Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1976-07-12 (44 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

40 Movies · 25 TV shows

Also Known As: Anna Louise Friel · Άννα Φριλ

Biography

Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is a British actress. Born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, she has been acting professionally since age 13. Friel achieved fame with her portrayal of Beth Jordache on the British soap opera Brookside (1993–1995), and came to international prominence when she played Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on ABC's Pushing Daisies (2007–2009). She is the recipient of several accolades, including an International Emmy Award, a Drama Desk Award, a National Television Award, an RTS Award, and an honorary degree, as well as BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, Saturn Award, Genie Award and Czech Lion Award nominations.Friel made her film debut in The Land Girls (1998). She has since appeared in various features, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rogue Trader (both 1999), Sunset Strip (2000), Me Without You (2001), Timeline (2003), Goal! (2005), Bathory (2008), Land of the Lost (2009), London Boulevard, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (both 2010), Limitless (2011), The Look of Love (2013), The Cleanse, I.T. (both 2016), and Books of Blood (2020).Outside of film, Friel has starred in numerous British and American television series, such as The Jury (2004), Odyssey (2015), The Girlfriend Experience (2017), Butterfly (2018), and Marcella (2016–present). Her stage work includes Patrick Marber's Closer (Broadway, 1999), and West End productions of Breakfast at Tiffany's (2009) and Uncle Vanya (2012).

Personal Life

In 2001, Friel began a relationship with actor David Thewlis, after the pair met on a flight to Cannes. Later that year, Friel collapsed and was rushed to a hospital, needing emergency surgery and two blood transfusions for a ruptured ovarian cyst. It was discovered that she suffers from endometriosis and would have difficulty conceiving. Despite this, she later became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary Friel, on 9 July 2005 at Portland Hospital, London. Gracie was named after Gracie Fields, and her mother's grandmothers, Ellen and Mary.In December 2010, Friel and Thewlis separated after almost ten years together.

Early Life

Anna Louise Friel was born on 12 July 1976 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Her mother Julie (née Bamford) is a special needs teacher. Her father, Desmond "Des" Friel, was born in Belfast and raised in County Donegal, Ireland. He is a former French teacher and folk guitarist, who now owns a web design company. Her brother Michael is a physician, who in his youth did television advertising work for Hovis.Friel attended Crompton House Church of England School, and later Holy Cross College. She began her training as an actress at Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

4 Movies
Books of Blood

Books of Blood

2020
A journey into unexplored and forbidden territory through three stories.
Charming the Hearts of Men

Charming the Hearts of Men

2020
A romantic drama set during the politically charged early 60s where a sophisticated woman returns to her home town and discovers her options are limited yet discrimination is plentiful. She inspired h...
Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration

Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration

2020
Miranda Hart and the cast of her sitcom come together to celebrate the show's tenth anniversary with a music-filled, star-studded spectacular from the London Palladium.
Sulphur and White

Sulphur and White

2020
David is a successful city trader in London who is relentlessly focused on work. Beneath the confident facade, he is trapped by memories of the past and hostile to anyone who dares to help. Flashbacks...

2019.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Deep Water

Deep Water

2019
Three women are followed as they make life-changing mistakes regarding their children and husbands, which can lead to unpredictable criminal consequences. Paula Daly's novel, Windermere, was the best ...
The Sea

The Sea

2019
On a grey day, a woman sits alone on a beach and calmly watches the birds. As she sits, she is joined by various people who make up the tapestry of her life, in a film about the fragile, fallible and ...

2018.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Butterfly

Butterfly

2018
From a young age, 11-year-old, Max, has identified as a girl and as puberty looms, she begins to present increasing signs of gender variance. When Max was eight, her father, Stephen, left the family h...
The Cleanse

The Cleanse

2018
The story of a man who attends a spiritual retreat, only to discover that the course releases more toxins than everyday life.

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Broken

Broken

5.63
2017
Father Michael, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish who is modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed, needs to be a counselor and confessor to a congregation that is struggling to...
Tomato Red

Tomato Red

2017
Sammy Barlach gets a lot more than he bargained for when he drives into town to find his next cold beer.

2016.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience

5.75
2016
The relationship between exclusive escort and their clients is explored. It costs a lot to be in a relationship.
TV
John Bishop: In Conversation With...

John Bishop: In Conversation With...

2016
The three series talk show is a talk show. The host is having a conversation with people that he admires.
TV
Marcella

Marcella

5.77
2016
She was surprised that she wasn't loved by her husband anymore. The Met has a murder squad. Ten years ago, Marcella gave up her police career to marry and devote her life to her family. With the abrup...
I.T.

