Natasha Wightman

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Natasha Wightman
Born 1973 (age 43–44)[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–2006
Known for Gosford Park, V for Vendetta

Natasha Wightman (b. 1973) is an actress who appeared in British and American films and British television productions from 1999 until 2005. Productions in which she has co-starred include Gosford Park (2001), Revelation (2001), Shoreditch (2003), Mouth to Mouth (2005), and V for Vendetta (2005). She has also appeared in several episodes of the British TV serial State of Play.

Career[edit]

In 1999, Wightman starred in the British films The Feather Room[2] and Romeo Thinks Again, with the latter production featuring Wightman as Juliet.[3] In 2001, Wightman co-starred in the mystery film Gosford Park directed by Robert Altman. She portrayed Lady Lavinia, the sister of Kristin Scott Thomas's character and the wife of Lt. Commander Anthony Meredith (played by Tom Hollander).[4] That year, Wightman also appeared in Revelation alongside James D'Arcy and Terence Stamp. Directed and written by Stuart Urban, the British adventure film features a team searching for an ancient relic once possessed by the Knights Templar. Wightman plays Mira, an alchemist.[5]

In 2003, Wightman appeared in the thriller film Shoreditch as the wife of a jazz club owner played by Shane Richie.[6] Also in 2003, Wightman acted in several episodes of the British TV serial State of Play.[7][1] The 2005 British film Mouth to Mouth, directed by Alison Murray, includes Wightman as Rose, the incompetent mother of the protagonist Sherry (played by Ellen Page).[8]

The following year, Wightman appeared in the dystopian political thriller V for Vendetta as Valerie Page. Her character, a lesbian, is imprisoned by the totalitarian regime due to her sexual orientation. The actress stated that during Valerie's incarceration, "She finds something, her integrity, which they can't take from her. She'd almost died and then come alive again through what she found in herself."[9] Wightman shaved her head for the role, and felt this decision helped display prejudice faced by many lesbians. During this period, Wightman's neighbour called the police after assuming the actress was a man trying to break into her house.[9] Slant Magazine praised Wightman's performance and voiceover work in the film, believing she "greatly helped" turn the prison scenes "into something poetic".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Wightman is married to film-maker George Duffield.[11]

Work[edit]

Film and television

Stage

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Natasha Wightman". British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Feather Room (1999)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Romeo Thinks Again (1999)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (26 December 2001). "Gosford Park". Salon. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Paietta 2005, p. 130.
  6. ^ Russell, Jamie (20 November 2003). "Shoreditch (2003)". BBC. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "State of Play, Series 1-Episode 3". Radio Times. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Schager, Nick (4 May 2006). "Mouth to Mouth". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Vary, Adam B. (28 March 2006). "P for Provocative". The Advocate. p. 60. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  10. ^ Uhlich, Keith (16 March 2006). "V for Vendetta". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Kay, Richard (1 December 2003). "Who's the gorgeous actress with Sir J?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 March 2016 – via HighBeam. (Subscription required (help)). 

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