Natalia Tena

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gastiain and the second or maternal family name is Tena.
Natalia Tena
Natalia Tena 2012 cropped.jpg
Tena in June 2012
Born (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 32)
London, England
Occupation Actress, musician
Years active 2001–present

Natalia Gastiain Tena[1] (born 1 November 1984) is an English actress and musician. She played Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series, and the wildling Osha in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Tena is the lead singer and accordionist of Molotov Jukebox. The band released their debut album Carnival Flower (2014), in Spring 2014, featuring their single "Neon Lights". Their second studio album, Tropical Gypsy (2016), was released on April 15, 2016 and was preceded by its lead single, "Pineapple Girl". It was promoted on the band's Tropical Gypsy Tour in April and May 2016.

Early life[edit]

Natalia Gastiain Tena was born in London, the daughter of Spanish parents María, a secretary, and Jesús, a carpenter.[2] She is of Extremaduran descent on her mother's side and Basque descent on her father's side.[3] She is fluent in Spanish and Basque.[4][citation needed] She studied at the boarding school, Bedales.[3]

Tena was taught the piano by her mother at five years old, influenced by Chuck Berry's music.[5] Afterwards, at 18, Natalia moved back to London and busked on the London Underground.[5] While working with a theatre group called KneeHigh, where they were allowed to pick an instrument to play, Tena decided to learn the accordion.[5]

Career[edit]

Tena performing in 2013

Natalia made her professional debut as Ellie in About a Boy (2002), and began acting full-time in 2003. She has played lead roles in stage adaptations of Gone to Earth in 2004, and Nights at the Circus in 2006.

In 2007, Natalia appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix playing the character Nymphadora Tonks. Natalia reprised this role in its sequels Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in 2009, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in 2010 and Part 2 in 2011.

She hosted a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Trailing Tonks" for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release, and is credited as producer and director of the featurette, in which she also performs an original Christmas-themed blues song on guitar, which she composed while working as a busker on the London Underground.[6]

In 2011 she played a lead role in the Scottish Film You Instead. She also appears as Osha in HBO's Game of Thrones.[7][8] In March 2013, she starred in the official music video for Lapalux's single "Without You (ft. Kerry Leatham)".[9]

In 2015, Natalia starred as the lead, Jennifer Preston, in the British mini-series Residue.

Personal life[edit]

Tena dated her fellow band member, Sam Apley, upon getting to know him through their common interest in the book Neverwhere.[5] Tena was in a band, Nat Jenkins, but later left to form her current band with her boyfriend.[10] She is close friends with Oona Chaplin.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 About a Boy Ellie
2005 Doctors Amy Emerson TV, 1 episode
The Fine Art of Love Vera
Mrs Henderson Presents Peggy
2006 Afterlife Gemma Taylor TV, episode 2.5 – "Mirrorball"
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nymphadora Tonks
2008 Lecture 21 Thomson
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nymphadora Tonks
Womb Rose
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nymphadora Tonks
2011 Ways to Live Forever Annie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nymphadora Tonks
You Instead Morello
2011–13, 2016 Game of Thrones Osha TV, 16 episodes
2012 Bel Ami Rachel
Shameless Aparecida TV, 1 episode
Falcón Christine Ferrera TV, 4 episodes
2013 Ambassadors Tanya TV
2014 10,000 km Alex Biznaga de Plata for the Best Actress at Málaga Film Festival 2014
Nominated - Goya Award for Best New Actress
2014 Black Mirror Jennifer Feature-length special
"White Christmas"
2015 SuperBob Dorris
2015 Residue Jennifer Preston TV, 3 episodes
2015 The Refugees Emma Oliver TV, lead role

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Gone to Earth Hazel Shared Experience/ UK tour
2005 Bronte Cathy/ Bertha Mason
2006 Nights at the Circus Fevvers Kneehigh Theatre/UK tour
2008 The Clean House Matilde UK tour
2009 Othello Desdemona Royal Shakespeare Company/ UK tour

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