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Welcome to Captivating Natalie Dormer one of the largest and longest running sources dedicated to British Actress Natalie Dormer (formely at natalie-dormer.com). Natalie is best known for her role as Anne Boleyn in Showtime's The Tudors but you also may recognise her from Casanova, Flawless and Game of Thrones. Currently, you can find Natalie as the voice of Dr. Lexi T'Perro in the video game Mass Effect: Andromeda and in upcoming roles as Mrs. Appleyard in the TV Miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock, as Sofia in In Darkness and as Eliza Merrett in The Professor and the Madmen.

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April 04, 2012   /   Mel   /   2011 After Miss Julie (2012) Game of Thrones (2011) Movie Productions Photo Gallery Photoshoots Theatre Productions

I have added a new still of Natalie as Margery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, stills from her performance as Julie in the play After Miss Julie and a brand new photoshoot.

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March 17, 2012   /   Mel   /   Projects The Fades (2011)

Natalie is feature for a few seconds in this, she sounds amazing.

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February 21, 2012   /   Mel   /   Projects

Natalie is feature for a couple of seconds as Margery, looks like its going to be awesome.

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February 21, 2012   /   Mel   /   After Miss Julie (2012) Photo Gallery Theatre Productions

I have added four promotional images for Natalie’s upcoming part in the theatre production “After Miss Julie”

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February 21, 2012   /   Mel   /   2012 Photo Gallery Photoshoots

I have added a new photoshoot to the gallery and I have also organised the photoshoots by year.

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February 21, 2012   /   Mel   /   After Miss Julie (2012) Projects Theatre Productions

Game of Thrones and The Tudors star Natalie Dormer will play the title role in the Young Vic’s forthcoming revival of Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie.

The production, which runs from 21 March to 14 April 2012 (previews from 15 March), marks a return to the Young Vic for Dormer following her performance in Luc Bondy’s revival of Sweet Nothings in 2010.

In After Miss Julie she’ll star opposite Kieran Bew as John, the object of Miss Julie’s affections, and Polly Frame as Christine.

Bew’s recent credits include Reasons to be Pretty and The Knot of the Heart at the Almeida, while Frame was recently seen in the National’s Earthquakes in London.

After Miss Julie, which is directed by Natalie Abrahami, has extended by a week and will now run until 14 April.

 


Kieran Bew & Natalie Dormer in After Miss Julie. Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith
Marber’s 2003 play relocates Strindberg’s tale about a footman who seduces a count’s daughter on the night of a midsummer festival to an English country house in July 1945 on the night of the British Labour Party’s election victory.

The new production is a pilot for a new series at the Young Vic called Classics for a New Climate. According to press material, “Throughout the creative process the team will investigate and experiment with approaches to making theatre while taking as little electricity off the national grid as possible.”

– by Theo Bosanquet

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February 21, 2012   /   Mel   /   Game of Thrones (2011) Projects

The British actor will play merchant prince Xaro Xhoan Daxos in the HBO fantasy drama’s new run.

“He’s the prince of Qarth, and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) runs into him,” Anozie told Coming Soon. “It’s pretty damn good. Game of Thrones just exceeded all expectations. Everyone’s on top of their game. It’s just amazing.”

Anozie also hinted that fans can expect “a lot of action” from the new episodes.

“Season two is bigger,” he said. “It goes deeper into the politics of what is going on. There is a whole episode devoted to a war, that’s going to be big, but I can’t say anymore!”

Natalie Dormer, Carice van Houten, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham and Hannah Murray are among the other actors to have signed up for roles on Game of Thrones.

Dog Soldiers’ director Neil Marshall will helm an episode for the second season, as will The Pacific‘s David Nutter, Rubicon‘s Alik Sakharov and Boardwalk Empire‘s David Petrarca.

Game of Thrones will return to HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic later this year.

Watch a teaser trailer for Game of Thrones season two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBrsM_WlfV8

Anozie stars opposite Liam Neeson in the new wilderness thriller The Grey; it opens in cinemas on Friday January 27.

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February 20, 2012   /   Mel   /   Projects The Fades (2011)

The first season of British supernatural drama The Fades is a blend of teen angst, family dynamics, and the paranormal.  A mix that may not seem to make much sense on paper, but one that Skins veteran and The Fades creator and writer, Jack Thorne, understand well. Thorne’s experience with both teenagers and their relationships with their families is certainly his strong suit, and by introducing supernatural elements, the series achieves a nice balance that lends all aspects more depth—and higher stakes.

