Mrs. Hester Appleyard played by Natalie Dormer
The patrician headmistress, who rules Appleyard College with an iron fist and never a hair out of place. A formidable foe, Mrs Appleyard extols order, precision, perfection. Buttoned up from her boots to her starched collar – where is pinned a cameo in the image of her late husband Arthur – she rarely sets foot outside and believes firmly that a woman is only as good as her reputation. Appleyard College is set up in the service of this, producing well-turned out girls, marriage material. Mrs Appleyard’s own reputation, however, is something of a mystery. Is she really from the aristocracy or – as her accent sometimes suggests – did she grow up on a very different side of London? What will she do to protect her identity and her carefully crafted reputation?
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More about Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer has established herself as one of the fastest rising leading ladies in Hollywood, amassing an impressive resume of diverse and memorable film, television and stage roles.
Most recently, Dormer returned to the stage in VENUS IN FUR at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in London for a nine-week run. She portrayed Vanda Jordon, a crass and pushy actress who captivates a director/playwright during an audition which later leads to her being “cast” as the lead in his play.
Next up, Dormer will be seen in PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, a drama series based on Joan Lindsay’s classic novel. The six-part miniseries will focus on the mysterious disappearances of three school girls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. Dormer can also be seen in the indie psychological revenge thriller IN DARKNESS, which she co-wrote with the film’s director Anthony Bryne, and will star in opposite Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin. The film centers around a blind musician (Dormer) who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. Later in 2018, Dormer will star in Icon Productions’ adaptation of Simon Winchester’s best-seller about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN. Starring opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, Dormer will play a widow whose husband was killed by Penn and whose family he wants to helps.
For the first six seasons of HBO’s multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winning series, GAME OF THRONES, Dormer starred as fan favorite and would-be queen “Margaery Tyrell.”
Not only is Dormer a shining light on-screen, she has also owned the stage with her vibrant debut at the Young Vic Theater in London, as the selfishly sensual “Mitzi” in renowned director Luc Bondy’s play SWEET NOTHINGS. Soon after, she returned to the theater to play the title role in the revival of Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE. Dormer’s stage presence as ‘Miss Julie’ captivated audiences with her dangerously seductive desire and wit. Her performance, was described as “shape-shifting” and “almost magically mix of seductress, child and tormentor. “Dormer also appeared in Gary Lennon’s .45 along with a recent revival edition of Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS as “Adriana.”
Dormer’s pervious television credits include BBC’s highly successful movie, THE SCANDALOUS LADY WOMAN, starring as Lady Seymour Worsley, her starring role as “Anne Boleyn” on Showtime’s hit period drama, THE TUDORS, and as the first female “Moriarty” on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes rendition ELEMENTARY. Dormer’s previous film credits include the lead role in Focus Features’ supernatural thriller THE FOREST, which opened exceeding all expectations, Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 & 2, THE RIOT CLUB, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, Ron Howard’s RUSH for Universal, Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR, The Weinstein Company’s W.E from writer/director Madonna, and Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.
Her riveting performances have captured audiences and have garnered her recognition as an award contender. To honor her acting achievements, Dormer was recently awarded with the 2016 MaxMara Face of the Future Award, which is presented each year to an actress who is strongly committed to her work in film and television.