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NATASCHA McELHONE (Rheya) has starred in high-profile films opposite such acclaimed stars as Jim Carrey, Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford, since her first major role, as Françoise Gilot opposite Anthony Hopkins in Merchant/Ivory's "Surviving Picasso."

The British born actress has four upcoming films scheduled for release. In director Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," which had its premiere at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight, she co-stars with Frances McDormand, Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale.

In the erotic thriller "Killing Me Softly," directed by Chen Kaige ("The Assassin," "Farewell My Concubine"), she appears with Joseph Fiennes and Heather Graham. McElhone plays a do-gooder working in Cambodia who falls in love with Matt Dillon in the romantic drama "City of Ghosts." The film, which was written, directed and produced by Dillon, also stars James Caan and Gerard Depardieu.

McElhone starred opposite Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show," in which she portrayed the beautiful Lauren/Sylvia who captivated the love interest of Carrey's Truman. She also starred opposite Robert De Niro in John Frankenheimer's action adventure film "Ronin," playing a former terrorist hired to recover a mysterious briefcase for an unknown employer. Additional motion picture credits include the musical film "Love's Labour's Lost," directed by Kenneth Branagh, in which she sang and danced in an ensemble cast that included Nathan Lane and Alicia Silverstone.

She appeared in Alan Pakula's "The Devil's Own," opposite Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford, and in Marleen Gorris' critically acclaimed "Mrs. Dalloway," sharing the title role with Vanessa Redgrave.

A student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for three years before beginning her career in theater in 1993, McElhone's early stage credits include starring roles in productions of "Richard III," "The Count of Monte Cristo," "The Cherry Orchard," and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

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