Date of Birth
11 February 1982
Place of Birth
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
– Big doe eyes
– Asymmetrical smile
Dormer was born in Reading, Berkshire. She is of part Norwegian ancestry. Dormer attended Chiltern Edge Secondary School before moving to Reading Blue Coat School, historically an independent boys’ school that admits girls in the sixth form. She grew up with her stepfather (a builder), mother, sister Samantha, and brother Mark. She has said that she was the victim of bullying while at school, but “still to this day [she] can’t place why”. At school, Dormer was head girl, a first class student, vice-captain of the school netball team, and travelled the world with her school’s public speaking team.
During her school years, Dormer trained in dance at the Allenova School of Dancing. She describes herself as the “academic hopeful” of the family and was provisionally offered a place to study history at Cambridge; but, in her A-level History exam, she did not achieve the A grade she needed to attend. Dormer decided she would audition for drama schools and decided to train at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
“I know people think that acting is not quite the occupation of grown-ups, but it is actually the ultimate learning process: You get a multitude of experiences, all for the price of one life.”
“I’m a Volver type of girl, 21 Grams (2003), films like that. On the edge and really risky.”
“Oh, it’s fantastic stuff, all about the young “Henry VIII” and his brash, vibrant court. It’s everything a period drama shouldn’t be: super-sexy, raw, and violent (On I Tudors (2007).”
“Well during the first season, Alfie [Allen], Richard [Madden], and several of the men got naked — although not all the way. I suppose it’s just the rules of broadcast television, isn’t it? I think Thrones has been better than your average show with the equality, but they could definitely ramp it up! Absolutely.”
“I love those women that I play that have sexual power. But I’m trying to step away from it for me, and my artistic growth. It’s more about who I am. I’m not that woman.”
“I’m a bit of a wimp to be honest, when it comes to horror movies. When I was a girl and someone would bring the latest slasher film to a sleepover, I was the one hiding in my sleeping bag. I’m not into violence for gratuities sake – pornographic violence. It has to inform the story.”
Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy in London whose alumni include Rupert Friend, Matthew Goode, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth Knowelden and Minnie Driver.
On the basis of her performance in Casanova (2005), Natalie has a 3 picture deal with Disney/Touchstone.
Her role in Casanova (2005) was originally written to be much smaller. But Natalie so impressed Director Lasse Hallström, he expanded her part, and also injected more humor into the role once he realized how well Natalie handled comedy.
Has played the mothers of both of England’s “Queen Elizabeths”. She portrayed “Anne Boleyn” in Showtime’s series, The Tudors (2007), opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and was later cast as the “Queen Mother” by Madonna in her film, W.E. (2011), which was based on the romance between Duke of Windsor and his twice-divorced American mistress/wife, Duchess of Windsor.
Participated in the 2014 London Marathon [April 22, 2014].
Despite rumours that Dormer is related to historical lady-in-waiting Jane Dormer, who served Queen Mary I, they have no familial connection. On this subject, Dormer stated, “It’s one of these fabricated Wikipedia facts that is completely false. I don’t know my heritage at all; I’ve never traced it! There was a woman, called Jane Dormer, in the Royal Court who happened to have the same family name as me, but I think that’s as far as it goes.”.
Her names originates from the Late Latin name Natalia. It is derived from the Latin phrases natale domini, “birth of Lord”, or dies natalis, “Birthday”.