Natascha McElhone

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Natascha McElhone
Natascha McElhone.jpg
McElhone at the Mann Chinese 6 theatre, 2 June 2009
BornNatascha Abigail Taylor
(1969-12-14) 14 December 1969 (age 44)
Surrey, England
NationalityEnglish
EducationSt. Mary's Hall School for Girls, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Martin Hirigoyen Kelly (m. 1998; died 2008)
Children3
ParentsMike Taylor
Noreen Taylor (née McElhone)
Step-father Roy Greenslade
 
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Natascha McElhone
Natascha McElhone.jpg
McElhone at the Mann Chinese 6 theatre, 2 June 2009
BornNatascha Abigail Taylor
(1969-12-14) 14 December 1969 (age 44)
Surrey, England
NationalityEnglish
EducationSt. Mary's Hall School for Girls, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
OccupationActress
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Martin Hirigoyen Kelly (m. 1998; died 2008)
Children3
ParentsMike Taylor
Noreen Taylor (née McElhone)
Step-father Roy Greenslade

Natascha Abigail Taylor (born 14 December 1969),[1][2][3][4] known professionally as Nastasha McElhone, (/nəˈtæʃəˈmækəlˌhn/; is an English actress of stage, screen and television, best known for her roles in American films such as Ronin, The Truman Show and Solaris, and most recently for her role as Karen van der Beek on the Showtime series Californication.

Early life[edit]

She was born Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey,[5][6] to Noreen and Mike Taylor, who were both journalists.[7] She took her mother's maiden name as her stage name.[8] 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.[9]

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 was graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1993.[10]

Career[edit]

McElhone began her career in the theatre, including starring in Richard III in Regent's Park, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Cherry Orchard at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; and in Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre. McElhone 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.[11]

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.[10]

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.[12] In 2010 she was the voice of Marie in the video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow from Konami.[13]

McElhone co-starred in a 2013 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, as Juliet's mother, Lady Capulet, alongside Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis.[14] In 2014 she is to play the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.[15]

Personal life[edit]

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.[16]

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) but could not be revived. He died one day after his tenth wedding anniversary. A post-mortem exam revealed the cause of death to have been dilated cardiomyopathy.[17][18][19]

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.)[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

List of film works
TitleYearRoleNotes
Surviving Picasso1996Françoise Gilot
Devil's Own, TheThe Devil's Own1997Megan Doherty
Mrs Dalloway1997Young Clarissa
Truman Show, TheThe Truman Show1998Lauren/Sylvia
What Rats Won't Do1998Kate Beckenham
Ronin1998Deirdre
Love's Labour's Lost2000Rosaline
Contaminated Man (de)2000Holly Anderson
Laurel Canyon2002Sara
FeardotCom2002Terry Huston
Killing Me Softly2002Deborah
City of Ghosts2002Sophie
Solaris2002Rheya
Ladies in Lavender2004Olga Daniloff
Guy X2005Sgt. Irene Teal
Big Nothing2006Penelope Wood
The Secret of Moonacre2008Loveday
Blessed2008Lou
Kid, TheThe Kid2010Gloria
Carpet Boy2012Jackiein production
The Sea2013Connie Grace
Romeo and Juliet2013Lady Capulet
Believe2014Erica Gallagher
Heaven and EarthTBAJames Miranda Barryin production[22][23]
List of television works
TitleYearRoleNotes
Ruth Rendell Mysteries, TheThe Ruth Rendell Mysteries1990Helen BlakeEpisode: An Unkindness of Ravens (1)
Episode: An Unkindness of Ravens (2)
Bergerac1991Louise CalderEpisode: Snow in Provence
Absolutely Fabulous1994Art Gallery AssistantEpisode: Death
Minder1994VanessaEpisode: All Quiet on the West End Front
Cadfael1994Cecily CordeEpisode: The Sanctuary Sparrow
Breed of Heroes, AA Breed of Heroes1994JanetTV film
Karaoke1996AngieTV serial
Cold Lazarus1996AngieTV serial
Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl2003Mary BoleynTV film
Revelations2005Sister Josepha MontafioreTV miniseries
Company, TheThe Company2007Elizabet NemethTV miniseries
Californication2007–2014Karen van der Beek
10 Minute Tales2009WomanTV short film
Segment: Deep & Crisp & Even
Thorne: Sleepyhead2010Anne Coburn

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010Castlevania: Lords of ShadowMarie Belmont
2014Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2Marie Belmont

Awards[edit]

Awards and Nominations
YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1999RoninMTV Movie AwardsBest Action Sequence (shared with Robert De Niro)Nominated[24]
2003SolarisSaturn AwardBest ActressNominated[24]
2003SolarisIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in FilmNominated[24]
2005RevelationsSatellite AwardOutstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Websites birth registered as Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey NW 2nd quarter (April, May, June) 1970 NOT 1971. Mother's maiden name = "McElhone"
  2. ^ McElhone, Natascha (2011). After You. Penguin Books (limited edition). p. About the author. ISBN 0-241-95527-0. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Anne (28 February 2012). "Anne Robinson is joined by actress Natascha McElhone and presenter Chris Hollins who share their favourite books and discuss why they have been important to them in their lives.". BBC2. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Flint Marx, Rebecca. "Natascha McElhone Movies". Blockbuster LLC. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ birth registered as Natasha Abigail Taylor in Surrey NW 2nd quarter (April, May, June) 1970 NOT 1971. Mother's maiden name = "McElhone"
  6. ^ Interview, 10 October 2009, Irish Times
  7. ^ "Natascha McElhone: my family values". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ "Natascha McElhone". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Greenslade, Roy (15 March 2007). "Comedy role for X-Files star Duchovny". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Natascha McElhone- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Absolutely Fabulous Guest Stars". TV.com. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Clott, Sharon. "Neutrogena Casts Natascha McElhone; Valentino Does ‘Fearless’ Eyes". NY Mag. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Konami Announces Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow is Now Available". IGN. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (1 February 2012). "'Homeland' Star Damian Lewis Cast in 'Romeo and Juliet' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Steamy role for Natascha McElhone as Fatal Attraction's bunny boiler". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Natascha McElhone Welcomes Third Child". Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  17. ^ Booth, Jenny (21 May 2008). "Natascha McElhone's plastic surgeon husband dies at couple's home". The Times (UK). Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  18. ^ "Surgeon husband of pregnant actress Natascha McElhone is found dead on his doorstep". Daily Mail. UK. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008. 
  19. ^ Rudd, Andy (23 May 2008). "Natascha McElhone's surgeon husband Martin Kelly died from a heart condition". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  20. ^ Day, Elizabeth (3 July 2010). "After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, to a Husband and Father by Natascha McElhone". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  21. ^ McElhone, Natascha (2010). After you: letters of love, and loss, to a husband and father. London: Viking. ISBN 9780670919093. 
  22. ^ Maguire, Stephen (28 September 2008). "She's a beauty... and just perfect to play the role of the most amazing MALE doc ever; EXCLUSIVE HEARTACHE BEHIND NATASCHA'S SMILE.". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  23. ^ Heaven and Earth at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ a b c d "Awards for Natascha McElhone". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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