Natalie Dormer

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Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer (March 2013).jpg
Dormer at the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere in March 2013
Born (1982-02-11) 11 February 1982 (age 32)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors and as Margaery Tyrell in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Early life[edit]

Dormer was born in Reading, Berkshire. She attended Chiltern Edge Secondary School before moving to Reading Blue Coat School, an independent boys' school that admits girls in the sixth form. She grew up with her stepfather, mother, sister Samantha, and brother Mark.[1] She has said that she was the victim of bullying while at school, but "still to this day I can't place why".[2] At school, Dormer was head girl, a straight-A student, vice-captain of the school netball team, and she also got to travel the world with her school's public speaking team.[3]

During her school years, Dormer trained in dance at the Allenova School of Dancing.[4] She describes herself as the "academic hopeful" of the family and hoped to be offered a place to study history at Cambridge; but, in her A-level History exam, she did not achieve the A grade she needed to attend.[2] Dormer decided she would audition for drama schools and decided to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[1][5]

Career[edit]

Six months after graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Dormer won the role of Victoria in Casanova. This was her film debut and it was released in 2005. The director, Lasse Hallström, was so impressed with Dormer's comedic timing that he had the script writer expand her part. On the strength of her audition for the role and her performance, she secured a three-film deal with Touchstone Pictures, which was never exercised.[1][5] In 2005, Dormer had a small part in Distant Shores. After the filming of Casanova, Dormer was out of work for nine months and has said that "it was the best lesson I could have had in the first 12 months of my career".[3] In 2006, she guest starred as Phillippa Balfour in the Rebus episode "The Falls".

In 2007 and 2008, Dormer played Anne Boleyn in the first two seasons of The Tudors, for which she received highly positive reviews. Robert Abele of LA Weekly wrote: "Natalie Dormer presents a painterly exquisiteness and complexity in her portrayal of Anne Boleyn... her enigmatic, time-halting loveliness is a boon for The Tudors, and damn near worth losing your head over."[6] After her character's death at the end of the second season, The Boston Herald noted: "Dormer gave Anne Boleyn life, making her not just a beautiful schemer but a rebellious, defiantly independent tragic hero in the tradition of Rebel Without a Cause and Cool Hand Luke... her departure from The Tudors leaves a tremendous void."[7]

In 2008, Dormer played Moira Nicholson in Agatha Christie's Marple: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" and appeared in a number of films such as Fence Walker, Flying Lessons, and City of Life. Dormer's Marple appearance aired in the US in the summer of 2009 as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery anthology series. Also in that year, she appeared in Incendiary, but her scenes were cut from the final film.[1] In March 2010, she made her stage debut at the Young Vic theatre in London as Mizi in the play Sweet Nothings. In The Observer, theatre critic Susannah Clapp praised the performances of the cast and wrote: "Natalie Dormer is lissome as a dirty, delightful gadabout, pushing aside an entire chess game in order to put down her hat."[8]

After six months of playing Mizi, Dormer went on to film some new roles, including the Duchess of York in Madonna's film W.E., Pvt. Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Niamh Cranitch in the BBC court drama Silk. She then went on to her next stage role of Pat in .45 at Hampstead Theatre in November 2010. She returned to The Tudors as Anne Boleyn in a dream sequence for the fourth and final season in mid-2010. This was confirmed when the first promotional picture of the season showed Anne on the cover. In June 2010, she was cast in the film adaptation of the Peter Straub novel Shadowland.[9]

In June 2011, Dormer joined the cast of the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones as Margaery Tyrell of the noble House Tyrell.[10] In March 2012, she returned to the Young Vic to play the title role in After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber.[11] Her performance received critical acclaim, with reviews describing her as "little short of sensational",[12] "outstanding",[13] and "the perfect Miss Julie".[14] The online theatre magazine Exeunt wrote that her portrayal of Miss Julie contained "all the anger, desire, wit, loneliness, merriment, melancholy and desperation of the casts of several plays together... Dormer has still more presence and eerie beauty than is apparent from her appearances on-screen, and she shape-shifts almost supernaturally between seductress, child, and tormentor."[15] In March 2013, she played the Lady Door in the radio play of Neverwhere, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Later that year, she appeared in the car racing drama Rush and the thriller The Counselor. She will appear in A Long Way From Home and Rubicon.[16] In April 2013, it was announced that Dormer would star in the final three episodes of Season One of the CBS TV series Elementary as Irene Adler; she also reprised the role in the second season.[17] In August 2013, it was announced that Dormer was cast as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Dormer has been engaged to Irish director Anthony Byrne since 2011,[19] whom she met in Dublin whilst filming The Tudors in 2007.[2] A self-proclaimed poker lover, Dormer took part in the 2008 PartyPoker.com Women's World Open in London, where she came in second to Emma Kennedy in the Celebrity Heat.[20] Dormer has stated that Cate Blanchett has been an influence in her career as an actress. On the subject of supernatural beliefs, she was quoted as saying, "I've got an open mind. I say I'm an atheist but I wouldn't mind being visited by a ghost."[21]

