Portman was originally discovered by a modeling scout at a pizza parlor when she was 11, but she opted to pursue an acting career instead of modeling. Her first major movie was 1994's "The Professional."
Two years later she appeared in the indie drama "Beautiful Girls," alongside Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton and Uma Thurman.
Portman's first big role was as Queen Amidala/Padme in 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace."
Portman reprised her role as Queen Amidala for "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" in 2002 ...
... and in 2005's "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith."
In between, she portrayed the character Sara in the Civil War drama "Cold Mountain" in 2003.
In 2004, Portman starred alongside Zach Braff in "Garden State."
That year also saw her co-star with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Jude Law in "Closer."
In 2006, Portman shaved her head in order to appear in the role of Evey in "V for Vendetta."
But Portman's most successful role of 2011 was that of Dr. Jane Foster in the summer superhero blockbuster "Thor," opposite Chris Hemsworth in the title role.
Portman reprised the role of Jane Foster in "Thor: The Dark World."
In 2016, Natalie stars in the Western, "Jane Got a Gun."