From GQ Magazine
How to Date Natalie Dormer
Six months after graduating from Webber Douglas, Dormer won the role of Victoria in Casanova. This was her film debut and it was released in 2005. The director, Lasse Hallström, was so impressed with Dormer’s comedic timing that he had the script writer expand her part. On the strength of her audition for the role and her performance, she secured a three-film deal with Touchstone Pictures, which was never exercised. In 2005, Dormer had a small part in Distant Shores. After the filming of Casanova, Dormer was out of work for nine months and has said that “it was the best lesson I could have had in the first 12 months of my career”. In 2006, she guest starred as Phillippa Balfour in the Rebus episode “The Falls”.
In 2007 and 2008, Dormer played Anne Boleyn in the first two seasons of The Tudors, for which she received highly positive reviews. Robert Abele of LA Weekly wrote: “Natalie Dormer presents a painterly exquisiteness and complexity in her portrayal of Anne Boleyn… her enigmatic, time-halting loveliness is a boon for The Tudors, and damn near worth losing your head over.” After her character’s death at the end of the second season, The Boston Herald noted: “Dormer gave Anne Boleyn life, making her not just a beautiful schemer but a rebellious, defiantly independent tragic hero in the tradition of Rebel Without a Cause and Cool Hand Luke… her departure from The Tudors leaves a tremendous void.”
In 2008, Dormer played Moira Nicholson in Agatha Christie’s Marple: “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” and appeared in a number of films such as Fence Walker and City of Life. Dormer’s Marple appearance aired in the US in the summer of 2009 as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery anthology series. Also in that year, she appeared in Incendiary, but her scenes were cut from the final film. In March 2010, she made her stage debut at the Young Vic theatre in London as Mizi in the play Sweet Nothings. In The Observer, theatre critic Susannah Clapp praised the performances of the cast and wrote: “Natalie Dormer is lissome as a dirty, delightful gadabout, pushing aside an entire chess game in order to put down her hat.”
After six months of playing Mizi, Dormer went on to film some new roles, including the Duchess of York in Madonna‘s film W.E., Pvt. Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger, and Niamh Cranitch in the BBC court drama Silk. She then went on to her next stage role of Pat in .45 at Hampstead Theatre in November 2010. She returned to The Tudors as Anne Boleyn in a dream sequence for the fourth and final season in mid-2010. This was confirmed when the first promotional picture of the season showed Anne on the cover.
In June 2011, Dormer joined the cast of the HBO fantasy TV series Game of Thrones as Margaery Tyrell of the noble House Tyrell. In March 2012, she returned to the Young Vic to play the title role in After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber. Her performance received critical acclaim, with reviews describing her as “little short of sensational”, “outstanding”, and “the perfect Miss Julie”. The online theatre magazine Exeunt wrote that her portrayal of Miss Julie contained “all the anger, desire, wit, loneliness, merriment, melancholy and desperation of the casts of several plays together… Dormer has still more presence and eerie beauty than is apparent from her appearances on-screen, and she shape-shifts almost supernaturally between seductress, child, and tormentor.” In March 2013, she played the Lady Door in the radio play of Neverwhere, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. Later that year, she appeared in the car racing drama Rush and the thriller The Counselor. She will appear in A Long Way From Home. In April 2013, it was announced that Dormer would star in the final three episodes of the first season of the CBS series Elementary as Irene Adler; she also reprised the role in the second season. In August 2013, it was announced that Dormer was cast as Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 andPart 2.In preparation for the role, she shaved the left side of her head.
In September, 2014, Deadline Hollywood announced Dormer has been cast in Screen Gems upcoming action thriller Patient Zero. The film is to be directed by Oscar-Winning filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky and based on a script by Mike Le.
In October, 2014, Dormer signed to star in the Lava Bear Films/David S. Goyer-produced film The Forest, to be directed by mutiple award-winning Jason Zada as his feature film debut. Focus Features picked up the North American distribution rights to the film.
Dormer has been engaged to Irish director Anthony Byrne since 2011, whom she met in Dublin while filming The Tudors in 2007. Dormer has stated that Cate Blanchett has been an influence in her career as an actress.
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, “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.”
Dormer took part in the 2008 PartyPoker.com Women’s World Open in London, where she came in second to Emma Kennedy in the Celebrity Heat.