Despite rumours that Dormer is related to historical lady-in-waiting Jane Dormer, who served Queen Mary I, they have no familial connection. On this subject, Dormer stated, "There was a woman, called Jane Dormer, in the Royal Court who happened to have the same family name as me, but I think that's as far as it goes."[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2005 Casanova Victoria
2007 Flawless Cassie
2009 City of Life Olga
2009 Masterwork Mo Murphy Television film
2011 W.E Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Private Lorraine
2011 Poe Celeste Chevalier Television film
2013 Rubicon Sarah
2013 A Long Way from Home Suzanne
2013 Rush Gemma
2013 The Counselor The Blonde
2014 Posh
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Cressida
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Cressida

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Rebus Cassie Episode: "The Falls"
2007–2010 The Tudors Anne Boleyn 21 episodes
Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress – Drama Series (2008)
Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (2008, 2009)
2009 Marple Moira Nicholson Episode: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
2011 Silk Niamh Cranitch 6 episodes
2011 The Fades Sarah Etches 6 episodes
2012–present Game of Thrones Margaery Tyrell 12 episodes
2013–present Elementary Irene Adler / Jamie Moriarty 5 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sweet Nothings Mizi Young Vic
2010 .45 Pat Hampstead Theatre
2012 After Miss Julie Miss Julie Young Vic

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Paton, Maureen. Boho Boleyn girl: Actress Natalie Dormer's dramatic entrance, Daily Mail, 7 November 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Gilbert, Gerard. Golden girl: How Natalie Dormer became the new queen of the screen, The Independent, 17 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Gilbert, Sophie. Natalie Dormer on playing England's naughtiest queens, London Evening Standard, 12 November 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Past Pupils". Allenova School of Dance. Retrieved 4 April 2009.  and spent two years with Starmaker Theatre Company, both performing in a number of shows and being choreographer for a Starmaker review.
  5. ^ a b Bamigboye, Baz. Casanova girl won me over, Daily Mail, 10 February 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  6. ^ Abele, Robert. "The Tudors: Heads Will Roll". LA Weekly. 
  7. ^ Perigard, Mark. "'Tudors' rules: Showtimes on a roll with killer season finale". Boston Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  8. ^ Clapp, Susannah. "Sweet Nothings – Young Vic, London". The Observer. 
  9. ^ Bill Nighy and Natalie Dormer Set to Star in Peter Straub's Shadowland 3D
  10. ^ Hibberd, James (23 June 2011). "'Tudors' star joins 'Game of Thrones' cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  11. ^ Bosanquet, Theo. "Natalie Dormer returns to Young Vic in After Miss Julie". whatsonstage.com. 
  12. ^ Cavendish, Dominic. "After Miss Julie, Young Vic, review". The Daily Telegraph. 
  13. ^ "After Miss Julie". Time Out London. 
  14. ^ Stanbury, Kate. "After Miss Julie". Official London Theatre. 
  15. ^ Perry, Sarah. "After Miss Julie at Young Vic". Exeunt Magazine. 
  16. ^ "Natalie Dormer". Internet Movie Database. 
  17. ^ Natalie Abrams (9 April 2013). "Elementary Exclusive: Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer to Play Irene Adler". TV Guide. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Natalie Dormer Cast In 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' As Cressida". The Huffington Post. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "She's got some front: Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer takes the plunge in a low-cut dress at Hugo gallery party". The Daily Mail. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  20. ^ Veteran Homam wins Women’s World Open II – Matchroom Sport
  21. ^ "Tudors beauty: Nude scenes were harrowing". The Tudor News Site. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Natalie Dormer Keen To Get Away From Royal Corset Roles". Contact Music. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 

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