 

The premise of the series rests on the concept of Fades, dead souls that have for some reason stayed in a limbo state among the living without being able to interact with them. To play off of the Fades, Angelics are also a key element to the series, as they are those rare people who can actually see Fades. The main conflict revolves around the two sides struggling to understand each other and their efforts do what each side believes is the right thing for both humanity and the spirit world.

 

Paul (Iain de Caestecker) is 17 years old and an Angelic, and his dramatic introduction into the world of the Fades sets the entire season in motion. As Paul is drawn into this supernatural world, those closest to him are also affected: his best friend, Mac (Daniel Kaluuya), a motormouth movie obsessive; his twin sister and polar opposite, Anna (Lily Loveless), popular and embarrassed by Paul’s social ineptitude; his understanding mother, Meg (Claire Rushbrook); and Jay (Sophie Wu), Anna’s best friend and Paul’s crush.

 

As Paul becomes embroiled in the Angelics/Fades struggle, the world Paul is most familiar with is obviously turned upside down and his attempts to balance the two is an important arc in the series. He’s introduced to Neil (Johnny Harris), an Angelic who initiates him into the world of the Fades and their history with Angelics. He’s a sort of mentor to Paul, but with his own difficult past that often clouds the issue and at times puts him directly at odds with Paul’s approach. Neil works with fellow Angelics, Sarah (Natalie Dormer) and Helen (Daniela Nardini), and their established system of dealing with the Fades is immediately thrown into upheaval with the introduction of Paul.

 

While the concept of a paranormal fight between good and evil is nothing new, The Fades uses its younger cast as a way to add another dimension to the supernatural.  Yes, Paul and his friends and family get caught up in and are put in very dangerous situations, but it’s in their interactions with each other, particularly Paul and Mac’s friendship, that sets the series apart. The close personal relationships add more weight and in turn offer a way to get the viewer invested in these characters and their attempts to navigate this new world much more quickly.

 

Kaluuya, in particular, is so charismatic and engaging as Mac that the viewer can’t help but root for him, and in turn for Paul. Paul and Anna’s relationship is one of classic sibling rivalry, but also one rarely depicted for twins. De Caestecker and Loveless play the complex and frequently argumentative relationship believably. Thorne understands the way teenagers interact and the younger cast does a nice job of bringing the characters to life.

 

The season also involves a series of murders involving the Fades that brings the police to the forefront of the story.  The Fades connects various characters and plot points throughout, involving not only the police, as the detective in charge of investigating the murders is also Mac’s father, but also the school and Paul’s therapist are drawn into the larger story. Because Paul’s journey as the “important one” to the Angelic cause is the main arc for the season, those closest to him, both personally and in his everyday life as a student and teenager, are also related to the story.

 

The depths of Paul’s powers are initially unclear, but gradually it’s revealed that they are significant and integral to the escalating Angelics/Fades war. Throughout the season, The Fades makes frequent use of religious overtones in both terminology (Angelics, ascension, the concept of Heaven), as well as through the mention of Bible stories. In integrating these themes as significant aspects to the story, the series successfully uses familiar imagery and concepts to add more dimension to the season.

 

The season’s big villain, John (Joe Dempsie), is a compelling character all on his own. A Fade who has been looking for some sort of revenge because of his inability to ascend and escape the limbo of his current state, John is dangerous and desperate. Dempsie, yet another Skins alum in a cast filled with them, is a highlight as he plays John’s transformation into a new kind of Fade, one that is both gross and darkly comic.

 

The series also employs some stunning images that are not only a wonderful realization of the supernatural and apocalyptic, but also visually arresting.  There are dreams and visions repeated throughout the series (a place covered in ash is the most compelling of them all), both decidedly vague and foreboding, that are striking in how well executed they are.

 

For a season of just six episodes, The Fades builds quite a lot of story, imbued with religious themes, and told through the lens of a teenage supernatural drama that is thoughtful, well paced, and well acted.

 

The DVD release includes quite a few extras, including deleted scenes, outtakes, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. The deleted scenes are especially well chosen and add to the overall story nicely.

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February 10, 2012   /   Mel   /   2013 Photo Gallery Public Appearances

I have added some gorgeous photos of Natalie at the BAFTAS to the gallery.

