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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 Neta-Lee Hershlag[3] 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.[4]


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 on.[5]

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.[6]

Work in Star Wars[]


Year Title Role Other notes
2021 Thor: Love and Thunder Jane Foster/Mighty Thor In development
2019 Avengers: Endgame Jane Foster Unused archive footage and new voice-over
2018 Planetarium Laura Barlow
2018 Annihilation The Biologist Also Post-Production
2017 Angie Tribeca Christina Craft
2017 The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Sam Turner Also Post-Production
2017 Song to Song Rhonda
2016 Planetarium Laura Barlow
2016 Jackie Jacqueline Kennedy
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Unknown role Also Producer
2015 Weightless Unknown role a.k.a. Lawless – Post-Production
2015 A Tale of Love and Darkness Fania Also Writer, Director, and Producer – Post-Production
2015 Jane Got a Gun Jane Hammond Also Producer – Post-Production
2015 Knight of Cups Elizabeth
2014 The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Laura
2013 Thor: The Dark World Jane Foster
2011 Thor Jane Foster
2011 Your Highness Isabel
2011 No Strings Attached Emma Kurtzman Also Executive Producer
2010 Black Swan Nina Sayers
2010 Hesher Nicole Also Producer
2009 Brothers Grace Cahill
2009 The Other Woman Emilia Greenleaf Also Executive Producer
2009 New York, I Love You Rifka Malone Segment directed by Mira Nair – Also wrote and directed another segment of this film
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Anne Boleyn
2007/2012 The Simpsons Darcy TV series (voice)
2007 Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Molly Mahoney
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Jack's Ex-Girlfriend
2007 Hotel Chevalier Jack's Ex-Girlfriend Short movie (13-minute prologue to The Darjeeling Limited)
2007 My Blueberry Nights Leslie
2006 Goya's Ghosts Inés Bilbatúa & Alicia
2006 Paris, je t'aime Francine Segment "Faubourg Saint-Denis"
2005 V for Vendetta Evey Hammond
2005 Free Zone Rebecca
2005 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Padmé Amidala
2005 Domino One Dominique Bellamy
2004 Closer Alice Ayres/Jane Jones
2004 Garden State Sam
2003/2004 Sesame Street Herself TV series
2003 Cold Mountain Sara
2002 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Padmé Amidala
2001 Zoolander Herself Cameo
2000 Where the Heart Is Novalee Nation
1999 Anywhere But Here Ann August
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Queen Amidala/Padmé Naberrie
1996 Mars Attacks! Taffy Dale
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Laura Dandridge
1996 Beautiful Girls Marty
1995 Heat Lauren Gustafson
1994 Léon: The Professional Mathilda
1994 Developing Nina Short movie


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