Anna Friel
English actress
Anna Friel
Anna Louise Friel is an English actress. Born in Rochdale, she has been acting since the age of 13, appearing in a number of British television programmes, and playing Beth Jordache on the Channel 4 soap Brookside had the first lesbian kiss on British television in January 1994.
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Edinburgh TV Festival: ITV Orders Season 2 of Crime Drama 'Marcella' With Anna Friel
Yahoo News - 6 months
The noir set in London is from 'The Bridge' writer Hans Rosenfeldt.
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David Threlfall interview: The actor takes a forensic approach in Code of a Killer as he leaves Shameless's Frank Gallagher behind
The Independent - almost 2 years
Actor David Threlfall, who is not to be confused with actor David Thewlis ("Ask him about Anna Friel," suggested one of my colleagues), doesn't grant many press interviews. That sense that he might be prickly with journalists, as well as the over-riding image of Threlfall as Shameless's lank-haired, permanently-caked, poet-of-the gutter Frank Gallagher, made me somewhat apprehensive about trundling along to ask him a load of personal questions – and didn't prepare me for the good-humoured man sitting in ITV's London offices. Mind you, it was a sunny Friday morning in early spring, enough to make anyone feel cheerful.
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Drink curry leaves tea for beautiful hair
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Actress Anna Friel drinks curry tea to do so, says it has benefited her     
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The Times Of India article
Dan Persons: Mighty Movie Podcast: Michael Winterbottom on Look of Love
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Director Michael Winterbottom and star Steve Coogan have reunited for a another unique character study, this time focusing on Paul Raymond, real estate magnate and purveyor of, ahem, "adult" entertainment. Look of Love starts in the late fifties and wends its way through the both decades and venues that include men's clubs, bawdy legitimate theater, and the magazine industry to tell the tale of a man making himself the center of a sexual revolution, even as the relationships with his wife (Anna Friel), lover (Tamsin Egerton) and daughter (Imogen Poots) deteriorate. I got a chance to speak with Winterbottom about reviving Raymond's world for the screen, and empowering Steve Coogan to bring the man to life. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the title to download. Mighty Movie Podcast: Michael Winterbottom on Look of Love LIKE US ON FACEBOOK (PLEASE?)
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Anna Friel criticized over Master Cleanse diet
Calgary Sun - almost 4 years
British actress Anna Friel has become the latest star to face criticism over her promotion of a controversial liquid diet which she uses to maintain her youthful looks.
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Rex Reed: Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Dog's Dinner
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Quit stalling around and let's cut to the chase. No Audrey Hepburn, no Holly Golightly. The proof lies there on the stage of the Cort Theatre, choking on flat, leftover, room-temperature champagne from an old party that goes down like cough syrup, in a misguided and charmless attempt to resuscitate Truman Capote's magical 1958 literary sensation Breakfast at Tiffany's that fails on every level. How many ways can you spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r ? Poor Truman. His bubbly little allegory about a deluded runaway hillbilly named Lula Mae Barnes from Tulip, Texas who invests considerable time, energy and other people's money re-inventing herself by making New York her oyster has never worked anywhere outside the exclusive splendor of the author's own extravagant literary imagination. An aborted TV pilot with Stephanie Powers failed, as well as an earlier production in London with Anna Friel by the current director, Sean Mathias, and we won't go into what Edward Albee did to the musica ...
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Marg Helgenberger Is Heading Back To CBS!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Marg Helgenberger is headed back to CBS. According to EW, the "CSI" vet has joined "Intelligence," a pilot that centers on an agent who has a microchip planted in his brain that gives him access to the whole electromagnetic spectrum of Cybercom. The pilot will also star Josh Holloway, Michael Rady and James Martinez. In other pilot news... Chris Lowell has been "Enlisted." The "Private Practice" alum has joined Fox's military pilot as Derrick, one of three brothers. [TVLine] Parminder Nagra is ABC-bound. The "ER" actress is headed to "Reckless" as Susan, the chief financial officer to the family the pilot centers on. [THR] Megan Boone has joined "Blacklist." Boone will appear in the NBC drama pilot as Elizabeth Keen, a new FBI agent. [Deadline] Audra McDonald is headed to "Ordained." The "Private Practice" vet will co-star on CBS' "The Ordained" as a senior litigator named Anthea. [THR] Anna Friel is on her way to "The Vatican." The "Pushing Daises" al ...
