Oct. 3rd, 1973
5' 5 1/2"
Lena Headey's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Tell-Tale
2009 - Laid To Rest
2008 - The Brøken
2008 - The Red Baron
2007 - St. Trinian's
2006 - 300
2005 - The Brothers Grimm
2005 - Imagine Me & You
2005 - The Cave
2003 - The Actors
2002 - Ripley's Game
2001 - The Parole Officer
2000 - Aberdeen
1999 - Onegin
1999 - Inside-Out
1994 - The Jungle Book
1993 - The Remains of the Day
Guest TV Roles
Lena Headey is a British actress who is best known for her appearances in The Brothers Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Headey stars as Queen Gorgo, a heroic Spartan woman in the period film 300 (2006), by director Zack Snyder.
She was born Lena Headey on October 3, 1973, in Bermuda, where her father, a Yorkshire police cadet, was sent shortly before she was born. 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 (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 showed her range in a variety of roles, playing characters from Amazon-type warriors and action-minded women in The Cave (2005) and The Brothers Grimm (2005), to a lesbian florist in Imagine Me & You (2005).
Headey's film career took her all over the world. She was in India for the filming of The Jungle Book (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 The Brothers Grimm (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 (2007) (V), and Germany and in Czech Republic for the filming of Der rote Baron (2008).
She also plays Gina McVey in the horror thriller The Brøken (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, and shares her time between her homes in London, England, and Los Angeles, California.
- Ranked #64 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
- Was engaged to Johnny Cicco.
- Her father, a police officer, was sent to train in Bermuda shortly before Headey was born.
- Born in Bermuda, and move to Huddersfield, Yorkshire at age 5 where she lived until age 17.
- Met & dated actor 'Jason Flemyng' (qv) on the set of _The Jungle Book (1994)_ (qv) in 1994. They split after being together nine years.
- Had a tattoo on her arm saying 'Jason' in Thai.