Lena Headey
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Lena Headey
Lena Headey is an English actress. Headey's performance in a one-off show when she was 17 caught the attention of a casting agent, who took a photo and asked her to audition and eventually she got a supporting role alongside Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke in the 1992 British drama film Waterland and went on to appear with higher-profile actors in major films such as The Remains of the Day (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Onegin (1999) and Aberdeen (2000).
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Queen Cersei praises Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech in 1 emphatic tweet
Yahoo News - about 2 months
LONDON — Queen Cersei may be a fairly unpleasant character in the Game of Thrones universe, but actress Lena Headey has proven time and time again she's anything but. SEE ALSO: Queen Cersei strikes down Donald Trump with 1 thunderous tweet When you consider her position on Donald Trump and her recent efforts to spread awareness of the refugee crisis, it's really no surprise that Headey would be a fan of Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech. In the speech, which was praised by many but divided others, Streep spoke about the dangers of exclusion, disrespect and violence. On Monday morning, Headey made her own feelings about the speech crystal clear. MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL MERYL .. all we need — lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) January 9, 2017 She wasn't the only celebrity to support Streep's words, either. J.K. Rowling retweeted a full transcript of the speech written up in a New York Time s article, while John Legend and Ellen DeGeneres ...
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Queen Cersei strikes down Donald Trump with 1 thunderous tweet
Yahoo News - 2 months
LONDON — If there's one thing we've learned from 2016, it's that you don't mess with Queen Cersei. Not ever. That goes for the actor as well as the character, by the way. SEE ALSO: 'Game of Thrones' star Lena Headey hints Cersei is headed to an even darker place It's been awhile since Game of Thrones star Lena Headey last slammed Donald Trump on Twitter, but on Tuesday morning she clearly couldn't resist responding to this tweet from Mark Duplass. What's it called when one gets impeached before one actually takes office? — Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) December 12, 2016 Headey's reply was fairly no-nonsense. I think it's called a stroke of necessary GENIUS at this point https://t.co/99Eo94B1MZ — lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) December 13, 2016 If you get on the bad side of the current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, you'd better be prepared for winter to come early. BONUS: Breaking down the brilliance of 'Battle of the Bastards'
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Queen Cersei gives her verdict on the debate with one resounding tweet
Yahoo News - 4 months
LONDON — It's only been a matter of hours since J.K. Rowling gave her view on the debate (hint: it involved a memorable comparison between Donald Trump and a "giant orange Twitter egg"), and now other celebrities are getting involved too. Enter current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms and general no-nonsense badass, Queen Cersei.  SEE ALSO: Sounds like even Ramsay Bolton hates Donald Trump In the early hours of Thursday morning, Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey shared her enthusiastic verdict: Oh god YES !! I'm with her ... I'M WITH HER  .. Women's rights, eloquent, empathetic and brilliant. — lena headey (@IAMLenaHeadey) October 20, 2016 Shortly after, she retweeted this post from Clinton. RT if you’re proud of Hillary tonight. #DebateNight #SheWon pic.twitter.com/H7CJep7APX — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016 Headey's tweet seemed to go down well. @IAMLenaHeadey pic.twitter.com/bEl9H0FwZ6 — Edith Marroquin ❤️ (@peneloopies) October 20, 2016 @IAMLenaHeadey pic.twitter ...
