16. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (26 June 2014). "Walking On Sunshine, film review: Cheery and inane romcom could double-up as an ad for Puglia's tourist board". The Independent.
  17. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (26 June 2014). "Walking on Sunshine review – we're all going on a karaoke holiday". The Guardian.
  18. ^ a b Young, Neil (27 June 2014). "'Hide and Seek': Edinburgh Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ Pulver, Andrew (27 June 2014). "Edinburgh gives top award to partner- film Hide and Seek". The Guardian.
  20. ^ Roxborough, Scott (4 April 2016). "MIPTV: Harlan Coben, Sky Eying Sequel to 'The Five'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  21. ^ Allen, Ben (10 May 2018). "Meet the cast of Netflix's Safe". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Midsomer Murders". Radio Times. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Doc Martin Episode 4". ITV. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Doc Martin". Radio Times. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Hannah Arterton". British Film Institute. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Series 2, Episode 7". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  27. ^ Feinberg, Scott (2 May 2018). "'Safe': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  28. ^ McEwan, Cameron K. (16 May 2018). "The mad ending to Netflix's Safe explained: What happened to Jenny?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  29. ^ "At First Sight". Rankin Film Productions (Vimeo). Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  30. ^ "Otherwise Engaged". British Council. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  31. ^ "Otherwise Engaged". Vimeo. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  32. ^ a b c "Hannah Arterton". Spotlight. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  33. ^ Williams, Owen (14 December 2015). "Exclusive image from Paul Hyett's horror Heretiks". Empire. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  34. ^ Whittington, James (23 February 2016). "Interview With Paul Hyett Director Of The Seasoning House". Horror Channel. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  35. ^ Catsoulis, Jeanette (2 May 2019). "'The Convent' Review: Twisted Sisters". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  36. ^ "Peripheral". British Council. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  37. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (5 November 2016). "AFM: Salt boards sci-fi 'Peripheral' starring Hannah Arterton". Screen Daily. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  38. ^ "Peripheral". London FrightFest Film Festival. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  39. ^ "Hayley Alien". Gemma Arterton (Vimeo). Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  40. ^ "Old Beginnings". British Council. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  41. ^ a b "Queens of Noise: Get It On, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  42. ^ "The Bone Clocks". BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  43. ^ "Born in the DDR". BBC. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  44. ^ Spencer, Charles (16 September 2011). "My City, Almeida Theatre, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  45. ^ "Tour archive for My City (Play)". UK Theatre Web. Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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