Know About GOT Lena Headey; Age, Movies, Husband, Kids, Tattoos

Published Date: 27 Mar, 2019 Updated date: 26 Apr, 2019 By Celebs Podium

The exceptional talent behind one of the most powerful queens in all of TV, Cersei Lannister of Game of Thrones, is none other than 45-years-of-age actress Lena Headey. She is the recipient of four Primetime Emmy nominations for her bold and brutal character.

Lena Headey bags mainstream success for her portrayal of a ruthless yet exceptional character in the epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones. Before basking in the impeccable television success, Lena marched her acting career at just the age of 17.

Bio & Family Life

The talented actress was born as Lena Kathren Headey in Hamilton, Bermuda on 3 October 1973. She is the first child of her English father, John Headey, who is a Yorkshire police officer, and mother Sue Headey.

Lena relocated to Somerset when she was five alongside her younger brother, Tim. She then moved with her family to Highburton, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire at the age of 11. During her childhood, she took ballet lessons.

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Lena showed an early sign of acting skills when she was new at Shelley College. She performed in a school production at the Royal National Theatre before commencing a professional acting debut.

Career In TV And Movies

At the teenage of 17, the English actress marked a remarkable beginning as part of the 1992 British mystery drama film, Waterland. Two years later, she appeared as Kitty Brydon in Disney’s adventure flick, The Jungle Book. Soon, she landed recognizable roles on several movies and TV shows including Aberdeen (2000), The Brothers Grimm (2005), 300 (2006), and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009).


Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones (Picture: Time Magazine)

It was in 2011 when Lena was offered with the bold and powerful role of Cersei Lannister in the HBO epic fantasy series, Game of Thrones. While she is on the charge as a brutal and manipulative Queen Mother of Westeros, Cersei is a fan-buzzed character for her incestuous affair with twin-brother Jamie Lannister, portrayed by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Besides, it will be interesting to see whether Cersei will get the all-important Iron Throne or not as the season finale is less than 20 days away.

Also known for her role in the horror-thriller, The Purge (2013), Lena is set to appear as Wendy in 2019 release-staged drama The Flood.

Net Worth And Earnings

The versatile and power-packed actress reportedly amasses the hefty net worth of $9 Million. Besides, she is among the highest earning stars in the Game of Thrones with the per episode earnings of $1.1 Million.

Meanwhile, Lena’s earnings can also be measured from her successful fantasy flick 300. The 2006-released movie grossed $456,068,181 worldwide with over $210,614,939 alone in the United States box office. Likewise, the second installment, 300: Rise of an Empire stood strong in the box office with the cumulative worldwide gross of $337,580,051.

Married Twice; Mother Of Two Kids

Lena Headey married musician husband Peter Loughran in May 2007. Some three years later, the couple welcomed their first born, a son named Wylie Loughran on 31 March 2010. However, the married pair couldn’t keep wedding vows for long and decided to part ways in 2011. Lena filed for divorce in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on 20 July 2012, and it became official on 26 December 2013.


Lena Headey with her husband Dan Cadan (Picture: IMDB)

Following the failed relationship, Lena had a short-term fling with her Game of Thrones co-star, Jerome Flynn. However, their romance ended before March 2014. Subsequently, she welcomed her second child, a daughter named Teddy with her childhood friend and director, Dan Cadan. The two got engaged in July 2017 before tying the wedding knots in 2018.

Some Interesting Facts About Lena Headey

  • Lena is of part Irish descent.
  • She was a vegetarian but mentioned that she started eating meat rarely since 2011.
  • She has numerous tattoos in her body which include a large floral design on her back as well as a Pema Chödrön quote on her ribs.
  • As an activist, Lena has campaigned on behalf of animal rights and she also supports the LGBT rights organization, NOH8.   
  • Lena has appeared on the covers of TV Guide, G3, Sunday Mirror, and Germany’s Filmstar.
  • She ranked 64th on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of the 2007 list.
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