Lena Headey

Lena Kathren Headey (born 3 October 1973) is a British actress. She gained international recognition and acclaim for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister on the HBO epic fantasy drama series Game of Thrones (2011–2019), for which she received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination. Headey made her film debut in the mystery drama Waterland (1992). She continued to work steadily in British and American films and on television, before gaining further recognition with her lead performances in the films The Brothers Grimm (2005) and 300 (2007). Her other film credits include The Remains of the Day (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Mrs Dalloway (1997), Ripley's Game (2002), Imagine Me & You (2005), Dredd (2012), The Purge (2013), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), and Fighting with My Family (2019). Outside of film, Headey starred as Sarah Connor in the science fiction television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009) and had a recurring role as Amelia Hughes in the animated web series Infinity Train (2019–2021). She provided voices for the role-playing video game Risen (2009) and the video game tie-in film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016), as well as the animated series Danger Mouse (2015–2017) and Trollhunters (2017–2018), and puppet-animated series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019).

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The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013)

Seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi's life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Newman
CAST:  Aneurin Barnard  •  Michael Sheen  •  Lena Headey  •  Sam Neill

Seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi's life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Newman
CAST:  Aneurin Barnard  •  Michael Sheen  •  Lena Headey  •  Sam Neill

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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Greek general Themistocles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. Themistocles faces the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes and Artemesia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noam Murro
CAST:  Sullivan Stapleton  •  Eva Green  •  Lena Headey  •  Callan Mulvey

Greek general Themistocles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. Themistocles faces the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes and Artemesia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noam Murro
CAST:  Sullivan Stapleton  •  Eva Green  •  Lena Headey  •  Callan Mulvey

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

IntenseFast pacedSmartRomantic

In New York City, Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager, learns that she is descended from a line of Shadowhunters — half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces. After her mother disappears, Clary joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harald Zwart
CAST:  Lily Collins  •  Jamie Campbell Bower  •  Kevin Zegers  •  Jemima West

In New York City, Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager, learns that she is descended from a line of Shadowhunters — half-angel warriors who protect humanity from evil forces. After her mother disappears, Clary joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harald Zwart
CAST:  Lily Collins  •  Jamie Campbell Bower  •  Kevin Zegers  •  Jemima West

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

DramaticEnjoyableFunLighthearted

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burr Steers
CAST:  Lily James  •  Jack Huston  •  Matt Smith  •  Douglas Booth

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burr Steers
CAST:  Lily James  •  Jack Huston  •  Matt Smith  •  Douglas Booth

Ultra (2006)

Superhero Pearl Penalosa juggles the impossible combination of keeping up a social life, searching for love, and battling the forces of evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helen Shaver
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Richard Coyle  •  Dakota Goyo  •  Neil Davison

Superhero Pearl Penalosa juggles the impossible combination of keeping up a social life, searching for love, and battling the forces of evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Helen Shaver
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Richard Coyle  •  Dakota Goyo  •  Neil Davison

Unity (2015)

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaun Monson
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Zoe Saldaña  •  Lena Headey  •  Amanda Seyfried

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaun Monson
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Zoe Saldaña  •  Lena Headey  •  Amanda Seyfried

MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994)

A close friend of MacGyver is murdered. In searching for a reason for this assassination MacGyver discovers a secret nuclear weapons plant right in the center of Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Correll
CAST:  Richard Dean Anderson  •  Beatie Edney  •  Peter Egan  •  Alun Armstrong

A close friend of MacGyver is murdered. In searching for a reason for this assassination MacGyver discovers a secret nuclear weapons plant right in the center of Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Correll
CAST:  Richard Dean Anderson  •  Beatie Edney  •  Peter Egan  •  Alun Armstrong

Tell-Tale (2009)

A man's recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cuesta
CAST:  Josh Lucas  •  Lena Headey  •  Brian Cox  •  Bea Miller

A man's recently transplanted heart leads him on a frantic search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cuesta
CAST:  Josh Lucas  •  Lena Headey  •  Brian Cox  •  Bea Miller

Onegin (1999)

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat – a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is introduced to the young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Fiennes
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Liv Tyler  •  Toby Stephens  •  Lena Headey

In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat – a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is introduced to the young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Fiennes
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Liv Tyler  •  Toby Stephens  •  Lena Headey

Laid to Rest (2009)

A woman wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no recollection of who she is, soon realising that she's the victim of a crazed serial killer and must fight for her life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hall
CAST:  Bobbi Sue Luther  •  Kevin Gage  •  Lena Headey  •  Sean Whalen

A woman wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no recollection of who she is, soon realising that she's the victim of a crazed serial killer and must fight for her life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Hall
CAST:  Bobbi Sue Luther  •  Kevin Gage  •  Lena Headey  •  Sean Whalen

Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998)

