Lena Headey – Famous Actress

Who is Lena Headey?

Lena Headey is a Bermudian-English actress. She is best known for her role as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, but she has appeared in many other shows and films, such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dredd, The Purge, and others.


3 October 1973


Hamilton, Bermuda



Personal Life

Headey married Peter Loughran in 2007. They had a son in 2010 and divorced in 2013. In 2015, Headey had a daughter with Dan Cadan. The couple separated in 2019.

Professional Life

Headey started her career with a supporting role in Waterland in 1992 and with a small role in The Remains of the Day, which received 8 Oscar nominations. Her career began to flourish in England with shows like Soldier Soldier, Band of Gold, and Kavanagh QC in 1997.

In 1993, she was in The Jungle Book from Disney. In 1997, she was in Mrs Dalloway opposite Vanessa Redgrave. In 1999, Headey appeared in Onegin, a drama opposite Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler, but the film was unsuccessful. In 2000, she was in the romantic comedy Aberdeen and the drama Gossip., earning the Silver Iris Award for the former role.

2002 saw her appear in Possession, followed by The Actors and a voice acting role in the game Dishonored. The role that brought her more widespread recognition was that of Angelika in The Brothers Grimm by Terry Gilliam, despite the film’s mixed reviews and success.

In 2005, she was in The Cave and Imagine Me & You. 2007 saw her first big role as Queen Gorgo in 300 from Zack Snyder.

Headey was cast as Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The show was praised but ultimately cut short after only two seasons.

Since 2011, Headey portrayed Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, one of the biggest series of all time. She received widespread acclaim for her performance as the ruthless queen and would remain a central character throughout all the seasons.

In 2013, she was in The Purge and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. She also reprised her role as Queen Gorgo for the sequel to 300.

She was in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Thumper. In 2021, she was in Gunpowder Milkshake and Twist.

Beyond the series and film roles, Headey did voice work for video games like Risen and Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and animated series like Infinity Train, Danger Mouse, and Trollhunters.


In 2005, she was in The Cave and Imagine You & Me opposite Piper Perabo. The two actresses became friends and have remained close since.

The actress is a committed vegetarian.

Headey has many tattoos and enjoys the process of getting them. She covers them for some of her roles.

The actress was suggested for Game of Thrones by her friend Peter Dinklage who played the role of her brother, Tyrion Lannister.

Her role as Cersei Lannister earned her a lot of Emmy nominations throughout the years for Best Actress. She has been recognized for her strong portrayal.


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