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Anna Friel lights up a cold winter night in a colourful coat while leaving the theatre
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Actress Anna Friel shows how to look stylish on a dark winters night as she is spotted leaving the theatre in a colourful coat. The 36-year-old is currently starring in the West End production of Uncle Vanya at the Vaudville theatre.
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Daily Mail (UK) article
Anna Friel gets a cheeky kiss from a male fan as she leaves theatre
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
The former Brookside star left the Vaudeville Theatre, in London, after yet another night treading the boards.
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Anna Friel embraces a bold and bright style in an effortlessly chic belted wool mac as she leaves the theatre
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
The 36-year-old actress looked every inch the fashionista as she stepped out in a bright red coat on Monday night.
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Anna Friel legs: Secrets of an A-list body
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
How does the 36-year-old keep them in such good shape? Mostly, she says, it’s down to the indoor water-powered rowing machine she uses several times a week.
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Anna Friel Took Our Advice...And She Looks Great
Huffington Post - over 4 years
WHO: English actress, Anna Friel WHAT: The British babe was seen leaving the Vaudeville Theatre after performing in the play "Uncle Vanya" earlier this week. Miss Friel looked fashion-forward in a pair of printed black pants (a great alternative to plain jeans) and a cheeky novelty sweater (one we suggested, thank you very much). The combination of the trendy top and the of-the-moment pants could have been too much had she not played it safe with her accessories. The hip mama opted for a sparkly clutch and a pair of black booties (both are timeless pieces) and a floppy hat that didn't distract from her busy look. This lady certainly knows how to mix trendy pieces with classics. WHERE: The "Pushing Daisies" star was seen in London on November 6th. Pacific Coast News Shop a similar look below, and check out more of our Look Of The Day picks. var src_url=" ...
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Violet vixen! A very leggy Anna Friel flashes her fantastic set of pins in a daring purple dress at the Amazing Spider-Man premiere
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
We last saw her rocking a red velvet two-piece suit as she walked the streets of London in her 70s getup.
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Steve Coogan and Anna Friel film in Eastbourne
Eastbourne Herald - almost 5 years
Actors Steve Coogan and Anna Friel were in Eastbourne this week to put the finishing touches to a new film.
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Casting Aspersions: Michôd, Friel & Winterbottom
SBS - almost 5 years
David Michôd stays local, while Anna Friel and Michael Winterbottom embrace a porn king. When Animal Kingdom came out in June 2010 and the acclaim was building not only at home but also abroad for David Michôd’s remarkable crime drama, the writer/director underwent full Hollywood immersion: he took the industry meetings, experienced talent dinners in Los Angeles, and tried to figure out what was legit and what was smoke. Afterwards he told me, “[Studios] need to make movies and they need those movies to make money, but the people running the studios want the movies made by good filmmakers. They’ll try it on.” Try it on they did, but Michôd (pictured) ultimately wasn’t buying. After a long period of silence, which may have stoked the fears of some that he would end up directing something like a film about terrorists taking over the White House or a comic book adaptation, Michôd has announced that he’ll be staying close to home. His next feature, The Rover, will shoot in Australia lat ...
