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Lena Headey

Lena Headey is a British actress, she was born in Bermuda, to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was also raised. She is the daughter of Sue and John Headey, a police officer. Headey 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 Le livre de la jungle (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 Baron rouge (2008).She also played Gina McVey in the horror thriller The Brøken (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.

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Oct 3, 1973 In Hamilton, Bermuda
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Soldier Soldier 1991-06-10
Latest Project:
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-02-24

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 20 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Game of Thrones
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister 62 episodes, 2011-2019 2011-04-17
Uncle Grandpa Unknown 2010-05-07
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
RuPaul's Drag Race Unknown 2009-02-02
White Collar Unknown 2009-10-23
The Super Hero Squad Show Unknown 2009-09-14
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Sarah Connor 31 episodes, 2008-2009 2008-01-13
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Merlin Guinevere 2 episodes, 1998 1998-04-26
The Hunger Unknown 1997-07-19
Ballykissangel Unknown 1996-02-11
Band of Gold Colette 6 episodes, 1996 1995-07-17
Kavanagh QC Unknown 1995-01-03
Soldier Soldier Unknown 1991-06-10