Lena Dunham

  • 13 August 2012

Date of birth

13th May, 1986




1st January, 1970



Lena Dunham (born 13.05.1986) Lena Dunham is an American filmmaker and actress best known for being the creator and star of 'Girls'.

Childhood: Lena Dunham was born in New York City. Her parents are artist and photographer Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons. She attended Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn and studied creative writing at Oberlin College.

Film career: Lena Dunham wrote, directed and starred in the film 'Tiny Furniture' in 2010 and subsequently won an award for Best Narrative Feature at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. In 2012, she made a cameo appearance in 'Supporting Characters' alongside her 'Tiny Furniture' co-star Alex Karpovsky. In the same year, she published her first book, 'Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned'. She appeared naked in the opening skit for the 2012 Emmy Awards. She debuted HBO TV series 'Girls' in 2012. It is executive produced by Judd Apatow. It has earned her four Emmy nominations and two Golden Globes. In 2013, she became the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series.

Personal life: Lena Dunham started dating fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff in 2012. Her political opinions include supporting same sex marriage legalisation and feminism.

Lena Dunham Sparks Backlash Over Syrian Refugee Movie Script

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 31 October 2018

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Dunham was earlier this week commissioned as scriptwriter for a movie version of Doaa Al-Zamel's powerful book 'A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea'.

Lena Dunham is on the receiving end of a social media backlash after the news that she’s been commissioned to write the script for a film about a Syrian refugee who was stranded at sea.

It was revealed on Monday (October 29th) that Dunham was asked by filmmakers Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams to adapt the book ‘A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea’, the harrowing story of Doaa Al-Zamel, a Syrian refugee who survived the sinking of the boat on which she was attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

However, when Dunham, the creator of HBO’s successful series ‘Girls’, re-tweeted the Variety news article, she was immediately accused of being a part of a ‘whitewashing’ of the story.

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Lena Dunham Has Revealed She's Had More Surgery

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 17 October 2018

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The award-winning Girls star told her Instagram followers she has had her left ovary removed

Writer and actress Lena Dunham has been incredibly open and vocal about her health issues in an attempt to break taboos and bring the pain often suffered by women to the forefront of people's consciousness. The Girls star underwent a hysterectomy last year during which she had her uterus removed as a result of painful endometriosis and since then she has gone on to write and produce a new HBO comedy, Camping, starring Jennifer Garner.

Image caption Lena Dunham at the Met Gala

The 31-year-old actress has had a hysterectomy to remove both her uterus and her womb after multiple failed procedures to cure her of endometriosis - that is, a condition whereby a tissue usually found in the lining of the womb grows outside of it, causing excessive bleeding and extreme abdominal pain.

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Jennifer Garner To Return To TV In Lena Dunham's New Series 'Camping'

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 09 February 2018

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'Camping', a re-make of the British comedy series written by Dunham and 'Girls' co-creator Jenni Konner, will be Garner's first TV role in more than a decade.

Jennifer Garner is set to make a return to television in a new HBO comedy series from ‘Girls’ co-creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

Garner, 45, will be taking on her first regular TV role since her acclaimed participation in ‘Alias’ ended after five seasons in 2006. She’s to head up ‘Camping’, a straight-to-series order from HBO that will consist of eight episodes penned and executive produced by Konner and Dunham, which was announced on Thursday (February 8th) and confirmed by Variety.

It will be a re-make of Julia Davis’ British sitcom of the same name that was broadcast to acclaim in April 2016, which concerned a disastrous family camping trip involving tension, domestic disputes and bears.

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Lena Dunham And Jack Antonoff Split After Months Of 'Growing Apart'

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 January 2018

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The pair remain friends after their five and a half year relationship.

Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff have come to the end of the road in their relationship, just two months after Lena thought Jack was planning a marriage proposal. It comes as a shock to a lot of people, given how strongly they seemed to have been bonded for the last five and a half years.

