Lena Headey


03 Oct 1973


Hamilton, Bermuda


Lena Headey is a British actress, she was born in Bermuda, to parents from Yorkshire, England, where she was also raised. She is the daughter of Sue and John Headey, a police officer. Headey is best-known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and 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.

Headey was born in Hamilton, Bermuda, to British parents Sue and John Headey. Her father, a Yorkshire police cadet, was sent to Bermuda shortly before her birth. She was raised there, living by the ocean until she was five. 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 shown 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 has taken 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 The Red Baron (2008).

She also played 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).

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; she shares her time between her homes in London, England, and Los Angeles, California.

Actor ( 82 credits )

Reds and Grays (2017) Kiona (voice)
Thumper (2017)
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016) Princess Luna
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
Unity (2015) Narrator (voice)
Zipper (2015) Jeannie Ellis
Danger Mouse (2015)  Jeopardy Mouse (2 episodes, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Herself (1 episode, 2016)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Queen Gorgo
Low Down (2014) Sheila Albany
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013) Monica
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) Jocelyn
The Purge (2013) Mary Sandin
Dredd (2012) Ma-Ma
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Herself (2014)
Game of Thrones (2011)  Cersei Lannister (36 episodes, 2011-2014)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Pete Smalls Is Dead (2010) Shannah
Conan (2010)  Herself (1 episode, 2013)
Uncle Grandpa (2010)  Aunt Grandma (3 episodes, 2014-2016)
The Devil's Wedding (2009) The Devil's Bride
Tell Tale (2009) Elizabeth Clemson
Laid to Rest (2009) Cindy
White Collar (2009)  Sally (1 episode, 2011)
RuPaul's Drag Race (2009)  Herself - Guest Judge (1 episode, 2014)
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)  Black Widow / ... (1 episode, 2009)
The Red Baron (2008) Käte
Whore (2008) Mom
The Broken (2008) Gina McVey
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)  Sarah Connor (31 episodes, 2008-2009)
Brunch with Bridget (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
St. Trinian's (2007) Miss Dickinson
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Herself - Guest / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
300 (2006) Queen Gorgo
Vacancy (2006) Pam Bishop
Imagine Me & You (2005) Luce
Round About Five (2005) Girlfriend
The Cave (2005) Dr. Kathryn Jennings
The Brothers Grimm (2005) Angelika
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself - Guest / ... (5 episodes, 2008-2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2014)
Infanity (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
No Verbal Response (2003) Megan
The Actors (2003) Dolores
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Ripley's Game (2002) Sarah Trevanny
Possession (2002) Blanche Glover
Anazapta (2002) Lady Matilda Mellerby
HypaSpace (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
The Buzz (2002)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
The Parole Officer (2001) Emma
Aberdeen (2000) Kaisa
Gossip (2000) Cathy Jones
Ropewalk (2000) Allison
Inside-Out (1999) Window-dresser
Onegin (1999) Olga
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998) Sylvia Weld
Mrs Dalloway (1997) Young Sally
Face (1997) Connie
Van Gogh's Ear (1997)
The Hunger (1997)  Steph Reynolds (1 episode, 1997)
Gold (1997)  Colette (unknown episodes)
Ballykissangel (1996)  Jenny Clark (1 episode, 1996)
Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets (1995) Cleo Coal
Band of Gold (1995)  Colette (8 episodes, 1996-1997)
Kavanagh QC (1995)  Natasha Jackson (1 episode, 1997)
The Jungle Book (1994) Katherine 'Kitty' Brydon
Century (1993) Miriam
The Summer House (1993)
The Remains of the Day (1993) Lizzie
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Waterland (1992) Young Mary
HBO First Look (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Soldier Soldier (1991)  Shenna Bowles (3 episodes, 1993)
Spender (1991)  Emily Goodman (2 episodes, 1993)
Screen Two (1985)  Margaret (1 episode, 1993)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008-2014)
How We Used to Live (1968)  Grace Palmer (3 episodes, 1993)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (0) Jocelyn Fray
Jacqueline Ess (0)

Producer ( 2 credits )

The Devil's Wedding (2009) executive producer
Jacqueline Ess (0) co-producer