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"It definitely did come into play how strong and smart a character Carrie Fisher portrayed, because I think that a lot of that is passed on from parent to child. I think George wrote Amidala as a strong, smart character, but it helped to know that I had this great woman before me who had portrayed her character as a fiery woman."
―Natalie Portman[src]

Natalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag[2] on June 9, 1981[1]) portrayed Padmé Amidala in the prequel trilogy. She adopted "Portman" as her stage name in order to protect her family's identity. It is actually her maternal grandmother's maiden name.[3]


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Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala

While pursuing her bachelor's degree in psychology at Harvard, Portman appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy of movies, which were filmed during her summer break from university. In her interview in the Inside the Actors Studio show, Portman stated that when her agent first told her about the new Star Wars trilogy she didn't know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.

Many people think she and Keira Knightley look very much alike, which was the main reason that Keira got the role of Sabé, Queen Amidala's handmaiden and decoy. They looked so much like each other, that during the making of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, not even their mothers could tell them apart when they both had make-up.[4]

In a 2007 interview, she said that although she was pleased with the Star Wars work she had done, she didn't plan to work with the Star Wars universe again.[5]

Work in Star WarsEdit


YearTitleRoleOther notes
2021Thor: Love and ThunderJane Foster/Mighty ThorIn development
2019Avengers: EndgameJane FosterUnused archive footage and new voice-over
2018AnnihilationThe BiologistAlso Post-Production
2017Angie TribecaChristina Craft
2017The Death and Life of John F. DonovanSam TurnerAlso Post-Production
2017Song to SongRhonda
2016PlanetariumLaura Barlow
2016JackieJacqueline Kennedy
2016Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesUnknown roleAlso Producer
2015WeightlessUnknown rolea.k.a. Lawless – Post-Production
2015A Tale of Love and DarknessFaniaAlso Writer, Director, and Producer – Post-Production
2015Jane Got a GunJane HammondAlso Producer – Post-Production
2015Knight of CupsElizabeth
2014The Heyday of the Insensitive BastardsLaura
2013Thor: The Dark WorldJane Foster
2011ThorJane Foster
2011Your HighnessIsabel
2011No Strings AttachedEmma KurtzmanAlso Executive Producer
2010Black SwanNina Sayers
2010HesherNicoleAlso Producer
2009BrothersGrace Cahill
2009The Other WomanEmilia GreenleafAlso Executive Producer
2009New York, I Love YouRifka MaloneSegment directed by Mira Nair – Also wrote and directed another segment of this film
2008The Other Boleyn GirlAnne Boleyn
2007/2012The SimpsonsDarcyTV series (voice)
2007Mr. Magorium's Wonder EmporiumMolly Mahoney
2007The Darjeeling LimitedJack's Ex-Girlfriend
2007Hotel ChevalierJack's Ex-GirlfriendShort movie (13-minute prologue to The Darjeeling Limited)
2007My Blueberry NightsLeslie
2006Goya's GhostsInés Bilbatúa & Alicia
2006Paris, je t'aimeFrancineSegment "Faubourg Saint-Denis"
2005V for VendettaEvey Hammond
2005Free ZoneRebecca
2005Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithPadmé Amidala
2005Domino OneDominique Bellamy
2004CloserAlice Ayres/Jane Jones
2004Garden StateSam
2003/2004Sesame StreetHerselfTV series
2003Cold MountainSara
2002Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesPadmé Amidala
2000Where the Heart IsNovalee Nation
1999Anywhere But HereAnn August
1999Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceQueen Amidala/Padmé Naberrie
1996Mars Attacks!Taffy Dale
1996Everyone Says I Love YouLaura Dandridge
1996Beautiful GirlsMarty
1995HeatLauren Gustafson
1994Léon: The ProfessionalMathilda
1994DevelopingNinaShort movie


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