Natalie Portman received her second Academy Award® nomination and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film, Black Swan. For her role, Portman also received a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award.
On screen, Portman has starred in over twenty-five films. She made her debut in Luc Besson's 1994 film, The Professional, and went to star in Heat, Beautiful Girls, Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks!, Anywhere But Here (Golden Globe nomination), Where The Heart Is, Cold Mountain, Garden State, Closer (Academy® Award nomination and Golden Globe Award), Free Zone, V For Vendetta, Paris Je T’aime, Goya’s Ghosts, My Blueberry Nights, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Other Boleyn Girl, New York, I Love You, The Other Woman, Brothers, No Strings Attached, Your Highness, Thor and Hesher. Additionally, she starred in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. The prequels to the wildly popular Star Wars trilogy of the 70's and 80's rank among the top-grossing films ever produced worldwide. Portman was recently seen opposite Chris Hemsworth in Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. She recently appeared in Terrence Malick’s two upcoming films, including Knight Of Cups, which made its World Premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. She will next be seen in Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got A Gun for Relativity.
On stage, Portman starred in Mike Nichol's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Seagull, opposite Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman; as well as in James Lapine's Broadway production of The Diary Of Anne Frank. Portman has also taken on a variety of roles behind the lens. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in A Tale Of Love And Darkness, which will make its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The story, based on the memoir by Amos Oz, revolves around Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem in the period following the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel, in addition to his teenage years on a kibbutz. Portman’s credits also include Eve, which she wrote and directed, telling the story of a young woman who ends up on her grandmother's date. The short film debuted at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and Olivia Thirlby. She also wrote and directed a short film for New York, I Love You, about a day in the life of a father and daughter in Central Park. The film showcases twelve filmmakers who each directed a vignette illustrating the universal theme of love within the five boroughs of New York City.
Upcoming projects include the documentary Seventh Fire about a group of Native American gang members and the New York Times bestselling novel Pride And Prejudice And Zombies with Panorama. Portman will also produce the documentary Eating Animals based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Portman became the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village banking microfinance program providing small loans and savings programs to the world's poorest families so they may create their own jobs, raise household incomes, and improve their standard of living thereby reducing poverty worldwide. As the Ambassador of Hope, Portman has proved to be a globally aware and dedicated individual who supports the work of FINCA through her advocacy and visits to FINCA International programs in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda. She has also met with high-level United States Members of Congress to lobby for support of international microfinance funding.
As an Ambassador of Free The Children, Portman lends her time to the organization that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The charity works on international projects, including the Adopt a Village model, which brings over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provides clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.
A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.