Natalie Dormer

Last updated on the 7 June 2024 by Evandrus

Natalie Dormer

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Born: 11 February 1982, Reading, Berkshire, England.

Natalie Dormer’s early life was marked by her passion for dance, which she pursued at the Allenova School of Dancing. Despite facing bullying at school, she excelled academically and was the “academic hopeful” of her family. She attended Chiltern Edge Secondary School and later Reading Blue Coat School for her sixth form. Dormer’s academic prowess nearly led her to study history at the University of Cambridge but a misread question on her A-level history exam altered her path. Instead, she chose to audition for drama schools and was accepted into the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Natalie Dormer’s acting career began shortly after graduating from Webber Douglas when she landed the role of Victoria in the 2005 film “Casanova.” Her performance caught the attention of director Lasse Hallström, who expanded her part due to her impressive comedic timing. However, following her film debut, Dormer experienced a challenging period of unemployment, which she attributes to “bad representation.” During this time, she took on jobs as a waitress and in data entry, reflecting later that this phase taught her valuable lessons.

Her breakthrough came with the role of Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series “The Tudors” from 2007 to 2010. Following “The Tudors,” Dormer continued to take on diverse roles, including the Duchess of York in Madonna’s film “W.E.” and Private Lorraine in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” both released in 2011.

Natalie Dormer’s international recognition soared with her portrayal of Margaery Tyrell in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” from 2012 to 2016. Her performance was celebrated for its cunning and charm, making Margaery a fan-favorite character. Additionally, Dormer played Cressida in the final two installments of “The Hunger Games” franchise, which rank among her highest-grossing films. She also portrayed Irene Adler/Moriarty in the CBS series “Elementary” and voiced Onica in “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”.

On the personal front, Natalie Dormer’s relationships have been a subject of public interest. She was engaged to director Anthony Byrne from 2007 to 2018. Following their separation, she began a relationship with actor David Oakes, with whom she has a child. In 2023, it was revealed that Dormer and Oakes had married in a civil ceremony. Dormer has often spoken about the influence of Cate Blanchett on her career and identifies as a feminist. She is known for her candidness regarding her comfort with performing nude scenes, a topic that has sparked both criticism and praise.


Suggested viewing


The Tudors (2007)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.1

The Tudors is a historical drama television series that chronicles the reign of King Henry VIII of England. The series explores his quest for an heir, his turbulent personal life including his six marriages, and the political and religious upheaval that his decisions cause. It delves into his early years, his marriages, his separation from the Catholic Church, and the establishment of the Church of England.

Top cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Sarah Bolger, Anthony Brophy, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Annabelle Wallis, Natalie Dormer, Max Brown, Simon Ward.

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The Fades (2011)

The Fades poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.6

The Fades is a supernatural drama following a young man who begins seeing the ghosts of the recently deceased, translucent figures called “The Fades.” As he struggles to understand his newfound ability, he uncovers a hidden conflict between the living and the dead. He is drawn into a conspiracy and forced to choose a side, all while grappling with his own terrifying visions and the struggle to keep his secret.

Top cast: Iain De Caestecker, Daniel Kaluuya, Johnny Harris, Natalie Dormer, Tom Ellis, Lily Loveless, Sophie Wu, Claire Rushbrook, Robbie Gee.

Game of Thrones (2011)

Game of Thrones poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 9.2

Game of Thrones is a fantasy drama set on two continents, Westeros and Essos. It follows several interwoven story arcs, including a power struggle between noble families for control of the Iron Throne, the rising threat of a long-dormant enemy in the North, and the journey of a young woman exiled to the other side of the world who seeks to reclaim her family’s legacy. The series explores themes of violence, politics, loyalty and the fight for survival in a world of constant conflict.

Top cast: Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Conleth Hill, Alfie Allen, Richard Madden, Natalie Dormer.

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