Lena was born in Bermuda, where her father, a police officer was stationed. The family moved to Huddersfield, Yorkshire when Lena was five years and remained their until Lena was seventeen. At the age of seventeen Lena was spotted by a Hollywood casting agent during her performance in…more
Lena give birth to her son Wylie Elliot Loughran on March 31, 2010.
Lena's favorite books are When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön and When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman.
Lena provides the voice for the character Callista Curnow in the video game Dishonored.
Along with being an actor, Lena is also a producer. She produced a short film named The Devil's Wedding.
Lena made her television debut in 1992 on the BBC show Screen Two in the episode titled The Clothes in the Wardrobe.
Lena has a younger brother named Tim.
Lena claims shooting The Brothers Grimm was so difficult that she considered quitting acting after that.
Lena believes in love at first sight.
In January 2004, Lena appeared in a music video for "Bellissimo" by a UK band named Ilya. The video was directed by the Guard Brothers.
As of 2008, Lena splits her time between London and Los Angeles.
Lena is left-handed.
* In 2001, Lena won the Silver Iris Award at the Brussels European Film Festival for her performance in the movie Aberdeen.
* In 2007, Lena was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her performance in the movie 300.
* In 2007, Lena was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for her performance in the movie 300.
* In 2008, Lena was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance in the movie 300.
* In 2008, Lena was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance the show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
* In 2012, Lena was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance the show Game of Thrones.
* In 2012, Lena was nominated along with her costars for the Screen Actors Award in the category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for their performance in Game of Thrones.
* In 2014, Lena was nominated along with her costars for the Screen Actors Award in the category Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for their performance in Game of Thrones.
- Lena was voted #4 on the 2007 After Ellen's Hot 100 list
- In 2007, Lena was ranked #64 on the Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list.
- Lena was voted #10 on the 2008 After Ellen's Hot 100 list
Lena was in the 1998 TV mini-series Merlin, she played Guinevere.
Since she was 15, Lena has suffered from clinical depressions.
Lena married musician Peter Paul Loughran on 19th May 2007. Five years later she filed for divorce in July 2012.
Lena has appeared on cover pages of the following magazines:
g3 Magazine (UK)
TV Guide (USA)
Vanity Fair (USA)
She has worked in a stage play named The Coca-Cola Dragon at the Theatre Challenge.
Lena is 5 feet 5.5 inches (1.66 metres) tall.
Since returning from her birthplace (Bermuda) to England, she has never gone back.
Lena took archery classes when she was younger.
Lena says that she doesn't have a stylist, her style is chaotic and eclectic and that she doesn't have any particular beauty secrets, just water and sleep.
Lena in her free time boxes, and she also likes Yoga.
When Lena was younger, she fell from a horse and was dragged through a forest, so she had to overcome her fear to ride a horse in the movie The Brothers Grimm.
Lena acted on Ultra a CBS series, as Penny. Unfortunately, this show was never picked up.
Lena's performance in a one-off show in the company of six school friends at the National Theatre caught the interest of a casting agent, who contacted her drama teacher and subsequently cast her in Waterland.
Lena originally intended to be a hairdresser.
Lena's last name is pronounced "HEE-dee".
In 2007, Lena was engaged to Johnny Cicco, who is also in the entertainment industry.
Lena met her fiancé at a wedding she attended.
Lena is a vegetarian.
Lena first came to the attention of audiences in 1992, when she played the younger version of Jeremy Irons' wife in Waterland.
Lena: I was 17 when I got my first job. I had not gone to drama school. I was lucky and just fell into it. I was asked to audition for a film when I was 17 and did that.
Lena: [when asked if she always wanted to be an actress] Yeah, but it's strange - I did, and I do, but directing is now hugely interesting me as well.
Lena: You can't take anything for granted for a second otherwise you trip up. More than anything, I believe life is all about timing. I know certainly every situation in my life has been like "why now"? and it's a test or a beautiful moment. That's why life is so gorgeous.
Lena: [on if The Brothers Grimm was a very difficult shoot.] Yes it was. I have to say when I left that job I didn't know if I wanted to be in this business. It really made me feel like that.
Lena: I feel like my career has been like an elastic; I've almost had the big breakthrough role so many times and then been back to where I started. "I've given up thinking, 'This is it,' as it makes you dizzy, so I'm just going to do what I do and if things happen then they happen.
Lena: I'm kind of a binger when it comes to staying in shape, one good month, one bad month. So I took up boxing in clubs in south London. I found a tiny gym over a pub, and I fell in love with it. A former boxer runs it, and he's teaching me to spar. I wear a head protector and a chest protector. It demands stamina and strength, and it's really incredibly noble as a sport. I haven't gone to the bouts yet, but I'd like to.
Lena: [about the cuisine in Czech Republic when shooting Brothers Grimm] We were in Prague, so the catering wasn't that amazing. If you liked your scrambled eggs lukewarm and discoloured, then it was fabulous..
Lena: I'm ambitious, but I don't necessarily equate success with being a huge Hollywood star. The dream is to have both a long career and a normal life.
Lena: [when asked about magic and supernatural] I do think it exists. It is an endless talking point for people. I believe in the supernatural only because I have had experiences with a ghost since an early age. I have seen too much stuff to think I was crazy or it was a coincidence.
Lena: Working with Stellan Skarsgard on Aberdeen (2000), a picture that had a tiny release, is still one of my favourite experiences.
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