She went to Chiltern Edge Secondary School before going to Reading Blue Coat School, a boys’ boarding school that admits girls in the sixth form. While there, she was a straight-A student and got to travel the world with her school’s public speaking team. She said she suffered from bullying as a child. She is also a self-confessed tomboy.
Only six months out of drama school, Natalie Dormer landed a role in the movie “Casanova,” as well as a three-picture Disney deal. Apparently, her role in “Casanova” was written to be smaller, but she impressed the director so much that he expanded her role. She said, “I was frequently told at drama school that I was thinking too much. And I still have to suppress that part of me because it can sometimes be a hindrance.”
She said of her sex scenes on “The Tudors,” “People would be amazed at how unerotic the process actually is, because it’s heavily choreographed.”
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Natalie Dormer has also appeared in “The Fades,” “Silk,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “City of Life,” among other projects.
She said, “I know I’m not a conventional beauty. You can read a lot of painful things on the Internet, which criticize you aesthetically, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s not what an actress is.” She added, “People do say I have a mischievous face.”
Some trivia: Natalie Dormer speaks French; Cate Blanchett is an influence in her career as an actress; Natalie is a Mezzo soprano singer and trained dancer; she enjoys fencing as a sport, and is a member of the London Fencing Academy; she enjoys playing poker and her favorite game is Texas Hold ‘Em.
Natalie Dormer said, “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 the for the price of one life.”
Natalie Dormer resides in London, England.
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