Natalie Dormer made her acting debut shortly after she completed her study at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London with a starring role in the 2005 film "Casanova" as Victoria. Her performance was dubbed impressive and in the same year she had minor part on TV series "Distant Shores". She afterwards was cast in several films which sad to say failed to be released before finally landing a guest starring role in an episode of the detective drama "Rebus".
The feature, in fact, marked her turning point as her star shone even brighter in the years to come. Her next starring role was as Anne Boleyn on "The Tudors". She won Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in 2008 and 2009. Not long after that, she was recruited as Margaery Tyrell in fantasy drama series "Game of Thrones".
Dormer's most famous character was that of Cressida in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" (2014) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2" (2015). She willingly shaved the left side of her head in preparation for the role. Prior to that, she also filmed several other roles, like those in "City of Life", "W.E.", and in the car racing drama "Rush" as well as the thriller "The Counselor".
Dormer was born on February 11, 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England. She was often linked to the historical lady-in-waiting Jane Dormer, who served Queen Mary I, though they have no connection at all. On this matter, she explained, "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 has been engaged to Irish director Anthony Byrne since 2011 after first meeting him in Dublin in 2007 while filming "The Tudors".