With several captivating on-and-off-screen performances, British actress Nathalie Emmanuel is a star who has won many hearts. The UK native is best recognized for her starring roles in two of the world’s biggest franchises. Since she made her TV debut in 2006, Nathalie is one of the talented people of color on the screen who has enjoyed a meteoric rise. From playing small roles on mediocre shows to becoming one of UK”s most wanted actresses, we take a look at the hot rising star, whose young career is still buzzing.
The UK native was born Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel on March 2, 1989, in Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England. She first attended St Hilda’s School and later Westcliff High School for Girls. Growing up, Nathalie had always dreamed of becoming an actress and began exhibiting her passion for art and theatre from a young age. It is, therefore, no surprise that she began her acting career at the age of 10 with appearances on stage.
The beautiful and talented actress has been active in the entertainment industry since 2006. She debuted onstage playing the starring role of Young Nala in the West End musical production The Lion King. She kicked off appearances on the small screen at age 17, portraying the character Sasha Valentine in the show Hollyoaks (2006-2010). Her journey to fame wasn’t an easy one as after leaving the show in 2010, she struggled to find work but to no avail and then settled for a job at a clothing store. However, Nathalie never gave up on her dreams and continued to audition for roles while at the job.
Her silver screen debut was in the 2012 movie Twenty8k. But she got her relaunch back into the acting world when she auditioned for Game Of Thrones (GOT). Nathalie could not believe her luck when she joined the HBO fantasy hit Game Of Thrones in 2012 portraying the character Missandei, a slave girl turned consigliere for Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons (Emilia Clarke).
The tough and incredibly internal character Missandei which threw Nathalie into the limelight was first introduced in GOT, the series set in the fictional world of Westeros, as an enslaved interpreter, but the Mother of Dragons freed her. She now serves Targaryen as a trusted handmaid, advisor, and friend. Her role as Targaryen’s right-hand woman is becoming even more important and the stakes are higher.
Given how incredibly successful the show became, and how her character as Missandei grew, it opened up so many doors for her thereafter. The show Game of Thrones is such a success that it commands an audience from the highest level celebrities such as Madonna and Barack Obama.
Notably, the talented star has some other big budget film sequels and famous roles to her credit such as her character as computer hacker Ramsey in the Fast and Furious franchise (2015), and as Harriet in the sci-fi series The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), among others.
Nathalie Emmanuel Family – Parents
Nathalie Emmanuel is the second child born to a Dominican mother and a half Saint-Lucian and half English father. It was her mother, a social care worker that first discovered her acting passion and helped hone her talent. Nathalie has a sister named Louise.
The stunning actress has never been married and does not have a husband. However, Nathalie who tries to keep details of her personal life a guarded secret is known to have previously dated her Hollyoaks co-star and on-screen brother Sonny Valentine, portrayed by Devon Anderson. While Nathalie and Devon were an item, they have not disclosed much information about their relationship and the reason for their break-up remains unknown.
Nathalie Emmanuel may possibly be single at the moment as she has so far refused to divulge any information as to whether there is a special man in her life. The beautiful actress admits that dating in the entertainment industry is hard. According to her, there are real struggles in finding the right match in the industry as it is tough to find people who are super secure, and encourage achievers like her to greater heights, and are not intimidated by one’s achievements.
Height, Body Measurements
This British actress stands at an average height of 5ft 7 inches (170 cm) and weighs 61 kg (134.5 lbs). Her body measurements are chest – 36, waist – 26, hips – 38 all in inches.