Lena Headey is an English actress, best known for playing Cersei Lannister in HBO’s series Game of Thrones.
After being scouted at age 17, she worked steadily as an actress in small and supporting roles in films throughout the 1990s, before finding fame for her lead performances in big-budget films such as the fantasy film The Brothers Grimm (2005), in which she acted opposite Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, the action film 300 (2007), portraying the role of Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, and the adventure and biographical feature The Red Baron (2008).
Headey is also known for playing the title role Sarah Connor on Fox’s television spin-off of James Cameron’s Terminator film series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and villainous drug lord Ma-Ma in Dredd. She has portrayed Cersei Lannister in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones since 2011. Cersei Lannister is the sister of Jamie Lannister, played by fellow FanX 2015 Guest Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Her performance on the show has earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Other notable film roles include Mary Sandin in the high-concept horror flick The Purge, Jocelyn Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the upcoming zombie mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with fellow FanX 2015 Guest Matt Smith. She also reprised her role as Queen Gorgo in 300: Rise of an Empire.