Natalie Dormer’s top 10 performances of all time (so far)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Natalie Dormer attends the premiere of Vertical Entertainment's "In Darkness" at ArcLight Hollywood on May 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Natalie Dormer attends the premiere of Vertical Entertainment's "In Darkness" at ArcLight Hollywood on May 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images) /
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3. Elementary (2012)

Original Release: September 27, 2012 – August 15, 2019

Ratings: Elementary performed well enough for CBS to keep the series around for seven full seasons. It began with approximately 12 million viewers on average and steadily declined over the years.

Critical Acclaim: Elementary always did well with both critics and audiences. Even though it was one of the lesser-watched shows on its network, it had a very passionate fanbase throughout its run.

About the Role: Dormer only starred in six episodes of Elementary, yet her character is still considered one of the best. She played the criminal mastermind, Jamie Moriarty, but was initially introduced as Sherlock’s former lover, Irene Adler.

Simply the Best: One of the reasons fans enjoyed Elementary so much is due to the way the series circumvented expectations. They recast John Watson as a woman named Joan, played by Lucy Liu. Dormer’s character was also a creative change in combining Irene and Jamie, not to mention gender-swapping Moriarty.

She becomes a terrifically entertaining antagonist on the series. Again, this is another role that Dormer excels at due to her ability to play morally conflicted characters. It’s hard to tell whose side Jamie is truly on, and that continues through the series finale.