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Evey Hammond was an ally of the terrorist V.

Evey Hammond grew up on Shooters Hill in south-east London. As a child, she lost both her parents; her mother died following a nuclear war in the early 1980s, and her father was arrested and executed by the Norsefire, the fascist dictatorship that seized power during the war's aftermath, because of his socialist political leanings. Sent to a youth hostel, she is forced to work packing matches into boxes for shipment, and then begins working at a munitions factory.

Struck by poverty, Evey becomes a prostitute. The first potential customer she approaches turns out to be a Fingerman, a member of Norsefire's secret police, working on a vice squad sting operation. As the man is about to rape her, she is saved by a mysterious man in a Guy Fawkes mask and black cloak, calling himself "V." V lets Evey watch him blow up the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

V takes Evey to his underground hideout, which he refers to as the "Shadow Gallery." He blindfolds her so she cannot see where they were going. Evey comes to confide in V, telling him about the death of her parents. V comforts her and she becomes dependent on him for safety and security. When Evey offers to repay V's kindness, he dresses her up as a young girl and sends her to distract Anthony James Lilliman, a pedophile bishop whom he has targeted for revenge. Evey is stricken with guilt over her complicity in the bishop's murder, and she realizes that V is far more sinister than she suspected.

When Evey finds herself abandoned by V and alone in the streets, she is taken in by an older man, Gordon Deitrich, who is involved in organized crime, and who becomes her lover. When Deitrich is murdered by Alistair Harper, a Scottish gangster, Evey tries to take revenge, but is herself captured by a Fingerman because he thought that she was going to kill Commander Peter Creedy of the Finger since Harper is partners with Creedy. She is thrown in prison and tortured by the police, who know of her connection to V. Inside her cell, Evey is passed a letter from the adjoining cell, written by a woman named Valerie Page. The letter is the story of Valerie's life, from her first love to her film career to her imprisonment for being a lesbian. Valerie's tragic death and firm resolve inspire Evey not to give into the interrogations. When Evey says that she would rather die than surrender her integrity by informing on V, she is surprisingly set free from her cell.

She soon learns that V had staged the whole thing, an exercise that puts Evey through the same experiences that shaped him. Initially furious, Evey comes to understand and accept her identity and freedom. The inspiring letter was not fake, as it had been given to V by Valerie when he was an inmate at the Larkhill Resettlement Camp, a concentration camp run by Norsefire to eliminate those considered "inferior" (Jews, blacks, Muslims, homosexuals, etc.) under Chancellor Adam Susan's fascist world view.

After V exacts his revenge on all of his former torturers, V is mortally wounded when he allows Detective Eric Finch, the head of London's police force, to shoot him numerous times. V dies in Evey's arms, leaving her to carry out the final step in his plan to blow up 10 Downing Street. She dons his Guy Fawkes mask and rescues Sergeant Dominic Stone from an angry mob. She brings him to the Shadow Gallery, identifies herself as V to London, which causes chaos throughout the country, and the cycle begins anew.

Actress Natalie Portman played the role of Evey Hammond in the 2006 feature film V for Vendetta. In the film adaption, Evey is not a would-be prostitute, but she is still caught by a fingerman during the city curfew. She is no longer a naive, 16-year-old, but an older, more independent and free-thinking young woman.

Issues regarding her family are different as well. In the film, she has an older brother who is killed by a virus that was secretly developed by the government and first tested on V's fellow inmates at Larkhill. Her parents then become political activists and participate in anti-government protests. The Hammonds are arrested by the Fingermen and later executed; Evey's last memory of her mother is of her head being covered by a black bag as she is dragged away. Suddenly orphaned, Evey is sent to a child reclamation camp and then works for the British Television Network.

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Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond.

Evey does form a relationship with Gordon (here, a popular talk show host and acquaintance of hers at the network) but the two do not become lovers, as he is homosexual. Evey is abducted by V when Peter Creedy, one of the most powerful officials in the government, raids Gordon's home. The ensuing sequences involving the torture Evey undergoes and the inspiration she finds in Valerie's letters, are taken from the graphic novel almost verbatim.

Evey's trust of V develops quicker in the novel, but a more romantic angle is developed in the film. She does not personally take up the mantle of V after his death, but she does grant him his final wish and give him a Viking's Funeral in a train car filled with explosives. London's chief of police, Inspector Eric Finch, discovers her and nearly stops her, but his own hatred for the government overpowers him and he lets her pull the lever triggering the explosives. Evey and Finch then watch as Parliament is destroyed by V's funeral car, ending Norsefire's oppressive reign over England.

Portman allegedly beat several other notable actresses to get the part. It was announced in early January 2005 that Portman was cast in the film. During production, she took voice coaching lessons from Barbara Berkery to perfect an English accent, working with her every day for a month before filming began. She had her head actually shaved in one take on camera. Star Wars fans were surprised when she arrived at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for the Revenge of the Sith screening with a shaved head.



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