NATALIA Tena is a woman of many talents with acting and music her two key vocations, Quays News entertainment reporter Daniel Willis spoke to Tena about her music and life leading a band…

You may know her as Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter series, or you may know her as Osha from Game of Thrones, but fans of the band Molotov Jukebox will know her simply as Nat Tena.

Natalia Tena, who made her film debut in About A Boy (2002) and in 2007 would go on to begin her role as ‘Nymphadora Tonks’ in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a role she would reprise in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and then Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).

Nat first met her boyfriend, Sam Appley, while she was in her previous band ‘Nat Jenkins’, however she would later leave to form her own band with Sam, better known as Molotov Jukebox.

Molotov Jukebox are just about to embark on a tour across the UK starting on the November 26, and with the band soon to be releasing their new album ‘Tropical Gypsy’, Tena will be looking to test the waters to see what goes down well with audiences.

“We’re going to mix some of our new material from Tropical Gypsy with our older work so we can see what works for us,” said Tena.

Originally formed in 2012, the band has undergone some changes.

“We originally began 4 years ago, but we’re a totally different band than who we were then,” Tena told Quays News. .

As for 2015, the band have had a strenuous but rewarding year. She said: “2015 has been a harder year for us however we got the chance to play Glastonbury, and had the opportunity to play main stage at the WOMAD festival.”

The WOMAD festival (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is a huge cultural festival in New Zealand, which brings together all the best creative and artistic minds from around the world.

With ‘Tropical Gypsy’ due to be released – hopefully – ‘sometime in the new year’, Tena has been putting the finishing touches to the vocals, and plans to send their music out to selective labels once the album is completed and ready for public release.

As for future plans for herself, Tena said: “I’d like to go back to Mexico and Brazil and make some more music over there, and also get the opportunity to work in America.

“Performing in New Orleans is a dream of mine,” said Tena.

For a band which have evolved since their creation in 2011, there’s no reason why a band like Molotov Jukebox can’t be performing across the Atlantic anytime soon.

By Daniel Willis

Molotov Jukebox will be playing at the Deaf Institute in Manchester on Friday November 27, with their support act, The Church.

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