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Date of Birth
3 October 1973

Place of Birth
Hamilton, Bermuda

Height
5′ 5½” (1,66 m)

Star Sign
Libra


Biography

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 I fratelli Grimm e l’incantevole strega (2005), Possession – Una storia romantica (2002), and Quel che resta del giorno (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 – Memorie d’amore (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 Il nascondiglio del diavolo – The cave (2005) and I fratelli Grimm e l’incantevole strega (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 Mowgli – Il libro della giungla (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 I fratelli Grimm e l’incantevole strega (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 – Rischio supremo (2007), and Germany and in Czech Republic for the filming of Der rote Baron (2008).

She also played Gina McVey in the horror thriller Rotto (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.


Personal Quotes

– I’m actually pretty shy, it’s almost painful sometimes.

– I’m dreadful at schmoozing at Hollywood parties; I find them so boring. You have to listen to these awful stories – I mean, what do you say?

– But I don’t necessarily equate success with being a huge Hollywood star. To remain quite anonymous is the biggest gift ever. I would hate to have my picture taken when I go to the shop for milk. I find Hollywood a really trick place. I never wanted to live there. For me, the cheaper jobs with a small intimate crew are far more rewarding.

– 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.

– I hadn’t gone to drama school. I was lucky and just fell into it.

– I played Sinead Cusack as a young woman. They gave her big teeth to match mine. Big teeth and a hairy lip – ooh, I’m a sex symbol! They’ll have me on the cover of FHM next.

– Working in film lets me travel, which is one of my passions. I like to visit remote places and see real people.

– You can’t take anything for granted for a second otherwise you trip up. More than anything, I believe life is all about timing. I know certainly every situation in my life has been like “why now?” and it’s a test or a beautiful moment. That’s why life is so gorgeous.

About her first men’s magazine shoot which she found traumatising
I lasted all of about two seconds, pouting and trying to look sexy, before descending into giggles. I was like, no way! Give me the boy shorts!

When being asked ‘How come you are so awesome?’
Awww, that’s nice. Um, I was just born awesome.

About acting
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.

– It may be about always running from something. It’s quite cathartic. You can play complete bastards and get away with it. You can’t do that in real life. It allows me to behave terribly.

– I feel like my career has been like an elastic; I’ve almost had the big breakthrough role so many times and then been back to where I started. “I’ve given up thinking, ‘This is it,’ as it makes you dizzy, so I’m just going to do what I do and if things happen then they happen.

– For every film I’ve always relied on an ability to access real feelings. I don’t know any other way. That’s probably why some directors think I’m too intense.

– But every time I hate what I’m doing, every time the experience is ugly, then I’ll read something new and think, ‘I HAVE to do this!

About movies
Everything, I am quite eclectic. I sometimes take home a really big blockbuster and I am usually disappointed, and then I think why did I do it again? At the moment there is a ton of stuff that I want to see at the theatre. But the independent cinemas disappear more and more, which is kind of disappointing. There are only these large complexes left in London.


Trivia

– 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.

– 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.

– Is a vegetarian.

– Had to learn how to skin a rabbit.

– Lives in Laurel Canyon, California with her husband and their two dogs: Wizard and Angela Lansbury. [January 2008]

Info taken from IMDB