Natalie Portman is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
Portman made her feature film debut as the young protégée of a hitman in the action film Léon: The Professional . While still in high school, she gained international recognition for starring as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and received critical acclaim for playing a precocious teenager in the comedy-drama Anywhere but Here . From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology, while continuing to act in the Star Wars prequel trilogy . She also starred in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull. In 2004, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for playing a mysterious stripper in the romantic drama Closer.
Portman's career progressed with her starring roles as Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta, Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl, and a troubled ballerina in the psychological horror film Black Swan, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached and featured as Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Thor, and Thor: The Dark World . She has since portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic Jackie, gaining her third Academy Award nomination, and a biologist in the science fiction film Annihilation .
Portman's directorial ventures include the short film Eve and the biographical drama A Tale of Love and Darkness . She is vocal about the politics of America and Israel, and is an advocate for animal rights and environmental causes. She is married to dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she has two children.