Gemma Louise Ward is an Australian model and actress


Gemma Louise Ward (born 3 November 1987) is an Australian model and actress. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Ward was first scouted at the age of 14, and made her Australian Fashion Week debut aged 15. She later became the youngest model to appear on the cover of the American edition of Vogue, later appearing on the covers of both Teen Vogue and Time. Vogue Paris would later declare her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. Ward is widely considered to be a supermodel.

Ward's first major acting appearance was in the 2007 Australian film The Black Balloon, and she has since also appeared in the film The Strangers (2008) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).

Early life Gemma Ward was born on 3 November 1987, in Perth, Western Australia, the second of four children of Gary Ward, an Australian doctor, and Claire, an English nurse. She has an older sister, Sophie (who also became a model), and younger twin brothers, Oscar and Henry. She was educated at the Presbyterian Ladies' College and Shenton College. Gemma was the family clown whose ambition was acting. Her passion for acting was born in 1997, when she was cast as the witch in a school play of Hansel and Gretel at age ten.

Ward's brush with modeling was an accidental one. She was discovered in 2002, at the age of fourteen, while accompanying her friends to the Australian modelling competition Search for a Supermodel. As she said in a Teen Vogue interview, she ended up being scouted herself:

I had come straight from my auntie and uncle's farm, and I was wearing this big gray barn jacket with mud all over it. When the scout came up to me, I said, 'No, thank you.' They forged my mum's signature [for mandatory parental consent], and pushed me in front of the cameras.

Ward didn't win the competition, but her fragile, unique look, got the attention of a spotter from Vivien's Model Agency who saw her potential and made a show reel. The show reel then landed on the desk of ace model scout David Cunningham from the New York City agency IMG. "Look how confident she is. I mean, she looks like she's been doing this for years, and she's a 15-year-old kid walking in an alleyway in Perth. She's a supermodel, for sure," Cunningham said.

ersonal life Ward briefly dated Heath Ledger. They first met in November 2007 in New York, and Ward later said they had "developed a relationship and we started seeing each other." The two spent Christmas together in their home town of Perth before returning to New York where Ledger died less than a month later, on 22 January 2008.

Ward and her partner David Letts became parents in early December 2013 when she gave birth to a baby girl, followed by a second child, a son, in January 2017.

Ward is close friends with fellow Australian models Jessica Gomes and Nicole Trunfio, with Gomes and Ward serving as bridesmaids at Trunfio's wedding.

Filmography Movies Year Film Role Notes, 2001 Pink Pyjamas Heidi, 2008 The Black Balloon Jackie Masters Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actress, Nominated – Inside Film Award for Best Actress, 2008 The Strangers Dollface, 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Tamara (first mermaid), 2013 The Great Gatsby Languid girl.

 

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