Gemma Arterton learnt to fight when she was growing up
The British actress and her younger sister Hannah were raised on a council estate in Kent, in south east England, by their mother Sally-Anne - who brought them up alone after divorcing Gemma`s father - and the Hollywood starlet admits she had to learn how to defend herself.
She revealed to America`s Vogue magazine: "I never started anything. I was always provoked."
Recalling one incident outside a Gravesend Theatre when a local girl demanded a cigarette from her, said: "I was like, `Why don`t you buy your own like the rest of us?` And she punched me in the face! She was much smaller than me, and it was a really s**t punch, so I punched her back."
The `Tamara Drewe` star was also prepared to confront boys who stepped out of line with her.
She said: "I was quite strong-willed and not very good with boys (growing up). I was in this s**t club in Gravesend and this boy pinched my arse, and I turned round and decked him. He just didn`t know what hit him, Obviously, I did!"