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February 02, 2012   /   Mel   /   Game of Thrones (2011) Projects The Fades (2011)

It just doesn’t seem right watching Natalie Dormer act in contemporary clothing, let alone with her natural blond hair.

“I do quite a lot contemporary stuff,” Dormer told me, laughing, during a phone interview from London, “but the American audience perhaps wouldn’t know me so well for that.”

What Americans do know the British actress for is her role as the brunette Anne Boleyn in “The Tudors,” Showtime’s bodice-ripping take of the lives and wives of 16th century British King Henry VIII. BBC America currently airs repeats of that series on Wednesdays, but fans can see the modern, blond Dormer in the network’s horror-comedy mashup “The Fades,” in which she plays Sarah, a ghost-fighting “angelic.”

Without spoiling—the network airs the fourth of six episodes at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 (but I recommend you find them and start from the beginning; my review here)—Dormer’s character is put through the wringer.

“I got a great kick out of this show because it was so physically demanding,” Dormer said. “A lot of extreme stuff happens, without giving too much away, we all had ash being blown in our faces or were covered in goo and glue or had to deal with peculiar, extreme physical situations.”

Dormer dons period costumes again for her role in Season 2 of HBO’s fantasy hit “Game of Thrones,” which begins April 1. She finished filming in December, but did not want to reveal too much about her character, Margaery Tyrell. Like Sarah in “The Fades,” practically anything you say about Margaery is a spoiler.

But I think it’s fair to say that Margaery is the sister of the Knight of Flowers, who after much drama marries a contender to the Iron Throne. And Dormer did say she’s signed on to the show for multiple seasons. “Absolutely. Margaery really comes into her own in series [seasons] 3 and 4.”

While you’re waiting for “Thrones” to return, you can see Dormer in the Madonna-directed film “W.E.,” which opens Feb. 10 in Chicago, and in modern clothes—and goo—in “The Fades.”

Dormer and I talked more about Sarah and “The Fades,” so stop reading if you’re not caught up. We also talked about “Games of Thrones,” “W.E.” and working for Madonna.

ABOUT THE FADES
OK, so it’s been awhile since you filmed “The Fades” but hopefully we’ll—
You’ll jog my memory. [Laughs.]

I love that it’s this mix of comedy and heavy drama and romance and scariness. Is that kind of what struck you, too, and attracted you to it?
Absolutely. I think [creator] Jack Thorne [who also did the Brit version of “Skins”] is a master at sort of mixing these genres up. And his dexterity in the script was what really attracted to me to it. When I read the script initially, because he can jump [not just] in a few scenes but within a few lines from a very funny moment to, as you say, a very profound or a very scary moment. And that’s really down to Jack’s writing. That’s the way Jack writes. He’s very agile and dexterous in the way he writes and its kind of fun to have to keep up with the writing, so to speak.

But I think that’s what makes the show. I think that’s what made the show as popular as it has been, because it’s so hard to sort of pigeonhole it and say this is good for people who love their teen comedy or this is good for people who like to be scared. It’s got that little bit of everything as does human life, right?

True. It’s fun to see you not in a corset and long skirts for once, in period costumes—and with blond hair. How was that?
[Laughs.] I do quite a lot contemporary stuff, but the American audience perhaps wouldn’t know me so well for that. As you say, they’re used to seeing me in long skirts and a corset.

I got a great kick out of this show because it was so physically demanding. And it wasn’t just the same for me. It was for a lot of the cast. There’s a lot of running around. A lot of extreme stuff happens, without giving too much away, we all had ash being blown in our faces or were covered in goo and glue or had to deal with kind of peculiar, extreme physical situations that Jack had dreamt up. So I think any actor kind of really enjoys that, because if you get pushed and challenged physically it just adds to the whole fun of the game and playing it and finding something new, like surprising yourself.

With all the special effects and things going on, is it a challenge to act without that stuff being there in front of you?
We had the most amazing—considering the budget, I mean—it’s kind of testament to what grassroots like British TV can do. We in no way had any kind of budget that you would expect for this kind of show or maybe an American audience would be used to having. So it’s a testament to our effects team, how good a job they did.