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Even The Most Evil ‘Game Of Thrones’ Villain Dislikes Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
You know you’re in trouble when even Ramsay Bolton is questioning your sanity. The most evil villain in “Game of Thrones” appeared to shut down GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday. Well, the Welsh actor Iwan Rheon who plays the sadistic character in HBO’s epic fantasy drama did, anyway. I've decided to be the opposite to that mad guy from the USA (the name escapes me). I'll respect women, embrace all races and pay my taxes. — Iwan Rheon (@iwanrheon) October 10, 2016 While not specifically naming Trump, it’s pretty clear to whom he was alluding. Perhaps the greatest giveaway was when he said he would “respect women, embrace all races and pay my taxes.” See how Trump has done exactly the opposite of that here, here and here. Rheon joins fellow “Game of Thrones” cast member Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei, in criticizing the brash businessman. Here's my last thought of the night. Donald Trump cann ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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2016 Emmy Predictions: V.F.'s Experts on Who Will Win - Vanity Fair
Google News - 5 months
Vanity Fair 2016 Emmy Predictions: V.F.'s Experts on Who Will Win Vanity Fair The Golden Globes are, frequently, filled with surprises (hello, best musical or comedy series Mozart in the Jungle). The Oscars, too, can be tough to anticipate—who would have guessed that Spotlight would win best picture without garnering any other ... Jimmy Kimmel warns that his friends are 'in the most danger' when he hosts the EmmysEntertainment Weekly Jimmy Kimmel: Still a nervous Emmy hostazcentral.com Experts' Emmy predictions: Lena Headey ('Game of Thrones') gets 2-to-5 odds to claim Drama Supporting Actress crownGoldderby Bustle -HitFix -LifeZette -Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) all 44 news articles »
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Jared Leto In 'Suicide Squad' Is The Worst Kind Of Movie Villain
Huffington Post - 7 months
Somewhere along the way, Hollywood decided that villainy is synonymous with camp. Evil, in its most uninspired cinematic forms, is coated in showy extravagance. While a little outsize depravity can be fun, this weekend’s “Suicide Squad” proves we have hit a plateau where bigger is almost certainly not better.  Of course, I am referring primarily to Jared Leto, he of the insufferable rat-gifting, always-in-character method acting that led to an obnoxiously calculated take on the psychopathic Joker. Leto is proud of his performance ― the self-inflation radiates off of him every time he’s onscreen, which is far less frequent than one would assume, given how extensively he has teased this role for the better part of the past year. (Good move, Warner Bros.) Leto said he prepped for the project by watching footage of violent crimes on YouTube, but his works seems more like a the result of a checklist than a study in delinquency. His mantra must have been, “Wide eyes, empty hearts, can’t ...
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'Game of Thrones' recap: An epic season finale full of fire and blood
LATimes - 8 months
The brutal “game” of ruling the Seven Kingdoms just became more cutthroat. For ruthless Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) sits on the Iron Throne -- after slaughtering most of her enemies at King’s Landing -- as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” concludes its sixth season. “The Winds of Winter” (Episode 60)...
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Not My Job: We Quiz Lena Headey On Games Worse Than 'Game Of Thrones'
NPR - about 1 year
Game of Thrones may have killed off many major characters, but the manipulative, scheming Queen Cersei is still standing. We've invited Headey to play a game called "You win and you die."
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Queen Cersei from ‘Game of Thrones’ reads insults from ‘The Bachelor’
Yahoo News - about 1 year
On Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Lena Headey, who you might more readily know as Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones , participated in a pretty funny bit where she read actual insults that were hurled from contestants on ABC's The Bachelor. Though perhaps not as recognizable with a shorter haircut and black hair, Headey immediately brought Cersei to life and showed of her impressive acting chops once she picked up a goblet filled with "wine" and got deep into character. DON'T MISS:  10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time Even better, the segment was punctuated with ominous music and appropriate mood lighting to really give it a Game of Thrones-y vibe. All in all, a
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Lena Headey: Cersei would be great on 'The Bachelor'
Fox News - about 1 year
Jimmy Kimmel made the astute observation that Game of Thrones villain Cersei Lannister has a lot in common with the girls on The Bachelor: She has great hair, drinks a lot of wine, and relishes making cruel comments. So when Lena Headey, the actress who plays her, stopped by the show Monday night, he gave her a goblet of wine and had her recite real Bachelor insults in character.
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Tag-Teamed By <i>Total Divas</i>: Brie and Nikki Bella Are a Twinning Combination
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In an era of ass-kicking women on TV (Supergirl, Blindspot's Jane Doe, Legends of Tomorrow's White Canary, Netflix's Jessica Jones), the Bella Twins are the real thing. Well, as real as anything gets on reality TV, anyway. "It's definitely 100 percent real," Nikki Bella, one-half of the WWE twin sister act with Brie Bella, vowed over the phone from Los Angles on Jan. 15, four days before tonight's Season 5 premiere of Total Divas (9 p.m. ET/PT) on the E! channel. Brie, who seems less demonstrative than Nikki (until she gets into Brie Mode, becoming the life of the party), joined her equally funny twinster on the speakerphone for an engaging, fast-paced tag-team conversation. Regarding the entertaining series that follows several female professional wrestlers and their significant others, Nikki added, "The cameras catch everything going on in our lives from inside the ring to outside the ring." Brie agreed, saying: "You obviously have these moments where you want to be alo ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lena Headey
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    In 2016, Headey co-starred in the horror film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, opposite her former Game of Thrones, Century and The Contractor co-star Charles Dance.
