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Lena Headey (born 3 October 1973) is an Englishmarker actress known for playing Sarah Connor on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as well as appearing in such films as The Remains of the Day, Possession, The Brothers Grimm and 300.


Headey was born in Bermudamarker, where her father, an English police officer, was sent to train as a policeman. The family returned to Huddersfieldmarker, West Yorkshire, when she was eight years old. She had her first taste of acting as a pupil at Shelley Collegemarker and had her first big break at the age of 17 when she was spotted performing in a school production at the Royal National Theatremarker being picked for a role opposite Grant Warnock in the 1992 film Waterland.


Headey has appeared in such films as James Ivory's Academy Award-nominated The Remains of the Day (alongside Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson), Stephen Sommers' The Jungle Book, Mrs Dalloway, Gossip, Aberdeen, The Parole Officer, Possession and Ripley's Game.

Headey co-starred with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, and played Queen Gorgo in Zack Snyder's 300, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel. She also appeared in two films with Piper Perabo: The Cave and Imagine Me & You. Recent roles include the German film The Red Baron, a biopic of the legendary World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, and as stuffy Miss Dickinson in the 2007 rebooting of the St. Trinian's franchise (for which she received third billing for a relatively minor role). She appeared alongside Matthias Schweighöfer and Joseph Fiennes. She also has a small role in the horror movie Laid to Rest, which will be released on DVD on 21 April 2009.

In addition to her film work, Headey headlined Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a television spin-off from James Cameron's popular Terminator franchise. Headey played Sarah Connor from January 2008 to April 2009. The show ran two seasons consisting of 31 episodes until its cancellation in May 2009.

Over the past couple of years, during downtime on the Terminator set, the actress worked on her own project which she describes as a "quirky ensemble comedy." Headey wrote and directed a short to promote the project, which features Piper Perabo and John Cleese. She now hopes to direct and produce a feature length version.

It has been confirmed by the Chicago Tribune that Headey will play Cersei Lannister in the upcoming HBO pilot Game of Thrones, based on the first book of the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.

Personal life

dated actor Jason Flemyng for nine years. She and Flemyng met during the filming of The Jungle Book. She is close friends with actress Piper Perabo. Since 2007, she has been married to musician Peter Paul, with whom she is currently (as of November, 2009) expecting her first child.She currently lives in Californiamarker.


Year Title Role Other notes
1992 Clothes in the Wardrobe Margaret
Waterland Young Mary
1993 Century Miriam TV series
Soldier Soldier Shenna Bowles
- Base Details (1993)
- Live Fire (1993)
- Shifting Sands (1993)

TV series
Spender Emily
- Best Friends (1993)
- The More Things Change (1993)

TV series
The Remains of the Day Lizzie
1994 Fair Game Ellie TV series
MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday Elise Moran
The Jungle Book Katherine Anne 'Kitty' Brydon
1995 Devil's Advocate Clare Rigby TV series
Band of Gold Colette TV series
Loved Up Sarah
The Grotesque Cleo Coal
1996 Ballykissangel Jenny
- The Things We Do for Love (1996)
TV series
1997 Kavanagh QC Natasha Jackson
- Diplomatic Baggage (1997)
TV series
The Hunger Steph Reynolds
- Menage a Trois (1997)
TV series
Face Connie
Mrs Dalloway Young Sally
1998 Merlin Queen Guinevere Television film
The Man with Rain in His Shoes Sylvia Weld
1999 Inside-Out Short film
Onegin Olga Larina
2000 Ropewalk Allison
Gossip Cathy Jones
Aberdeen Kairo 'Kaisa' Heller
2001 Round About Five Girlfriend Short film
Anazapta Matilda
The Parole Officer Emma
2002 The Gathering Storm Ava Wigram
Possession Blanche Glover
Ripley's Game Sarah Trevanny Television film
2003 The Actors Dolores
No Verbal Response Dr. Megan Pillay Short film
2004 The Long Firm Ruby Ryder TV series
2005 The Brothers Grimm Angelika
The Cave Kathryn
Imagine Me & You Luce
2006 Ultra Penny/Ultra TV series
2007 300 Queen Gorgo
The Contractor Inspector Annette Ballard
St. Trinian's Miss Dickinson
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Sarah Connor TV series 2008-2009, Star, Narrator
The Broken Gina McVey
The Red Baron Käte Otersdorf
2009 Laid to Rest Cindy
Tell-Tale Elizabeth forthcoming film
The Super Hero Squad Show Black Widow, Mystique Animated Series On Cartoon Network


  1. Chicago Tribune
  2. Hollywood Reporter

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