And not as much was done, like CGI, as you would imagine. If they could give it to us physically, they would. I mean, like the make-up, they did an amazing job with the fades with prosthetics. And as the story continues, you see more and more gory stuff.
But it’s kind of a blank canvas, because Jack created this whole new mythology, this whole new theology based around the science behind the fades. So I think that the make-up and the special effects people had a lot of fun with this blank canvas, you know, creating this whole new world or parallel world.

It was fun for all of us in that way, because say with the vampire genre or the zombie genre, which everyone knows the answers to. We’re kind of acquainted with them after a certain point, because there have been so many shows or films, like the vampire thing, whether it be “Interview with a Vampire” or “Twilight” or “Buffy” or whatever it would be, those certain rules that we all know historically about like a vampire, like garlic, stakes through the heart, must be invited in, all that kind of stuff. And, similarly, with zombies there are those things.

What was great about this was we were all learning together, the writers, producers, actors, makeup. It was kind of like, “Can they do that?” “Can Fades do that?” And what do we think, what’s the answer to this question, you know, how would we portray that, how would we comment on that. It was a lot of fun for all of us, because we were writing a mythology from the start, from scratch.

It’s interesting that Sarah, even as a Fade, seems to be clinging on to her human life and especially to Mark. Did you find it fun to play that love story?
Yeah. It was really interesting. All goodsci-fi or supernatural asks really interesting, profound philosophical questions. There’s a lot of fun in there but you’re classic, great horror orsci-fi asks you philosophical questions about the human state as well.

And for me what was interesting was this whole thing about death and love and that love can live beyond the other side and this fear that we all have of what’s beyond and losing our loved ones and being alone. The show does ask some quite big questions, which I think is good and totally in context with kind of the teenage cast that sort of leads us in, because when do you have all that angst about life and death and your sense of identity? That’s when you’re a teenager, when you’re an adolescent, when you have all these profound questions hit you the first time.

And I just thought it was really cleverly done the way all the characters were interlinked. I had so much fun as well, so much fun, working with Johnny Harris, who’s a BAFTA-nominated actor in this country and he’s playing Neil in the show. And he was just such a good comrade to be working opposite. Sarah’s story, that sort of triangle of loyalty, [should she be] loyal to Neil and the angelics or be loyal to her husband in her other life was a real gift to play that friction, to be torn like that.

So tell me, do you believe in ghosts?
Do I believe in ghosts? [Laughs.] I’m sorry. I’m laughing; I get asked this in every interview to do with this show. It’s like I’m not saying that you’re unoriginal or anything. [Laughs.]

Well, it’s an obvious question, I guess.
Sure it is. Look, hey, the biggest question in life is death; that’s a cutesy thing to say, but it’s true. And what I find so fascinating is all the way that really different religions handle it, you know, be it Hinduism, Buddhism, Roman Catholicism, everyone’s got a take and set of answers for it.

And what I just love about Jack is Jack’s writing this whole thing and going, “Here’s my answer.” [Laughs.] It’s just like sure, why not? I mean, some people have got this kind of attitude to religion that would say, “Well, your answer is as good as the next persons.” That’s what I kind of find fascinating, really, is a fresh take on what could be the big unanswered question.

Right. So do you?
Do I believe in ghosts?

Yeah.
No, I’m probably going to give you a really “actor” answer. I believe in energy, so it depends on how that manifests itself. But, you know, I think Mr. Jack Thorne’s answer could be given as much credit as anyone else’s. [Laughs.]

Right. I loved the whole idea that they’re trapped and that man has sort of taken away their ascendant spots.
The idea that I really love in the show, Curt, is that life is unfair, so whoever said death should be fair? I think that fundamental premise of it being random. Some people have managed to ascend, some people haven’t. Death can be as crappy as life can in being unevenhanded in that way. I think that’s a really clever, interesting premise to start, and I like that a lot, that’s what attracted me.

ABOUT GAME OF THRONES
With “Game of Thrones,” you’ve signed on to the biggest craze in the States, I think, probably around the world.
Well, again, all I can say is “Thrones” is just like “The Fades,” in so far as the quality is just there in the script, immediately, before you’ve done anything. When you’re just sitting down reading it, the quality just glares at you from the page.

And I kind of kept away from the show when I was taking the meetings. I wasn’t acquainted with the show before I went in to meet the delightful Mr. [David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss [exec producers].

And I’m kind of glad I didn’t, actually, because I think I would have been scared off [laughs], because it was so awesome when I watched it.

