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Natalia Tena stars in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1" as Nymphadora Tonks, a role which she originated in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and also played in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Natalia Gastain Tena was born in November 1984, to Spanish parents Jesus, a carpenter, and Maria, a secretary to the United Nations. She learned to speak perfect Spanish (Basoue) as well as English (London). At an early age it was clear she was drawn to the arts, taking up piano, violin, and accordian as well as having a fascination for painting and the circus.

It is fitting that she was enrolled at a very prestigious boarding school for the arts, Bedales in Hampshire. Bedales has also seen the likes of Minnie Driver and Daniel Day-Lewis. Even at such a liberal school with no real dress code and informal direction towards the teachers, Natalia seemed to get in trouble, whether from smoking or not doing her school work. She was, however, very smart, and managed to pass with high marks, without studying! kids who never studied but managed to ace tests. At Bedales she also took up field hockey and a variety of arts, including french and acting. She did school productions, one of which she stole the stage as a detective, when the opening day seemed to be looking stale. It was her rambunctious behavior, however, that helped her land her first movie role. Instead of getting in trouble for smoking on campus (one of Nat's claimed favorite activities) a teacher caught her decided she would be perfect for a role in the then upcoming British film, "About a Boy." This was the role of Ellie, a snotty and rebellious punky school girl. She encouraged Nat to audition, and Natalia found herself queued up with girls much younger than her, hoping to join the likes of the would be co-star Hugh Grant. So in a similar sort of fashion of Harry Potter breaking the rules of wand riding and ending up on the Quidditch team, Natalia found herself whisked into the acting world, at her first movie role at sixteen.

Natalia didn't necessarily go for "anything" to jump into the spotlight, but rather stuck with roles she could relate to, proving herself a triple threat, and applying it in a variety of mediums including television shows, British theater plays, and roles for the independent screen. But even though she wasn't starring in anything Julia Roberts-esque, nothing was stopping the press from recognizing her talent: According to Times Online, "Natalia Tena has grown into an actress with a formidable stage and screen presence. Untrained but admired for her untamed energy and larger-than-life temperament thanks, perhaps, to her Spanish heritage Tena's big break came when Nancy Meckler cast her in the play "Gone to Earth," which toured the UK. Tena's performance as a child of nature had critics raving.



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Age: 29 years old
Birthday: November 1, 1984
Height: 5' 5 ½"
Nickname: Nat
Full Name / Real Name: Natalia Gastiain Tena
Birthplace: London, England, UK





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