McElhone at the Mann Chinese 6 theatre, 2 June 2009
|Born||Natascha Abigail Taylor
23 March 1970
Surrey, England, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Martin Hirigoyen Kelly
(1998–2008; his death)
Natascha McElhone (born Natasha Abigail Taylor; 23 March 1970) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, best known for her roles in American films such as Ronin, The Truman Show and Solaris, and most recently for her role as Karen van der Beek on the Showtime series Californication.
McElhone was born in Surrey, to Irish parents, who were both journalists. She took her mother Noreen's maiden name as her stage name. McElhone has a scriptwriter brother Damon who lives in Los Angeles, and two half-brothers, Alexander and Nicholas, who live in Stockholm. Her parents separated when she was two and her Irish mother moved the family to Brighton and later married journalist and columnist Roy Greenslade.
McElhone, who took lessons in Irish dancing from ages 6–12, was educated at St. Mary's Hall School for Girls, an independent boarding school in Brighton, Sussex. She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1993.
McElhone began her career in the theatre, including starring in Richard III in Regent's Park, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Cherry Orchard at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; and in Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre. McElhone made her television debut in the BBC's Bergerac in 1991, and was seen in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in 1992.
McElhone made her film debut in 1996's Surviving Picasso with Anthony Hopkins. In the same year she was seen in the Dennis Potter TV mini-series Karaoke. Although she has made relatively few films, her most successful to date has been 1998's The Truman Show with Jim Carrey. She had leading roles opposite Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own, Robert De Niro in Ronin and George Clooney in Solaris.
In 2005, she co-starred in the NBC miniseries Revelations with actor Bill Pullman. She starred in a 2006 West End production of Honour at the Wyndham's Theatre alongside Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis. She then accepted a leading role in the Showtime cable television series Californication as Karen, alongside David Duchovny. McElhone is the newest Neutrogena spokeswoman and the face of the Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration line. In 2010 she was the voice of Marie in the video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow from Konami.
McElhone married plastic surgeon Dr. Martin Hirigoyen Kelly on 19 May 1998. The couple lived in Fulham, West London, with their sons Theodore (born 2000) and Otis (born May 2003); their third son, Rex, was born in October 2008, 5 months after Kelly's death.
On 20 May 2008, 43-year-old Kelly was found slumped in the doorway of his family's home by a fellow doctor, who had him rushed to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (where he worked) but could not be revived. He died one day after his 10th wedding anniversary. A post-mortem exam revealed the cause of death to have been dilated cardiomyopathy.
After her husband's sudden death, McElhone continued to write letters to him, sometimes documenting the daily trivia of life but also dealing with how she and their young children were coping with their loss. These letters and diary entries formed the basis of her book After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father. The book was published in July 2010. (The book is simply titled After You in the Kindle edition-UK version only.)
|Surviving Picasso||1996||Françoise Gilot|
|The Devil's Own||1997||Megan Doherty|
|Mrs Dalloway||1997||Young Clarissa|
|The Truman Show||1998||Lauren/Sylvia|
|What Rats Won't Do||1998||Kate Beckenham|
|Love's Labour's Lost||2000||Rosaline|
|Contaminated Men||2000||Holly Anderson|
|Killing Me Softly||2002||Deborah|
|City of Ghosts||2002||Sophie|
|Ladies in Lavender||2004||Olga Daniloff|
|Guy X||2005||Sgt. Irene Teal|
|Big Nothing||2006||Penelope Wood|
|The Secret of Moonacre||2008||Loveday|
|Carpet Boy||2012||Jackie||in production|
|Romeo and Juliet||2013||Lady Capulet||post-production|
|Heaven and Earth||TBA||James Miranda Barry||in production|
|The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||1990||Helen Blake||Episode: An Unkindness of Ravens (1)
Episode: An Unkindness of Ravens (2)
|Bergerac||1991||Louise Calder||Episode: Snow in Provence|
|Absolutely Fabulous||1994||Art Gallery Assistant||Episode: Death|
|Minder||1994||Vanessa||Episode: All Quiet on the West End Front|
|Cadfael||1994||Cecily Corde||Episode: The Sanctuary Sparrow|
|A Breed of Heroes||1994||Janet||TV film|
|Cold Lazarus||1996||Angie||TV serial|
|The Other Boleyn Girl||2003||Mary Boleyn||TV film|
|Revelations||2005||Sister Josepha Montafiore||TV miniseries|
|The Company||2007||Elizabet Nemeth||TV miniseries|
|Californication||2007–present||Karen van der Beek|
|10 Minute Tales||2009||Woman||TV short film
Segment: Deep & Crisp & Even
|Thorne: Sleepyhead||2010||Anne Coburn|
|2010||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow||Marie Belmont|
|Awards and Nominations|
|1999||Ronin||MTV Movie Awards||Best Action Sequence (shared with Robert De Niro)||Nominated|
|2003||Solaris||Saturn Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2003||Solaris||Irish Film and Television Awards||Best Actress in Film||Nominated|
|2005||Revelations||Satellite Award||Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated|
- Internet Movie Database and other websites birth registered as Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey NW 2nd quarter (April, May, June) 1970 NOT 1971. Mother's maiden name = "McElhone"
- McElhone, Natascha (2011). After You. Penguin Books (limited edition). p. About the author. ISBN 0-241-95527-0. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- Robinson, Anne (28 February 2012). "Anne Robinson is joined by actress Natascha McElhone and presenter Chris Hollins who share their favourite books and discuss why they have been important to them in their lives.". BBC2. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- Flint Marx, Rebecca. "Natascha McElhone Movies". Blockbuster LLC. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- birth registered as Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey NW 2nd quarter (April, May, June) 1970 NOT 1971. Mother's maiden name = "McElhone"
- Interview, 10 October 2009, Irish Times
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- "Konami Announces Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow is Now Available". IGN. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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- "Natascha McElhone Welcomes Third Child". Retrieved 8 January 2009.
- Booth, Jenny (21 May 2008). "Natascha McElhone's plastic surgeon husband dies at couple's home". The Times (UK). Retrieved 21 May 2008.
- "Surgeon husband of pregnant actress Natascha McElhone is found dead on his doorstep". Daily Mail. UK. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
- Rudd, Andy (23 May 2008). "Natascha McElhone's surgeon husband Martin Kelly died from a heart condition". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
- Day, Elizabeth (3 July 2010). "After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father by Natascha McElhone". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "'AFTER YOU: LETTERS OF LOVE, AND LOSS, TO A HUSBAND AND FATHER'". Amazon. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Maguire, Stephen (28 September 2008). "She's a beauty... and just perfect to play the role of the most amazing MALE doc ever; EXCLUSIVE HEARTACHE BEHIND NATASCHA'S SMILE.". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Heaven and Earth at the Internet Movie Database
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