Anna Friel

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Anna Friel (12.7.1976)
Anna Friel is a British actress. She rose to fame working on the UK soap opera Brookside but has more recently found fame in the US.

Childhood: Anna Friel was born in Rochdale, near Manchester, in England. Her mother, Julie Friel, teaches students with special needs and her father, Des Friel, is a former French teacher and owns a web design company. Des is Irish and used to perform as a folk guitarist. Anna's brother Michael once starred in TV adverts for Hovis.

Anna Friel attended Crompton House Church of England High School in High Crompton, followed by Holy Cross College, a Catholic Sixth form in Bury.

Friel became interested in acting at an early age and was often praised for performances in local talent shows.

Acting Career: When Anna Friel was 13, she landed her first professional acting role in the Channel 4 drama series G.B.H. She played the daughter of Michael Palin's character and the series also starred Robert Lindsay, Lindsay Duncan and Julie Walters, with music from Elvis Costello and Richard Harvey.

Anna's performance led to a number of small performances on British TV shows, including Emmerdale.

In 1992, Anna Friel was cast in another soap opera, Brookside, set in Liverpool, playing the role of Beth Jordache. The cast included the likes of Claire Sweeney, Ricky Tomlinson, Lisa Faulkner and Jennifer Ellison. Despite being on the programme for only two years, her character became one of the soap's most notorious, largely due to the much-publicised lesbian kiss featuring Beth Jordache. In 1995, Anna Friel won the 'Most Popular Actress' award at the National Television Awards for her role on Brookside.

When Anna Friel appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's film The Tribe, she courted even more controversy. The film included some stark nudity, as well as a ménage a trois sex scene between Friel's character and those played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Northam.

1998 saw Anna Friel performing in a Broadway run of Patrick Marber's play Closer. She won a drama Desk award for her performance. Amongst Friel's other stage performances, she made her West End stage debut in a fringe production of Lulu.

In November 2006, Anna Friel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for performing arts by the University of Bolton.

Anna Friel has made appearances in a number of movies. She played the wife of Nick Leeson's character in Rogue Trader, which also starred Ewan McGregor. In The Land Girls, she worked alongside Catherine McCormack and Rachel Weisz. In 1998, she appeared in St Ives, also known as All For Love, with Richard E. Grant and Miranda Richardson.

Friel also appeared as Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, opposite Calista Flockheart, Dominic West and Christian Bale. In Timeline, she played the object of Gerard Butler's affection and in Me Without You, she stars opposite Michelle Williams (the ex-partner of the late Heath Ledger).

In 2007, Anna Friel was cast as Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles in Pushing Daisies, an American TV series that airs on the ABC network. The series also stars Lee Pace, Chi McBride and Field Cate. The following year, however, the show was cancelled after only two seasons, due to poor ratings, despite being popular with critics.

In September 2009, Friel starred in a West End run of a stage adaptation of Breakfast At Tiffany's, opposite Joseph Cross. The film (itself an adaptation of a Truman Capote novel) stars Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. It was also announced that she would appear in a film the following year entitled London Boulevard, starring David Thewlis (her partner), Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell and Ray Winstone.

Personal Life: Anna Friel began dating David Thewlis in 2001, after meeting on a flight to Cannes. They have a daughter together, Gracie Ellen Mary Friel, born in July 2005.

Friel is an advocate of the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer appeal, along with Natalie Imbruglia, Edith Bowman, Twiggy, Alan Carr and Angela Griffin. She is also a supporter of Burma Campaign UK, which aims to bring about change in the troubled nation.

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British Academy Television Awards - Arrivals

Anna Friel - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (TV BAFTA) 2015 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th May 2015

British Academy Television Awards - Arrivals

Anna Friel - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at Theatre Royal - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Anna Friel
Anna Friel

TV Bafta Awards 2015

Anna Friel - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 which were held at the Theatre Royal in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Anna Friel
Anna Friel
Anna Friel

The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015

Anna Friel - The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 held at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - Arrivals at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Anna Friel

BAFTA Television Awards - winners board.

Anna Friel and Matt Berry - House of Fraser British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal - winners board. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

Anna Friel
Anna Friel
Anna Friel

Good People - Trailer Trailer

Tom and Anna Reed are a young married couple who have moved all the way to London with the intention of restoring the house that Anna grew up in and subsequently starting a family. However, it isn't long before the pair fall on hard times and they are faced with losing the house they have been so desperate for. One day, they fail to get a response from their basement tenant Ben and go down to his apartment to check on him, only to be faced with a brutal murder scene. Their luck seems to change, however, when they discover a bag of £220,000 in bank notes stashed in the ceiling tiles. They take the money, agreeing to only use what is needed to cover their mortgage and credit card bills. Unfortunately, there are people after the money. People who Ben made a mistake to cross. People intent on hunting down the Reeds.

