Game Of Thrones' Natalie Dormer has secret baby in lockdown

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3 min read
Natalie Dormer during the International Women's Day march in central London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Natalie Dormer has secretly welcomed a baby girl during lockdown. (Getty Images)

Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has revealed she secretly became a mother during lockdown.

The 39-year-old actor – best known for playing manipulative queen Margaery Tyrell in the hit fantasy TV series – and her partner David Oakes welcomed a baby girl in January.

Dormer told Dame Esther Rantzen in her That's After Life podcast: "It's the perfect thing to do during a pandemic – get pregnant, have a baby.

Read more: Game Of Thrones' Rose Leslie and Kit Harington welcome baby boy

"I feel like I'm probably being a bit of a cliché, she’ll probably be sitting in a bar in 30 years’ time one day going, 'Yeah, I'm a COVID baby.'

"I think there's going to be lots of COVID babies because what else can people do, maybe like blitz babies?"

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17:  Cast members David Oakes (L) and Natalie Dormer attend the press night after party for
Natalie Dormer and her partner David Oakes have welcomed a baby girl. (Getty Images)

The Captain America: The First Avenger star met 37-year-old Oakes, also an actor, when they starred together in a production of Venus In Fur at the Haymarket Theatre in London's West End 2018.

Dormer said she was finding motherhood "an absolute joy" but admitted the sleep deprivation that came with caring for a three-month-old baby was tough.

She said: "I'm never going to complain about shooting hours ever again because sleep deprivation is something else.

"People say, 'Your whole perspective on life will change, and your whole set of value system,' and you sort of roll your eyes and go 'yeah, yeah' – and then you have one and you go, 'Oh. Wow!'

"I'm in love. I'm absolutely in love, she's a joy. Sleep has always been quite important to me – that's the only downside, but you know nature is so clever, the hormones kick in."

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Natalie Dormer as Vanda Jordan and David Oakes as Thomas Novachek in David Ives Venus in Fur directed by Patrick Marber at  the Theatre Royal Haymarket on October 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images)
Natalie Dormer and David Oakes met while starring together in the play Venus In Fur in 2018. (Corbis via Getty Images)

But Dormer confessed she was already concerned about returning to work and the idea of leaving her daughter to work long hours on a film set.

She said: "I'm going to find it very difficult, I think, you don't want to warp the childhood experience."

Dormer's Game Of Thrones co-stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington, both 34, were revealed to have welcomed a baby boy during lockdown earlier this year.

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The proud parents – who met while starring in the hit HBO TV show – were pictured by Page Six walking hand-in-hand in London with Leslie carrying their new son in a baby carrier on her front.

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A representative for Harington confirmed they had had a boy and are "very, very happy".

Actors Rose Leslie, left, and Kit Harrington pose for photographers upon arrival at the Olivier Awards in London, Sunday, April 3, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
'Game Of Thrones's stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington have also had a lockdown baby. (AP)

Singer Ellie Goulding is also among those to have fallen pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic and is expecting her first child imminently.

The 34-year-old Burn singer married art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster in 2019 and spent much of lockdown in their home in Oxfordshire.

Watch: Natalie Dormer and the GoT stars strut their stuff on the red carpet