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Natalie Dormer: Gender inequality still exists

Published 17/08/2015

Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer hopes people will realise that sexism isn't as "politically distant" as they may think.

The Game of Thrones star is taking the lead in TV movie The Scandalous Lady W, which tells the story of Lady Seymour Worsley who raised 18th century eyebrows when she left her spouse to elope with his best friend. Consequently, she found herself on trial thanks to her influential husband.

While Natalie, who appeared in TV series The Tudors, jokes she was reluctant to squeeze herself into another corset, she just couldn't pass up the chance to play such a strong woman. She hopes that by relaying the past in this way, she can shed light on some very present issues.

"A woman couldn't legally own or inherit until 1870 - which is only 145 years ago," she marvelled to the BBC. "Most girls walking around the street tweeting or ordering on their Net-a-Porter app have no idea how minute the time is that we've had equality.

"Without sounding too earnest there are a lot of women in the world who don't have a political voice, don't have suffrage. We are talking about it as history, but there are plenty of places in the world where women are second class citizens and still enslaved to their male counterparts. It's not as distant politically as we like to think it is."

The Scandalous Lady W hits BBC 2 at 9pm tonight.

Natalie, 33, has bagged plenty of big-screen roles too, starring in movies like Rush and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2.

But the British star won't forget her roots and would love to do more TV in her home country.

"I need to be asked. Maybe people always think I'm in America. But I've never moved there because I'm a Londoner at heart," she smiled.

"I grew up on BBC costume drama. That's one of the reasons I wanted to become an actress: Colin Firth [as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice] getting out of that pond!"

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