Natalia Gastiain Tena is a British actress and musician probably best known to American audiences for her roles as “Nymphadora Tonks” in the “Harry Potter” films, as well as the wildling Osha in “Game of Thrones.”
Her nickname is Nat and she speaks fluent Spanish. Natalia is the daughter of Spanish parents, an Extremaduran secretary and a Basque father. She attended Bedales School, the same school as Minnie Driver, Lily Allen and Daniel Day-Lewis.
She made her professional debut in “About a Boy” in 2002, and has been acting ever since. She appeared nude in 2005’s “Mrs. Henderson Presents” and 2006’s “Afterlife.”
Regarding her nudity in “Game of Thrones,” Natalia Tena thought it was a bit unrealistic that her character Osha would have shaved her private parts. Natalia actually said to the producers, if you give me a month in advance, I’ll grow it out. George RR Martin said Natalia’s “Osha” is a far more interesting character than his conceived “Osha.”
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Natalia Tena has met fans from “Harry Potter” who are obsessive to the point where she thinks the franchise is substituting something missing from their own life; where, she said the people who approach her regarding “Game of Thrones” are completely different kind of fans. She sometimes receives “fan art,” and has even been sent baby clothes. (She gave them to a friend of hers who was having a baby.) She also got letters from prisoners in America, which she thought was cool.
In 2007, she joined the band Nat Jenkin and the Delmars; she sang and played the accordion. She later became the lead singer of the band Molotov Jukebox and plays a lot of festivals and “lots of gigs.” Her songs are available on iTunes.
Aside from acting and singing, she is a supporter of the human rights organization Survive International.
When not traveling for her music concerts of acting gigs, Natalia Tena lives in London, England.