Dormer likes them ‘fleshy’

Natalie Dormer

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has revealed that she decided to write a film because there was a lack of “fleshed out” characters for women.  

The 36-year-old actress, who played Margaery Tyrell in the HBO fantasy series, also said she was tired of working in period dramas. Before Game of Thrones, Dormer garnered widespread praise for portrayal of Anne Boleyn on The Tudors. She also portrayed Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Duchess of York in Madonna’s W.E. in 2011. 

In 2015, she penned her first film, In Darkness, with her partner and director Anthony Byrne. Dormer also features in the film, which released last month. “I had no desire to get into a corset again. Why I started writing In Darkness was because there was a dearth, as I saw it, of three-dimensional, fleshed out, anti-heroines — you know, flawed female roles,” she told Radio Times magazine. 

The actress said she had noticed a change in the film environment with respect to female roles. “It’s not as quick as we would all like it to be...but I’d rather lean into the positive,” she added. 

Dormer revealed she had wanted to team up with Byrne for a while because she found him good at his work. They first met in Dublin while filming The Tudors in 2007. “We’ve always made a point of visiting each other’s sets and watching each other work. I wanted to make In Darkness with him because I’d watched him for years and I was jealous of the other actors,” she said. “I was like, ‘He’s a really great director.” 


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