Oct. 3rd, 1973
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Lena Headey (born October 3, 1973) 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'.
Born 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), and Germany and in Czech Republic for the filming of Der rote Baron (2008).
She also plays Gina McVey in the horror thriller The Broken (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).
She has never been back to her birthplace in Bermuda, and shares her time between her homes in London, England, and Los Angeles, California.
Headey was once engaged to Johnny Cicco, and dated actor 'Jason Flemyng' for nine years, from 1994 to 2003. She and Flemyng met during the filming of The Jungle Book, and she has a tattoo of his name in Thai on her arm. She was reportedly dating a Brazilian model Marcos Domina following her breakup with Flemyng. She married musician Peter Loughran in May 2007. Headey and Loughran have a son, Wylie Loughran (born March 31, 2010). Headey and Loughran separated in 2011 and she filed for divorce in the Los Angeles Superior Court (July 20, 2012). The divorce was finalized (December26, 2013).
She is close friends with actress 'Piper Perabo'. She has also campaigned on behalf of animal rights. Lena was a vegetarian, however in a 2011 interview she stated she now eats meat again, albeit rarely. She practices boxing and yoga. "I also started Bikram Yoga", Headey said in an interview, "A few years ago I used to box in London and that held me in good stead".
Headey 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.
- Met & dated actor 'Jason Flemyng' (qv) on the set of _The Jungle Book (1994)_ (qv) in 1994. They split after being together nine years.
- Her father, a police officer, was sent to train in Bermuda shortly before Headey was born.
- Was engaged to Johnny Cicco.
- Born in Bermuda, and move to Huddersfield, Yorkshire at age 5 where she lived until age 17.
- Had a tattoo on her arm saying 'Jason' in Thai.