WCW: Natascha McElhone


Today we look at the career of British actress Natascha McElhone and her contribution to historical film and television.


Cadfael, “The Sanctuary Sparrow” (1994)


Surviving Picasso (1996)


Mrs. Dalloway (1997)


Love’s Labour Lost (2000)


The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)



Ladies in Lavender (2004)


The Company (2007)


Saints & Strangers (2015)


Mr. Church (2016)



What’s your favorite historical film featuring Natascha McElhone? Tell us in the comments!


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

9 Responses

    • Roxana

      I think it’s Avery English face myself. The costume in the Cadfael picture is simply horrible. On the other hand the Other Boleyn Girl is pretty good as these things go. I like the the damask pattern and the hood is almost right. The sleeves of course are all wrong, and the whole outfit lacks the ornamentation you’d expect to see. No biliment on the cap, no slashing on the undersleeve and fur lining on the over sleeve. No girdle and only a hint of an ornamental border.

    • The Scrivener

      I always confuse her with young 70s era Meryl Streep. Same large eyes, broad forehead, and high prominent cheekbones. (Ooh! Someone should make a biopic of Meryl Streep and cast Natascha McElhone!)

  1. Van

    She’d be great in a Joan Crawford-era film. She’s got a Crawford-like face–very 30s/40s.

    • Shashwat

      Her face leaves me guessing her age-is she in her 20’s,30’s or 40’s?
      She was great in The Other Boleyn Girl,and her scenes with Jodhi May were compelling.Was the portrayal accurate to the book though?I found her Mary was quite different from the film version(in a good way,the film Mary’s sweetness gave me diabetes).

  2. Shashwat

    Her face leaves me guessing her is she in her 20’s,30’s or 40’s?
    I like her in The Other Boleyn Girl.Her scenes with Jodhi May were compelling.Atleast her Mary wasn’t as sickly sweet as the film version.

  3. Lily Lotus Rose

    For me, it’s a tie. Ladies in Lavender is one of my favorite films, and it’s one I think of as “quintessentially British.” I loved it when Judi Dench’s character compared Natasha McElhone to a witch in a fairy tale. It was so apt and accurately foreboding! For years, I’ve been an evangelist for the TV show Cadfael. Derek Jacobi was PERFECT in that role! This year, I finally read one of the Cadfael books and then I fell in love with the source material, too. The Other Boleyn Girl…I have no recollection her in that movie, I was too dismayed that the three leads were totally miscast to take any notice of her. She always reminds me of Saffron Burrows. They should play sisters in a period piece.

  4. Kelly

    Good lord, is that Ray Stevenson in that Saints and Strangers thing? Maybe I need to check that out…Any chance of a MCMonday for him?

  5. SarahV

    I’ve loved her since she was the true love in The Truman Show. She has this amazing aura of mystery about her, and I;m not quite sure how she does it. She just always seems so aloof and enchanting.


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