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Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors and as Margaery Tyrell in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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Early life[edit]Edit

Dormer was born in Reading, Berkshire. She attended Chiltern Edge Secondary School before moving to Reading Blue Coat School, an independent boys' school that admits girls in the sixth form. She grew up with her stepfather, mother, sister Samantha, and brother Mark.[1] She has said that she was the victim of bullying while at school, but "still to this day I can't place why".[2] At school, Dormer was head girl, a straight-A student, vice-captain of the school netball team, and she also got to travel the world with her school's public speaking team.[3]

During her school years, Dormer trained in dance at the Allenova School of Dancing.[4] She describes herself as the "academic hopeful" of the family and hoped to be offered a place to study history at Cambridge; but, in her A-level History exam, she did not achieve the A grade she needed to attend.[2] Dormer decided she would audition for drama schools and decided to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[1][5]

Career[edit]Edit

Six months after graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Dormer won the role of Victoria in Casanova. This was her film debut and it was released in 2005. The director, Lasse Hallström, was so impressed with Dormer's comedic timing that he had the script writer expand her part. On the strength of her audition for the role and her performance, she secured a three-film deal with Touchstone Pictures, which was never exercised.[1][5] In 2005, Dormer had a small part in Distant Shores. After the filming of Casanova, Dormer was out of work for nine months and has said that "it was the best lesson I could have had in the first 12 months of my career".[3] In 2006, she guest starred as Phillippa Balfour in the Rebus episode "The Falls".

In 2007 and 2008, Dormer played Anne Boleyn in the first two seasons of The Tudors, for which she received highly positive reviews. Robert Abele of LA Weekly wrote: "Natalie Dormer presents a painterly exquisiteness and complexity in her portrayal of Anne Boleyn... her enigmatic, time-halting loveliness is a boon for The Tudors, and damn near worth losing your head over."[6] After her character's death at the end of the second season, The Boston Herald noted: "Dormer gave Anne Boleyn life, making her not just a beautiful schemer but a rebellious, defiantly independent tragic hero in the tradition of Rebel Without a Cause andCool Hand Luke... her departure from The Tudors leaves a tremendous void."[7]

In 2008, Dormer played Moira Nicholson in Agatha Christie's Marple: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?" and appeared in a number of films such as Fence WalkerFlying Lessons, and City of Life. Dormer's Marpleappearance aired in the US in the summer of 2009 as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery anthology series. Also in that year, she appeared in Incendiary, but her scenes were cut from the final film.[1] In March 2010, she made her stage debut at the Young Vic theatre in London as Mizi in the play Sweet Nothings. In The Observer, theatre critic Susannah Clapp praised the performances of the cast and wrote: "Natalie Dormer is lissome as a dirty, delightful gadabout, pushing aside an entire chess game in order to put down her hat."[8]

After six months of playing Mizi, Dormer went on to film some new roles, including the Duchess of York in Madonna's film W.E., Pvt. Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Niamh Cranitch in the BBCcourt drama Silk. She then went on to her next stage role of Pat in .45 at Hampstead Theatre in November 2010. She returned to The Tudors as Anne Boleyn in a dream sequence for the fourth and final season in mid-2010. This was confirmed when the first promotional picture of the season showed Anne on the cover. In June 2010, she was cast in the film adaptation of the Peter Straub novel Shadowland.[9]

In June 2011, Dormer joined the cast of the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones as Margaery Tyrell of the noble House Tyrell.[10] In March 2012, she returned to the Young Vic to play the title role in After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber.[11] Her performance received critical acclaim, with reviews describing her as "little short of sensational",[12] "outstanding",[13] and "the perfect Miss Julie".[14] The online theatre magazineExeunt wrote that her portrayal of Miss Julie contained "all the anger, desire, wit, loneliness, merriment, melancholy and desperation of the casts of several plays together... Dormer has still more presence and eerie beauty than is apparent from her appearances on-screen, and she shape-shifts almost supernaturally between seductress, child, and tormentor."[15] In March 2013, she played the Lady Door in the radio play ofNeverwhere, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Later that year, she appeared in the car racing drama Rush and the thriller The Counselor. She will appear in A Long Way From Home and Rubicon.[16] In April 2013, it was announced that Dormer would star in the final three episodes of Season One of the CBS TV series Elementary as Irene Adler; she also reprised the role in the second season.[17] In August 2013, it was announced that Dormer was cast as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.[18] And in preparation for the role, she shaved the left side of her head.

Personal life[edit]Edit

Dormer has been engaged to Irish director Anthony Byrne since 2011,[19] whom she met in Dublin while filming The Tudors in 2007.[2] A self-proclaimed poker lover, Dormer took part in the 2008 PartyPoker.com Women's World Open in London, where she came in second to Emma Kennedy in the Celebrity Heat.[20] Dormer has stated that Cate Blanchett has been an influence in her career as an actress. When asked if she ever had a supernatural experience, she was quoted as saying, "Unfortunately not and I’d like one. I’ve got an open mind. I say I’m an atheist but I wouldn’t mind being visited by a ghost, I’d be open to the experience."[21]

Despite rumours that Dormer is related to historical lady-in-waiting Jane Dormer, who served Queen Mary I, they have no familial connection. On this subject, Dormer stated, "There was a woman, called Jane Dormer, in the Royal Court who happened to have the same family name as me, but I think that's as far as it goes."[22]

Filmography[edit]Edit

Film[edit]Edit

Year Film Role Notes
2005 Casanova Victoria
2007 Flawless Cassie
2009 City of Life Olga
2009 Masterwork Mo Murphy Television film
2011 W.E Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Private Lorraine
2011 Poe Celeste Chevalier Television film
2013 Rubicon Sarah
2013 A Long Way from Home Suzanne
2013 Rush Gemma
2013 The Counselor The Blonde
2014 Posh
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Cressida Post-Production
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Cressida Filming

Television[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Distant Shores Mobile Woman Season 1 Episode 1
2007 Rebus Cassie Episode: "The Falls"
2007–2010 The Tudors Anne Boleyn 21 episodes

Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress – Drama Series (2008) Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (2008, 2009)

2009 Marple Moira Nicholson Episode: "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
2011 Silk Niamh Cranitch 6 episodes
2011 The Fades Sarah Etches 6 episodes
2012–present Game of Thrones Margaery Tyrell 14 episodes
2013–present Elementary Irene Adler / Jamie Moriarty 5 episodes

Stage[edit]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sweet Nothings Mizi Young Vic
2010 .45 Pat Hampstead Theatre
2012 After Miss Julie Miss Julie Young Vic
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