Lena Headey (born 1973) is an English actress. She was discovered at age 17 performing in a one-off show at the Royal National Theatre. Her first major role was in The Jungle Book
as Katherine. Other major roles include Queen Gorgo of Sparta in 300
, Sarah Connor in The Sarah Connor Chronicles
, and Queen Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
. From 2007 to 2012, she was married to musician Peter Paul Loughran, with whom she has a son named Wylie.
- But I Play One on TV: She recalls in some interviews that some people call her a bitch to her face because they found Cersei Lannister so unlikeable.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: She's played more than her fair share of villains such as Ma-Ma and Cersei, and even her more sympathetic characters tend to lean toward uptight or anti-heroic. In reality, Lena is a fun-loving and friendly woman with a goofy sense of humor who is adored her her cast mates.
- Type Casting: As queens and other women trying to raise their sons to be great men. Subverted in Dredd where she's called "Ma-Ma" but isn't an actual mother.