Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary.
Posted by Ryan Neal
760a631d0dea2ae92cb6e9f7b157b927
Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
760a631d0dea2ae92cb6e9f7b157b927
Advertisements:Advertisements:
Advertisements:Advertisements:
Lena Headey

Advertisements:Advertisements:
Famous For:
Dredd, The Purge, The Brothers Grimm
Networth:
$9 Million
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
Famous Years:
1992 - Present
Birthdate:
October 3, 1973
Lena Headey


Advertisements:

  Famous For:
Dredd, The Purge, The Brothers Grimm

  Networth:
$9 Million

Advertisements:Advertisements:
Advertisements:

Next Celebrity
or read more about below

“Game of Thrones” is one of the most ambitious shows in television history without a doubt. Not only is the production budget for the series extremely high, but it has a cast the size of some of those epic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. That makes it hard to stand out, but there are certain characters that certainly have. Among them is Cersei Lannister, who has been played by veteran actress Lena Headey since the show’s inception. A decade since auditioning for the part, Headey finally says goodbye to the character she’s become associated with, but it’s one that’s certainly helped her career overall.Advertisements:


Next Celebrity
or read more below

Advertisements:

Next Celebrity
or read more below

Though she is certainly of English descent, Headey was actually born on the island of Bermuda on October 3, 1973. Being an English territory, Headey’s family had moved there when her father landed a job as a police officer. After a few years in Bermuda, Headey and her family headed back to England where she wanted to be a ballet dancer. However, Headey turned her attention to acting when she reached her teenage years, taking drama classes and appearing on stage for the very first time. From there, it didn’t take long for Headey to start making her mark on the screen.

In 1992, while still a teenager, Headey made her film debut in “Waterland”, a mystery movie starring Jeremy Irons and Ethan Hawke. A year later, Headey was on television for the first time, appearing as a recurring character in multiple shows such as “Soldier Soldier” and “How We Used to Live”. Throughout the rest of the 1990s, Headey had appeared on several television shows in guest spots and on TV movies. Some of her more prominent roles during the decade included “Face” and the 1994 live action adaptation of “The Jungle Book”.

Headey started to land more film roles when the 2000s came along, starring in blockbuster productions such as “The Brothers Grimm” and “300” where she played Gorgo, the Queen of Sparta. She wrapped up the decade with films like “Laid to Rest” while also landing her first lengthy TV role. This time, Headey was playing Sarah Connor in a “Terminator” television series. Her role in “300” helped her to land the gig, though it lasted for just over 30 episodes prior to the pricey production being shut down. Thankfully, Headey didn’t have to wait long until another opportunity presented itself.

When it was announced that the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels by George R.R. Martin was going to be adapted into a television show, there was a lot of intrigue from fans about the casting. One of the more intriguing characters of the novels is Cersei Lannister, the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. They had to have a strong presence that would be able to take on the role, with many auditioning for the part. In the end, it was Headey that beat out other actresses to claim the throne.

Headey talked about her famous character, saying that “Power hungry people are fearful, otherwise why wouldn’t you just chill?” Those that were in charge of the show were looking for someone with that take on the character, which is what helped her during the audition process. Throughout the series, Headey has been spot on, with co-star Conleth Hill saying Headey “can do more with a look than most of us can with a couple pages of dialogue.”

That’s certainly high praise, and it hasn’t been lost on critics and those that are running the awards shows. So far, Headey has been nominated for a Golden Globe and four Emmy Awards for her work on “Game of Thrones”. Though she hasn’t taken home the hardware at either show, it’s clear to see why Headey is one of the more beloved actors on the set as she brings a strong presence and a lengthy amount of experience to the table that makes her character stand out.

Headey had already had a long running film career by the time “Game of Thrones” came around, but her role as Cersei has only helped her to land more prominent roles on the big screen. Shortly after “Game of Thrones” debuted, Headey had starred in films such as “Dredd”, “The Purge” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”. Since then, Headey has appeared in 10 films that have included “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Fighting with My Family”.

On television, Headey has appeared outside of the “Game of Thrones” series mostly doing voice acting work. Cartoons such as “Danger Mouse”, “Uncle Grandpa” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” have all had Headey lending her voice to characters. Even video games have come calling for her vocal talents, with Headey appearing as Cersei in the game series, as well as the popular “Dishonored”.

Still, it seems that the character that Headey will always be known for is Lannister, and it’s easy to see why with such a large following for “Game of Thrones”. When talking about her character, Headey said that “I love playing Cersei,” adding that “She’s so layered, endlessly. Every time you think you know her, there’s another depth of insecurity or fury or resentment or drive or grief.”

That doesn’t mean that Headey hasn’t been ready to move on from the series, however. “I feel totally chuffed...just means really happy...to have been a part of something like that for so long,” she said. “I think everyone’s ready to do new stuff, but I think until it’s over over, I won’t know (how) I feel.”

Next Celebrity
or read more about below