Natascha McElhone

Natascha McElhone

Birth name: Natasha Abigail Taylor
Born: December 14, 1969
Age: 48
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
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Biography

Natasha Abigail Taylor (born 14 December 1969) known professionally as Natascha McElhone (/nəˈtæʃəˈmækəlˌhoʊn/), is an English-Irish actress of stage, screen and television, best known for her roles in American films such as Ronin, The Truman Show and Solaris. In addition, she is well known for her role as Karen van der Beek on the Showtime series Californication.

Currently, she stars in the role of First Lady Alex Kirkman in the ABC political drama Designated Survivor.

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Early life

She was born Natasha Abigail Taylor in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in 1969 to Noreen McElhone and Michael Taylor, both journalists. She took her mother's maiden name as her stage name. McElhone has a scriptwriter brother, Damon, who lives in Los Angeles, and two half-brothers, Alexander and Nicholas, who live in Stockholm. Her parents separated when she was two and her Irish mother moved the family to Brighton, and later married journalist and columnist Roy Greenslade.

McElhone, who took lessons in Irish dancing from ages 6-12, was educated at St. Mary's Hall School for Girls, an independent boarding school in Brighton, Sussex. She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1993.

Career

McElhone began her career in the theatre, including starring roles in Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, and in The Count of Monte Cristo and The Cherry Orchard at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester. She made her television debut in the BBC's Bergerac in 1991 (credited on screen as Natascha Taylor), and was seen in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in 1992.

McElhone was seen in the Dennis Potter TV mini-series Karaoke. One of her most successful films to date has been 1998's The Truman Show with Jim Carrey. She had leading roles opposite Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own, Robert De Niro in Ronin and George Clooney in Solaris.

In 2005, she co-starred in the NBC miniseries Revelations with actor Bill Pullman. She starred in a 2006 West End production of Honour at the Wyndham's Theatre alongside Diana Rigg and Martin Jarvis. She then accepted a leading role in the Showtime cable television series Californication as Karen, alongside David Duchovny. McElhone is the newest Neutrogena spokeswoman and the face of the Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydration line. In 2010 she was the voice of Marie in the video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow from Konami.

McElhone co-starred in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis. In 2014, she played the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In 2015, McElhone starred as Sarah Churchill in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's Queen Anne.

In February 2016, she was cast alongside Kiefer Sutherland in ABC's political drama Designated Survivor, which premiered in September 2016.

Personal life

McElhone married plastic surgeon Dr Martin Hirigoyen Kelly on 19 May 1998. The couple lived in Fulham, west London, with their sons Theodore (born 2000) and Otis (born May 2003); their third son, Rex, was born in October 2008, five months after Kelly's death.

On 20 May 2008, 43-year-old Kelly was found slumped in the doorway of his family's home by a fellow doctor, who had him rushed to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (where he worked). However, he could not be revived. He died one day after his 10th wedding anniversary. A post-mortem exam revealed the cause of death to have been dilated cardiomyopathy.

After her husband's sudden death, McElhone continued to write letters to him, sometimes documenting the daily trivia of life but also dealing with how she and their young children were coping with their loss. These letters and diary entries formed the basis of her book After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father. The book was published in July 2010. (The book is simply titled After You in the Kindle edition-UK version only.)

Film

List of film works
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Surviving Picasso Françoise Gilot
1997 Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's Own Megan Doherty
1997 Mrs Dalloway Young Clarissa Dalloway
1998 Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show Lauren Garland / Sylvia
1998 What Rats Won't Do Kate Beckenham
1998 Ronin Deirdre
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Lady Rosaline
2000 Contaminated Man Holly Anderson
2002 Laurel Canyon Sara
2002 FeardotCom Terry Huston
2002 Killing Me Softly Deborah Tallis
2002 City of Ghosts Sophie
2002 Solaris Rheya Kelvin
2004 Ladies in Lavender Olga Daniloff
2005 Guy X Sgt. Irene Teal
2006 Big Nothing Penelope Wood
2008 The Secret of Moonacre Loveday de Noir
2008 Blessed Lou
2010 Kid, TheThe Kid Gloria
2013 The Sea Connie Grace
2013 Romeo and Juliet Lady Capulet
2014 Believe Erica Gallagher
2016 Mr. Church Marie Brooks
2016 London Town Sandrine Baker

Television

List of television works
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Ruth Rendell Mysteries, TheThe Ruth Rendell Mysteries Helen Blake 2 episodes
1991 Bergerac Louise Calder Episode: "Snow in Provence"
1994 Absolutely Fabulous Art Gallery Assistant Episode: "Death"
1994 Minder Vanessa Episode: "All Quiet on the West End Front"
1994 Cadfael Cecily Corde Episode: "The Sanctuary Sparrow"
1994 Breed of Heroes, AA Breed of Heroes Janet Television film
1996 Karaoke Angie 2 episodes
1996 Cold Lazarus Angie 2 episodes
2003 Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl Mary Boleyn Television film
2005 Revelations Sister Josepha Montafiore Miniseries
2007 Company, TheThe Company Elizabet Nemeth Miniseries
2007-2014 Californication Karen 84 episodes
2009 10 Minute Tales Woman Television short; segment: "Deep & Crisp & Even"
2015 Saints & Strangers Elizabeth Hopkins Miniseries
2016 Designated Survivor First Lady Alex Kirkman Main role

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Marie Belmont
2014 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Marie Belmont

Awards

Awards and Nominations
Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1999 Ronin MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence (shared with Robert De Niro) Nominated
2003 Solaris Saturn Award Best Actress Nominated
2003 Solaris Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in Film Nominated
2005 Revelations Satellite Award Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]