|Born||Anna Louise Friel
12 July 1976
Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||David Thewlis (2001–2010)|
|Children||Gracie Ellen Mary Friel|
Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress. Born in Rochdale, she has been acting since the age of 13, appearing in a number of British television programmes. She played Beth Jordache on the Channel 4 soap Brookside which had the first lesbian kiss on British television in January 1994. She made her West End stage début in London in 2001, and has subsequently appeared on stage in several productions, including an adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's and as Yelena in a 2012 production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
Friel made her film debut in 1998 in David Leland's Land Girls and has since made a number of films appearing with such notable co-stars as Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Robert De Niro, Will Ferrell, and Rachel Weisz. Outside of film, she is probably best known in the USA for her work as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in the ABC comedy series Pushing Daisies for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2008.
She is the recipient of a number of awards including National Television Award (1995), Drama Desk Award (1999), and the Royal Television Society Award (2009). She has also appeared in music videos and television and print media advertising campaigns and is the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Bolton.
She was previously in a relationship with the actor David Thewlis, and in 2005 had a daughter by him.
Early life 
Friel was born in Rochdale, in Greater Manchester, the daughter of Julie (née Bamford), a special needs teacher, and Desmond "Des" Friel, a former teacher of French and owner of a web design company. Friel's Irish Catholic father, a former folk guitarist, was born in Belfast, and grew up in County Donegal. Her brother, Michael, starred in Hovis television adverts.
Acting career 
At the age of 13, she was hired for her first professional acting job in the Channel 4 drama serial G.B.H., as the daughter of Michael Palin's character. Her performance led to a series of appearances on various British television shows, including Emmerdale. In 1992, she was added to the cast on the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, where she gained greater exposure in the role of Beth Jordache. She stayed on the programme for two years. Friel's on-air lesbian kiss was the first in British soap history. In 1995, Friel won the National Television Award for Most Popular Actress for her work on Brookside.
In 1996, Friel courted further controversy when she appeared in the television film The Tribe by Stephen Poliakoff, which included nudity and a much discussed ménage à trois sex scene between characters played by Friel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Northam.
Friel's film credits include playing Nick Leeson's wife Lisa in Rogue Trader opposite Ewan McGregor; David Leland's The Land Girls, which also starred Rachel Weisz and Catherine McCormack; Adam Collis Sunset Strip as Tammy Franklin, opposite Jared Leto, Simon Baker and Nick Stahl; All for Love with Richard E. Grant; A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hermia, opposite Christian Bale, Dominic West and Calista Flockhart; Timeline as Gerard Butler's object of affection; Me Without You opposite Michelle Williams; and Goal! and Goal II: Living the Dream.
Her television work includes the short lived The Jury for the Fox and ITV1's Watermelon which was based on the novel by Marian Keyes. In 2007, she started playing Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in Pushing Daisies, a new television series from the creator of Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls, on the American network ABC. Although popular with critics, in November 2008, creator Bryan Fuller stated that it had been cancelled due to poor ratings. The show ran for two seasons. Following the series' cancellation, Friel was offered six pilots during the next pilot season but declined all six roles in favour of focusing on her film career.
She has also been seen as the face of Pantene Pro-V Ice shine in the United Kingdom, appearing in both television advertisements and print advertising. She has also appeared in adverts on television for 3 Mobile and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
In April 2010, she was cast in the psychological thriller film The Dark Fields (now entitled Limitless and released in March 2011). In November 2010, Friel starred in London Boulevard alongside Ray Winstone, Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and her then partner David Thewlis.
Friel appears in the video for the Manic Street Preachers' September 2010 single "(It's Not War) Just the End of Love" opposite Welsh actor Michael Sheen, with whom she co-starred in the 2003 film Timeline.
In January 2011, Friel appeared in an episode of the BBC series Come Fly with Me as a fictionalised version of herself. In the show she is bald and has lost her wig. In December of that year, she played the star role (Ellie Manning) in ITV's series drama Without You. That same month, she starred as Captain Elizabeth Bonny in the SyFy network's production of Neverland, a prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic story Peter Pan.
