NYPost: Natalie trades ‘Game of Thrones’ corset for disco-era duds in ‘Rush’

Filed Under (2013, Articles, Rush, The Counsellor) by Laura at 9:42 am

She’s made a name for herself bringing a sultry modernity to royal characters, but now Natalie Dormer is ready to abdicate.

“I want to challenge people’s perceptions of me,” says the 31-year-old actress, who’s currently in Dubrovnik, Croatia, filming the fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” in which she plays Margaery Tyrell, soon-tobe wife of the evil King Joffrey. It’s her third prominent royal role, after playing Anne Boleyn on Showtime’s “The Tudors” and a young Queen Elizabeth in Madonna’s film “W.E.”

But Dormer, a Brit, has a wider range than those parts — juicy though they may be — would suggest. Careerwise, she’s got a specific role model in mind. “Helena Bonham Carter started off in a similar fashion,” says Dormer, referring to Carter’s early, aristocratic gigs, “and she managed to shake it off.” So Dormer is broadening her horizons in several disparate directions.
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Esquire: Natalie Dormer is a Woman we Love

Filed Under (2013, Articles) by Laura at 9:37 am

First, a story: Picture Ron Howard — director, Oscar winner, Opie. He’s just offered a role in his new movie, Rush, to a young British actress. She’s on the fence. Instead of moving on, finding one of the countless young actresses who would trip over themselves to appear in a Ron Howard movie, Howard flies to London. He sits in the front row of a small play the actress is doing. Then he asks her to reconsider. That actress, as you may have guessed, is Natalie Dormer. Her answer, as you know if you saw Rush in the fall (or just took a stab at it for the sake of helping us through this anecdote), was yes.
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“City of Life” Captures the Spirit of Dubai

Filed Under (2009, Articles, City of Life) by Laura at 2:04 pm

Dubai: For the Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mustafa, life has come full circle at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). Two years ago he won the Best Emirati Filmmaker at the DIFF and last night he returned to the festival with the world premiere of his full-length feature film City of Life. Billed as Dubai’s first home-grown feature film helmed by an Emirati, Mustafa has tried to capture on celluloid the true spirit of Dubai with a multi-ethnic ensemble cast.

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“City of Life” Stars Steal Film Spotlight

Filed Under (2009, Articles, City of Life) by Laura at 2:02 pm

The celebrities included the Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and the American actress and singer Mandy Moore. But the real stars of Dubai International Film Festival’s opening night were two relative newcomers. Natalie Dormer and Sonu Sood may have several decades less experience than more veteran actors, but they drew the biggest crowd at the gala opening of the festival, now in its sixth year.
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‘I would love to work in Indian films’

Filed Under (2009, Articles) by Laura at 8:41 am

British actress Natalie Dormer, who plays the tragic queen Anne Boleyn in the royal period drama The Tudors opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, says she would love to work in Indian films.

The actress believes that the future of entertainment lies in international collaborations like Slumdog Millionaire.

I would love to work in Indian films. In fact I recently shot an international film with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood in Dubai. I feel the future is about international collaborations like Slumdog Millionaire and City of Life,” the actress said over the phone from Los Angeles.

She is playing a Russian air hostess in City of Life, which is directed by Ali Mustafa.

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The Mail – Boho Boleyn girl: Actress Natalie Dormer

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:18 pm

She fell straight out of drama school and into the arms of Heath Ledger’s Casanova, then was passionately seduced by Jonathan Rhys Meyers’s Henry VIII in The Tudors. So far, so steamy for hot new British talent Natalie Dormer. So how do you top that?

Natalie Dormer takes one look at our spartan little interview office and says playfully, ‘Shall we draw lots for the comfy chair?’ So already I’m won over by this baby-faced brunette, an avid poker player who could be said to have enjoyed more than her fair share of luck so far in the great gamble of an acting career.

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The Star – Anne keeps her head in Holts

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:16 pm

Tudors’ star gets a lesson in designer bags from Store Gazing but looks forward to a return to London where she’ll add to her collection of coats

Natalie Dormer is the lusty and wilful Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, in the CBC/Showtime series The Tudors. But she is a designer bag virgin. Dormer, who was born in Reading, England, and lives in London, is in T.O. for a press tour and we meet in the handbag department at Holt Renfrew on Bloor St. She is carrying a smart yellow tote. “It’s just a cheapie,” she says dismissively. “I liked the colour.”
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Canada.com – Dormer embodies – and disembodies – Anne Boleyn

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:15 pm

Natalie Dormer held her own against the boys as a teenager at Reading Blue Coat School, a boys’ boarding school in the English county of Berkshire that admits girls in the senior grade.

She survived serious injury to life and limb while training in modern dance and ballet at the Allenova School of Dancing, then sharpened her swordsmanship and footwork at the London Fencing Academy. She studied theatre at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, then landed a role as Victoria in Lasse Hallstrom’s 2005 period epic Casanova.

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The Globe and Mail – Clever Consort

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:14 pm

Clever consort
On The Tudors, Natalie Dormer never let Anne Boleyn’s cruel fate get in the way of a good sex scene, but she also made sure the steamy bits didn’t get in the way of history, writes Kate Taylor

Good thing Natalie Dormer knows her history. It kept sex with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in perspective.

The 26-year-old British actress plays a sultry, wily Anne Boleyn to Rhys Meyers’s hungry young Henry VIII on The Tudors – with a second season of triumph and tragedy for her character premiering tonight on CBC Television – and she says her research helped her with the steamy bits.
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The Star – Tudors Actor Keeping Her Head on Straight

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:14 pm

Tudors actor keeping her head on straight
Getting ahead in show business is one thing. Losing one is something else entirely. Yet that is what Natalie Dormer knew was in store for her this second season of The Tudors, which begins tonight on CBC at 9. Or rather for Anne Boleyn, perhaps the most famous of Henry VIII’s six wives, and Dormer’s continuing role on the sexed-up historical drama.

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