I.T.

6.88
2016
Mike Regan is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter, and a sleek, state-of-the-art "smart home". He finds himself in a high-stakes game when his I.T...

2015.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Urban & the Shed Crew

Urban & the Shed Crew

2015
An anarchic gang of joy-riding, drug taking, thieving, out of control, care home runaway kids is saved by an ex social worker.
TV
The Saboteurs

The Saboteurs

2015
When the Nazis secure a heavy water plant to realize their plan to create an atomic bomb, the Norwegian Allies struggle to sabotage the operation.
TV
American Odyssey

American Odyssey

6.14
2015
An international conspiracy explodes when three strangers' lives collide - a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist.

2014.

1 Movie
Good People

Good People

2014
Tom and Anna Wright, a young American couple, fall into severe debt while renovation of Anna's family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, th...

2013.

3 Movies
Having You

Having You

6
2013
Jack proposed to his girlfriend when his life was turned upside down by the arrival of an old one-night stand that introduced him to his seven year old son.
The Look of Love

The Look of Love

6
2013
Paul Raymond builds a porn, entertainment and real estate empire that makes him the wealthiest man in Britain, but drugs kill his beloved daughter.
The Psychopath Next Door

The Psychopath Next Door

2013
She starts disrupting this small community. She wants to be a queen bee. She wants to destroy her. She needs to break her legs, feed her cake, and steal her friends.

2012.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Amazing Spider-Man T4 Premiere Special

The Amazing Spider-Man T4 Premiere Special

2012
A TV special of the Amazing Spider-Man Premiere.
TV
Public Enemies

Public Enemies

2012
Eddie, who was recently released on life licence from prison after serving 10 years for a crime he didn't commit, had a relationship with Paula, who was suspended after committing a shocking crime.

2011.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Without You

Without You

2011
A car accident has claimed the life of a beloved husband. A woman was in the car with him. Did he have an affair or was it an accident?
Treasure Guards

Treasure Guards

2011
On a dig in the remote Jordanian desert, maverick archaeologist Victoria Carter discovers an ancient scroll buried in the ruins of an old temple. It is locked with the location of the Seal of Solomon,...
Limitless

Limitless

6.12
2011
A writer's life is transformed by a top- secret drug that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself, in a paranoia-filled action thriller. In this darkly comic and pr...
TV
Neverland

Neverland

6
2011
Peter and his friends were pickpockets when they were young. They were rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook to steal a priceless treasure.

2010.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
London Boulevard

London Boulevard

4
2010
A parolee falls in love with a movie star while trying to escape a ruthless mobster.
TV
Come Fly with Me

Come Fly with Me

2010
Come Fly with Me is a comedy sketch series starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas. The series is a spoof docu-soap set in a busy airport featuring check-in staff to cabin crew, from pilots to paparazz...
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

5
2010
Two married couples are having trouble. A man leaves his wife for a call girl. His wife followed the advice of a psychic. Sally, the daughter of two men, is unhappy in her marriage and develops a crus...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

7.75
2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

3.33
2009
He was on his most recent expedition. A research assistant and a redneck survivalist are sucked into a space-time vortex by Rick Marshall. In this alternate universe, the trio befriend a primate named...

2008.

1 Movie
Bathory: Countess of Blood

Bathory: Countess of Blood

2008
Bathory is based on the legend of the greatest murderess in the history of mankind, a woman named Elizabeth Bathory. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was not a modern Renaissance woman wh...

2007.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
TV
Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies

4.78
2007
A pie-maker with the power to bring dead people back to life solved murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress.
Goal! II: Living the Dream

Goal! II: Living the Dream

4.59
2007
Santiago Munez is a rising star at Real Madrid. He is estranged from his fiancée, who has a nursing career that keeps her away from home, because they must compete to be on the team.

2006.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Street

The Street

5
2006
The lives and passions of neighbors on a northern English street are the subject of a anthology drama.
Irish Jam

Irish Jam

2006
The Irish villagers decided to raise money to prevent the buy-out after learning that their town was up for sale. The grand prize of the poetry contest is a local pub. When a duplicitous American rapp...
Niagara Motel

Niagara Motel

2006
A group of struggling individuals cross paths at a low-rent motel.

2005.

1 Movie
Goal!

Goal!

5.04
2005
A lot of kids want to be a professional footballer. The Barrios section of Los Angeles is where he wants to live. He tried out for a club.