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  • 2015
    Age 41
    In July 2015, it was reported that Headey will voice Jeopardy Mouse in Danger Mouse, a reboot of the 1981 TV series of the same name, which was broadcast on CBBC in late 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Headey stated that "I wanted to do it because it was pure nostalgia for me. I have children now and it’s just a treat to be involved in something that you loved as a kid and be able to share it. Those moments as an actor that come along once in while are not to be missed." She will appear alongside Alexander Armstrong as Danger Mouse and Stephen Fry as Colonel K.
    In 2015, she appeared on the cover of More.
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    Headey supports the LGBT organisation NOH8 and in April 2015 appeared on a T-shirt designed by them and sold through Represent.com to raise funds for the cause.
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    On 10 July 2015, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Headey has been close friends with actress Piper Perabo since they starred together in the 2005 films The Cave and Imagine Me & You. She has also campaigned on behalf of animal rights. Headey was a vegetarian, however in a 2011 interview she stated she now eats meat again, albeit rarely. Headey is good friends with her Game of Thrones co-stars Peter Dinklage and Pedro Pascal. She has said the former first pitched the role of Cersei Lannister to her. Headey has a number of tattoos, and has stated "I was born wearing ink." Her tattoos include a large floral design on her back as well as a Pema Chödrön quote on her ribs. She told Esquire magazine that "I love tattoos. I find it calming." Her tattoos often require covering when Headey works, although she has stated that "you can usually get away with it by keeping your clothes on."
    On 16 April 2015, Headey stated that the baby will be a girl.
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    In February 2015, Headey confirmed she was expecting her second child in the summer.
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  • 2014
    Age 40
    Headey also appeared in the 2014 biopic Low Down, a film which detailed the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany, as well as playing the wife of Patrick Wilson's character in Zipper in 2015.
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    Following the success of 300, Headey reprised her role as Queen Gorgo in the 2014 sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In 2013, Headey was cast as Jocelyn Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opposite Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower.
    More Details Hide Details The film never received a sequel, and Headey will not reprise her role in the Freeform TV series Shadowhunters.
    She re-teamed with Ethan Hawke to co-star in The Purge, a 'micro-budget' horror film, which opened on 7 June 2013 at number one position in the United States, grossing over $US36 million over the weekend.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    Headey made a guest appearance in the television show White Collar in the episode "Taking Account" in which she played the role of Sally. In 2012, she appeared in the 3D action science-fiction film Dredd alongside Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby.
    More Details Hide Details Her character is Madeline Madrigal (Ma-Ma), the leader of a drug dealing gang, and the project's primary villain. Dredd is a film adaptation of 2000 AD character Judge Dredd. The film was directed by Pete Travis with a script by Alex Garland. In May and June 2012, Lena filmed the fantasy adventure movie The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box throughout South West England, playing the role of Monica. The film was released in 2014.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    Headey and Loughran separated in 2011 and she filed for divorce in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on 20 July 2012. The divorce was finalized on 26 December 2013.
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    In 2011, she was nominated for a Scream Award in the category of Best Fantasy Actress for the role.
    More Details Hide Details Headey was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for portraying Cersei in 2014 and 2015.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    Headey was cast in the lead part in another horror film titled Laid to Rest, which was first screened in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details However, the film went straight to video on 21 April 2009 and earned mixed reviews. Critic Mark H. Harris for About.com stated that the film "has a great look and boasts an impressive cast," referring to both Headey and co-star Thomas Dekker. Headey had a part in a short film called The Devil's Wedding. She provided her voice for an episode of the Cartoon Network TV series The Super Hero Squad Show playing Black Widow and Mystique. Since its premiere in April 2011, Headey has portrayed queen regent Cersei Lannister on the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. Her performance as the ruthless queen has received critical acclaim.
