Natalia Gastiain Tena (born 1 November 1984) is an English actress and musician. She played Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series, and the wildling Osha in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Tena in June 2012
Natalia Gastiain Tena
1 November 1984
Tena is the lead singer and accordionist of Molotov Jukebox. The band released their debut album Carnival Flower (2014), in Spring 2014, featuring their single "Neon Lights". Their second studio album, Tropical Gypsy (2016), was released on 15 April 2016 and was preceded by its lead single, "Pineapple Girl". It was promoted on the band's Tropical Gypsy Tour in April and May 2016.
Natalia Gastiain Tena was born in London, the daughter of Spanish María Gastiain, a secretary, and Jesús Andrew Gastiain, a carpenter. She is of Extremaduran descent on her mother's side and Basque descent on her father's side. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She studied at the boarding school Bedales.
Tena was taught the piano by her mother at five years old, influenced by Chuck Berry's music. Afterwards, at 18, Natalia moved back to London and busked on the London Underground. While working with a theatre group called KneeHigh, where they were allowed to pick an instrument to play, Tena decided to learn the accordion.
Natalia made her professional debut as Ellie in About a Boy (2002), and began acting full-time in 2003. She has played lead roles in stage adaptations of Gone to Earth in 2004, and Nights at the Circus in 2006.
In 2007, Natalia appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix playing the character Nymphadora Tonks. Natalia reprised this role in its sequels Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in 2009, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in 2010 and Part 2 in 2011.
She hosted a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled "Trailing Tonks" for the subsequent DVD and Blu-ray release, and is credited as producer and director of the featurette, in which she also performs an original Christmas-themed blues song on guitar, which she composed while working as a busker on the London Underground.
In 2011 she played a lead role in the Scottish Film You Instead. She also appeared as Osha in HBO's Game of Thrones. In March 2013, she starred in the official music video for Lapalux's single "Without You (ft. Kerry Leatham)".
2014 Natalia had a minor role in the British series Black Mirror which is sporadically set in the future. The episode “White Christmas” is one of the most popular amongst fans of the show.
Film and televisionEdit
|2002||About a Boy||Ellie|
|2005||Doctors||Amy Emerson||TV, 1 episode|
|The Fine Art of Love||Vera|
|Mrs Henderson Presents||Peggy|
|2006||Afterlife||Gemma Taylor||TV, episode 2.5 – "Mirrorball"|
|2007||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Nymphadora Tonks|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Nymphadora Tonks|
|Ways to Live Forever||Annie|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Nymphadora Tonks|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2|
|Game of Thrones||Osha||TV, 16 episodes|
|Shameless||Aparecida||TV, 1 episode|
|Falcón||Christine Ferrera||TV, 4 episodes|
|2013||Ambassadors||Tanya||TV mini-series, 3 episodes|
|2014||10,000 km||Alex||Biznaga de Plata for the Best Actress at Málaga Film Festival 2014|
Nominated - Goya Award for Best New Actress
|Black Mirror||Jennifer||Feature-length special|
|Residue||Jennifer Preston||TV mini-series, lead role, 3 episodes|
|The Refugees||Emma Oliver||TV, lead role, 7 episodes|
|2017||Amar||Madre de Laura|
|Anchor and Hope||Kat|
|2017–2018||Wisdom of the Crowd||Sara Morten||TV, lead role, 13 episodes|
|2018||Origin||Lana Pierce||Lead role (10 episodes)|
|2019-||The Mandalorian||Twi'lek||role (episodes)|
|2004||Gone to Earth||Hazel||Shared Experience/ UK tour|
|2005||Bronte||Cathy/ Bertha Mason|
|2006||Nights at the Circus||Fevvers||Kneehigh Theatre/UK tour|
|2008||The Clean House||Matilde||UK tour|
|2009||Othello||Desdemona||Royal Shakespeare Company/ UK tour|
|2019||Europe (play)||Katia||Donmar Warehouse/|
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
- "NATALIA TENA EL EMBRUJO DEL FÉNIX". Nuevo Herald (in Spanish). Miami Herald Media Co. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- shadowprince101 (5 October 2009). natalia tena audio interview (YouTube). Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- Connelly, Brendon (24 December 2010). "Harry Potter And A Game Of Thrones' Natalia Tena Video Interview". Bleeding Cool. Disqus. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- "Trailing Tonks" (2007), a featurette on the DVD release of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
- "Actors, Actors Everywhere". LiveJournal. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- Belluschi, Fabrizio (19 July 2016). "Molotov Jukebox' Natalia Tena Talks Game Of Thrones And Getting Dumped For The First Time". Fame. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- Lapalux (6 March 2013). Lapalux - Without You (ft. Kerry Leatham) (Official Video) (YouTube). Retrieved 21 April 2019.
- Pedersen, Erik (14 March 2017). "Wisdom Of The Crowd': Natalia Tena & Jake Matthews Join CBS Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
- "Natalia Tena". CBS.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie (26 April 2018). "'Origin' YouTube Sci-Fi Series Sets Natalia Tena & Tom Felton As Leads, Paul W.S. Anderson As Director". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
- Interview with Natalia Tena https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLOy6pcJrdA