Lena Headey

Actress
Having barely begun her career on British television, actress Lena Headey was wooed by American feature directors who were captivated by her emotional realism and timeless beauty. A big fan of British films, Headey ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1973 in Bermuda

Filmography

Actor (52)

Game of Thrones 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2016 (Movie)

Lady Catherine (Actor)

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Unity 2015 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Zipper 2015 (Movie)

Jeannie Ellis (Actor)

300: Rise of an Empire 2014 (Movie)

Queen Gorgo (Actor)

Game of Thrones-Imax 2014 (Movie)

Queen Cersei of House Lannister (Actor)

Laid to Rest 2014 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Low Down 2014 (Movie)

Sheila Albany (Actor)

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box 2014 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013 (Movie)

Jocelyn (Actor)

The Purge 2013 (Movie)

Mary Sandin (Actor)

Dredd 3D 2012 (Movie)

Ma-Ma (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Baron 2010 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

Miss Dickinson (Actor)

Tell Tale 2009 (Movie)

Elizabeth Clemson (Actor)

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Broken 2009 (Movie)

Gina McVey (Actor)

300 2007 (Movie)

Queen Gorgo (Actor)

Imagine Me & You 2006 (Movie)

Luce (Actor)

The Contractor 2006 (Movie)

Ballard (Actor)

Face 2005 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

The Brothers Grimm 2005 (Movie)

Angelika (Actor)

The Cave 2005 (Movie)

Kathryn (Actor)

Anazapta 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

Blanche Glover (Actor)

Ripley's Game 2002 (Movie)

Sarah Trevanny (Actor)

The Lonely War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Aberdeen 2001 (Movie)

Kaisa (Actor)

Black Plague 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Parole Officer 2001 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Gossip 2000 (Movie)

Cathy Jones (Actor)

Ropewalk 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hunger 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Onegin 1999 (Movie)

Olga Larin (Actor)

Twice Upon A Yesterday 1999 (Movie)

Sylvia Weld (Actor)

Merlin 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Dalloway 1998 (Movie)

Young Sally Seton (Actor)

Grotesque 1997 (Movie)

Cleo Coal (Actor)

Loved Up 1996 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Century 1994 (Movie)

Miriam (Actor)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Lizzie (Actor)

The Summer House 1993 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

Young Mary (Actor)

MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering Storm (TV Show)

Actor

Vivaldi (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Having barely begun her career on British television, actress Lena Headey was wooed by American feature directors who were captivated by her emotional realism and timeless beauty. A big fan of British films, Headey maintained a demanding international schedule in more lucrative American fare to finance her love of homegrown period pieces and art house dramas like "Face" (1997) and "Onegin" (1999). But it was her acclaimed performance in the hyper-real historical epic "300" (2007) that propelled the actress into true international stardom and opened the door for higher-profile projects. From there, Headey was tapped to play single mom and cyborg battler Sarah Connor in the popular, but short-lived sci-fi spin-off, "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (Fox 2008-09). With each role, Headey reinforced her unique screen presence and ability to embody both the china doll delicacy and the fierce independence that she put on fine display in the medieval series "Game of Thrones" (HBO, 2011- ), which helped underscore her versatility in a wide range of projects.

Relationships

John

Father
Was sent to train in Bermuda shortly before Headey was born

Tim

Brother

Wylie Loughran

Son
Born March 31, 2010; father, Peter Paul Loughran

Jason Flemyng Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book" (1994) Dated for nine years; Flemyng reportedly had his name in Thai tattooed on Headey's arm No longer together

Peter Loughran

Husband
Married May 19, 2007 Headey filed for divorce July 2012

EDUCATION

Shelley College

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Karl Urban in sci-fi action feature "Dredd 3D"

2011

Portrayed the cruel queen Cersei Lannister on HBO series "Game of Thrones," based on the first book of the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

2008

Played the titular character on Fox action series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"

2007

Cast as Queen Gorgo in Zack Snyder's "300," an adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel

2006

Co-starred in the romantic comedy "Imagine Me & You"

2005

Cast in Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger

2002

Acted in "Ripley's Game"

2002

Landed featured role in "Possession"

2001

Co-starred with Steve Coogan in the British comedy caper "The Parole Officer"

2000

Co-starred with Ian Hart and Charlotte Rampling in Hans Petter Moland's "Aberdeen"

2000

Cast as a bitchy college student in dark comedy "Gossip"

1999

Cast in pivotal role as Liv Tyler's spirited sister Olga in Martha Fiennes' directorial debut "Onegin"

1998

Played the female lead in "The Man with Rain in His Shoes"

1998

Cast as Guinevere opposite Sam Neill in the title role in NBC miniseries "Merlin"

1997

Underused as Robert Carlyle's idealistic girlfriend in Antonia Bird's "Face"

1997

Portrayed Sally Seton, the best friend of a young Clarissa (Natascha McElhone) in "Mrs. Dalloway"

1995

Played an Ecstacy-fueled raver in the BBC-2 cautionary drama "Loved Up"

1995

Played a troubled lesbian prostitute in British miniseries "Band of Gold"

1994

Made American TV debut in "MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday" (ABC)

1994

Portrayed the virginal heroine in Disney's live-action version of "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book"

1993

Played a passive teenager engaged to an older man in BBC TV-movie "The Summer House"

1993

Appeared opposite Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins in James Ivory's Academy Award-nominated "The Remains of the Day"

1992

Made film debut as a sexually precocious schoolgirl opposite Jeremy Irons in "Waterland"

Lived in Bermuda until age eight and then family returned to Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Spotted by a casting agent at age 17 while performing in a school production at the Royal National Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Her name was pronounced "LEE-nah HEE-dee."

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About her feature debut in "Waterland" – "I had to show my boobs, and I was a chubby 17-year-old then. I watch that movie now and I'm like, 'I've got bigger boobs then! What's happened?'" – Headey quoted in Movieline magazine, April 1999

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