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Natascha McElhone



An actress whose refinement is evident in both her coolly regal beauty and well-measured performances, Natascha McElhone first impressed international critics and audiences with her portrayal of Francoise Gilot, the long-suffering but ultimately triumphant wife of Pablo Picasso in Merchant Ivory's Surviving Picasso (1996).



Born Natasha Taylor in Hampstead, London, on March 23, 1971, McElhone was raised in Brighton as the only daughter (she has several brothers) of journalist parents. After studying drama for three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, McElhone began her career in the theatre. She worked extensively on the London stage in a number of productions, and she also toured nationally with the Leicester Haymarket's production of Chekov's The Cherry Orchard. McElhone made her television debut in 1994, playing an army officer in the BBC's A Breed of Heroes, and subsequently appeared in several British TV series, including Absolutely Fabulous.



Following her well-received screen debut in Surviving Picasso, McElhone played the young Clarissa Dalloway in Mrs. Dalloway (1997), and she had substantial roles in The Devil's Own (1997) and John Frankenheimer's Ronin (1998), the latter of which featured her as a tactical strategist who organizes a team of experts to steal a mysterious briefcase from a group of criminals. She also popped up as Truman Burbank's long-lost love interest in The Truman Show (1998), and in 2000, she could be seen singing and dancing her way across the Bard's iambic pentameter in Kenneth Branagh's musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost. Two short years later audiences would find McElhone cast opposite George Clooney in director Steven Soderbergh's psycholgical sci-fi effort Solaris. She appeared as Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl in 2003, and continued to work steadily landing one of her most high-profile gigs when she landed the part of Karen on the Showtime series Californication.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
42% London Town
  • Sandrine
2016
15% Mr. Church
  • Marie
2016
33% Believe
  • Actor
2014
21% Romeo and Juliet
  • Lady Capulet
2013
53% The Sea
  • Connie Grace
2013
56% The Kid
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Blessed (2008)
  • Actor
2008
20% The Secret of Moonacre
  • Loveday/Moon Princess
2008
No Score Yet The Company
  • Elizabet Nemeth
2007
No Score Yet Big Nothing
  • Penelope Wood
2007
36% Guy X
  • Irene Teal
2005
63% Ladies in Lavender
  • Olga
2005
47% City of Ghosts
  • Sophie
2003
No Score Yet The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Mary Boleyn
2003
0% Killing Me Softly
  • Deborah
2003
68% Laurel Canyon
  • Sara
2003
66% Solaris
  • Rheya
2002
3% Feardotcom
  • Terry Houston
2002
50% Love's Labour's Lost
  • Rosaline
2000
No Score Yet The Contaminated Man
  • Holly Anderson
2000
68% Ronin
  • Deirdre
1998
No Score Yet What Rats Won't Do
  • Actor
1998
94% The Truman Show
  • Lauren/Sylvia
1998
71% Mrs. Dalloway
  • Young Clarissa
1998
33% The Devil's Own
  • Megan Doherty
1997
33% Surviving Picasso
  • Francoise Gilot
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
85% Designated Survivor
2016
  • Alex Kirkman Jessica Kirkman
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Karen
80% Saints & Strangers
2015
  • Elizabeth Hopkins

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