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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 Skarsgård.


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