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Perfect Strangers

Perfect Strangers

2004
When a man and a woman swap jobs and cities temporarily, they face many problems large and small, but their phone calls develop into romance.
TV
The Jury

The Jury

2004
The series takes the viewer into the jury room to watch the deliberators try to answer questions. When facts are exposed through crime footage, viewers will form their own opinions about the guilt or ...

2003.

2 Movies
Timeline

Timeline

2003
A group of archaeological students are trapped in the past when they go to retrieve their professor. The group needs to survive in France for long enough to be saved.
Watermelon

Watermelon

2003
A tangled web of deciet pitches three lovers together with a baby.

2002.

2 Movies
Fields of Gold

Fields of Gold

2002
Anna Friel is in a two-part conspiracy thriller. An eager young photographer and a bitter tabloid hack are sent to investigate the deaths at a cottage hospital. The TV movie tackles controversial topi...
Last Rumba in Rochdale

Last Rumba in Rochdale

2002
Bodney Brooks, a twelve year old master of computer controlled puppetry, wants to get back into his family's good books by arranging a surprise birthday party for his Gran. Things don't quite go to pl...

2001.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

2001
Jonathan Ross's take on current topics of conversation, guest interviews and live music from both a guest music group and the house band.
Me Without You

Me Without You

2001
Young neighbors Holly and Marina made a pact to be friends forever. Holly is the only constant in Marina's life. A friendship that has never been equal starts to feel like a trap for Holly.
The War Bride

The War Bride

2001
Anna Friel is in The War Bride. She plays an orphan who finds herself married to a child and living in the wilds of Canada.

2000.

2 Movies
An Everlasting Piece

An Everlasting Piece

2000
George is a poetry-loving Protestant and Colin is a catholic. They could have been enemies in the 1980s, but instead they became business partners. The two embark on a series of house calls after pers...
Sunset Strip

Sunset Strip

2000
A day in Hollywood in 1972, with young people looking for 24 hours that will change their lives. He plays duets with a guitar player he doesn't know. Tammy is a costume designer, open to quick sex wit...

1999.

3 Movies
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

6
1999
Shakespeare's comedy about lovers who are manipulated by fairy magic is a film adaptation. The setting was changed to a hill town in the 19th century.
Mad Cows

Mad Cows

1999
When her TV star husband decides to divorce her so that he can start a career in politics, newly single mother Maddy ends up in jail. Losing custody of her infant child, Maddy hatches a scheme to brea...
Rogue Trader

Rogue Trader

1999
Nick Leeson, an employee of Barings Bank, accumulates over a billion dollars in losses after a successful trading run.

1998.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
St. Ives

St. Ives

1998
Capitaine Jacques St was built in 1813. A Hussar in the Napoleonic wars is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. Major Farquar Bolingbroke Chevening, the prison's commander, wants to teach him ...
The Stringer

The Stringer

1998
Vadik is an impoverished dreamer who spends his life drifting though Moscow with a video camera, hoping to shoot footage that will interest Western press agencies. He falls in love with Helen, an Engl...
The Tribe

The Tribe

1998
Property developer Jamie has to evict some weird, post-modern hippies from a building. But they slowly drag him into their dark underworld of bizarre rituals and dangerous liaisons.
The Land Girls

The Land Girls

1998
Women were recruited to work on British farms during World War II. Three "land girls" of different social background - quiet, young hairdresser Prue, and Cambridge graduate Ag - become best friends in...
TV
Our Mutual Friend

Our Mutual Friend

1998
Charles Dickens told the story of passion, greed and betrayal. One day, a body that links them with another world will be recovered by the father and daughter who are on the banks of the river.

1996.

1 TV show

1994.

1 TV show
TV
Cadfael

Cadfael

6
1994
The TV series was produced by the British company ITV Central. The series was broadcasted in the UK.

1993.

1 TV show
TV
Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

1993
Shooting Stars is a British television comedy panel game broadcast on BBC Two as a pilot in 1993, then as 3 full series from 1995 to 1997, then on BBC Choice from January to December 2002 with 2 serie...

1991.

1 TV show
TV
G.B.H.

G.B.H.

1991
GBH was a seven-part British television drama written by Alan Bleasdale shown in the summer of 1991 on Channel 4. The protagonists were Michael Murray, the Militant tendency-supporting Labour leader o...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Tales from the Crypt

Tales from the Crypt

6.4
1989
The Crypt Keeper has fun and frightening things to do. Back in the day, there were stories in the comics. Pick up your poison at the bar. Will honeymooners fulfill their vow?

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Brookside

Brookside

1982
The ground-breaking soap set in a housing estate on the outskirts of Liverpool.
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