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Biography #2 (for The Brothers Grimm)

Lena Headey is one of the latest in an illustrious line of British actresses to graduate from the English Rose school of Acting into the realm of full-bodied contemporary roles. Headey first came to the attention of audiences in 1992, when she played the younger version of Jeremy Irons' wife in Waterland. Headey's turn as a sexually adventurous schoolgirl in the film led to her being cast as a sexually adventurous maid in Merchant Ivory's The Remains of the Day in 1993. More period adventure followed that same year in The Summer House. After another stint as a corseted virgin in The Jungle Book (1994), Headey finally got to take part in the latter half of the 20th century in Loved Up (1995), in which she played an Ecstasy-saturated raver. That same year, she took part in ITV Granda miniseries, Band of Gold, in which she further distanced herself from her period past by portraying a lesbian prostitute.

The actress returned to period drama in Marleen Gorris' adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (1997), which cast her as the younger version of the title character's best friend. More contemporary work subsequently came her way in Antonia Bird's Face. She also starred in the romantic fantasy The Man with Rain in His Shoes with Penelope Cruz and Douglas Henshall.

She also appeared in the made-for-TV Merlin and Onegin, the latter of which featured her as Liv Tyler's sister. More recently, Headey crossed over into the realm of teen drama with Gossip, starring opposite Kate Hudson and Joshua Jackson; and starred in Aberdeen, a road movie set in Norway and Scotland and also starring Ian Hart, Charlotte Rampling, and Stellan SkarsgÄrd.

Bio courtesy Dimension Films for "The Brothers Grimm" (04-Sep-2005)


Biography #3 (for Possession)

One of England's fastest-rising actresses, Lena Headey will soon be seen in Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game, starring opposite John Malkovich (who portrays the talented Mr. Tom Ripley). She has also wrapped filming Matt Brown's romantic Ropewalk (a.k.a. Hanginaround) and Alberto Sciamma's Anazapta (in which she stars opposite Jason Flemyng).

She began her career on the stage, at age 16, in her hometown of Yorkshire. The Yorkshire production of The Coca-Cola Dragon earned the troupe a trip to London to participate in a national theater competition. Spotted by a talent scout in the audience during the competition finals (which she and the play won), she was brought to meet director Stephen Gyllenhaal, who promptly cast her in his film Waterland (starring Jeremy Irons).

Headey has subsequently starred in such features as the Merchant Ivory adaptation of The Remains of the Day, Waris Hussein's The Summer House (a.k.a. The Clothes in the Wardrobe), Stephen Sommers' Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994), Antonia Bird's Face Marleen Gorris' Mrs. Dalloway, Maria Ripoll's Twice Upon a Yesterday, Martha Fiennes' Onegin, Davis Guggenheim's Gossip, Hans Petter Moland's Aberdeen, and John Duigan's The Parole Officer.

Her television work includes an episode of Showtime's The Hunger (directed by Jake Scott); the telefilm MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (directed by Charles Correll); Steve Barron's NBC miniseries Merlin (as Queen Guinevere); the U.K. telefilms Loved Up (directed by Peter Cattaneo), Devil's Advocate (directed by Adrian Shergold), and Fair Game (directed by Alan Dossor); and the controversial U.K. miniseries Band of Gold. Also for U.K. television, she has appeared in a recurring role on the series Soldier Soldier; and guest-starred on such series as Kavanagh Q.C. and Ballykissangel.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Possession" (31-Aug-2002)