And I’m really, really proud to be a part of the “Thrones” family now. I just finished second series before Christmas and I’ll be doing third series in the summer. And I think, again, it’s really bravely written. It’s got a phenomenal cast, and, yeah, it’s a great privilege to be a part of the gang, and it’s a big gang.

It’s a huge gang, yeah.
It’s a huge gang. But I have to tell you it’s a really well supported, frankly, family. It really is, so it’s cool. I’m very proud.

One of your “Fades” castmates is in this, too.
Joe Dempsie [who plays John in “The Fades” and Gendry in “GOT”], yeah.

Tell me about your character, Margaery Tyrell, as much as you can say. It’s kind of weird, because saying anything, almost like with Sarah, saying anything is sort of a spoiler I think.
Yeah. Well, to be perfectly honest, I would have to agree with you there. So maybe I’ll ease off on that. [Laughs.] It’s really interesting, because both shows have this amazing cult following, you know? … It’s kind of intriguing to be opened up to the sci-fi, super horror or fantasy communities and seeing just how dedicated they are. I’ve never come across fans, like cult fans to these cult shows. They’re just so supportive and they’re so dedicated. And, as an actor, you really feel supported and you want to really push yourself, because there’s just so much enthusiasm.

I heard you’re a good fencer and I was wondering if Margaery is ever going to take up a sword.
Oh, well, you know [laughs], I have a few seasons in me. You never know what’s going to happen. [Laughs.] But Loras, the Knight of Flowers, my brother, is meant to be the greatest night throughout the Seven Kingdoms, so maybe she picked up a little bit, who knows? [Laughs.] We’ll have to wait and see, won’t we?

Give us a tease, a non-spoilery tease about Season 2, even if it’s just from your experience and what you saw.
Oh, a tease. [Laughs.] It’s war. It’s war and it’s serious. It’s the same with “The Fades,” the battle is on, life and death. The battle is coming, so it’s serious now. [Laughs.]

And you’re looking forward to more seasons, right?
Absolutely. Absolutely. Margaery really comes into her own in series [seasons] 3 and 4.

ABOUT W.E.
All right. Finally I wanted to ask you about “W.E.” You play the queen mum when she was young, right? How was that experience?
Yeah, that’s right. It was a really interesting experience. I just think in all stories there are two sides to every story and the Wallis Simpson story needed to be done and it was kind of fitting that a woman as strong and passionate as Madonna should do it. It was kind of fascinating to look at another part of our native history. I don’t know if it’s because of the Kate and Will’s marriage last year, but as you were saying you guys stateside [watched] as we did here there seems to be like this renaissance of interest in our royal family again. So it’s kind of interesting looking back a couple of generations and revisiting some of their stories. Yeah, interesting project.

Do you ever get a little nervous playing someone so revered who was real in history?
Definitely. But it was the same with the Queen Mother, it was the same with Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as it was with Anne Boleyn, I read a stack of books. In the case of “W.E.,” Madonna actually pushed three biographies of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon over the table and said, “Read.”

She did that with Andrea Riseborough and with James D’Arcy, all of us were told to read, because she knew everything. She’d read every book for the last decade or whatever, because she’d been so fascinated by the story, hence her obsession.

I studied Anne Boleyn myself for “The Tudors,” which I did myself under my own steam because I think it’s important as an actor to know what really did happen so that you can sort of be informed about the choices you make. Even if the text steers away from the reality because there will always be artistic interpretation, of course, you know what really did happen.

It’s always good to be informed. Although and you could argue similarly with “Game of Thrones,” it’s like to read the books and even though the scripts may diverge away from the books and as a series continues, how true is the series going to be to the books and everything. I think it’s always good for an actor to be as informed as they possibly can be about where their texts come from.

How was it working with Madonna?
Oh, man, she’s a workhorse. She is. That woman obviously doesn’t need to sleep. She’s kind of inspiring in that way. She’s one of those people who doesn’t believe in saying it’s not possible. She kind of reaffirms your kind of like possible mental attitude in life. It’s just like get it done, work hard.

And that was probably a good mindset to be in. I’m about to start a play. But I’m about to go into a grueling rehearsal period, every evening, doing a play. [Laughs.] The whole workhorse mentality is a good thing for me to be thinking at the moment. [Dormer is starring title role of the Young Vic Theatre’s revival of Patrick Marber’s “After Miss Julie.”]

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