The Secret of Moonacre - NATASCHA McELHONE Profile

NATASCHA McELHONE joins the cast playing two roles: the Moon Princess who appears in the 'Ancient Chronicles of Moonacre'; and Loveday, the beautiful daughter of Coeur de Noir and star-crossed lover of Sir Benjamin Merryweather.

McElhone has starred in a wide range of film, television and stage projects both in the United States and in her native England. McElhone made her film debut in James Ivory's Surviving Picasso and has since made a plethora of films including The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, Ronin with Robert De Niro, The Devil's Own with Brad Pitt, Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, The Lighthouse Keeper, and Charles Dance's Ladies in Lavender starring Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith. McElhone also starred alongside George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's Solaris. Her small screen credits are equally as impressive, with the lead role alongside David Duchovny in the hit show Californication for Showtime, and starring with Chris O'Donnell, Alfred Molina and Michael Keaton in The Company.

Her stage credits include productions of Honour directed by David Gridley, The Count of Monte Cristo at Manchester's Royal Exchange and The Cherry Orchard with the Moscow Arts Theatre. She manages her time between work and family life, sharing her work between London and Los Angeles.

The Secret Of Moonacre.Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden. Film by Warner Brothers.

In Cinemas February 6 2009

Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The Secret of Moonacre is an enchanting tale of magic and adventure. It follows the quest of thirteen-year-old orphan, Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards), who is sent away to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd), in the mysterious Moonacre Manor. It is there Maria uncovers the dark truth of the ancient curse that has nourished the feud that has been destroying Moonacre Valley for centuries. She has only until the next full moon to undo the curse and save Moonacre from destruction. Aided by a stable of wonderful characters and fantastical beasts, Maria sets out to bring peace to this magical world.

The cast includes: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The film is directed by award-winning Hungarian director Gabor Csupo. The screenplay has been adapted by Lucy Shuttleworth and Graham Alborough from the children's classic novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is produced by Meredith Garlick and Monica Penders for Forgan-Smith Entertainment and Jason Piette and Michael L. Cowan for Spice Factory UK with partners Eurofilm Studio in Hungary and Davis Films in France. The film is released in the UK by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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