Natalie Dormer says she been an actor for almost 10 years since her graduation from drama school in London, but she has already racked up a stack of iconic roles in that relatively short amount of time.
She will receive the Discovery Award at the Savannah Film Festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
The British actress, well-known for her role as Anne Boleyn on Showtime’s hit drama “The Tudors,” also portrays Margaery Tyrell on the award-winning HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
The series, which is now filming its fourth season, has audiences anxiously awaiting the supposed wedding of Margaery Tyrell to that bratty, sociopath King Joffrey Baratheon.
Dormer says she can’t give away too much about the wedding scene, but she does reveal “the costume designer Michele Clapton, who won an Emmy for the show, really pushed the boat out on this one. The dress is absolutely incredible.”
While audiences will have to wait to see how the wedding scene unfolds, Dormer says she enjoys the role of Margery Tyrell.
“I would call her genuine,” Dormer says. “I would call her a political pragmatist with a genuine heart. The Tyrells are not the Lannisters. They are good people. They want power because they think that their rule is the best for their people.
“To be politically savvy and to be a nice person is not mutually exclusive. It’s like Obama. You like to believe he is a nice guy, but you know he has to be politically savvy, as well.”
And while the dramatic series is full of powerful death scenes and brutal political takeovers, Dormer says off screen, she and her co-stars enjoy having fun and meeting fans.
“I missed San Diego (Comic-Con) this year because I was shooting a film,” Dormer says. “I had planned to go, but it just didn’t work out. I did go to the convention in Chicago. ... I was blown away by the enthusiasm the fans have for the show.
“My co-star, James Cosmo, told me, ‘Someone will come dressed as you and it’s pretty incredible when it happens.’ It did happen. I was so impressed by the level of detail in her costume and hair.
“When you spend as much time in a costume as I do, you get to know where the pleats fold and how the fabric fits. The accuracy for her costume was really impressive.”
And “Game of Thrones” is not the only big production Dormer has been involved in the past few years. Dormer’s other film credits include Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011), “City of Life” (2009), “Flawless” (2007) and “Casanova” (2005).
She also stars opposite Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde in director Ron Howard’s “Rush,” (2013) and she will be seen opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Cameron Diaz in director Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” which hits theaters Nov. 15.
Her role in “The Counselor” is only listed as “The Blonde” and she seems mysteriously absent from the trailers.
“She’s an esoteric character on purpose,” Dormer says. “There is a power play in the script. You think she’s one thing and she turns out to be the other. The role is purposely mysterious.”
Another mysterious character for Dormer has been her recurring role of Irene Adler (Spoiler alert!: who turns out to be Moriarty) on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes rendition “Elementary.”
“I loved my time with ‘Elementary,’” she says. “I was able to play almost three characters for the price of one. I loved the different incarnations. It was a lot of fun and I might possibly make it back for another appearance.”
Aside from filming for “Game of Thrones,” Dormer says she is also “committed to ‘Hunger Games’ until the middle of next year before going straight back to ‘Thrones.’”
She will star as Cressida, a resident director from the Capitol who joined the rebellion in District 13, in “Mockingjay: Parts 1 and 2,” the third and fourth installments in the “Hunger Games” series, filming near Atlanta.
Dormer says she’s looking forward to coming to Savannah for the film festival.
“I’m going to stay (in Savannah) for a few days,” Dormer says. “I’m going to watch a few movies, definitely. I was a judge for the Edinburgh Film Festival (where she also premiered her film ‘A Long Way from Home’). I love sort of putting my fingers down in the program and picking something random and seeing something I wouldn’t normally go see. I’m looking forward to meeting some of you down in Savannah and eating some grits,” she says with a laugh.
Dormer admits she isn’t sure if she enjoys grits, but she recently tried the dish while on location for “Mockingjay” with her co-star from north Georgia, Wes Chatham.
“He made me try grits and he’s spent a lot of time in Savannah, so he made a list of places for me to visit. I’m very excited.”
While Dormer says she loves Georgia, she admits she tries to get home to London as much as she can.
“I’m here in London now, taking a short break from filming for ‘Hunger Games,’” Dormer says during a phone interview. Her London connections have made her a big hit with critics on BBC productions.
In March, Dormer played Lady Door in the BBC Radio 4 dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy.
“I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman,” Dormer says. “I’m actually re-reading ‘American Gods’ right now. It’s sitting on my bedside table.
“Recording ‘Neverwhere’ was one of the most fun weeks of my life. It was an extraordinary cast. ... We recorded the entire thing in a course of a week. I don’t think I’ve had so much fun in my life. I laughed till I cried every day.
“There is something fun about radio. You can be quite physical with it. You get to show up to work every day in jeans and a T-shirt and no makeup.”
She also had roles on two BBC series, “The Fades” and “Silk,” and in March 2010, Dormer made her stage debut at London’s Young Vic theater as Mitzi in the play “Sweet Nothings.” She returned to the theater in 2012, with the title role in “After Miss Julie” by Patrick Marber.
“My first love is the stage,” she says. “The camera work just happened. I still loved the stage and I also have a love of camera work. I hope I can continue to do both.”