Lena Headey is a British actress who is best known for her appearances in The Brothers Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Headey stars as Queen Gorgo, a heroic Spartan woman in the period film 300 (2006), by director Zack Snyder.
She was born in Bermuda, where her father, a Yorkshire police cadet, was sent shortly before her birth. She was raised in Bermuda, living on the ocean until she was 5. Back in England, she was brought up in Yorkshire before moving to London in her teens. Headey had not gone to drama school before she became an actress. At the age of 17, Headey's performance in a one-off show in the company of six school friends caught the attention of a casting agent, who took a photo and asked her to audition. Eventually, Headey was cast in Waterland (1992), which became her big-screen debut. She honed her natural acting talent while filming and also took archery classes and horse training. She also took boxing classes in clubs in south London, where a former boxer had been teaching her to spar. During her film career, spanning over 15 years, Headey has shown her range in a variety of roles, playing characters from Amazon-type warriors and action-minded women in The Cave (2005) and The Brothers Grimm (2005), to a lesbian florist in Imagine Me & You (2005).
Headey's film career has taken her all over the world. She was in India for the filming of The Jungle Book (1994), then in St. Petersburg, Russia, for filming Onegin (1999), and in Norway for filming of Aberdeen (2000). In 2005 Headey was filming in Romania and in Mexico, then spent four months in Prague, Czech Republic, where a forest was designed and built for filming The Brothers Grimm (2005), with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. During 2006 Headey was in Canada for the filming of 300 (2006), then went to locations in Bulgaria for shooting The Contractor (2007) (V), and Germany and in Czech Republic for the filming of The Red Baron (2008).
She also played Gina McVey in the horror thriller The Broken (2008), and Elizabeth in Tell Tale (2009). In addition to her film-work, Heady appeared as Sarah Connor in a TV spin-off of the popular "Terminator" film franchise, the FOX's television series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2008).
Outside of her acting profession, Headey continued taking boxing lessons in London. She is a vegetarian and also remains loyal to yoga, which she discovered during her work in India. She has never been back to her birthplace in Bermuda; she shares her time between her homes in London, England, and Los Angeles, California.
|Peter Paul Loughran||(19 May 2007 - present) (filed for divorce) 1 child|
Had a tattoo on her arm saying 'Jason' in Thai.
Ex-fiancée of Johnny Cicco.
Born in Bermuda, and move to Huddersfield, Yorkshire at age 5 where she lived until age 17.
Her father, a police officer, was sent to train in Bermuda shortly before Headey was born.
Ranked #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Friends with actress Anna Torv.
Filed for divorce from her husband of 5 years Peter Paul Loughran. [July 2012]
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a son Wylie Elliot Loughran on March 31, 2010. Child's father is her estranged husband, Peter Paul Loughran.
Friends with actress Piper Perabo. The two starred together in 'Imagine Me & You (2005)' and 'The Cave (2005)'.
We've all had that moment where you look into someone's eyes and there's some kind of recognition there, whether you act on it or not.
Shooting guns is not something I would do in my spare time. I really don't understand why Americans can purchase guns so easily and why they use them for sporting purposes.
(January 2008) Lives in Laurel Canyon, California with her husband and their two dogs: Wizard and Angela Lansbury.
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