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Virgin Atlantic tip-off allegations put workings of media back in spotlight
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
Leveson inquiry urged to examine secret trade in private information that fuels the paparazzi They are the secret tip-offs at the heart of the paparazzi. Far from the heavily trailed showbiz parties and red-carpet events, the lifeline of most celebrity snappers is a confidential network of sources privy to the movements of the latest tabloid fodder. From its alleged secret source inside Virgin Atlantic, the London-based paparazzi agency Big Pictures was apparently treated to the planned travel movements of everyone from British royalty to global pop stars including Madonna, Rihanna and Debbie Harry. In a string of informal emails sent last year, and seen by the Guardian, Big Pictures appears to have been supplied with information about the precise Virgin Atlantic flight details of around 70 top celebrities. The scale of the alleged breach of privacy, apparently including travel plans for Princess Beatrice last year, will throw the spotlight back on to the alleged illicit trade of ...
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Anna Friel, Imogen Poots And Tamsin Egerton Join The King Of Soho
Cinema Blend - about 5 years
Directed by <a class="fplink fp-195959" href="/michael+winterbottom+1">Michael Winterbottom</a>.
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Anna Friel wears an unusual furry hat as she enjoys a night out with her beau Rhys Ifans
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
The blonde and brown spiky head wear resembled a seventies rock star hairdo but no doubt kept her very warm.
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Absolutely blue-tiful: Anna Friel looks fab in a silky number as she makes a rare red carpet appearance with her beau Rhys Ifans
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
She turned the magic on at a private dinner hosted by <a class="fplink fp-743404" href="/william+banks+1">William Banks</a>-Blaney of WilliamVintage and <a class="fplink fp-100945" href="/gillian+anderson+1">Gillian Anderson</a> at the Renaissance Hotel in King's Cross.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anna Friel
  • 2016
    Age 39
    As of April 2016, Friel portrays lead character Detective Sergeant Marcella Backland in the British crime drama Marcella (ITV/Netflix).
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  • 2015
    Age 38
    Friel was cast in the lead role of Sergeant Odelle Ballard in NBC's American Odyssey for one season in 2015.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    Anna Friel filmed Having You, a TV movie, opposite Andrew Buchan, in 2012, and it aired on Sky TV in early May 2013 for UK residents.
    More Details Hide Details Having You has been released on DVD and VOD.
    She also starred in Public Enemies, a 3-part BBC television drama which aired in early 2012, opposite Daniel Mays.
    More Details Hide Details The two previously worked together during her appearance on The Street. It also featured Barnaby Kay, an actor whom she worked with in Without You. In 2013 Friel was cast in Showtime's new drama The Vatican opposite Kyle Chandler.
    In March 2012, Friel began filming for The King of Soho, later renamed The Look of Love, a biographical movie about "porn baron" Paul Raymond, in which she plays Raymond's wife Jean alongside Steve Coogan as Raymond.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    In January 2011, Friel appeared in an episode of the BBC series Come Fly with Me as a fictionalised version of herself.
    More Details Hide Details In the show she is bald and has lost her wig. In December of that year, she played the star role (Ellie Manning) in ITV's series drama Without You. That same month, she starred as Captain Elizabeth Bonny in the SyFy network's production of Neverland, a prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic story Peter Pan.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    Friel appears in the video for the Manic Street Preachers' September 2010 single "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love" opposite Welsh actor Michael Sheen, with whom she co-starred in the 2003 film Timeline.
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    In November 2010, Friel starred in London Boulevard alongside Ray Winstone, Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and her then partner David Thewlis.
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    In April 2010, she was cast in the psychological thriller film The Dark Fields (now entitled Limitless and released in March 2011).
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    In September 2009, Friel starred in a West End adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
    More Details Hide Details It was particularly noted for now including a nude scene which was not part of the original Breakfast at Tiffanys performance.
    Friel co-starred in the critical and box office flop 2009 film Land of the Lost.
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  • 2006
    Age 29
    In November 2006, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bolton for contributions to the performing arts.
    More Details Hide Details Henry Bond's photograph depicts Anna with David Thewlis. The couple were reported to have been paid £50,000 to appear in the autumn/winter 2001 advertising campaign for British fashion company Mulberry.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    However, she became pregnant and gave birth to Gracie Ellen Mary Friel on 9 July 2005 at Portland Hospital in London.
