July 12, 1976
45 years old
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm tall
34-25-35 in | 86.5-63.5-89 cm
55 kg | 121 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Anna Louise Friel was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England, on July 12, 1976, is a British actress.
Young Anna Friel began her professional acting career at the age of 13.
She made her big screen debut in family film The Land Girls (1998) in role as Prue (Prudence).
She got her television debut in British drama series G.B.H. (1991), in role as Susan Nelson.
Her breakthrough performance came as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in ABC comedy television series Pushing Daisies (2007–2009).
She made her West End stage debut in production of "Lulu" (2001).
She landed her Broadway debut in a play "Closer" (1999) in role as Alice, at the Music Box Theatre, for which she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.
She was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Actress for her role as Lily in drama film The War Bride (2001).
She won the Sun in a Net Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Countess Erzsébet Báthory in historical drama movie Bathory (2008).
Rogue Trader (1999) drama with Cristian Solimeno, Ewan McGregor and Lorna Pegler
Land of the Lost (2009) adventure comedy opposite Will Ferrell, Anna Friel and Danny McBride
London Boulevard (2010) crime drama with Colin Farrell, David Thewlis and Keira Knightley
Neverland (2011) fantasy adventure opposite Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance and Q'orianka Kilcher
Limitless (2011) science fiction thriller with Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish
Me Without You (2001) historical drama opposite Ella Jones, Anna Popplewell and Cameron Powrie
The Look of Love (2013) drama with Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton
St. Ives (1998) romantic drama opposite Jean-Marc Barr, Miranda Richardson and Richard E. Grant
Sunset Strip (2000) comedy drama with Simon Baker, Nick Stahl and Rory Cochrane
I.T. (2016) thriller opposite Pierce Brosnan, James Frecheville and Stefanie Scott
She won the National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and a TVTimes for Best Actress for her role as Beth Jordache in British soap opera Brookside (1995).
She was nominated for two Satellite Awards for Best Actress for her role as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in ABC comedy television series Pushing Daisies (2007–2009).
She won the RTS North West Award for Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series for her performance as Dee Purnell in British drama television series The Street (2009).
She was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Séries Mania Festival Award for Best Actress for her role as Christina Fitzsimmons in British television drama series Broken (2017).
She won the International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress for her performance as Det Sgt Marcella Backland in British "Nordic"-noir detective series Marcella (2016- ).
Coronation Street (1991) ITV soap opera in role as Belinda Johnson
Emmerdale (1992) ITV soap opera in role as Poppy Bruce
Our Mutual Friend (1998) British television serial in role as Bella Wilfer
The Jury (2004) Fox legal drama series in role as Megan Delaney
Public Enemies (2012) BBC One drama series in role as Paula Radnor
American Odyssey (2015) NBC action thriller series in role as Sgt. Odelle Ballard
The Heavy Water War (2015) miniseries in role as Julie Smith
The Girlfriend Experience (2017) Starz anthology drama series in role as Erica Myles
Butterfly (2018) British drama series in role as Vicky Duffy
Deep Water (2019) drama miniseries in role as Lisa Kallisto
Attended the Crompton House Church of England High School and Holy Cross College.
Studied at the Oldham Theatre Workshop.
Has one brother, Michael.
Has English and Irish ancestry.
Featured in music video for Manic Street Preachers "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love" (2010).
She is an ambassador for the WWF wildlife charity.
Lives in Los Angeles, California and Windsor, Berkshire.
She dated Rhys Ifans (2011-2014), Joseph Cross (2009-2010), Lee Pace (2006-2007), Gavin Friday (2000-2001), Christian Bale (1998-1999), Robbie Williams (1997) and Darren Day (1994-1997).
She was married to actor David Thewlis (2001-2010), they have a daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary Friel.