Natalie Mendoza

Natalie Jackson Mendoza(born 12 August 1978)is an Australian actress and musician. She is best known for her role as one of the main characters, Jackie Clunes in the British drama seriesHotel Babylonand as tough girl Juno in the acclaimed horror thrillerThe Descent, as well as its sequel,The Descent Part 2.She was playing Arachne in the Broadway musical,Spider-Man: Turn Off the Darkbut was forced to leave the show due to a work-related injury.

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She was raised in Sydney, Melbourne and Hong Kong/South East Asia. She also lived and went to school and trained in London and New York. She performed in many musicals such asCatsthe Musical ,Miss Saigon, The Music of Lloyd Webber Concert Tour (understudying Sarah Brightman ),Oh What A Night,25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as the lead Frugue girl inSweet Charity, and took the role of Eponine in the 10th Anniversary Australasian Tour ofLes Miserables. In 1998, Mendoza formed the band Jackson Mendoza with her sister Rebecca . They had No 1 chart success and signed internationally to Virgin Records, releasing two singles that reached the Top 10 music charts in Australia. They disbanded in 2000.

Mendoza appeared inMoulin Rouge!, in which she appeared as the cameo role and lead dancer China Doll. AfterMoulin Rouge!, she began working on a solo album in Melbourne and signed a three picture deal with Miramax. She filmed several US series includingFarscapeand played Liat in ABC'sSouth Pacificopposite Harry Connick Junior and Glenn Close . When filmingThe Great Raid, she became involved with her co−star Joseph Fiennes , and moved to London.

In 2003 Mendoza went back to England to focus her attention on acting. She trained as an actor at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School training in Classical Theatre. Mendoza appeared on stage in many classical theatre and modern theatre productions: Coup d'État at MTC, Five Kinds of Silence, Vagina Monologues, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, and many more. In 2005 she was cast as the lead role in the filmThe Descentcreating the iconic role of Juno. In 2006, she appeared in the role of Australian immigrant and head of housekeeping Jackie Clunes in the BBC1 British drama seriesHotel Babylonand went on to shoot the 2nd and 3rd series. In 2007, she guest-starred in theDoctor Whoaudio dramasAbsolutionandThe Girl Who Never Was. In 2007 she filmedThe Descent 2sequel and horror filmSurviving Evil, which she wrote the title track for, "Alone Again". She workshopped the lead role of Molly in Matthew Warchus production ofGhostwhich was based on the original screenplay by Bruce Rubin. Music written by Glen Ballard and Dave Stewart. In 2008 she joined Dave Stewart's Weapons of Mass Entertainment and began being managed by him developing many projects including her own multimedia project. She was the "face" and designer for the Voodoo Dolls surf/ski apparel clothing line in London and Australia in 2003.[citation needed]She is currently based out of London/LA/NYC recording her solo album, producing films and creating her own multimedia projects.

Mendoza was scheduled to co-star in the Broadway musicalSpider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, playing the role of Arachne after being selected out of over 3000 people world wide for the lead role by Bono , The Edge and Julie Taymor . After playing a handful of preview performances, Mendoza was forced to leave after an injury occurred backstage. Mendoza since moved to LA to pursue a new career in directing, writing and producing films. She appeared in the 2012Midsomer Murdersepisode "The Dark Rider" as Sasha Fleetwood.

She also began recording an album with producer Glen Ballard for an upcoming film project. She has filmed several films and a TV series slated for release next year. She is an active member of Los Angeles' Playhouse West.[citation needed]Natalie has been cast as the lead in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's new play with music, "Arms of Fire," which will be premiering at the Chester Theatre Company in the Berkshires and eventually going to Broadway. She is the only female and sings all 10 songs playing the lead role of Josephina, a Honduran Jazz Chanteusse. In 2015, It was announced that Natalie would play the role of Gigi in Miss Saigon .

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 Natalie Mendoza's Filmography

2000 Muggers Tran
2001 Moulin Rouge! China Doll
2003 Horseplay Jade
Code 46 Sphinx Receptionist
2005 The Descent Juno Kaplan
The Great Raid Mina
2009 Surviving Evil Cecilia 'Chill' Reyes
The Descent: Part 2 Juno Kaplan
1998 Wildside Sim Episode: 1.29
1999 Fearless Jade TV movie
Farscape Lishala Episode:Jeremiah Crichton
1999-2000 BeastMaster Kyra 7 episodes
2001 South Pacific Liat TV movie
Hard Knox Ellie TV movie
2006-2008 Hotel Babylon Jackie Clunes 21 episodes
2012 Midsomer Murders Sasha Fleetwood Episode:The Dark Rider
Americana Wendy Law-Soulter

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