LENA HEADEY (Luce)
Lena Headey recently starred as the female
lead in the action-adventure tale, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, directed by Terry
Gilliam and starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the legendary Grimm
Brothers. Headey was also recently in THE CAVE, an underwater horror /
thriller / action drama starring Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, and Eddie
Cibrian, as well as Piper Perabo, among others.
Headey is one of the latest in an illustrious
line of British actresses to graduate from the English Rose school of
Acting into the realm of full-bodied contemporary roles. Headey first
came to the attention of audiences in 1992, when she played the younger
version of Jeremy Irons' wife in WATERLAND. Her turn as a sexually adventurous
schoolgirl in the film led to her being cast as a sexually adventurous
maid in Merchant Ivory's THE REMAINS OF THE DAY in 1993. More period adventure
followed that same year in THE SUMMER HOUSE, in which Headey played a
quiet young lass being forced into a 1950s marriage with an insufferable
mama's boy. After another stint as a corseted virgin in THE JUNGLE BOOK
(1994), Headey finally got to take part in the latter half of the 20th
century in LOVED UP (1995), written by Ol Parker, in which she played
an Ecstasy-saturated raver. That same year, she took part in ITV Granada
miniseries, BAND OF GOLD, in which she further distanced herself from
her period past by portraying a lesbian prostitute.
The actress returned to period drama in
Marleen Gorris' adaptation of Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY (1997), which
cast her as the younger version of the title character's best friend.
More contemporary work subsequently came her way in Antonia Bird's FACE
(also 1997), a crime thriller in which she played the social worker girlfriend
of Robert Carlyle's political idealist-turned-gangster. She also starred
in the romantic fantasy THE MAN WITH RAIN IN HIS SHOES (1998) as one of
the love interests (along with Penelope Cruz) of an out-of-work Scottish
actor (Douglas Henshall).
After supporting turns in the lavish made-for-TV
MERLIN and ONEGIN, the latter of which featured her as Liv Tyler's sister,
Headey crossed over into the realm of Hollywood teen-oriented offerings
with GOSSIP, a college-set drama that cast her as one of three students
who start a nasty rumor about two of their classmates (Kate Hudson and
Joshua Jackson). Also in 2000, ABERDEEN was released. The road movie was
set in Norway and Scotland and also starred Ian Hart, Charlotte Rampling,
and Stellan Skarsgård.