Natalia Tena

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Natalia Tena
Natalia Tena Sydney 20120616 1.jpg
Tena in 2012
BornNatalia Gastiain Tena
(1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 29)
London, England, UK
OccupationActress, musician
Years active2001–present
 
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Natalia Tena
Natalia Tena Sydney 20120616 1.jpg
Tena in 2012
BornNatalia Gastiain Tena
(1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 29)
London, England, UK
OccupationActress, musician
Years active2001–present

Natalia Gastiain Tena[1] (born 1 November 1984) is a British actress and musician. In her acting career, Tena is best known for playing Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series, and the wildling Osha in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Tena at one of her band concerts in 2013

She is the lead of the British band, Molotov Jukebox, as main vocalist and sings while playing the accordion. The band released its new album Carnival Flower in 2014.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Tena was born in London, the daughter of Spanish parents: María, an Extremaduran secretary, and a Basque father, Jesús,[2] who works as a carpenter.[3] She is fluent in Spanish and Basque.[4] She studied in a boarding school, Bedales.[3]

Career[edit]

Tena made her professional debut as Ellie in About a Boy (2002), and began acting full-time in 2003. She has played lead roles in stage adaptations of Gone to Earth in 2004, and Nights at the Circus in 2006.

In 2007, Tena appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix playing the character Nymphadora Tonks. Tena reprised this role in its sequels Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in 2009, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in 2010 and Part 2 in 2011. Tena is best known for the role of Nymphadora Tonks due to the international success of the series.

She hosted a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Trailing Tonks" for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release, and is credited as producer and director of the featurette, in which she also performs an original Christmas-themed blues song on guitar, which she composed while working as a busker on the London Underground.[5]

In 2011 she played a lead role in the Scottish Film You Instead. She also appears as Osha in HBO's Game of Thrones.[6] In March 2013, she starred in the official music video for Lapalux's single "Without You (ft. Kerry Leatham)".[7]

Personal life[edit]

Tena learnt the piano from her mother at 5 years old, influenced by Chuck Berry.[8] Afterwards, at 18, Tena moved to London and busked in the Tube.[8] While working with a theatre group called KneeHigh, where they were allowed to pick an instrument to play, Tena decided to learn the accordion.[8] Tena dates her fellow band member, Sam Apley, upon getting to know him through their common interest in a book, Neverwhere.[8] Tena was in a band, Nat Jenkins, but later left to form her own band, Molotov Jukebox with her boyfriend.[9] She is close friends with Oona Chaplin, allowing Chaplin to dye her hair.[10]

Credits[edit]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilm/TV ShowRoleNotes
2002About a BoyEllie
2005DoctorsAmy EmersonTV, 1 episode
The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-HaVera
Mrs Henderson PresentsPeggy
2006AfterlifeGemma TaylorTV, episode 2.5 – "Mirrorball"
2007Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixNymphadora Tonks
2008Lecture 21Thomson
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceNymphadora Tonks
WombRose
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Nymphadora Tonks
2011Ways to Live ForeverAnnie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Nymphadora Tonks
You Instead / Tonight You're MineMorello
2011–presentGame of ThronesOshaTV, 14 episodes
2012Bel AmiRachel
ShamelessBrendaTV, 1 episode
FalcónChristine FerreraTV, 4 episodes
2013AmbassadorsTanyaTV
2014SuperBobDorris
201410,000 KMAlex

Stage[edit]

YearProductionRoleNotes
2004Gone to EarthHazelShared Experience/ UK tour
2005BronteCathy/ Bertha Mason
2006Nights at the CircusFevversKneehigh Theatre/UK tour
2008The Clean HouseMatildeUK tour
2009OthelloDesdemonaRoyal Shakespeare Company/ UK tour

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