Victor Bukowski is an out-of-work actor with problems. He's got a lousy agent, he has a habit of falling out with directors and he's still in love with his ex-girlfriend. However, Victor is about to embark on an unexpected emotional journey which will make him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  María Ripoll
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Douglas Henshall  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Charlotte Coleman

Victor Bukowski is an out-of-work actor with problems. He's got a lousy agent, he has a habit of falling out with directors and he's still in love with his ex-girlfriend. However, Victor is about to embark on an unexpected emotional journey which will make him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  María Ripoll
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Douglas Henshall  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Charlotte Coleman

Whore (2008)

A group of young hopeful teenagers who have come to Hollywood in the hopes of an acting career find that the business is harder than they had ever imagined.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Dekker
CAST:  Thomas Dekker  •  Rumer Willis  •  Ron Jeremy  •  Johanna Braddy

A group of young hopeful teenagers who have come to Hollywood in the hopes of an acting career find that the business is harder than they had ever imagined.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Dekker
CAST:  Thomas Dekker  •  Rumer Willis  •  Ron Jeremy  •  Johanna Braddy

Waterland (1992)

The story of a mentally anguished high school history teacher going through a complete reassessment of his life. His method for reassessing his life is to narrate it to his class and interweave in it three generations of his family's history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Gyllenhaal
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Sinéad Cusack  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Grant Warnock

The story of a mentally anguished high school history teacher going through a complete reassessment of his life. His method for reassessing his life is to narrate it to his class and interweave in it three generations of his family's history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Gyllenhaal
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Sinéad Cusack  •  Ethan Hawke  •  Grant Warnock

Gossip (2000)

For a class project, three college students decide to invent an unfounded rumor about the most popular girl on campus. But as the rumor spreads, it begins to spiral out of control.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Davis Guggenheim
CAST:  Joshua Jackson  •  James Marsden  •  Kate Hudson  •  Lena Headey

For a class project, three college students decide to invent an unfounded rumor about the most popular girl on campus. But as the rumor spreads, it begins to spiral out of control.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Davis Guggenheim
CAST:  Joshua Jackson  •  James Marsden  •  Kate Hudson  •  Lena Headey

Loved Up (1995)

Tells the story of a girl who, while working in a London cafe, meets a "raver" who introduces her to the drug Ecstasy and the whole British drugs scene. The girl falls in love with the raver, played splendidly by Ian Hart, but - when fired from her cafe job - she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Cattaneo
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Ian Hart  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Philip Glenister

Tells the story of a girl who, while working in a London cafe, meets a "raver" who introduces her to the drug Ecstasy and the whole British drugs scene. The girl falls in love with the raver, played splendidly by Ian Hart, but - when fired from her cafe job - she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Cattaneo
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Ian Hart  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Philip Glenister

The Actors (2003)

During the run of a particularly awful interpretation of Richard III, the star, Anthony O'Malley, begins to frequent a rough pub to develop his character. He meets Barreller who he discovers owes someone he's never met a considerable sum of money. Seeing an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Conor McPherson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Dylan Moran  •  Michael Gambon  •  Lena Headey

During the run of a particularly awful interpretation of Richard III, the star, Anthony O'Malley, begins to frequent a rough pub to develop his character. He meets Barreller who he discovers owes someone he's never met a considerable sum of money. Seeing an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Conor McPherson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Dylan Moran  •  Michael Gambon  •  Lena Headey

Face (1997)

Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Ray Winstone  •  Steven Waddington  •  Gerry Conlon

Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job too many. The gang dissolves in a murderous flurry of recriminations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonia Bird
CAST:  Robert Carlyle  •  Ray Winstone  •  Steven Waddington  •  Gerry Conlon

The Grotesque (1995)

Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge, provides Lady Harriet with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John-Paul Davidson
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Theresa Russell  •  Sting  •  Lena Headey

Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge, provides Lady Harriet with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John-Paul Davidson
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Theresa Russell  •  Sting  •  Lena Headey

Black Plague (2002)

Paranoia sets in as the Black Death strikes European villagers in the 14th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alberto Sciamma
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  David La Haye  •  Jason Flemyng  •  Christopher Fairbank

Paranoia sets in as the Black Death strikes European villagers in the 14th century.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alberto Sciamma
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  David La Haye  •  Jason Flemyng  •  Christopher Fairbank

Zipper (2015)

Sam Ellis is a man on the rise — a hot-shot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction — a new demon threatening to destroy his life, family, and career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mora Stephens
CAST:  Patrick Wilson  •  Lena Headey  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Ray Winstone

Sam Ellis is a man on the rise — a hot-shot federal prosecutor on the cusp of a bright political future. But what was meant to be a one-time experience with an escort turns into a growing addiction — a new demon threatening to destroy his life, family, and career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mora Stephens
CAST:  Patrick Wilson  •  Lena Headey  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Ray Winstone
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