Image caption Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala

Both Lena and Jack seem to have reached an amicable decision to end their long relationship, though evidence suggests they won't have any trouble remaining friends. Whether it was their busy schedules or natural wear and tear that ended the romance is as yet unclear, but there is certainly no ill feeling.

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Lena Dunham's 'American Horror Story: Cult' Character Revealed

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 26 August 2017

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Ryan Murphy's hit horror show is making its comeback in September.

Lena Dunham is just one of a number of newcomers to the upcoming season of 'American Horror Story', subtitled 'Cult'. Up until now, details surrounding her character and the part she would be playing in the show has been kept tightly under wraps, but after a screening of the first three episodes of the new season, more's been revealed.

Lena Dunham will be in the new season of 'American Horror Story'

We now know that Dunham will be stepping into the shoes of Valerie Solanas - the woman who shot Andy Warhol; a man who is being played by 'AHS' alumni Evan Peters. Not only playing the artist, Peters will also take on an unnamed cult leader, as well as Charles Manson, David Koresh, Jim Jones and the fictional Kai.

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Lena Dunham Joins Cast Of 'American Horror Story' Season Seven

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 20 July 2017

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Dunham joins 'American Horror Story' for its seventh season on FX, rumoured to be about last year's presidential elections.

The highly anticipated seventh season of ‘American Horror Story’ has whetted the appetite of fans even further by revealing another high-profile cast addition, in the shape of ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham.

The FX horror anthology series revealed that 31 year old Dunham would be joining the already star-studded cast in a tweet via ‘AHS’ showrunner Ryan Murphy on Wednesday evening (July 19th).

“Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family,” he wrote. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!”

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Lena Dunham is comforted by her former 'Girls' co-star Jemima Kirke at The MET Gala after suffering a "medical issue." The TV star was rushed to the emergency room. Seen outside the Metropolitan Museum Of Art - Manhattan, New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Lena Dunham seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Lena Dunham and Grace Dunham at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival screening of 'Dog Years' - New York, United States - Sunday 23rd April 2017

Lena Dunham Shares Message With Fans After 'Girls' Finale

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 April 2017

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Dunham took to Instagram to share a message of thanks with 'Girls' fans after the sixth and final season ended.

After six years of powerful drama, HBO’s ‘Girls’ finally reached its conclusion over the holiday weekend. To mark the momentous occasion, the show’s creator Lena Dunham took the opportunity to share a heartfelt message with fans.

While it was arguably never that big a hit in terms of raw ratings, ‘Girls’ has long been critically acclaimed since it first started back in 2011. It followed the lives of four young women in New York City as they dealt with what life threw at them, and it starred Dunham alongside Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet.

Image caption Lena Dunham shared a message with 'Girls' fans after the series ended

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Lena Dunham Has Hit Back At Comments About Her Weight Loss

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 17 March 2017

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The star has written a lengthy post on Instagram about her feelings on the subject to fans

Lena Durham has been on the receiving end of a significant amount of criticism since her hit show, Girls, went on the air and this time she has attracted headlines because of her recent weight loss.

Lena Dunham has spoken out about her recent weight loss

The creator, writer and star of the HBO show has been in the news for her dramatic new look but took to Instagram to hit back at critics who have commented on her new figure.

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Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee held at Beverly Hilton Hotel, California, United States - Saturday 11th February 2017

Lena Dunham Has Donald Trump To Thank For Her Trimmer Figure

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 07 February 2017

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Misery has its upsides.

Lena Dunham has some tips for losing weight; just remember that Donald Trump is president and the pounds will just fall straight off! At least, that's what has worked for the actress, who has struggled to eat through her misery over his victory.

Image caption Lena Dunham lost weight over Donald Trump victory

It's not like the fact that she has got visibily slimmer over the last couple of months is much comfort to the 'Girls' star, though, as she has always been vocally confident about her shape. She was interviewed by Howard Stern on the SiriusXM radio show yesterday (February 6th 2017) when she opened up about the situation.

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Lena Dunham at the 2016 Glamour Women of The Year Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016