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.”
Read the rest of this entry » – 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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Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:13 pm

Enthralling Tudors deliver history lesson worth watching
The Tudors, Michael Hirst’s sumptuous, romantic portrait of the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII, looks like no other TV drama. Shot on location in Ireland, the images have a kind of glow to them, like the miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts of the Age of Elegance.

The Tudors is no musty costume epic from a long-ago forgotten age, however. It seethes with romantic tension and political intrigue. When an excitable courtier jumps up and cries, “It’s all the fault of Lady Anne!” you know the tidings don’t bode well for the “lived happily ever after” part. The Tudors second season — four seasons are planned in all — will focus on the stormy consummation of the relationship between a young Anne Boleyn and the excitable, petulant Henry VIII.

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The Inquirer – Dormer plays Anne Boleyn

Filed Under (2008, Interviews, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:11 pm

Natalie Dormer plays Anne Boleyn in ‘The Tudors
Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter are just a few of the respected actresses who have tackled the controversial role of Anne Boleyn, whose marriage to King Henry VIII in the 16th century led to a political and religious revolution in England.

Now comes Natalie Dormer, who plays Anne to Jonathan Rhys Meyer’s Henry VIII in ‘The Tudors,’ a 10-part miniseries premiering on HBO Signature on Sept. 8. The miniseries continues on Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. with four episodes and concludes on Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. with the last four episodes.
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Post Gazette – Anne Departs The Tudors

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:09 pm

Anne Departs The Tudors
The second season of Showtime’s “The Tudors” comes to a close as Anne Boleyn prepares to lose her head. This has been the season of Anne, not only due to the story but also because actress Natalie Dormer really came into her own.

In the first season, Dormer’s passive Anne didn’t make much of an impression, but as her Anne grew more active, more paranoid and entitled, Dormer began to shine. At times her rage brought to mind Juliet Landau, the actress who played Drusilla in “Buddy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.”

Despite Anne’s monstrous behavior, it’s hard not to have sympathy for her in Sunday’s season finale (9 p.m.) as she goes to her death for crimes she did not commit. Dormer gives Anne humility and a sense of serenity about her impending demise.

Season three of ‘The Tudors” begins production this summer and will air in 2009.

Boston Herald – Showtime On a Roll With Season Finale

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:08 pm

Tudors‘ rules: Showtime on a roll with killer season finale
The blade slips on a sublime season of ‘The Tudors.’ Even the most casual student of history dreads the fate awaiting Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) in the superb second season finale of the Showtime costume drama (Sunday night at 9).
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Mens Vogue – Dormer Emobies The Bad Girl of The Reformation

Filed Under (2008, Articles, The Tudors) by Laura at 1:07 pm

As Anne Boleyn on Showtime’s The Tudors, Natalie Dormer gives the bad girl of Reformation England a new lease on life.
If Showtime’s returning miniseries The Tudors occasionally strays from strict historical fact toward a bit of wanton violence and bodice-ripping, it doesn’t mean that 26-year-old Natalie Dormer can’t hold her own on the intricacies of court power struggles and the religious and political upheavals of Reformation Europe. “I was a dreadful swot at school, very geeky,” she confesses, “and the head girl.” Dormer admits to having been “horribly bullied” as if it were thoroughly deserved. Three years of training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London changed her. “I was very repressed,” she says, “but they break your character down to reconstruct you.” Well, they didn’t do a bad job.
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