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1[[quoteright:290:]]²->''"There's nothing more exciting for an actor than a chance to lose, to be someone who has lost - especially if it's someone who starts off with a veneer of control. To be broken is wonderful."''²²Lena Kathren Headey (born 3 October 1973 in Hamilton, Bermuda) is an English actress. ²²She was discovered at age 17 performing in a one-off show at the Royal National Theatre. Her first major role was in ''Film/{{The Jungle Book|1994}}'' as Katherine. Other major roles of hers include Queen Gorgo of Sparta in ''Film/ThreeHundred'', Sarah Connor in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', and Queen Cersei Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ²²She was in a relationship with Creator/JasonFlemyng for nine years. From 2007 to 2012, she was married to musician Peter Paul Loughran, with whom she has a son named Wylie.²----²!!Roles:²* ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' as Lizzie²* ''Film/{{The Jungle Book|1994}}'' (1994) as Katherine²* ''Series/{{Merlin| 1998}}'' (1998) as Queen Guinevere²* ''Onegin'' (1999) as Olga Larina²* ''Film/RipleysGame'' (2002) as Sarah Trevanny²* ''Film/TheCave'' (2005) as Dr. Kathryn Jennings²* ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm'' (2005) as Angelica²* ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou'' (2005) as Luce²* ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (2007) as Queen Gorgo²** ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'' (2014) ²* ''Film/StTrinians'' (2007) as Miss Dickinson²* ''Film/TheBroken'' (2008) as Gina Mcvey²* ''Film/TheRedBaron'' (2008) as Kate Otersdorf²* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' (2008-2009) as Sarah Connor²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'' (2009) as Black Widow²* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011-2019) as Queen Cersei Lannister²* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' (2012) as Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal²* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' (2012) as Callista Curnow²* ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones'' (2013) as Jocelyn Fray²* ''Film/ThePurge'' (2013) as Mary Sandin²* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' (2014) as Aunt Grandma (guest role)²* ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV'' (2016) as Lunafreya Nox Fleuret²* ''Film/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies'' (2016) as Lady Catherine de Bourgh²* ''Franchise/TalesOfArcadia'' (2016-2020) as Morgana²** ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' (2016-2018)²** ''WesternAnimation/{{Wizards|2020}}'' (2020)²* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' (2018) as Big Mama²* ''Series/Sally4Ever'' (2018) AsHerself ²* ''Film/FightingWithMyFamily'' (2019) as Julia Bevis/Sweet Saraya²* ''Series/TheDarkCrystalAgeOfResistance'' (2019) as Maudra Fara²* ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'' (2019-2020) as Amelia/[[spoiler:The Conductor]]²----²!!Tropes:²* ActionMom: Is often cast as such, regardless of the character being a heroine or a villain.²* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Has a strong tendency to play these.²* ButIPlayOneOnTV: She recalls in some interviews that some people call her a bitch to her face because they found Cersei Lannister so unlikeable.²* CartwrightCurse: Her on-screen love interests/husbands tend to have high mortality rates. Notable examples are ''Film/ThreeHundred'', ''Film/RipleysGame'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' (she begins the series as a single mother with the child's father long dead), ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (her husband wasn't her [[{{Twincest}} main love interest]] in this series though) and ''Film/ThePurge'' -- but [[BuryYourGays notably]] ''[[BuryYourGays not]]'' in ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou''.²* FakeAmerican: Maybe a quarter of her roles. (an exception is the [[FakeNationality Fake Greek]] in ''Film/ThreeHundred'').²* RetroactiveRecognition: ²** Fans of ''Series/{{MacGyver|1985}}'' may recall that the last conversation [=MacGyver=] ever has with another character (in the closing scene of the final TV movie ''Trail to Doomsday'') was with the nerdy daughter of the character whose death set the plot in motion. Guess who that was beneath the terrible haircut and ugly glasses.²** She was the female lead of 1994's ''Film/{{The Jungle Book|1994}}''.²** She was Creator/SteveCoogan's love interest in ''Film/TheParoleOfficer'' in 2001.²* StarMakingRole: Although her roles in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' and ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' gave her attention, ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is generally remembered as what truly made her a star.²* TrollingCreator: She is fond of obliquely spoiling future ''Series/GameOfThrones'' plot developments on Instagram. Before its fourth season started airing, she messed with people's expectations when she posted [[ a heart-shape made of stones]], which teased that Lady Stoneheart would appear. She didn't. ²* 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.²** Oddly specific in certain roles: in ''Series/{{Merlin| 1998}}'' (1998), she plays Queen Guinevere, a queen who is unfaithful to her husband, King Arthur, who is subsequently killed. Later in ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (2007), she plays Queen Gorgo, a queen who is unfaithful to her husband, King Leonidas, who is subsequently killed. Finally, in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' (2011-2019), she plays Queen Cersei Lannister, a queen who is unfaithful to her husband, King Robert Baratheon, who is subsequently killed.²----


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