Sunday 15 September 2019

Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer splits with Irish fiancé Anthony Byrne after 11 years

Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne
Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne
Natalie Dormer (L) and Anthony Byrne attend Aston Martin's Centenary Birthday Party, celebrating 100 years as one of the world's most iconic automotive brands, at Freemasons Hall on July 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Aston Martin)
Natalie Dormer at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Irelandr
Anthony Byrne (L) and Natalie Dormer
Thalia Heffernan, Natalie Dormer and Daniella Moyles at the annual ISPCC Luncheon at The Intercontinental Hotel

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Natalie Dormer has reportedly split from her fiancé after 11 years together.

The 'Game of Thrones' actress called time on her relationship with writer-and-director Anthony Byrne, from Dublin, whom she first met on the set of 'The Tudors', after promoting their new thriller 'In Darkness' together.

In a new interview, Dormer confirms that she and Byrne ended their relationship over the summer, with the New Statesman writing, "The two met on the set of The Tudors; they've parted ways since promoting the film this summer."

Although Natalie is yet to directly comment on the break-up, it comes months after she admitted it was difficult writing and producing the movie as a duo.

Natalie Dormer (L) and Anthony Byrne attend Aston Martin's Centenary Birthday Party, celebrating 100 years as one of the world's most iconic automotive brands, at Freemasons Hall on July 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Aston Martin)
Natalie Dormer (L) and Anthony Byrne attend Aston Martin's Centenary Birthday Party, celebrating 100 years as one of the world's most iconic automotive brands, at Freemasons Hall on July 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Aston Martin)

She previously said: "Couples say terrible things to each other that you would never say to your best friend. We learned very quickly that we couldn't write in the same room.

"Doors got slammed at various points and I wouldn't necessarily rush into writing with Anthony again, but I have huge respect for him."

She also opened up about how she had tried to be more "disciplined" about setting aside for Anthony, which had proved difficult due to her hectic career.

"[It means] boxing off time to see each other and being a bit disciplined about it. It's tough, as an actor - you find yourself being flown to far corners of the earth - but that's where technology is the saviour," she said.

"Thank God for WhatsApp and FaceTime! And you know what they say: absence makes the heart grow fonder."

Indeed, the 36-year-old star previously admitted despite getting engaged in 2011, professional commitments had stalled any wedding plans.

Natalie Dormer at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Irelandr
Natalie Dormer at IFTA Awards 2016 at The Westbury Hotel & Mansion House, Dublin, Irelandr

Speaking in 2013, she said: "We are still very much engaged. We've just been so busy that we haven't managed to get around to planning it.

"It won't be a big one... We were thinking of around 40-odd guests."

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