Famous people in famous films before they were famous: Natalie Dormer, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Jack Gleeson

So in the absence of much TV, I’ve been having a bit of a superhero movie fest. And it’s odd watching even something like Batman Begins, which feels like it only appeared yesterday but actually came out in 2005 – so nearly a decade ago. Even Captain America: The First Avenger was 2011 or nearly three years ago.

Whatever the time period, though, it seems the casting people on those superhero films knew what they were doing since if you look closely, you can spot lots of future stars in quite small roles. First up is Jack Gleeson, whom you may know a whole lot better as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones.

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey in Game of Thrones

Yet in Batman Begins, he was that sweet little boy who Batman gives a present to and Rachel saves when all hell breaks out:

Captain America, on the other hand, was good at giving future famous actresses roles, albeit quite small ones. Natalie Dormer is these days better known from her roles in Game of Thrones (she’s in that clip above) but also as Irene Adler/Jamie Moriarty in Elementary.

But back in Captain America, she was the American soldier who had a thing for Steve Rogers and made Hayley Atwell jealous (sorry, can’t embed this one – no jokes).

Natalie Dormer in Captain America

Jenna (Louise) Coleman is best known as Clara Oswald in Doctor Who.

But she also went on a double date with Steve and Bucky to the Stark Expo in Captain America.

Have you any favourite “before they were famous” movies?




  • Gareth Williams

    I watched this yesterday: an uncredited Arnie in his pants –

    http://youtu.be/NIBoPLo5GNU

  • Gareth Williams

    I watched this yesterday: an uncredited Arnie in his pants –

    http://youtu.be/NIBoPLo5GNU

  • Interesting but short. Did you watch the whole thing, or just that bit for Arnie in his pants?

  • Gareth Williams

    I thought I was doing you a favour not linking to the eight minute clip.