The Witcher chronicles the adventures of an oft-misunderstood creature with a heart of gold. Set in a phantasmagoric, dystopian land where magic is frowned upon and miracles are vigorously denounced, the protagonist, Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) has to prove that he can use his supernatural abilities and talents in the name of the common good. Eventually, Geralt encounters an enigmatic woman, Queen Calanthe.
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Jodhi showcased unparalleled acting chops as Queen Calanthe in Netflix's The Witcher.
Having previously starred in critically appraised, cult-status productions like the 1992 The Last of Mohicans, the 1994 Sister, My Sister, and the 1988 A World Apart, Jodhi amassed a jaw-droppingly impressive portfolio and an incredible list of collaborators to match. Born in 1975 in London, U.K., Jodhi devoted her early adulthood to the study of literary masterpieces before deciding to pursue the career of an actor.
The youngest to receive the Best Actress Award at Cannes, Jodhi earned a reputation as an incredibly adroit, versatile actor who's able to deliver a beautifully detailed, poignant portrayal of characters like the conflicted, vulnerable Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl, or the grief-stricken Beth in Let Me Go.
In fact, Jodhi made a brief appearance in Game of Thrones, playing Maggy's character in "The Wars to Come." This might explain why Jodhi's performance in The Witcher is so remarkable: she had plentiful of past experiences to draw on.
Queen Calanthe is one of the rare few to trust Geralt.
As Queen Calanthe, Jodhi faced a tough task.
In a crucial scene, we watch her on-screen character invite the protagonist – i.e. the resident weirdo – Geralt to attend a pompous, extravagant ceremony thrown in celebration of the 15th birthday of her daughter, a young girl named Pavetta.
One of the rare few to believe in the obscure man with good motifs and a lacking ability to make use of them, Calanthe gives Geralt a mightily challenging task. Despite the worst odds, he is to keep watch of the attendants of the gala, ensuring that nobody misbehaves. Needless to say, this does not go to plan.
Calanthe is the first to give cause for concern. Having discovered that Pavetta has been pursuing romantic relations with a youth, a certain Duny, the Queen shows signs of great emotional disturbance. Unable to process the news, she falls unconscious eventually.
The evil forces make an appearance, chaos ensues and the visitors enter into a collective state of nervous trepidation. The man to save the show? It's Geralt, who makes strong attempts to save both Pavetta and Calanthe.
Jodhi delivered some mind-bogglingly strong performances in the course of the past few decades. Reputed as one of the most thoughtful actors out there, she had shown time and time again that there's no role she couldn't do.
As Queen Calanthe, the British actress found another opportunity to showcase her exceptional skills, portraying an older woman who struggles to present herself as a powerful ruler and as a caring mother.
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