Actress Natalie Dormer, who grew up in the English countryside of Berkshire, came to London at the age of 18 to pursue her acting dreams. She enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Dormer got her first breakthrough when she was cast in the Shakespeare comedy ‘The Comedy of Errors’ in 2003. Her feature debut was Lasse Hallstrom’s 2005 romantic flick ‘Casanova.’ But after Casanova wrapped up, Dormer went out of work for nearly ten months. The independent film she was working in at that time was stranded in development hell. Dormer had to take an off from the audition spree and worked as a waitress and data entry operator to make both ends meet.
Dormer’s struggling phase ended when her performance as Anne Boleyn in the 2007 series ‘The Tudors’ earned critical acclaim and widespread popularity. The iconic role also brought her two nominations for Gemini Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Drama Series. In 2008, Dormer played Moira Nicholson in Agatha Christie’s Marple. She started her tryst with the princesses and queens when she made her stage debut at the Young Vic in 2010 in the play, ‘Sweet Nothings.’ In the following year, she portrayed Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Duchess of York in ‘W.E.’ Her role as Private Lorraine in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ in 2011 also helped her to find a place of her own in the industry.
Dormer’s biggest breakthrough was Queen Margaery Tyrell in the sprawling HBO series ‘Game of Thrones.’ She played the character from 2012 to 2016 and was nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2014 and 2015. She won the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress – Drama for her performance in the third season of the show. Dormer’s other major roles include Irene Adler/Moriarty in ‘Elementary,’ Cressida in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ (2014) and Part 2 (2015), and Sara Price/Jess Price in ‘The Forest (2016).’ ”I act to process my terror of what’s going on in the world politically and socially, and, economically”, Dormer told the Interview Magazine once. “It’s fun to do a photoshoot with some really talented, creative guys and create cool images, but I do this job so I can act, so I can process my angst.”
The actress is known for portraying imperious and deceptively charismatic characters. Be it the plotting queen in ‘Game Of Thrones’ or the rebel in ‘The Hunger Games’, her characters are marked with an air of mystery and danger. Obviously, the typecasting frustrates her. “I’ve done no more costume drama than Kate Winslet or Keira Knightley”, she made it clear in a Guardian interview. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Natalie Dormer movie or TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Natalie Dormer films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Natalie Dormer movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
3. The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Natalie Dormer will be seen alongside Sean Penn and Mel Gibson in the drama ‘Professor and the Madman.’ The film, produced by Icon Productions, is based on Simon Winchester’s best-seller about the origin story of the Oxford English Dictionary. According to a THR report, Gibson plays Professor James Murray in the movie. Murray is the man behind compiling the OED in 1857, which is one of the most hectic projects ever undertaken in the lexicon history. Penn plays Dr. W.C. Minor, the miracle man who contributed more than 10,000 entries from an asylum for the criminally insane. Dormer portrays a widow whose husband was a victim of Penn’s killer. When Minor tries to support her family, he develops feelings for the widow. ‘The Professor and the Madman’ is directed by Farhad Safinia from a script he co-wrote with John Boorman and Todd Komarnicki. The movie is lined up for a May 10, 2019 release.
2. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (2014 – 2019)
‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ is a spin-off series of the horror-drama franchise ‘Penny Dreadful.’ According to a Variety report, ‘City of Angels’ is a spiritual descendant of the 2014 horror series which has Natalie Dormer playing the lead role. Set in 1938 in LA, the plot follows a sensational murder that attracts the curiosity of Detective Tiago Vega. As he digs deep into the cobweb of secrets, an ancient story of Mexican-American folklore interspersed with the history of the city of Los Angeles unfolds. The roller-coaster ride takes us through the foundations of the city’s first freeways and the dangerous underworld of espionage. Dormer portrays Magda, a charismatic and clever demon who can disguise as any person she wants. The other cast members include Daniel Zovatto, Jessica Garza and Jonathan Nieves. ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ is set to start production in 2019.
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1. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (TBA)
‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ is Netflix’s prequel series to the 1982 Jim Henson movie ‘The Dark Crystal’. EW reports that ‘Age of Resistance’ narrates a new story, set many years before the events of the 1982 original, using a unique blend of classic puppetry and state-of-the-art visual effects. Netflix has amassed an ensemble voice cast for the series, which includes Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Caitriona Balfe, and Helena Bonham-Carter among others. According to Netflix’s official description, the prequel series features a dying world of Thra. The Crystal of Truth, which is at the heart of Thra, is contaminated by the evil force Skeksis. There’s a deadly pandemic proliferation across the land. The three Gelfling unearth the truth of Skeksis and they gear up for the final showdown. The 10-episode series premieres on Netflix in 2019.
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