Lena Headey (born October 3 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 ''Film/TheJungleBook'' as Katherine. Other major roles include Queen Gorgo of Sparta in ''Film/ThreeHundred'', Sarah Connor in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', and Queen Cersei Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. From 2007 to 2012, she was married to musician Peter Paul Loughran, with whom she has a son named Wylie.

* ''Film/TheJungleBook'' (1994) as Katherine
* ''Series/{{Merlin| 1998}}'' (1998) as Queen Guinevere
* ''[[AlexanderPushkin Onegin]]'' (1999) as Olga Larina
* ''Film/RipleysGame'' (2002) as Sarah Trevanny
* ''Film/TheCave'' (2005) as Dr. Kathryn Jennings
* ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm'' (2005) as Angelica
* ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou'' (2005) as Luce
* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (2007) as Queen Gorgo
* ''Film/StTrinians'' (2007) as Miss Dickinson
* ''Film/TheRedBaron'' (2008) as Kate Otersdorf
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' (2008-2009) as Sarah Connor
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011+) as Queen Cersei Lannister
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' (2012) as Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' (2012) as Callista Curnow
* ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'' (2013) as Jocelyn Fray
* ''Film/ThePurge'' (2013) as Mary Sandin
* ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'' (2013) as Queen Gorgo
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' (2014) as Aunt Grandma (guest role)

* ActionMom[=/=]MamaBear: Is often cast as such, regardless of the character being a heroine or a villain.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Has a strong tendency to play these.
* ButIPlayOneOnTV: She recalls in some interviews that some people call her a bitch to her face because they found Cersei Lannister so unlikeable.
* CartwrightCurse[=/=]DeterminedWidow[=/=]WidowWoman: Her on-screen love interests/husbands tend to have high mortality rates. Notable examples are ''Film/ThreeHundred'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' (she begins the series as a single mother with the child's father long dead), ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (her husband [[YourCheatingHeart wasn't]] her [[{{Twincest}} main love interest]] in this series though) and ''Film/ThePurge''.
* FakeAmerican: Maybe a quarter of her roles. (an exception is the [[FakeNationality Fake Greek]] in ''300'').
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: 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 (as best demonstrated by [[https://twitter.com/iamlenaheadey her Twitter feed]]) who is adored by her cast mates.
* StarMakingRole: Although her roles in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' and ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' gave her attention, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is generally remembered as what truly made her a star.
* TrollingCreator: She is fond of obliquely spoiling future ''Series/GameOfThrones'' plot developments on Instagram. Before its fourth season starts airing, she messed with people's expectations when she posted [[http://instagram.com/p/nEeNM0PA3L# a heart-shape made of stones]], which teased that Lady Stoneheart would appear. She didn't.
* TypeCasting: As queens and other women trying to raise their sons to be great men. Subverted in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' where she's called "Ma-Ma" but isn't an actual mother.