Birth Name: Gemma Christina Arterton
Place of Birth: Gravesend, Kent, England
Date of Birth: January 12, 1986
Ethnicity: English, as well as a Jewish matrilineal great-grandmother, and more distant German and Scottish ancestry
Gemma Arterton is an English actress. She played the title role in the BBC’s four-hour version of Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Gemma has English ancestry, as well as a Jewish great-grandmother (her maternal grandmother’s mother, who was of Polish Jewish, with more distant Dutch Jewish, Czech Jewish, and Sephardi Jewish, ancestry). Gemma also has a small amount of German and Scottish roots, from other lines of her own family tree.
Gemma’s paternal grandparents were Arthur Ernest Arterton (the son of Ernest William Arterton and Henrietta Hall) and Nellie C. Smith (the daughter of Arthur Smith and Amy Nellie L. Pouncett). Amy’s mother was German.
Gemma’s maternal grandparents were Ronald S. Heap (the son of Edwin Stanley Heap and ? Smith) and Helen Marjorie Rosina Sarfas (the daughter of Charles Henry Sarfas and Jean I. Lesley, born Jean I. Specterman).
Gemma’s matrilineal great-grandmother Jean was the daughter of Lazarus/Louis Specterman and Marjorie Elizabeth Spiers, who were both Jewish. Lazarus was the son of Marks Specterman and Rose, who were Polish Jewish immigrants. Marjorie was the daughter of Solomon Spiers, who was of Polish Jewish descent, and of Isabella Phillips; Isabella was born in Cardiff, Wales, the daughter of Moses Phillips, who was of Polish Jewish descent, and of Flora Kisch, who was also Jewish; Flora was the daughter of Abraham Kisch and Isabella Halevi.
Gemma’s matrilineal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Isabella Halevi, was born, c. 1799, in Middlesex, England, to Simchal Halevi and Hannah Moses.
Sources: Genealogy of Gemma Arterton (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.lesliemerchant.me
Genealogy of Gemma’s maternal great-grandfather, Albert Charles Henry Sarfas (focusing on his own father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Gemma’s maternal great-great-grandfather, William George Sarfas – http://www.jamesfamilytree.org.uk
Genealogy of Gemma’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Flora Kisch – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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