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Natalie Dormer (born 11 February 1982) is an English actress. She became known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007–10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012–16), Irene Adler/Moriarty on the CBS series Elementary (2013–15), and as Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015). She has been nominated for Best Performance at the Gemini Awards for her work in The Tudors. She has also been nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her performance in Game of Thrones.

Dormer was born in Reading, Berkshire. She is of part Norwegian ancestry. Dormer attended Chiltern Edge Secondary School before moving to Reading Blue Coat School, historically an independent boys’ school that admits girls in the sixth form. She grew up with her stepfather (a builder), mother, sister Samantha, and brother Mark. She has said that she was the victim of bullying while at school, but “still to this day [she] can’t place why”. At school, Dormer was head girl, a first class student, vice-captain of the school netball team, and travelled the world with her school’s public speaking team.

During her school years, Dormer trained in dance at the Allenova School of Dancing. She describes herself as the “academic hopeful” of the family and was provisionally 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. Dormer decided she would audition for drama schools and decided to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Six months after graduating from Webber Douglas, 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. In 2005, Dormer had a small part in Distant Shores. After the filming of Casanova, Dormer was out of work for ten months, which she ascribes to “bad representation”. She was attached to an independent film which kept being delayed because of financial problems. Taken off the audition circuit, Dormer worked as a waitress and also worked in data entry to support herself. She has said that her being out of work for so long “was the best lesson I could have had in the first 12 months of my career”.

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.” 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 and Cool Hand Luke… her departure from The Tudors leaves a tremendous void.”

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 Walker and City of Life. Dormer’s Marple appearance 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. 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.”

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 BBC court 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.

From 2012 until 2016 Dormer played Margaery Tyrell in the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. In March 2012, she returned to the Young Vic to play the title role in After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber. Her performance received critical acclaim, with reviews describing her as “little short of sensational”, “outstanding”, and “the perfect Miss Julie”. The online theatre magazine Exeunt 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.” In March 2013, she played the Lady Door in the radio play of Neverwhere, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Later that year, she appeared in the car racing drama Rush and the thriller The Counselor. She also appeared in A Long Way From Home. In 2013, Dormer played Irene Adler in the final three episodes of the first season of the CBS series Elementary; she reprised the role in the second season. Dormer played Cressida in the films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2. In preparation for the role, she shaved the left side of her head.

In September 2014, Deadline.com announced that Dormer has been cast in Screen Gems’ upcoming action thriller Patient Zero, alongside Matt Smith and Game of Thrones co-star John Bradley-West. The film is to be directed by Oscar-Winning filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky and based on a script by Mike Le. It is set to be released in 2017. Dormer starred in the Lava Bear Films/David S. Goyer-produced horror film The Forest, directed by multiple award-winning music video and short film director Jason Zada, as his feature film debut. Focus Features has the North American distribution rights to the film, which was released in January 2016.

In November 2014 it was announced that Dormer was to star as the scandalous 18th century noblewoman Lady Worsley in a BBC drama called The Scandalous Lady W, based on the book Lady Worsley’s Whim by the historian Hallie Rubenhold; it aired in August 2015. Dormer is set to star in In Darkness, a revenge thriller.

Since 2011, Dormer has been engaged to Anthony Byrne, whom she met in Dublin while filming The Tudors in 2007. Dormer has stated that Cate Blanchett has been an influence in her career as an actress.

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.”

Current Projects
The Professor and the Madman
(filming)
Natalie as TBA
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A professor begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century and receives over 10,000 entries from a doctor at an insane asylum.
The God Four
(pre-production)
Natalie as Ruth Anderson
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A former championship rower learns that a former classmate has committed suicide on the eve of their ten-year reunion.
Official Secrets
(pre-production)
Natalie as TBA
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The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
In Darkness
2017 (filming)
Natalie as Sofia
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A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London's gritty criminal underworld.
Patient Zero
2017 (post-production)
Natalie as Dr. Gina Rose
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After an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent "Infected," a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected's new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
2017 (pre-production)
Natalie as Mrs. Appleyard
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Three schoolgirls and their governesses mysteriously disappear on Valentines Day in 1900.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
2017 (pre-production)
Natalie as Dr. Lexi T'Perro (Voice)
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The Andromeda Initiative sets a course for a new galaxy, hoping to find a new home for the species of the Milky Way.
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