    More Details Hide Details Gracie was named after Gracie Fields, who was also from Rochdale, and her mother's grandmothers, Ellen and Mary. She has appeared along with her mother in the film Bathory. In 2008, Friel began supporting the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In December 2010, Friel and Thewlis separated after almost ten years together. Since 2011, Friel has been in a relationship with Welsh actor Rhys Ifans. In 2014 she campaigned on behalf of the WWF wildlife charity.
    She was previously in a relationship with the actor David Thewlis and, in 2005, had a daughter with him.
    More Details Hide Details Friel was born in Rochdale, in Greater Manchester. Her mother Julie (née Bamford) is a special needs teacher, and her father Desmond "Des" Friel was a French teacher who now owns a web design company. Friel's father is Irish Catholic, who was born in Belfast and grew up in County Donegal. He is a former folk guitarist. Her brother Michael is a physician, who in his youth did television advertising work for Hovis. She attended Crompton House Church of England High School (in High Crompton), and later attended Holy Cross College (in Bury). She began her training as an actress at Oldham Theatre Workshop. At age 13, she was hired for her first professional acting job in the Channel 4 drama serial G.B.H., as the daughter of Michael Palin's character. Her performance led to a series of appearances on various British television shows, including Emmerdale.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    In 2001, Friel began a relationship with actor David Thewlis, after the pair met on a flight to Cannes (the two never married).
    More Details Hide Details In the same year Friel collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, needing emergency surgery and two blood transfusions for a ruptured ovarian cyst. It was later discovered that she suffers from endometriosis and would have great difficulty conceiving.
    In 2001, she made her West End stage début in London in a fringe production of Lulu, which also transferred to Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details Friel's film credits include playing Nick Leeson's wife Lisa in Rogue Trader opposite Ewan McGregor; David Leland's The Land Girls, which also starred Rachel Weisz and Catherine McCormack; Adam Collis Sunset Strip as Tammy Franklin, opposite Jared Leto, Simon Baker and Nick Stahl; All for Love with Richard E. Grant; A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hermia, opposite Christian Bale, Dominic West and Calista Flockhart; Timeline as Gerard Butler's object of affection; Me Without You opposite Michelle Williams; and Goal! and Goal II: Living the Dream. Her television work includes the short lived The Jury for the Fox and ITV1's Watermelon which was based on the novel by Marian Keyes. In 2007, she started playing Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in Pushing Daisies, a new television series from the creator of Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, on the American network ABC. Although popular with critics, in November 2008, creator Bryan Fuller stated that it had been cancelled due to poor ratings. The show ran for two seasons. Following the series' cancellation, Friel was offered six pilots during the next pilot season but declined all six roles in favour of focusing on her film career.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    In 1998 she appeared in the serialization of Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend
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    Friel made her film debut in 1998 in David Leland's Land Girls and has since made a number of films such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), Timeline (2003), Land of the Lost (2009) and Limitless (2011).
    More Details Hide Details Outside of film, she is probably best known in the USA for her work as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in the ABC comedy series Pushing Daisies for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2008. She is the recipient of a number of awards including National Television Award (1995), Drama Desk Award (1999), and the Royal Television Society Award (2009). She has also appeared in music videos and television and print media advertising campaigns and is the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Bolton.
  • 1996
    Age 19
    In 1996, Friel gained even greater exposure when she appeared in the television film The Tribe by Stephen Poliakoff, which included nudity and a much discussed ménage à trois sex scene between characters played by Friel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Northam.
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  • 1995
    Age 18
    In 1995, Friel won the National Television Award for Most Popular Actress for her work on Brookside.
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  • 1992
    Age 15
    In 1992, she was added to the cast on the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, where she increased her exposure in the role of Beth Jordache.
    More Details Hide Details She stayed on the programme for two years. Friel's on-air lesbian kiss with Nicola Stephenson was the first in British soap history, but not – as is often claimed – the first on British television, which occurred on the BBC 2 in 1974.
  • 1976
    Born on July 12, 1976.
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