Natalia Tena: biography and personal life

Full name Natalia Gastiain Tena
Occupation Film actress, singer
Date of Birth 11.01.1984
Height/Weight 167 cm
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Natalia Tena, who gave the film world the images of Nymphadora and Osha, did not become a hostage to popular projects, but continues to amaze fans with her roles and music, which she has been fond of since childhood.

Early years

Natalia Tena in childhood

Natalia Tena was born on November 1, 1984 in London, she is an ethnic Spaniard. Natalia spent the first years of her childhood in Guildford, Surrey, where her father Jesus got a job as a carpenter-restorer. In the early 90s, the family moved to Hampshire and the girl entered Beedels School, one of the best private schools in Britain. The creative abilities of the future actress manifested themselves very early, Natalia studied at the school theater studio, and also learned to play the piano and accordion.

Interesting fact: in early childhood, Natalia was a blonde.

Career. Start

Participation in the performances of the school theater confirmed Tena’s confidence in choosing a life path, but it is not known how Natalia’s creative fate would have developed if it were not for the intervention of chance.

In 2002, Chris and Paul Weitz arrived in Bidels, the directors were looking for a girl who would fit the role of the rebel Ellie for the filming of the film “My Boy”. The Weitz brothers did not even have to conduct a casting, they immediately stumbled upon Natalia, who was punished for smoking on the school grounds and was standing in the corridor, suspended from classes. The role of Will was played by Hugh Grant, and Sharon Small and Toni Colette also starred in the film.

The picture earned many nominations and was highly appreciated by film critics, who noted the brilliant play of the actors and the bold debut of eighteen-year-old Natalia.

The following works of the actress confirmed the appearance of a new bright star at the film Olympus, from 2003 to 2006 she took part in several films and TV shows. The most significant works of Natalia of this period are the role of Vera in the drama “The Fine Art of Love”, where her partner was Jacqueline Bisset, as well as an episode in the most popular British television project “After Death”, in which the main roles were played by Lesley Sharp and the star of “The Walking Dead” Andrew Lincoln.

Natalia and Harry Potter

In the fifth part of the saga of the wizard boy, the actress got a small role, but managed to give her that dramatic volume that is remembered by the audience. Tena admits that she did not read JK Rowling’s books, but the popularity of the franchise interested her and she agreed to participate in the casting. For the role of Nymphadora, the young actress was not taken immediately, she failed the first two auditions, but the director gave her a chance and nevertheless approved the role of the wife of Lupin Remus, whose image was embodied by the famous intellectual and hooligan David Thewlis.


Potter fans were delighted with Thena’s performance, according to most of them, she, like no other, suited the role of a brave sorceress who participated in the most dangerous operation to save Harry and tragically died at the hands of the insidious Bellatrix, played by Helena Bonham Carter. The role of the young wizard was played by Daniel Radcliffe, and his red-haired friend – Rupert Grint.

Game of Thrones

Another highlight is Thena’s participation in three seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which also featured other Potter stars such as Ciarán Hinds, Daniel Tuite, David Bradley and Edward Tudor-Pole.

The actress embodied the image of Osha, the servant of the Starks, with her characteristic individuality, even giving some sexuality to a wild woman in a rough canvas dress. Also in the famous series played Nikolai Kloster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Una Chaplin, Sean Bean and others.


The roles of Nymphadora and Osha had an ambiguous impact on the development of Natalia’s career, on the one hand endowing her with audience love, and on the other, displacing the roles of the actress in other films that nevertheless deserve attention.

The role of Morello, the leader of a punk band, in the comedy musical “Music Tied Us” revealed to the audience not only Thena’s acting abilities, but also her musical talent. In the beloved comedy, which became one of the best films of 2011, the actress’s partner was Luke Treadaway.

In 2015, Thena’s filmography was replenished with another bright work, the actress played in the multi-part horror detective film “The Sediment”, playing the role of a female journalist investigating the causes of an explosion that entailed unexpected consequences.

In 2017, Esteban Crespo invited Natalia to the psychological thriller “Love”, in which she played the mother of the main character, who became a victim of a vicious relationship. The picture was nominated for the Goya Award and was remembered by the audience for the realistic game of Natalia, who is desperately trying to save her daughter.

Also in 2107, the comedy Land was released, where Natalia plays with Oona Chaplin, whom she became friends with while working on the Game of Thrones.

Personal life

Natalia does not openly talk to reporters about her personal life, but on her Facebook page, she sometimes posts a photo with a young man, whose face is either taken against the sun or hidden by dark glasses. It is only known that he does not belong to the world of show business.

Natalia’s hobby has always been music, since 2008 she has been the permanent leader of Molotov Jukebox, as well as the author of lyrics and music for the group, which also includes her friends Sam Epley, Tom Wilson, Angus Moncrief, Max Barnet-Wein and Adam Burke. The musicians themselves call the style of their songs jeep-step, which combines the features of Britpop, reggae, ethnic and rock music. The debut album “Carnival Flowers” was released in 2014.

According to the celebrity herself, she is not on Instagram, although several pages under that name exist. “I don’t have Instagram, everyone who says it’s me is an impostor, so if you want to see my antics follow @MolotovJukebox_official on Instagram.”

Natalia Tena now

Since the end of 2017, Natalia has been taking part in the filming of the drama series The Collective Mind, where Jeremy Piven and Blake Lee also play. With Tom Felton, familiar to the actress from Potter, she starred in a web project commissioned by YouTube “Origin”. The action of the series takes place on a spaceship whose crew members are sent to the planet Thea. The first episodes were released at the end of 2018 and received positive feedback from viewers.

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