Natalie was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Actress/Director mother, Althea Dando, and father John Sutherland. Being raised within the field of acting, Natalie caught the ‘bug’ after her mother cast her in a show at the age of 8. Natalie stepped in to replace another young actress at the time and made a deal that if she did the show then her mother would buy her the roller skates she wanted! Negotiating at a young age, Althea knew her daughter would do ‘ok’ on the business side at least! Natalie stepped out onto that stage and that moment she says she “will never ever forget”.
Starting as a dancer, Natalie trained extensively and competed in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Rock’n roll and Scottish Highland. She went on to train at Edinburgh Acting School where she met her first acting mentor, a teacher from Los Angeles, David W.W. Jonston. It didn’t take long for Natalie to go full time into the world of entertainment. Starring in musicals where she combined her dance training with her acting, she crossed over into commercials, film and theatre, and what was once a young hobby, turned into a profession!
Natalie took the plunge and crossed the pond at only 20 and started working as an actress in Los Angeles, California. She has starred in over 20 stage productions between the UK and in Los Angeles, including the Award Winning and Critically Acclaimed ‘TRAINSPOTTING’, which was nominated for several LA Drama Critics Awards, ‘THE BODY’ opposite Emmy Award Winning Actress Susan Clarke, and most recently Pulitzer Prize Winner Donald Margulies’ ‘COLLECTED STORIES‘, directed by the brilliant Teri Hanauer, which not only ran at The Odyssey Theatre to rave reviews, but continued on overseas and had a spectacular run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival!
Natalie’s training continued in Los Angeles, at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, then at the world famous BEVERLY HILLS PLAYHOUSE under the guidance of the brilliant Milton Katselas. After the passing of Milton, Natalie then became a founding member of The Jocelyn Jones Acting Studio in L.A.
After the success of COLLECTED STORIES, Natalie wrote and published a book, namely, “Confessions of a Hollywood Bartender”, which got the attention of a Producer in Hollywood. After a creative meeting, Natalie went on to write, create, executive produce and star in her own TV Series, “CONFESSIONS OF A HOLLYWOOD BARTENDER”, inspired by her book. The Pilot shot in Los Angeles, California in November 2015 and she stars opposite “Beverly Hills 90210’s” Trevor Donovan, MTV’s “Awkward” star Greer Grammer, Ryan Merriman, Lindsey McKeon, Yves Bright, “Homeland’s” Jared Ward, “Boardwalk Empire’s” Chris Caldovino, Carlos Moreno Jr and Roberto Montesinos to name a few. The show is currently in post production.
These past 3 years have proved to be the busiest for Natalie. A movie she had the pleasure of shooting, namely “GOOK”, which was written and directed by her dear friend Justin Chon (of the ‘Twilight’ Series) went on to premiere at the world famous SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL to sold out audiences and winning the Sundance Audience Award. ‘GOOK’ was then was bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films and opened in cinemas Nationwide last year.
Natalie then landed a supporting role in the feature film ‘Five Piece’, which is currently playing the Festival Circuit and has now premiered in Chicago, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Natalie received her 2nd career nomination for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM at The Cinema Soup Film Festival in Illinois. The movie has been nominated for a total of 12 Awards so far, and has WON 2 BEST FEATURE FILM AWARDS, a BEST ACTOR AWARD and BEST SOUND IN A FEATURE FILM. The movie is slated to premiere in Hollywood, California in May 2019.
Natalie went on to star in the Hit Comedic Web Series “Fame Dogs”, which opened to over 50,000 views in the first week and then landed itself 7 Indie Series Awards Nominations. Natalie herself was Nominated for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series”. The Show took home the Awards for BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN A COMEDY SERIES & BEST COMEDY SERIES ON THE WEB!
Natalie then flew off to Minnesota to film a fabulous GUEST STAR ROLE in ABC’s ‘IN AN INSTANT’ where she speaks with her native tongue, playing the role of a Scottish lass! It was a dream job indeed:)
In 2018 Natalie made her first Directorial Debut with the stage production of Darlene Traviotto’s ‘PIZZA MAN’. The show opened at the The Complex Theatre in Hollywood, California and starred the brilliant Jazz Raycole, Teri Andrez and Christian Gehring. The show was a great success and dished up an evening of many surprises!
Natalie can also be seen worldwide in the Festival Comedic Hit, ‘fxxxen Americans’ where she plays a female William Wallace and stars opposite ‘DYNASTY’ Star Grant Show, the beautiful short film “The Day”, (under ‘videos’ link) and in the feature film SAVAGED, directed by the wonderful Michael Ojeda, where she plays the small town local Police Officer.