Who is Natalie Tena?
Born on November 1, 1984 in London, England, Natalia Gastiainn Tena is an actress, best known for her work in the “Harry Potter” film series, portraying the character Nymphadora Tonks. In recent years, she was known for her role in the HBO television series ‘Game of Thrones’ playing the character Osha the Wildling.
The wealth of Natalie Tena
As of mid-2020, Natalie Tena’s net worth is estimated to be over $5 million, earned through a successful acting career in the entertainment industry since 2002.
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In addition to her film and television work, she also occasionally appears in stage productions. In recent years, she has been more focused on her work in television.
Early life and career beginnings
Natalia is of Spanish descent, particularly Basque and Extremadura. She grew up in London, where her father worked as a carpenter while her mother had a job as a secretary. She learned to speak Spanish fluently at home and became comfortable speaking two languages. She attended Bedales independent boarding school in Hampshire.
At a young age she developed a love for music, nurtured mainly by her mother who taught her to play the piano.
During her teens to young adult years, she developed a love for stage acting, spending her free time with street performers on the London Underground. She also learned to play the accordion when she was part of a theater group Knee High, a theater company that travels the world. In 2002, she ventured into her first professional project, the movie “About a Boy”, starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, and is based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name. After that, she decided to pursue a full-time career as an actress.
Rise to Fame – Harry Potter
While seeking opportunities in film and television, Tena turned her attention to stage projects, appearing in an adaptation of “Gone to Earth” based on the 1950 film of the same name. She also worked on a stage adaptation of “Nights at the Circus’, based on the award-winning novel of the same name written by Angela Carter.
The following year, she began her role in the fifth film of the “Harry Potter” film series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, and reprized her role in subsequent films, leading to the finale “Harry Potter and the Deathly “. Hallows – Part 2” in 2011.
She played the character tons, an Auror who can change her hair color at will. She helps Harry numerous times and eventually takes part in the Battle of Hogwarts during the final film, dying along with her husband, Remus Lupin. The “Harry Potter” movie franchise was very successful, bringing many more fans to the original series of novels and changing the culture at the same time. It also led to the creation of the Wizarding World, the larger universe of author JK Rowling’s books.
Continued acting – Game of Thrones
Her work in the “Harry Potter” films brought her fame in her own right and even led to her creating a featurette – “Trailing Tonks” – that documented her behind-the-scenes time in the movies.
After the latter film, she landed a lead role in the Scottish film “You Place” which also starred Gavin Mitchell and Luke Treadaway. The film tells the story of two music artists who hate each other, but become fascinated by circumstances during a music festival.
Natalie was next cast as Osha in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” which is based on George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. The show received critical acclaim and became a worldwide phenomenon during its run, except for its divisive last season. In the show, she played the role of a feral woman from behind the wall who becomes a maid for the Stark family, eventually becoming a caretaker for the younger Stark children, Bran and Rickon.
After appearing in the music video for Lapalux’s “Without You,” Tena landed another notable role in an episode of “Black Mirror,” playing a mentally ill woman. The movie is an anthology series similar to the older series of its kind such as “The Twilight Zone”. It shows different stories set in a dystopian future with new invasive technology, threatening different human rights concepts. She appeared in the episode “white Christmas‘ with John Hamm and Rafe Spall.
After that, she was cast as the main character in the mini-series “Residue” which aired on Netflix.
The horror series follows the life of a photojournalist who discovers eerie supernatural connections to the bombing of a nightclub in the future England. Then she worked on the CBS series “Wisdom of the Crowd”, which ran for a year. One of her latest projects is the series “Origin”, where she portrayed the character Lana Pierce. The show follows the story of strangers trapped in a spaceship who must work together to try and survive. She also made a cameo appearance in an episode of “The Mandalorian”, who plays the role of the criminal Xi’an.
Natalie is in a relationship, though she’s not the type to reveal much about past or current romantic endeavors to the public. She often spends her free time with friends, although to a lesser extent recently as many have become isolated to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, she is home most of the time, taking care of several dogs and a cat. She usually enjoys various charitable and human rights organizations and has worked closely with Survival International. She also promotes work with the Orchid projectwhich aims to prevent female genital mutilation in areas such as Russia and Africa.