Never mind that actress Gemma Arterton has starred in three blockbusters — as the MI6 redhead Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace, Greek mythology’s Io in Clash of the Titans, and as Persian princess Tamina in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Despite her many roles, you still may not recognize her. But the truth is even the 24-year-old English rose admits that she can sometimes barely place her own face — and she’s happy about it. “One of the thrilling things for me is looking very different in films and not recognizing myself,” the newly married actress explained to PEOPLE of her chameleon-like looks. “My makeup artist always says that you can do many things with my face, which is really good when you’re an actress.” To get Persia-nized, she spent hours in the hair and makeup chair–an elaborate process, according to Arterton, whose hair was dyed jet black and lengthened with clip-in extensions. She also endured lengthy, meticulous henna tattoo applications and a head-to-toe fake tan achieved using a special face and body makeup by M.A.C. “The most tanned I’ve ever been in my life,” says the star of her Prince of Persia look. “When I watch the movie, I’m like ‘oh, God!’ Usually, I’m a very pale person.” To hear more about Gemma’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time transformation and the actress’s real-life beauty routine, be sure to pick up the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.–Marissa Patlingrao Cooley; reporting by Jackie FieldsAs a biography Toby Kebbell, Prince of Persia actor, was born in 1982 on July 9th. Kebbell was raised in Yorkshire, England and stands at 6’2”. A former part of the Central Television Workshop, Toby left school before graduating with other ambitions in mind.
Kebbell made his professional acting debut in the flick Dead Man’s Shoes before moving on to star in Northern Soul as Mark Shebert and Alexander as the on screen character Pausanius. By 2005 he accepted roles in Match Point, Shakespeare retold as Malcolm, Wilderness and Born Equal.
Since then Kebbell has gone on to star in Control as Rob Gretten, the flick entitled Commandeer: Windows of the Soul, The Street in a three episode arc as the character Paul Billerton and RocknRolla. Most recently you can catch Toby in The German as Barton, Tea and Biscuits and the 2009 movie Cheri as a Patron.
Lined up or this year, Kebbell will appear in The Conspirator, the above mentioned The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the movie Ocean Beach.