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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 3 October 1973Hamilton, Bermuda
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lena Headey is a British actress. She was born in Bermuda to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter John Headey, a police officer, and his wife Sue. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and 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.

Headey was born in Hamilton, Bermuda, to British parents Sue and John Headey. Her father, a Yorkshire police cadet, was sent to Bermuda shortly before her birth. She was raised there, living by the ocean until she was five. 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), and Germany and in Czech Republic for the filming of Der rote 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Spouse (1)

Peter Paul Loughran (19 May 2007 - 26 December 2013) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Distinctive smooth and rich voice
Arched eyebrows
Calm demeanor

Trivia (11)

Tattoos: on her arm saying "Jason" in Thai; right upper arm; between shoulder blades; extensive tattoos on her back.
Ex-fiancée of Johnny Cicco.
Born in Bermuda, her family moved to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, when she was five, and lived there until she was 17.
Her father, a police officer, was sent to train in Bermuda shortly before she was born.
Ranked #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Had to learn how to skin a rabbit for The Brothers Grimm (2005).
As of January 2008 was living in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs: Wizard and Angela Lansbury.
Was in a relationship with Jerome Flynn that ended on such bad terms that when both were cast on Game of Thrones (2011), each had a clause inserted into their contracts that they would never share scenes and must remain apart on set.
Has 2 children - a son Wylie Elliot Loughran (b. March 31, 2010) with her ex-husband Peter Paul Loughran and a daughter Teddy Cadan (b. July 10, 2015) with her boyfriend Dan Cadan.
Has an extensive number of tattoos on her back.
Was pregnant with her son Wylie much of the shooting of Game of Thrones (2011)'s Season 1. The production team was so enthusiastic about her performance that they didn't recast the role but instead worked around it. For example, directors kept the camera frame above her waist or had her sit at a table. For wide shots when Cersei was walking around, most of her costumes had large billowing sleeves which she carried in front of her to hide her pregnancy. At other times body doubles were shot from behind in quick cuts. She was in the early stages of pregnancy with her daughter Teddy when Season 5's filming ended and gave birth to Teddy the same month the season has premiered.

Personal Quotes (2)

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.

Salary (3)

Game of Thrones (2011) $500,000 an episode (season 7)
Game of Thrones (2011) $500,000 an episode (season 8)
Game of Thrones (2011) £340,000 per episode

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