Natalie Dormer: Game of Thrones’ violence isn’t gratuitous – films like Superman are worse

The star also talks sexism in this week's Radio Times, saying that actors will always be judged on the way they look and men are objectified too


Beheadings, maimings, burnings, a guy’s head getting crushed like a Creme Egg – you name it, Game of Thrones’ has shown it. Yet star Natalie Dormer has defended the fantasy drama’s penchant for the bloody, insisting that its explicit approach to violence is less sinister than mainstream Hollywood’s. 


“I don’t find it gratuitous. It’s naturalistically shot. It’s not hyper-stylised,” the actress, who plays Margaery Tyrell in the hit HBO series, says in this week’s Radio Times. “You can watch a film like Superman with a 15 rating, and characters will be mown down by guns, yet you won’t see any blood. That’s when I get angry about violence: when its consequences aren’t portrayed.”

Dormer, who is about to take the lead in BBC2’s new costume drama The Scandalous Lady W, also addresses sexism in showbiz, following on from Emma Thompson’s comments to Radio Times that it’s worse than ever. According to Dormer, however, men are objectified, too. 

“Good old Emma. She never stops, does she? But my personal experience has been to work on phenomenal jobs in which the men are objectified as much as the women. Actors suffer from it, too. Wasn’t there a thing about Aidan Turner in Poldark?


“It’s a visual medium, so to a certain extent you get judged on the way you look. We’re not just talking about being slim here. We’re talking about character actors with big eyes getting typecast in the ‘friend’ role. It’s not just about bed-ability: it’s about your physicality more generally.”

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times, in shops and on the Apple Newsstand from Tuesday 11th August