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Anna Friel
Anna Friel

Birth Date: July 12, 1976

Birth Place: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Height: 5' 2"

Quote: "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 fucking tummy here!"


Anna Friel Biography

A staple of British soap operas before she was even out of her teens, Anna Friel experienced the type of fame encouraged by tabloids and Internet shrines before getting a chance to prove her talents on the stage and screen. Born in Rochdale, Lancashire on July 12, 1976, Friel began acting as a teenager, performing with theatres across Britain. In 1990, she made her television debut with a role on the BBC series In Their Shoes, and was soon appearing in a number of popular TV series, including Coronation Street and Emmerdale. She received her greatest amount of notice to date when she was cast on the soap opera Brookside in 1993; the resulting popularity of her role on the show made the beautiful actress something of a celebrity in her native country.

In 1997 (two years after leaving Brookside) Friel made her film debut in The Land Girls. A World War II drama, it featured Friel, Rachel Weisz and Catherine McCormack as its titular heroines. Although the film was virtually unheard of outside the UK, it received generally favorable reviews. The following year, Friel appeared in two more films, The Stringer and Rogue Trader, the latter of which had her starring opposite Ewan McGregor. That same year, she won great acclaim on the London stage for her performance in Patrick Marber's Closer. A trenchant commentary on love and sex, it featured the young actress as an enigmatic stripper, and allowed her to work alongside such performers as Natasha Richardson, Ciaran Hinds and Rupert Graves. The play proved to be so successful that it moved to Broadway the next year, where it continued to win accolade after accolade. Friel herself won a Drama Desk award for Best Supporting Actress for her work. That same year, she continued to broaden her resume and fan base with starring roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sunset Strip, the former of which featured her as Hermia, and the latter of which saw her experiencing the ups and downs of life in 1972 Los Angeles. Following roles in The War Bride and Me Without You (both 2001) Friel continued to develop her onscreen persona, and with Richard Donner's time travel adventure Timeline (2003) the actress remained poised for the role that would provide her with her widest exposure to date.

Anna Friel Filmography

Angel Makers (2008)
Land of the Lost (2009)
Bathory (2008) .... Elizabeth Bathory
Pushing Daisies (TV series) .... Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles (2007)
Rubbish (2007) .... Isobel
Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) .... Roz Harmison
Niagara Motel (2006) .... Denise
Irish Jam (2006) .... Maureen
Goal! (aka Goal! The Dream Begins, aka Goal!: The Impossible Dream) (2005) .... Roz Harmison
Perfect Strangers (2004) (TV) .... Susie Wilding
The Jury (TV series) .... Megan Delaney (2 episodes, 2004)
Timeline (2003) .... Lady Claire
Last Rumba in Rochdale (2003) .... Bodney (voice)
Watermelon (2003) (TV) .... Claire Ryan
Fields of Gold (2002) (TV) .... Lucia Merritt
Me Without You (2001) .... Marina
The War Bride (aka Love and War) (2001) .... Lily
"The Fear" (2001) TV series .... Storyteller
An Everlasting Piece (2000) .... Bronagh
Sunset Strip (2000) .... Tammy Franklin
Mad Cows (1999) .... Maddy
Rogue Trader (1999) .... Lisa Leeson
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) .... Hermia
St. Ives (aka All for Love) (1998) .... Flora Gilchrist
The Tribe (1998) .... Lizzie
The Stringer (1998) .... Helen
Our Mutual Friend (TV mini-series) (1998) .... Bella Wilfer
The Land Girls (1998) .... Prue (Prudence)
Cadfael (TV series) .... Sioned (1 episode, "A Morbid Taste for Bones" 1996)
Tales from the Crypt (TV series) .... Angelica (1 episode, "About Face" 1996)
The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show (TV series) (episode 2.1, 1995)
Brookside (TV series) .... Beth Jordache (1993-1995)
Medics (TV series) .... Holly Jarrett (episode 3.3, 1993)
Emmerdale Farm (TV series) .... Poppy Bruce (1992)
G.B.H. (TV mini-series) (1991) .... Susan Nelson

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