Anna Friel

Anna Friel


7/12/1976, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Birth Name

Anna Louise Friel


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Anna Louise Friel was born on 12 July 1976 in Rochdale, Lancashire. While at school she envisaged a career as a barrister and, after passing 9 GCSEs, went on to study for her 'A' levels at a local college. In the event they were never taken. Anna got…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Anna is ranked #70 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM". (2009)

    • On December 13, 2007, Anna Friel was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actress in a Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series" category for her performance in Pushing Daisies.

    • In 1990, Anna made her major television debut with a role on the BBC series In Their Shoes.

    • When she was 13, Anna had her first paying job with a role on a prestigious miniseries entitled G.B.H., opposite Monty Python star Michael Palin.

    • It was Anna who requested that her character be killed off the soap Brookside.

    • Anna was close friends with David Thewlis before they began a relationship together.

    • In 1994, Anna's lesbian screen kiss with co-star Nicola Stephenson on the set of the British soap opera Brookside caused a major uproar.

    • Anna was nominated for a Genie award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the 2001 film The War Bride.

    • Anna grew up speaking fluent French.

    • Anna's father was a language teacher until he retired in 2001. He now designs websites. Her mother teaches special- needs children in Rochdale.

    • On August 14th 2007, Anna purchased a 3 bedroom, 2 and 3/4 bath home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.195 million.

    • Her daughter Gracie will play her character's daughter in the 2008 film Bathory.

    • She was in the movie A Midsummer Night's Dream with Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline, Christian Bale, Calista Flockhart and Rupert Everett.

    • She played opposite Ewan McGregor in Rogue Trader.

    • Anna once dated singer Robbie Williams.

    • Her daughter, Gracie, was born three days before her own birthday.

    • Anna can be seen in a Pantene Ice Shine advertisement.

    • In 2004, Anna starred as 'Susie Wilding' in the TV movie Perfect Strangers with Rob Lowe.

    • She co-starred as 'Lady Claire' in the movie Timeline with Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor and Gerard Butler.

    • Anna has won numerous awards:
      1994 Best Newcomer (TV Quick Magazine)
      1995 Best Actress (TV Times Awards)
      1995 Best Actress (Smash Hits Poll Winners)
      1999 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Award ) - for "Closer" on Broadway, New York.

    • Anna currently resides in Windsor and Clerkenwell, London.

    • Anna measures 1.65m.

    • Lobbied for the role of 'Nymphadora Tonks' in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, after the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, revealed that 'Tonks' was romantically involved with 'Remus Lupin', who is played by her real-life boyfriend, David Thewlis.

    • Anna is of Irish descent.

    • Anna gave birth to a baby girl named Gracie. This is her first child with actor David Thewlis. Gracie was born at London's Portland Hospital and weighed 7lb 4oz. on July 9, 2005.

    • At one point she dated Darren Day.

    • With boyfriend David Thewlis, became 'The Faces Of Mulberry' for Spring 2002.

    • Anna made her American stage debut at New York City's Music Box in 1999 as Alice in Patrick Marber's Closer.

    • In 2001, Anna made her British stage debut in off-West End London production of "Lulu" by Frank Wedekind.

  • Quotes

    • Anna: (about her role on Brookside) I am incredibly grateful for that part but I wouldn't want to go back to soap. It would be like going back to being a student when you've already got a job.

    • Anna: Some producer suddenly grabbed my doughnut out of my hand. Then he said, 'Anna, you really shouldn't be doing that'. He said, 'your tummy's not looking right on screen'. If it's just about that they should have hired a model. I mean, we're not talking about a big f**king tummy here!

    • Anna: (about whether she'd like daughter Gracie to become an actress) As long as she is talented enough and passionate about doing it herself then I will be happy and support her. I think I will be sensible - my parents said I could only do it if I got my education and so I had something to fall back on.

    • Anna: (on how she separates acting from her real life) I play a character every day of my life, and I don't want to play a character as myself. They can judge me as an actress, not as a person. I'm not a spokeswoman for Anna.

    • Anna: (about making a career in acting) I've only just started to think that I can make a career out of this. At the end of my time in Brookside, I wondered if I'd ever work again.

    • Anna: (about theater acting) Onstage, there's no hiding; you either can or can't act. There's no second take.