Trivia

  • Moved 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.
  • Was ranked #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
  • In AfterEllen.com’s Hot 100 list, she was voted at no. 4, 10, and 3 in 2007, 2008, and 2009 respectively.
  • The first film she ever saw was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) as a child.
  • Used to be a vegetarian for many years.
  • Loves getting tattoos and finds the process “calming”.
  • Used to have two hamsters and some gold fish. She ‘accidentally’ boiled one of the fish as a child because she wanted to give them a big jacuzzi.
  • Has been doing yoga since she worked in India, shooting The Jungle Book (1994).
  • Boxing is one of her hobbies.
  • Used to live in London, England and later in Laurel Canyon, California, USA but has since moved back to West Yorkshire, England and lives very close to her parents.
  • Met and started dating actor Jason Flemyng on the set of The Jungle Book (1994). They split after being together nine years and they’re still good friends.
  • Was engaged to Johnny Cicco.
  • Met her now ex-husband Peter Paul Loughran, when she attended a friend’s wedding. He’s born in Northern Ireland and the two tied the knot in Belfast on May 19, 2007 and they separated in 2011 and later divorced on December 26, 2013.
  • It was rumored that Lena and her Solider Soldier (1993) and Game of Thrones co-star Jerome Flynn were dating sometime before 2014.
  • Got engaged to director Dan Cadan in July 2017 and they have been friends since they were kids and he directed Lena in the short film The Devil’s Wedding (2009).
  • Has a son, Wylie with ex-husband Peter Paul Loughran and daughter Teddy with fiancee Dan Cadan.
  • Lena has a drink named after her at the Allston Yacht Club in LA. The drink is called ‘Lena’s Holiday’.
  • She has never returned to her birthplace Bermuda.
  • Is very close friends with actress Piper Perabo, her co-star in The Cave (2005), Imagine Me & You (2005) and The Sophisticates (2008).
  • I also very good friends with actress Anna Torv.
  • Wants to direct movies in the future, and has so far directed the short film The Sophisticates (2008).
  • Prefers to work in Europe rather then in USA.
  • Her favorite dessert is ‘Angel Delight’.
  • 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.
  • Really didn’t enjoy making The Cave (2005) and thinks the movie was emberrasing.
  • She’s a keen practitioner of boxing and of Yoga, which she first discovered in India when she was filming The Jungle Book (1994).
  • Was diagnosed with clinical depression when she was 15 years old and has suffered of it in periods ever since.
  • Has explained that she felt her school days were really hard.
  • Thinks The Brothers Grimm (2005) was hell to shoot and a horrendous experience, mostly because the director Terry Gilliam wanted another actress for the part and apparently didn’t treat Lena well.
  • Has a younger brother named Tim who is an air steward.
  • Her favorite iPhone game is ‘Fruit Ninja’ and it’s said that she holds a score of 4,552.
  • Loves the TV Series Coronation Street (1960-) and one of her friends writes on it.
  • Gave birth to her first child, a son named Wylie Elliot Loughran on April 1, 2010.
  • Used to play a lot of sports in school.
  • Would love to do some theatre work but wishes she could sing so she could be in a musical!
  • Said that if she could be more like any of the characters she played it would be Angelica in The Brothers Grimm (2005). Because she’s a tomboy just like her and she likes that shes physically free – and she also loves to horse ride!
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