In March 2012, Friel began filming for The King of Soho, later renamed The Look of Love, a biographical movie about "porn baron" Paul Raymond, in which she plays Raymond's wife Jean alongside Steve Coogan as Raymond. She also starred in Public Enemies, a 3-part BBC television drama which aired in early 2012, opposite Daniel Mays.
In 2013 Anna was cast in Showtime's new drama The Vatican opposite Kyle Chandler. Anna Friel filmed Having You, a TV movie, opposite Andrew Buchanan (UK), in 2012, and it aired on Sky TV in early May 2013 for UK residents. Having You has yet to be released on DVD.
Personal life 
In 2001, Friel began a relationship with actor David Thewlis, after the pair met on a flight to Cannes. Their daughter, Gracie Ellen Mary Friel, was born on 9 July 2005 at Portland Hospital in London. In December 2010, Friel and Thewlis separated after almost ten years together.
Anna Friel collapsed in 2001 and was rushed to the hospital, needing emergency surgery and two blood transfusions for a burst ovarian cyst. It was later discovered that she suffers from endometriosis, and she would have great difficulty conceiving, and if she could it would have to be within a 5 year span. Luckily, she gave birth to Gracie, who was previously mentioned, who took her mother's last name due to the fact that her father, David Thewlis, doesn't go by his legal last name. As for the origin of Gracie's name, Gracie is named for Gracie Fields, a singer and actress who has Rochdale, Lancashire as a mutual hometown with Anna Friel. Gracie's middle names, Ellen and Mary, are for Anna's grandmothers, one of whom was not too keen on Anna's lesbian kiss in Brookside. Anna's daughter Gracie appeared in Bathory, a film in which she starred. Since 2011, Friel had been in a relationship with welsh actor Rhys Ifans. Anna claimed she wanted more children before she split with David, and now, while in a relationship with Rhys.
Awards and nominations 
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- 2009 Royal Television Society North West Award – Best Performance in a Single Drama or Drama Series for The Street
- 2008 Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical Nomination for Pushing Daisies (nominee)
- 1999 Drama Desk Awards – Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for "Closer"
- 1995 TV Times Awards – Best Actress
- 1995 National Television Awards - Most Popular Actress for Brookside
- 1994 TV Quick Magazine – Best Newcomer
- Honorary degree, awarded by the University of Bolton.
|1991||G.B.H.||Susan Nelson||TV mini-series|
|1993||Medics||Holly Jarrett||Episode (No.3.3)|
|1995||The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show||Episode (No.2.1)|
|1996||Tales from the Crypt||Angelica||Episode ("About Face")|
|Cadfael (TV series)||Sioned||Episode ("A Morbid Taste for Bones")|
|1998||The Land Girls||Prue (Prudence)|
|Our Mutual Friend||Bella Wilfer||Episodes (No.1.1, No.1.2)|
|St. Ives||Flora Gilchrist|
|1999||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hermia|
|Rogue Trader||Lisa Leeson|
|2000||Sunset Strip||Tammy Franklin|
|An Everlasting Piece||Bronagh|
|The War Bride||Lily|
|Me Without You||Marina|
|2002||Fields of Gold||Lucia Merritt||TV film|
|2003||Watermelon||Claire Ryan||TV film|
|Last Rumba in Rochdale||Bodney||Voice actor|
|2004||Perfect Strangers||Susie Wilding|
|2007||Goal! 2: Living the Dream...||Roz Harmison|
|2007–2008||Pushing Daisies||Charlotte "Chuck" Charles||Main cast|
|2008||Bathory||Countess Erzsébet Báthory|
|2009||Land of the Lost||Holly Cantrell|
|The Street||Dee Purnell||Episodes (No.3.2 and No.3.3)|
|You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger||Iris|
|2011||Neverland||Elizabeth Bonny||TV film|
|Treasure guards||Victoria Eckhart||TV film|
|Come Fly with Me||Herself||Comedy series|
|Without You||Ellie||TV Series|
|2012||Public Enemies||Paula Radnor||Drama series|
|2013||The Vatican||Kayla Duffy||Upcoming TV series|
|The Look of Love||Jean Raymond|
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