In recent years, blonde British beauty, Natalie Dormer has become a true ‘go to’ actress for a diverse number of roles, many of which are historical in nature. Natalie’s ability to combine her stunning looks with a sharp-edged personality makes her performances the true show-stealers in many movies and television series.
Born in Reading, England, Natalie first came to the attention of wide audiences when she played the ill-fated Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, in Showtime’s sensationalized dramatization of that Henry’s reign, called “The Tudors”. In demonstrating a thespianic fearlessness that would become a hallmark of later roles, Natalie received strong positive reviews for her performance, even securing two Gemini Award nominations.
Much of Natalie’s varied talents can be traced to a rich upbringing. In her school days, her academic achievements led to her being head girl. She also traveled globally as a member of her school’s public debate team. She also was studied dance. Natalie eventually aspired to attend the University of Cambridge, but did not get the necessary exam scores to gain admission. So, she turned her focus to studying drama at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Acting seemed to be right call for Natalie. For an actress who only made her debut just 10 years ago, she feels like she has been a presence for much longer. That 2005 debut, in the film “Casanova”, based loosely on the life of the famous/infamous Giacomo Casanova (played by Heath Ledger), flashed her potential. Originally slated to have a much smaller role, Natalie’s gifted comedic timing convinced director, Lasse Hallstrom, to expand her screen time. While the film wasn’t terribly successful, it did get Natalie noticed, and helped her land her breakthrough role.
That breakthrough role was as Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors”. Playing the tempestuous, and doomed, second wife of Henry VIII necessitated that Natalie bare herself physically and emotionally. The highly-rated series and performance ensured that the Natalie would continue to be a sought after actress. After the conclusion of her role as Boleyn, she made a foray into the Marvel Universe as Private Lorraine in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (which included ‘New 2 Tats’ hottie, Hayley Atwell) It was one of numerous television and film roles that kept her busy over the next several years.
The last couple of years have seen Natalie latch onto significant roles in two of the biggest franchises in the world: “Game of Thrones” on HBO and “The Hunger Games” film series. In “Game of Thrones”, she portrays the cunning Margaery Tyrell and, in “The Hunger Games” (the two-part “Mockingjay” finale) she is chief propagandist, Cressida. She has also managed to score a guest role in the Sherlock Holmes-inspired series “Elementary”, alongside Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. Whatever the future holds for Natalie, one can be certain it will continue to involve her becoming a bigger star on the big and small screen.
While Natalie has been filmed with numerous fake tattoos as Cressida in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, she actually does have some real ink of her own. She shows that she is an enormous sci-fi geek with the following quote from “Dune” author, Frank Herbert’s, Litany of Fear passage, which reads “fear is the mind-killer”. She says it is a reminder to take herself out of her comfort zone. It is on her left forearm.