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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 July 1976Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK
Birth NameAnna Louise Friel
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Friel is an English actress, born in Rochdale. She has been acting since the age of 13, appearing in a number of British television programmes. She made her West End stage debut in London in 2001, and has subsequently appeared on stage in several productions, including an adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's and as Yelena in a 2012 production of Chekhov's Uncle Van-ya. She is the recipient of a number of awards including National Television Award (1995), Drama Desk Award (1999), and the Royal Television Society Award (2009). She has also appeared in music videos and television and print media advertising campaigns and is the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Bolton.

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Trivia (14)

Made her British stage debut in off-West End London production of "Lulu" by Frank Wedekind in 2001.
Made her American stage debut at New York City's Music Box in 1999 as Alice in Patrick Marber's "Closer".
She and ex-boyfriend David Thewlis became The Faces Of Mulberry for Spring 2002.
Caused a major controversy with her Lesbian screen kiss with Nicola Stephenson on the set of Brookside (1982) in 1994.
Is of Irish descent.
Lobbied for the role of "Nymphadora Tonks" in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), after the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, revealed that "Tonks" was romantically involved with "Remus Lupin", who is played by her real-life boyfriend, David Thewlis.
Ranked #21 in Wizard magazine's Sexiest Women of TV list (March 2008).
Was one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2008).
Was in a relationship with actor David Thewlis from 2001 - 2010. They have one daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary Thewlis, born on July 9, 2005.
Gave birth to her daughter Gracie Ellen Mary Thewlis in London's Portland hospital, fathered by David Thewlis, having been in a relationship with him from 2001 until December 2010 (9 July 2005)
Was the runner up for Helena Bonham Carter's role in Fight Club (1999).
Currently starring as Holly Golightly on the British stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. [June 2009]
Gave birth to daughter Gracie Ellen Mary Thewlis on July 9, 2005 at Portland Hospital in London.
Friel and her partner, David Thewlis, separated after nearly ten years together [December 2010].

Personal Quotes (21)

Some producer suddenly grabbed my doughnut out of my hand. Then he said, 'Anna, you really shouldn't be doing that'. He said, 'your tummy's not looking right on screen'. If it's just about that they should have hired a model. I mean, we're not talking about a big f**king tummy here!
People became more interested in my love life than in me, and that has a certain effect. You start to feel very empty and worth nothing, you start to become a piece in a board game you never wanted to play.
I play a character every day of my life, and I don't want to play a character as myself. They can judge me as an actress, not as a person. I'm not a spokeswoman for Anna.
Being a mother gives you an incredible feeling of empowerment, you think if I can go through such pain and that level of sleep and still operate and not be grumpy you can do anything. It can be quite scary, you can't function your brain, forget your vocabulary.
For me personally, everything is on a kiss.
I have the most lovely, healthy bouncing baby, she was all very compact and the right size.
I look at being an actress as being like a mummy: You're bandaged up and preserved as soon as you start making other people money.
I've always chosen incredibly different roles and things that are quite offbeat. That way you're not limited.
And the most important thing - apart from telling a good, believable story, and being a true character - is to be someone the audience will care about, even if you're playing a murderer or rapist.
For Closer, we've had five weeks. You go into every single word because it's very, very concentrated dialogue.
David is 13 years my senior and has much more experience.
I want more children but for the next three years I want to act.
Now learning a bit more about footballers I think what they need to do well, is someone who really wants to stay in the background and just be a strong support.
The doctors say it dates back to a film where I had these huge prosthetic breasts because my character was breast-feeding. The weight of them, and of the baby, did my back in.
Well it's hard to bracket it like that because everyone always thinks you either go to America and you come back, fail or succeed, but it doesn't work like that.
I've been onstage once for one performance with four days' rehearsal.
It's really important to draw the line on what we do as actors.
Onstage, there's no hiding; you either can or can't act. There's no second take.
We will spend more time in America, we're going to get a place in LA as hotels aren't great for the baby.
As long as she is talented enough and passionate about doing it herself then I will be happy and support her. I think I will be sensible - my parents said I could only do it if I got my education and so I had something to fall back on.
You can see when an actor gets bored: Their eyes go dead. I promised myself I'd never let that happen. If it does, I'll go and live on a desert island for a year.

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