One of England's
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
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."
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