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Also Known As: Anna Louise Friel Died:
Born: July 12, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: actor

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British actress Anna Friel first became a household name in her native country as a teenager on the serial "Brookside" (Channel 4, 1982-2003), where she enjoyed a revolutionary role playing British television's first lesbian character. She went on to appear in supporting roles in British and American film productions, including the star-studded "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999) and "Rogue Trader" (1999) opposite Ewan McGregor, before making the leap to American series television in the courtroom drama "The Jury" (2004). But it was her performance in ABC's quirky dramedy "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) in the fall of 2007 that truly brought Friel international renown, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for her leading role. From there, she made the successful jump to high-profile movies like "Land of the Lost" (2009) and "Limitless" (2011), though she had yet to find that one breakthrough movie that would launch her to international superstardom. Still, Friel remained in-demand in both Hollywood and her native England, where she enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic.

British actress Anna Friel first became a household name in her native country as a teenager on the serial "Brookside" (Channel 4, 1982-2003), where she enjoyed a revolutionary role playing British television's first lesbian character. She went on to appear in supporting roles in British and American film productions, including the star-studded "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999) and "Rogue Trader" (1999) opposite Ewan McGregor, before making the leap to American series television in the courtroom drama "The Jury" (2004). But it was her performance in ABC's quirky dramedy "Pushing Daisies" (ABC, 2007-09) in the fall of 2007 that truly brought Friel international renown, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for her leading role. From there, she made the successful jump to high-profile movies like "Land of the Lost" (2009) and "Limitless" (2011), though she had yet to find that one breakthrough movie that would launch her to international superstardom. Still, Friel remained in-demand in both Hollywood and her native England, where she enjoyed success on both sides of the Atlantic.

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 London Boulevard (2011)
3.
 Limitless (2011)
5.
 Angel Makers (2010)
6.
 Land of the Lost (2009)
7.
 Niagara Motel (2008)
8.
 Bathory (2008)
9.
 Goal! 2 (2008)
10.
 Perfect Strangers (2004) Susie Wilding
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Raised in Donegal, Ireland
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Moved with family to Rochdale, England
1991:
Made TV acting debut as Michael Palin's daughter in an episode of the British series "G.B.H."
1993:
Played Beth Jordache, the first openly lesbian character on British TV, in "Brookside"
1996:
Appeared in an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
1996:
Appeared in the second and third installments of "Cadfael" (shown in the US on PBS' "Mystery!")
1998:
Had featured role of Bella Wilfer in the BBC adaptation of "Our Mutual Friend"
1998:
Engendered controversy for her nude scenes in the BBC-2 movie "The Tribe"
1998:
Feature acting debut, "The Land Girls"
1999:
Made Broadway debut playing Alice in Patrick Marber's "Closer"
1999:
Cast opposite Ewen McGregor in the Nick Leeson biopic, "Rogue Trader" (premiered in the US on HBO)
1999:
Played Hermia in the all-star remake of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2001:
Made West End stage debut in Frank Wedekind's production of "Lulu"
2002:
Appeared in the independent feature "Me Without You" alongside Michelle Williams
2003:
Cast in Richard Donner's "Timeline"
2006:
Played the love interest of a professional soccer player in Danny Cannon's "Goal! The Dream Begins"
2007:
Cast as Chuck in the ABC series, "Pushing Daisies"; earned a Best Actress Golden Globe (2008) nomination
2008:
Reprised role for "Goal! 2: Living the Dream"
2009:
Co-starred with Will Ferrell in the big-budget feature adaptation of the 1970s series, "Land of the Lost"
2009:
Starred in a West End adaptation of the novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
2011:
Appeared in the thriller "Limitless," opposite Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro
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Education

Oldham Drama School: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

There is an Official Anna Friel website at www.netshopuk.co.uk/annafriel

On finding work after leaving "Brookside", Friel told THE TIMES (June 7, 1998): "I had everything against me: I hadn't gone to drama school, I was from a middle-class background, and I was from a soap. I could tell that people were looking down at me. So I thought, right, I'm gonna prove you lot wrong."

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companion:
Darren Day. Actor, singer. Dated c. 1995-96.
companion:
Robbie Williams. Musician. Formerly with band Take That, later a successful solo artist; no longer together.
companion:
David Thewlis. Actor. Living together as of 2001.

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