McElhone in June 2009
|Born||Natasha Abigail Taylor
14 December 1969
|Education||St. Mary's Hall School for Girls, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Spouse(s)||Martin Hirigoyen Kelly
(1998–2008; his death)
|Parent(s)||Roy Greenslade (step-father) and Noreen Taylor|
Natasha Abigail Taylor (born 14 December 1969) known professionally as Natascha McElhone (//), 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. In addition, she is well known for her role as Karen van der Beek on the Showtime series Californication.
She was born Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey in 1969 to Noreen McElhone and Michael Taylor, both journalists. She took her mother'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 roles in Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, and in The Count of Monte Cristo and The Cherry Orchard at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester. She 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.
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.
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 co-starred in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis. In 2014, she played the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In 2015, McElhone starred as Sarah Churchill in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's Queen Anne.
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.
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). However, he 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.)
|1996||Surviving Picasso||Françoise Gilot|
|1997||Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's Own||Megan Doherty|
|1997||Mrs Dalloway||Young Clarissa|
|1998||Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show||Lauren/Sylvia|
|1998||What Rats Won't Do||Kate|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Rosaline|
|2000||Contaminated Man||Holly Anders|
|2002||Killing Me Softly||Deborah|
|2002||City of Ghosts||Sophie|
|2004||Ladies in Lavender||Olga Daniloff|
|2005||Guy X||Sgt. Irene Teal|
|2006||Big Nothing||Penelope Wood|
|2008||The Secret of Moonacre||Loveday|
|2010||Kid, TheThe Kid||Gloria|
|2012||Carpet Boy||Jackie||in production|
|2013||The Sea||Connie Grace|
|2013||Romeo and Juliet||Lady Capulet|
|1990||Ruth Rendell Mysteries, TheThe Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Helen Blake||Episode: "An Unkindness of Ravens (1)"
Episode: "An Unkindness of Ravens (2)"
|1991||Bergerac||Louise Calder||Episode: "Snow in Provence"|
|1994||Absolutely Fabulous||Art Gallery Assistant||Episode: "Death"|
|1994||Minder||Vanessa||Episode: "All Quiet on the West End Front"|
|1994||Cadfael||Cecily Corde||Episode: "The Sanctuary Sparrow"|
|1994||Breed of Heroes, AA Breed of Heroes||Janet||TV film|
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Angie||TV serial|
|2003||Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl||Mary Boleyn||TV film|
|2005||Revelations||Sister Josepha Montafiore||TV miniseries|
|2007||Company, TheThe Company||Elizabet Nemeth||TV miniseries|
|2007–2014||Californication||Karen van der Beek||84 episodes|
|2009||10 Minute Tales||Woman||TV short film
Segment: "Deep & Crisp & Even"
|2010||Thorne: Sleepyhead||Anne Coburn|
|2015||Saints & Strangers||Elizabeth Hopkins||TV miniseries|
|2016||Designated Survivor||First Lady Alex Kirkman||TV series|
|2010||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow||Marie Belmont|
|2014||Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2||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|
- 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.
- Andreeva, Nellie (5 February 2016). "'Designated Survivor' Casts Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci".
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- "Absolutely Fabulous Guest Stars". TV.com. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Clott, Sharon. "Neutrogena Casts Natascha McElhone; Valentino Does 'Fearless' Eyes". NY Mag. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Konami Announces Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow is Now Available". IGN. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- Fernandez, Jay A. (1 February 2012). "'Homeland' Star Damian Lewis Cast in 'Romeo and Juliet' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
- "Steamy role for Natascha McElhone as Fatal Attraction's bunny boiler". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Andreeva, Nellie (5 February 2016). "'Designated Survivor' Casts Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci". Deadline. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "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.
- McElhone, Natascha (2010). After you: letters of love, and loss, to a husband and father. London: Viking. ISBN 9780670919093.
- "Awards for Natascha McElhone". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
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