IMAGINE ME & YOU
LENA HEADEY recently starred as the female lead in the action-adventure tale,
THE BROTHERS GRIMM, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Matt Damon and Heath
Ledger as the legendary Grimm Brothers. Headey was also recently in THE CAVE, an
underwater horror / thriller / action drama starring Cole Hauser, Morris
Chestnut, and Eddie Cibrian, as well as Piper Perabo, among others.
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. Her 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, in which
Headey played a quiet young lass being forced into a 1950s marriage with an
insufferable mama's boy. 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), written by Ol Parker, in which she played an
Ecstasy-saturated raver. That same year, she took part in ITV Granada
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 (also 1997), a crime thriller in which she played the
social worker girlfriend of Robert Carlyle's political idealist-turned-gangster.
She also starred in the romantic fantasy THE MAN WITH RAIN IN HIS SHOES (1998)
as one of the love interests (along with Penelope Cruz) of an out-of-work
Scottish actor (Douglas Henshall).
After supporting turns in the lavish made-for-TV MERLIN
and ONEGIN, the latter of which featured her as Liv Tyler's sister, Headey
crossed over into the realm of Hollywood teen-oriented offerings with GOSSIP, a
college-set drama that cast her as one of three students who start a nasty rumor
about two of their classmates (Kate Hudson and Joshua Jackson). Also in 2000,
ABERDEEN was released. The road movie was set in Norway and Scotland and also
starred Ian Hart, Charlotte Rampling, and Stellan SkarsgĂ‚rd.
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