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Lena Headey

Highest Rated:   97% The Remains of the Day (1993)
Lowest Rated:   11% The Cave (2005)
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Birthplace:   Bermuda
One of the latest in an illustrious line of British actresses to graduate from the English Rose School of Acting into the realm of full-bodied contemporary roles, Lena Headey first came to the attention of audiences in 1992, when she played the younger version of Jeremy Irons' wife in Waterland. Hailing from Yorkshire (though she was born in Bermuda in 1973), Headey originally intended to be a hairdresser. Fate intervened, however, when her performance in a one-off show in the company of six school friends at the National Theatre caught the interest of a casting agent, who contacted her drama teacher and subsequently cast Headey in Waterland.Headey's turn as a sexually adventurous schoolgirl in the film led to her being cast as a sexually adventurous maid in Merchant Ivory's The Remains of the Day in 1993. More period adventure followed that same year in The Summer House, in which Headey played a quiet young lass being forced into a 1950s marriage with an insufferable mama's boy. After another stint as a corseted virgin in The Jungle Book (1994), Headey finally got to take part in the latter half of the 20th century in the BBC miniseries Loved Up (1995), in which she played an Ecstasy-saturated raver. That same year, she took part in another BBC mini, Band of Gold, in which she further distanced herself from her period past by portraying a lesbian prostitute. Over the next several years, Headey would appear in several projects like Posession, The Brothers Grimm, and The Red Baron, as well as TV series like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Game of Thrones.The actress returned to period drama in Marleen Gorris' adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (1997), which cast her as the younger version of the title character's best friend. More contemporary work subsequently came her way in Antonia Bird's Face (also 1997), a crime thriller in which she played the social worker girlfriend of Robert Carlyle's political idealist-turned-gangster. She also starred in the romantic fantasy The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998) as one of the love interests (along with Penelope Cruz) of an out-of-work Scottish actor (Douglas Henshall).After supporting turns in the lavish made-for-TV Merlin (1998) and Onegin (1999), the latter of which featured her as Liv Tyler's sister, Headey crossed over into the realm of Hollywood teen-oriented offerings with Gossip (2000), a college-set drama that cast her as one of three students who start a nasty rumor about two of their classmates (Kate Hudson and Joshua Jackson). Although the film was a bomb, Headey's career looked bright with a number of projects on the horizon. Included amongst them was Aberdeen (2000), a road movie set in Norway and Scotland that also starred Ian Hart, Charlotte Rampling, and Stellan SkarsgÄrd.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
13% Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
  • Lunafreya Nox Fleuret
$0.3M 2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Lady Catherine de Bourgh
$8.7M 2016
No Score Yet Air Jaws: Night Stalker
  • Actor
2016
17% Zipper
  • Jeannie Ellis
2015
No Score Yet Unity
  • Actor
2015
52% Low Down
  • Sheila Albany
2014
43% 300: Rise of an Empire
  • Queen Gorgo
$91.1M 2014
23% The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
  • Monica
2014
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Jocelyn
$31.2M 2013
38% The Purge
  • Mary Sandin
$64.5M 2013
No Score Yet Vivaldi (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Actor
2013
78% Dredd
  • Ma-Ma
$13.5M 2012
No Score Yet Pete Smalls is Dead
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)
  • Elizabeth Clemson
2010
No Score Yet Laid to Rest
  • Cindi
2009
No Score Yet Whore
  • Actor
2008
20% The Red Baron (Der rote Baron)
  • Kate Otersdorf
2008
49% The Broken
  • Gina McVey
2008
31% St. Trinian's
  • Miss Dickinson
2007
No Score Yet The Contractor
  • Ballard
2007
60% 300
  • Queen Gorgo
$210.6M 2007
33% Imagine Me & You
  • Luce
$0.6M 2006
38% The Brothers Grimm
  • Angelika
2005
11% The Cave
  • Kathryn
$14.9M 2005
No Score Yet Los Actores
  • Dolores
2003
96% Ripley's Game
  • Sarah Trevanny
2003
65% Possession
  • Blanche Glover
$10.1M 2002
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm
  • Ava Wigram
2002
87% Aberdeen
  • Kaisa
2001
67% The Parole Officer
  • Emma
2001
No Score Yet Anazapta
  • Actor
2001
48% Onegin
  • Olga Larin
1999
29% The Man with Rain in His Shoes (Twice Upon a Yesterday)
  • Sylvia Weld
1998
80% Merlin
  • Guinevere
1998
71% Mrs. Dalloway
  • Young Sally
1998
42% Face
  • Connie
1997
No Score Yet Grave Indiscretion
  • Cleo Coal
1995
79% Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
  • Kitty Brydon
1994
97% The Remains of the Day
  • Lizzie
1993
71% The Summer House
  • Margaret
1993
No Score Yet Century
  • Miriam
1993
58% Waterland
  • Young Mary
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2012
95% Game of Thrones
2011-2016
  • Roose Bolton Queen Cersei Baratheon Cersei Lannister
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
2008-2009
  • Sarah Connor
  • 2009
  • 2008

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