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Welcome to Captivating Natalie Dormer one of the largest and longest running sources dedicated to British Actress Natalie Dormer. Natalie is best known for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors but you also may recognise her from CasanovaGame of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. Currently, you can find Natalie as Magda in the TV Series Penny Dreadful: City of AngelsCaptivating Natalie Dormer aims to be your most up-to-date and comprehensive source for Natalie. Check back daily for all the latest news, photos and info. Thank you for visiting the site and supporting Natalie and her career!


Welcome

Welcome to Captivating Natalie Dormer one of the largest and longest running sources dedicated to British Actress Natalie Dormer. Natalie is best known for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors but you also may recognise her from CasanovaGame of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. Currently, you can find Natalie as Magda in the TV Series Penny Dreadful: City of AngelsCaptivating Natalie Dormer aims to be your most up-to-date and comprehensive source for Natalie. Check back daily for all the latest news, photos and info. Thank you for visiting the site and supporting Natalie and her career!


Welcome

Welcome to Captivating Natalie Dormer one of the largest and longest running sources dedicated to British Actress Natalie Dormer. Natalie is best known for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors but you also may recognise her from CasanovaGame of Thrones and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. Currently, you can find Natalie as Magda in the TV Series Penny Dreadful: City of AngelsCaptivating Natalie Dormer aims to be your most up-to-date and comprehensive source for Natalie. Check back daily for all the latest news, photos and info. Thank you for visiting the site and supporting Natalie and her career!


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Mel       August 28, 2020       Photo Gallery       No Comments

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Mel       August 28, 2020       Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Photo Gallery, Projects       No Comments

I happened to find some new photos of this event that I didn’t have. It also happens to be one of my favourites, enjoy!

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Mel       July 06, 2020       News, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020), Projects       No Comments

Natalie Dormer loves a challenge. The actress who broke the period drama mould when she burst onto screens as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and slayed Game of Thrones as Margaery Tyrell is back with Sky Atlantic’s new show, Penny Dreadful: City of Angles, and she doesn’t just play one character, she plays FOUR.

Set in 1938 Los Angeles with swirling racial tension, the first of these characters is Magda, a shape shifting demon who has a penchant for causing maximum chaos wherever she goes. The resulting chaos causes a race war and the show could not be more apt for the times we find ourselves in right now. That is the power of this story – it will provoke conversation.

Here, Natalie discusses the meanings behind the show, her faith in her physicality and finding her voice with age…

You are fierce with a capital F in this. The fact you play four of these formidable characters is incredible. How much of an amazing experience was it to find a script and a project like this for you?

I mean one of the reasons I said yes was because how many times am I going to be offered to play four roles in one gig? And it is quite a bit of range for fun, have some playtime in the dressing up box with voices, physicality and the whole characterisation. So that was obviously one of the main attractions that made me want to take the job. It’s a good bit piece of gymnastic exercise because you need to sort of flex your muscle and ask yourself, ‘can I do this?

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Mel       July 03, 2020       News, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020), Projects       No Comments

TheWrap Emmy magazine: “Ordinarily I would stay in an American accent entire time — but in this job is there was no point in that, because I was jumping around so much,” the British actress says

If Natalie Dormer did nothing in “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” but play the dark goddess Magda, the British actress would have had a juicy role as a supernatural force intent on pushing the human race into turmoil in 1930s Los Angeles. But one of Magda’s special powers is that she can assume any form she wishes — so in addition to appearing on screen as Magda, Dormer also gets to play three of her human iterations in the mousy but scheming political aide Alex, the German-American housewife Elsa and the zoot-suited gang leader Rio.

“For any actor, I think your ears prick up when you get offered the chance to play four roles for the price of one — how many times is that going to happen in your career?” Dormer said of her reaction when she got the script from creator John Logan. “I was intrigued by it, and excited by the idea of this workout both physically and mentally.”

But when she was working out how she’d play Magda’s three human forms, “Game of Thrones” vet Dormer said she didn’t dwell on the fact that they were all versions of the goddess. “I came at the iterations from a very technical perspective, because I wanted give them clear lines of identity — physicality and voice and accent and so forth,” she said. “But when it comes to psychology, John and I realized very quickly that the only way to play Elsa, Alex and Rio is as fleshed-out human individuals. You don’t get that wink at the camera, because we found it undermined the scenes that those individuals are in.”

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Mel       June 25, 2020       News, Projects, The Tudors (2007-2010)       No Comments

In the hit series The Tudors, Natalie Dormer plays the ambitious and beautiful Anne Boleyn. Thrust into the spotlight by the scheming men in her family, Anne catches the eye of Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). They fall in love and Anne somehow manages to get Henry to forget all about his wife and marry her instead. However, things don’t last and Anne eventually loses her head, literally.

Anne Boleyn falls hard for Henry VIII, and she ends up losing her head for it

Fans of The Tudors get to watch how Henry moves from woman to woman like it’s nothing. However, Anne manages to bring out something special in Henry and he considers her over all the rest. In a time when every woman is hoping the king will notice them, Anne gets him to absolutely adore her, for a time.

Anne marries Henry and he even breaks from the Catholic church to be with her. She gives him a daughter, Elizabeth, who would be the future monarch, Elizabeth I. Anne suffers miscarriages and eventually Henry sets his eyes on another woman, Jane Seymour. The flames start to die out between Anne and Henry. He actually arrests her for treason and wants her to be executed, and fans know Henry always gets what he wants.

