Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Oldham Drama School
Appeared in the thriller "Limitless," opposite Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro
Starred in a West End adaptation of the novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
Co-starred with Will Ferrell in the big-budget feature adaptation of the 1970s series, "Land of the Lost"
Reprised role for "Goal! 2: Living the Dream"
Cast as Chuck in the ABC series, "Pushing Daisies"; earned a Best Actress Golden Globe (2008) nomination
Played the love interest of a professional soccer player in Danny Cannon's "Goal! The Dream Begins"
Cast in Richard Donner's "Timeline"
Appeared in the independent feature "Me Without You" alongside Michelle Williams
Made West End stage debut in Frank Wedekind's production of "Lulu"
Cast opposite Ewen McGregor in the Nick Leeson biopic, "Rogue Trader" (premiered in the US on HBO)
Made Broadway debut playing Alice in Patrick Marber's "Closer"
Played Hermia in the all-star remake of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Had featured role of Bella Wilfer in the BBC adaptation of "Our Mutual Friend"
Feature acting debut, "The Land Girls"
Engendered controversy for her nude scenes in the BBC-2 movie "The Tribe"
Appeared in an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
Appeared in the second and third installments of "Cadfael" (shown in the US on PBS' "Mystery!")
Played Beth Jordache, the first openly lesbian character on British TV, in "Brookside"
Made TV acting debut as Michael Palin's daughter in an episode of the British series "G.B.H."
Raised in Donegal, Ireland
Moved with family to Rochdale, England
There is an Official Anna Friel website at www.netshopuk.co.uk/annafriel
On finding work after leaving "Brookside," Friel told The Times (June 7, 1998): "I had everything against me: I hadn't gone to drama school, I was from a middle-class background, and I was from a soap. I could tell that people were looking down at me. So I thought, right, I'm gonna prove you lot wrong."
In November 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton for contributions to the performing arts.