“I know people think that acting is not quite the occupation of grownups, but it is actually the ultimate learning process. You get a multitude of experiences, all for the price of one life.” Natalie Dormer
British actress Natalie Dormer rose to prominence playing Victoria on the Lasse Hallstrom directed “Casanova” (2005), which starred Heath Ledger. She continued to enjoy success on the small screen with her role of Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series “The Tudors” (2007-2010), starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. She currently portrays Niamh on the television series “Silk” and will appear in the upcoming “W.E,” “Poe” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
Dormer enjoys fencing and is a member of the London Fencing Academy. Also a fan of poker, she has participated in the Women's World Open competition in London.
Childhood and Family:
Natalie Dormer was born on February 11, 1982, in Reading, England. She was raised by her mother and her stepfather with her siblings Mark and Samantha. Natalie attended Chiltern Edge Secondary School and later moved to Reading Blue Coat School, a boarding school. She also trained as a dancer at the Allenova School of Dancing from age 3 until age 16. Natalie later studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Natalie Dormer immersed herself in British theater with performances in “Under Milk Wood,” “The School for Scandal” and “Pride & Prejudice” before getting her first professional acting job in an episode of the British television series “Distant Shores.” Her first real break arrived later that same year when she won a role in “Casanova,” a romantic comedy directed by Lasse Hallstrom that starred Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller. “Casanova” led to a three film deal with Disney/Touchstone.
2006 saw Dormer appear in an episode of the BBC series “Rebus” called “The Fall.” It was followed by a small role in the Demi Moore and Michael Caine vehicle “Flawless” (2007), playing Cassie Jay. It was also in 2007 that Dormer received the role of Anne in the Showtime series “The Tudors.” She was on the series until it ended in 2010.
Recently, in 2011, Dormer has appeared in several episodes of the television series “Silk.” She will portray Elizabeth Bowes-Lynn in director Madonna’s upcoming romantic comedy “W.W.” She will also act in the television movie “Poe” and the film “Captain America: The First Avenger.”