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Mel       June 17, 2020       News, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020), Projects       No Comments

The original Penny Dreadful was a series about monsters, mostly of the literal variety, featuring stories about witches, werewolves and other dark creatures right alongside real-life versions of Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. Its sequel series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, tells a similarly dark tale, but chooses to set its story in a land filled with sunshine, a world whose monsters wear beautiful fashions and bright surfaces often cover rot underneath.

At the center of this beautiful, complicated mess sits Magda (Natalie Dormer), a shape-shifting demon whose love of chaos and violence appears to be as rooted in the joy of breaking things and making messes she doesn’t have to clean up as it does any hard and firm spiritual guidelines.

“There will come a time when the world is ready for me,” Magda intones in the series’ opening moments, predicting a dark and dire future for humanity that involves global conflict and fratricide.

The world she’s referring to is 1930s Los Angeles, which teeters on the verge of tearing itself to pieces as a race war bubbles in the streets and fascists creep toward positions of governmental authority. But in the larger world of our television landscape, her presence makes a similarly outsized impact from her very first scenes.

Magda, it would appear, is not here to punish or destroy so much as to illuminate, to sow the seeds of chaos that might prove to her reclusive holy sister Santa Muerte that humanity is unworthy of her. Why? Well, we don’t entirely know. But in every folklore, aren’t there always divine beings who are simultaneously symbiotic partners and rivals, who dance around their hatred for and need of one another for all eternity? Given that Santa Muerte, to date, hasn’t seemed terribly interested in diverting her sister’s quite literal highway to hell, it seems safe to assume that’s in some way what’s happening here.

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Mel       April 05, 2020       Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020), Photo Gallery, Projects       No Comments

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Mel       April 05, 2020       Media Archive       No Comments

Finally I have finished re-coding the media archive, so head on over and check all the Natalie videos! It is still only small but will grow as I go through and add more videos from her projects.  This will occur over time so watch this space.

Mel       March 24, 2020       Media Archive, News, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2020), Projects       No Comments

Meet the human forms of shape-shifting demon Magda.

When EW spoke with Natalie Dormer last year to get the goods on her new role… well, roles in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, the Game of Thrones vet promised Magda, her shape-shifting demon persona, will take three different guises that she’ll use to manipulate humankind in 1938 Los Angeles. “The audience will discover who those identities are as they continue to watch the show,” she said at the time.

In a brand-new sneak peek, which EW can exclusively debut, we see these different forms and learn more about how she’ll use them over the course of season 1.

First things first, this is not Penny Dreadful season 4. City of Angels is more a “spiritual descendant,” as creator John Logan once put it, to the original series, which placed actress Eva Green in a gothic London setting.

“The continuity from the first iteration of Penny Dreadful to this one is the supernatural element in which monsters are present but the main monsters are within the characters,” explains Rory Kinnear, who played Frankenstein’s monster in the original and now returns as a German Nazi living in America as a physician.

Magda is what makes City of Angels a Penny Dreadful story.

As the sister of Santa Muerte (Lorenza Izzo), who is the Holy Angel of Death and ferry woman of souls to the afterlife, she is an agent of chaos who believes humankind is inherently evil — and she’ll use her changeling powers to prove that point. The video, shown above, sees Magda taking on various forms as she speaks of a “time when nation will battle nation, when race will devour race, when brother will kill brother.”

At the center of it all is Tiago Vega, played by Here & Now‘s Daniel Zovatto. The first chicano police detective on the L.A.P.D. force, Tiago works to solve a case seemingly linked to Día de Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, while the planned construction of L.A.’s Arroyo Seco Parkway threatens to displace his family and neighborhood. Zovatto calls it “a roller coaster of emotions” as Tiago grapples with racism, Nazism, police brutality, and demagoguery.

“It’s intense,” he says. “I mean, it is dreadful.”

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels — also starring Nathan Lane as a Jewish detective and a mentor figure for Tiago — premieres this April 26 on Showtime.

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Mel       March 09, 2020       News       No Comments

The actress has had many memorable roles, but her next projects are set to make the biggest impact yet. And that’s by design

It’s the eve of Natalie Dormer’s 38th birthday, and the thesp is cozied up on a beige suede sectional inside a private home full of retro flair that’s tucked away in Granada Hills, an hour outside of Los Angeles. The star of the upcoming television series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels had spent the better part of the day there shooting our cover.

“I’m an Aquarian. What are you?” she asks in her charming British lilt.

“Scorpio,” I reply.

“Ah, Scorpio,” she says with a smile as she leans against a furry cream-colored pillow with a bottle of Trader Joe’s spring water in her hand. There is a disarming warmth about her—a calming quality—and an innate, introspective wiseness of someone who has learned through what she’s lived through. When Dormer speaks, she looks right at you, and when she’s discussing her passions, her blue eyes sparkle with intensity as she rakes her platinum-blond locks off her face.

Her motivational mantras, which she shares throughout our chat, make me want to snap my fingers as if I were in the midst of a poetry slam.

“This is very Buddhist of me,” she says with a laugh as she talks about the many lessons she’s learned in Hollywood and why she launched her own production company, Dog Rose Productions, in December. “It’s that old saying that if you wait to feel ready, you’ll be waiting forever,” adding that that was also one of the biggest messages instilled in her while working alongside costars like Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, and Julianne Moore.

“I think women, we sometimes feel like we have to be 100 percent sure that we can achieve something before we dip our toes in the water,” she says. “It’s like it’s socially innate in us. It’s not that we’re not risk-takers, because I think women are courageous, and they’re brave, and they are risk-takers. But sometimes we’re naturally too modest. I think what I’m increasingly learning, especially about the industry, is you’re going to learn on the job. That’s how you get your Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours, is doing it, and it’s the trial and the error. And that is how you learn. And that is how you grow and jump in, sister. What’s the worst that can happen?”

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