    In 2008, Headey starred in the horror film The Broken.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated Sean Ellis. The film was about "a woman who suspects she's being followed around London by a murderous doppelganger". The Broken was screened at the midnight portion of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and generally got average reviews. Some critics praised Headey's performance, including Kim Koynar of Cinematical who wrote that Headey "largely carries the film, and does so quite ably".
  • 2007
    Age 33
    She married musician Peter Loughran in May 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Headey and Loughran have a son, Wylie Loughran, who was born on 31 March 2010. She has spoken about suffering from postpartum depression following Wylie's birth.
    She also appeared as the stuffy Miss Dickinson in the 2007 release of the St. Trinian's series.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in the Ridley Scott produced Tell-Tale, a film based on the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. The movie went straight to DVD on 25 May 2008.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    In 2005, she starred with actress Piper Perabo in the films The Cave and Imagine Me & You.
    More Details Hide Details The Cave was not well received by critics and did poorly at the box office. The romantic comedy-drama Imagine Me & You received a limited release and earned positive reviews. Critics praised Headey's performance as a lesbian in the film; Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle stated that the actress "has a forthright, irresistible appeal and a face and especially a smile that suggest intelligence, integrity and lots of fun". Headey played Queen Gorgo in Zack Snyder's 300. Headey had to do nude scenes in the film. "It's always weird the thought of taking your clothes off in front of 20 people and then to have it projected in front of many more", she told IndieLondon during an interview. "I think it was necessary because we only get that scene to establish their relationship. It is a very obvious moment but I think it does it in quite a beautiful way."
    Headey co-starred with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, which was released in August 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The film received mixed reviews. In an interview Headey spoke about her character in the film: "I loved the fact that she was a tomboy. That is what attracted me to her, that she wasn't this predictable female character in this big film. You meet her and she is masking who she is. I loved that her environment dictated who she is. She lives and grows up and survives in the forest. Terry and I talked about how her instincts are almost animalistic and she can see 360 degrees around her. She is aware of what is going on. That is how she is grounded. She is of the earth".
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 28
    In 2002, she had a role in the mystery drama Possession alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart.
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  • 2001
    Age 27
    She received the Silver Iris Award for Best Actress at the 2001 Brussels European Film Festival for her role in Aberdeen.
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  • 2000
    Age 26
    She also had roles in 2000's Gossip and 2001's The Parole Officer.
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  • 1997
    Age 23
    After a number of film roles, she appeared opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the 1997 romantic drama Mrs Dalloway.
    More Details Hide Details Headey landed a supporting role in a higher-profile film titled Onegin, which starred Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler. The following year, she had the starring role in the drama Aberdeen. Headey received several good reviews for her performance in the film.
  • 1994
    Age 20
    Headey was once engaged to Johnny Cicco, and dated actor Jason Flemyng for nine years, from 1994 to 2003.
    More Details Hide Details She and Flemyng met during the filming of The Jungle Book, and she had a tattoo of his name in Thai on her arm, which has since been covered. She was reportedly dating Marcos Domina, a Brazilian model, following her breakup with Flemyng. She was linked to Game of Thrones co-star Jerome Flynn, however the relationship reportedly ended badly, resulting in the two being kept apart on set.
    She played Katherine in Disney's The Jungle Book, released in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The film had positive reviews and earned nearly $44 million in the United States. Headey, alongside her co-stars received favourable reviews with James Berardinelli praising their "solid performances". On the set of The Jungle Book, she met her boyfriend of nine years, actor Jason Flemyng.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    She landed a small role in The Remains of the Day, which came out in 1993 and received eight Academy Awards nominations.
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  • 1992
    Age 18
    Headey had her first experience of acting when she was a pupil at Shelley College; she was noticed at age 17, when performing in a school production at the Royal National Theatre, and was picked for a role in the 1992 film Waterland.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of 17, Headey performed in a one-off show and afterwards a casting agent took a photo and asked her to audition. Later, she got a supporting role in the drama Waterland, in which she had the opportunity to work with actors who had been in the business several years before her.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Born on October 3, 1973.
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