Natalie Blair

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Natalie Blair
Born Natalie Louise Blair
(1984-04-16) 16 April 1984 (age 30)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002 – present
Spouse(s) David Hoflin (m. 2013)
Awards Logie for 'Most Popular New Female Talent' (2005)

Natalie Louise Blair (born 16 April 1984) is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Carmella Cammeniti on Neighbours, an Australian TV series.

Career[edit]

Blair auditioned for Neighbours in early 2003 and impressed casting director Jan Russ, but she was not cast.[1] Russ contacted Blair six months later and asked her to audition for the role of Carmella Cammeniti. She was cast on the spot as producers needed to fill the gap left by Delta Goodrem's sudden departure.[1] Blair started filming just after she graduated from school.[2]

In 2005, Blair won "Most Popular New Female Talent" at the 47th Annual Logie Awards.[3] Blair was also nominated in 2007 for both the Gold and Silver Logie, for "Most Popular Personality on Australian Television".[4] She was again nominated for both awards in 2008.[5] Blair was crowned "Queen of Teen" at the Dolly Teen Choice Awards at Sydney's Luna Park in 2007.[6]

Blair left Neighbours after five years in 2009. She then moved to Los Angeles, but returned home later that year to play chief villain Connie Burns in the feature film Stage Fright.[7] Upon completion of the film, also starring Jason Smith, Natalie left Queensland and returned to Los Angeles.[8]

In December 2007, Blair starred in the Spillers Ltd Production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury.[9] Blair also sang solo and a cappella the first verse of "Once in Royal David's City" at the annual BBC Shropshire Carols in the Square event in Shrewsbury on 19 December 2007.[10]

Blair returned to Neighbours in March 2011 for two episodes.[11]

In March 2011, Natalie began shooting the feature film "The Sleeping Warrior", portraying the character of Safia. The film is set for release in 2012.[12] A story that connects Hindu spirituality and Australian aboriginal spirituality.[13]

Most recently, Blair returned to Melbourne, Australia to play the lead in the romantic comedy The Groomless Bride.[14] The film also stars underworld figure Chopper Reid.

Personal life[edit]

Blair was born in Brisbane, Queensland. She is the daughter of former VFL footballer John Blair.[15]

Blair was engaged to Australian actor Beau Brady. The pair met on the set of Voodoo Lagoon in 2006 and quietly separated in January 2007, with their split being confirmed by a Neighbours spokeswoman.[16] The pair reportedly split due to Brady's decision to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career.[16]

Natalie began a relationship with her Neighbours co-star David Hoflin in 2008.[17] The pair currently live together in Los Angeles.[18] On 10 March 2012, Fiona Byrne of the Herald Sun reported Blair and Hoflin were engaged.[19] They married in Warburton on 4 January 2013.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Flipper Cuban Girl Episode: "Kidnapped: Part 1"
1997 Adrenalin Junkies Ghost Train Victim Episode: "2.10"
2002 Hey Sista! Roberta Russo TV short
2002 Lost World, TheThe Lost World Keeran Warrior #2 Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
2003 Fat Cow Motel Food Poison Girl Episode: "1.8"
2003-2008 Neighbours Carmella Cammeniti Recurring role (299 episodes)
2006 Voodoo Lagoon Kate
2006 When Darkness Falls Laura
2009 I.C.U. The Mystery Woman
2010 Outsourced Sexy Witch Episode: "Bolloween"
2010 10 Days to Die Connie Burns
2011 Like Crazy Natalie
2011 Neighbours Carmella Cammeniti 2 episodes
2012 Sleeping Warrior, TheThe Sleeping Warrior Safia
2012 Groomless Bride Sandra Post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Blair, Natalie. Soapstars in Panto: (MP3) (Internet broadcast) (in English). United Kingdom: The Soap Show. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Byrne, Fiona (29 June 2008). "Natalie Blair's bound for Europe". Herald Sun (Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Logie Awards 2005". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Logie Awards 2007". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  5. ^ "Logie Awards 2008". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Teen Queen". News.com.au (News Limited). 6 September 2007. 
  7. ^ Pierce, Jeremy (27 August 2009). "Natalie Blair Project Bewitches Town". News.com.au (News Limited). 
  8. ^ "It's tattle time". Herald Sun. Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". BBC. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "Carols in the Square 2007". BBC. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2008. 
  11. ^ "Homecoming for Neighbours faves". Holy Soap. Channel Five. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1869750/
  13. ^ http://www.cinando.com/DefaultController.aspx?PageId=FicheFilm&IdC=8975&IdF=103089
  14. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/confidential/natalie-blair-back-from-la-for-movie/story-e6frf96x-1226054284151
  15. ^ "27 Year Brisbane Visit". 
  16. ^ a b "Beau splits with Nat". The Daily Telegraph (UK). 2 April 2007. 
  17. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/sunday-heraldsun/blairs-bound-for-europe/story-e6frf92x-1111116764128
  18. ^ http://neighbours.com.au/Carmella-and-Oliver-Come-Home.htm
  19. ^ Byrne, Fiona (10 March 2012). "Old castmates are more than just good Neighbours". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Blair hitch project". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). 18 January 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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