Natascha McElhone

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Natascha McElhone
Natascha McElhone.jpg
McElhone at the Mann Chinese 6 theatre, 2 June 2009
Born Natascha Abigail Taylor
(1971-12-14) 14 December 1971 (age 43)
Surrey, England
Nationality English
Education St. Mary's Hall School for Girls, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Martin Hirigoyen Kelly
(1998–2008; his death)
Children 3
Parent(s) Roy Greenslade (step-father)

Natascha Abigail Taylor (born 14 December 1971),[1][2] known professionally as Natasha McElhone, (/nəˈtæʃəˈmækəlˌhn/; 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.

Early life[edit]

She was born Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey,[3][4] to Noreen and Mike Taylor, who were both journalists.[5] She took her mother's maiden name as her stage name.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]


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 (credited on screen as Natascha Taylor), and was seen in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in 1992.[9]

McElhone was seen in the Dennis Potter TV mini-series Karaoke. One of her most successful films 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.[8]

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.[10] In 2010 she was the voice of Marie in the video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow from Konami.[11]

McElhone co-starred in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis.[12] In 2014, she played the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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, five months after Kelly's death.[14]

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.[15][16][17]

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.)[18][19]


List of film works
Title Year Role Notes
Surviving Picasso 1996 Françoise Gilot
Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's Own 1997 Megan Doherty
Mrs Dalloway 1997 Young Clarissa
Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show 1998 Lauren/Sylvia
What Rats Won't Do 1998 Kate Beckenham
Ronin 1998 Deirdre
Love's Labour's Lost 2000 Rosaline
Contaminated Man (de) 2000 Holly Anderson
Laurel Canyon 2002 Sara
FeardotCom 2002 Terry Huston
Killing Me Softly 2002 Deborah
City of Ghosts 2002 Sophie
Solaris 2002 Rheya
Ladies in Lavender 2004 Olga Daniloff
Guy X 2005 Sgt. Irene Teal
Big Nothing 2006 Penelope Wood
The Secret of Moonacre 2008 Loveday
Blessed 2008 Lou
Kid, TheThe Kid 2010 Gloria
Carpet Boy 2012 Jackie in production
The Sea 2013 Connie Grace
Romeo and Juliet 2013 Lady Capulet
Believe 2014 Erica Gallagher
Heaven and Earth TBA James Miranda Barry in production[20][21]
Cook 2015 Marie
List of television works
Title Year Role Notes
Ruth Rendell Mysteries, TheThe 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
Breed of Heroes, AA Breed of Heroes 1994 Janet TV film
Karaoke 1996 Angie TV serial
Cold Lazarus 1996 Angie TV serial
Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl 2003 Mary Boleyn TV film
Revelations 2005 Sister Josepha Montafiore TV miniseries
Company, TheThe Company 2007 Elizabet Nemeth TV miniseries
Californication 2007–2014 Karen van der Beek
10 Minute Tales 2009 Woman TV short film
Segment: Deep & Crisp & Even
Thorne: Sleepyhead 2010 Anne Coburn

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Marie Belmont
2014 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Marie Belmont


Awards and Nominations
Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1999 Ronin MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence (shared with Robert De Niro) Nominated[22]
2003 Solaris Saturn Award Best Actress Nominated[22]
2003 Solaris Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in Film Nominated[22]
2005 Revelations Satellite Award Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated[22]


  1. ^ McElhone, Natascha (2011). After You. Penguin Books (limited edition). p. About the author. ISBN 0-241-95527-0. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ birth registered as Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey NW 2nd quarter (April, May, June) 1970 NOT 1971. Mother's maiden name = "McElhone"
  4. ^ Interview, 10 October 2009, Irish Times
  5. ^ "Natascha McElhone: my family values". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Natascha McElhone". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Greenslade, Roy (15 March 2007). "Comedy role for X-Files star Duchovny". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Natascha McElhone- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Absolutely Fabulous Guest Stars". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Clott, Sharon. "Neutrogena Casts Natascha McElhone; Valentino Does ‘Fearless’ Eyes". NY Mag. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Konami Announces Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow is Now Available". IGN. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (1 February 2012). "'Homeland' Star Damian Lewis Cast in 'Romeo and Juliet' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Steamy role for Natascha McElhone as Fatal Attraction's bunny boiler". Daily Mail. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Natascha McElhone Welcomes Third Child". Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  15. ^ Booth, Jenny (21 May 2008). "Natascha McElhone's plastic surgeon husband dies at couple's home". The Times (UK). Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  16. ^ "Surgeon husband of pregnant actress Natascha McElhone is found dead on his doorstep". Daily Mail. UK. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  17. ^ Rudd, Andy (23 May 2008). "Natascha McElhone's surgeon husband Martin Kelly died from a heart condition". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ McElhone, Natascha (2010). After you: letters of love, and loss, to a husband and father. London: Viking. ISBN 9780670919093. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Heaven and Earth at the Internet Movie Database
  22. ^ a b c d "Awards for Natascha McElhone". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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