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The Look of Love Review


Michael Winterbottom vividly recreates swinging 1960s London in this biopic about one of Soho's most notorious figures. It's a lively and attention-grabbing film, but the cast and filmmakers never create a character we can identify with or care about, which leaves the film feeling a bit meaningless. And even if we're interested in the history, we are never able to feel the emotions.

As he did for Winterbottom in 24 Hour Party People, Steve Coogan plays a colourful real-life figure, this time Paul Raymond, also known as the King of Soho. Raymond made his fortune through strip clubs and lap-dancing venues, then expanded into publishing men's magazines before purchasing large swathes of property in London's artiest district. But his marriage to Jean (Friel) was strained by his rampant womanising, including a long-term relationship with actress-model Fiona Richmond (Egerton). And the main woman in Paul's life was his daughter Debbie (Poots), who was in line to inherit his fortune when she died of a heroin overdose in 1992.

The film is framed with Debbie's funeral, showing Raymond at his lowest point. But then, even when he was living the high life, his self-obsession casts a heavy shadow. Everyone in this story is just as lost in their own addictions. And it's sad to see Raymond himself never able to move on from his own early years, amassing a £1 billion fortune, which he left to Debbie's children when he died in 2008. Coogan bravely never tries to get us to sympathise with Raymond, delivering a focussed performance that's darkly bittersweet. Poots adeptly captures Debbie's inability to see her own talents as she falls into a whirlwind of drug abuse. And Friel and Egerton get the most engaging roles as woman thrown aside along the way.

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To Close To Home? Ann Friel Reveals Fear Over Aging Role

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Anna Friel takes on a role in The Look of Love who ages between the ages of 22 and 58. This scares the northern actress, who stars alongside Pierce Brosnan in the movie.

She told Grazia magazine: ''They used a technique called stippling to make me look older. It glues all of the creases around your eyes together and it takes hours for it to go back to normal." This frightened Friel into thinking she’d never look the same again. ''I would age years in a day and think it was going to stay that way forever.'' She added to the magazine: ''I loved my outfits. I loved the 70s costumes because I really like that whole Jane Berkin look. In one scene I went blonde so I wore a wig. We modeled the look on Marilyn Monroe, which was fine until Steve told me I looked like Moors murderer Myra Hindley. Steve looked great in costume though, it's funny seeing him in anything.'' The Look of Love has received mixed reviews so far. The Hollywood Reporter said, in their review, “Steve Coogan's performance is consistently amusing, but the poignant dimensions the director appears to be seeking don't quite come together.”

An overall rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes means it won’t be setting any award ceremonies alight, but could make an enjoyable watch this weekend.

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Fashion Battle: Anna Friel's Look of Love Premiere Dress and Afterparty Gown [Pictures]

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Anna Friel was among the 'Look of Love' stars turning out for the movie's premiere in London last night (April 15, 2013). The actress wore a suitable seventies-style outfit to promote Michael Winterbottom's film about legendary porn mogul Paul Raymond. Friel, who plays the wife of the 'King of Soho' wore a banana yellow gown as she lined up alongside co-stars Steve Coogan and Timsin Egerton.

Anna FrielAnna Friel Wore A Banana Yellow Gown To The Look Of Love Premiere in Soho, London

Friel's dress, a vintage number by Trager Delaney, featured velvet and satin panels and a cut-out panel at the back. Her co-star Tamsin went for a simplistic white dress, while Coogan opted for a black suit and floral shirt. Elsewhere at The Curzon cinema in Soho, several burlesque girls added a touch of glamour to the occasion, carrying giant feathers while wearing flowers in their hair.

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Steve Coogan, Anna Friel And Tamsin Egerton Glam Up Soho Premiere Of 'The Look Of Love' (Photos)

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Steve Coogan, Chris Addison and Imogen Poots party hard in 'The Look of Love'
Steve Coogan, Chris Addison and Imogen Poots party hard in 'The Look of Love'

Upcoming biopic 'The Look of Love' based on the life of glamour entrepreneur Paul Raymond hit London yesterday (April 15th 2013) in its premiere with all the pizazz that Soho could offer.

'Alan Partridge' star Steve Coogan still seemed a little in character, shunning a tie and opting for an eye-catching shirt with several top buttons undone when he hit the red carpet at the Curzon Soho in London alongside his glamorous co-stars Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton who play his onscreen wife and daughter respectively. While Anna was positively glowing in her ankle length yellow and gold dress that certainly matched up to the glorious English Springtime, Tamsin opted for a white, long-sleeved, floor-length number that flattered her elegant frame.  Former 'Mock The Week' host Chris Addison and current host Dara O'Briain also made appearances on the red carpet having both featured in the biographical comedy, as well as 'Boy Meets Girl' star James Lance who played Raymond's business associate Carl Snitcher in the movie.

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Steve Coogan Stuns As Porn Mogul Paul Raymond in 'The Look Of Love' (Trailer)

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'The Look of Love' trailer appears to suggest Steve Coogan turns in one of his very best performances, as Paul Raymond, the porn mogul and once the UK's wealthiest man. Michael Winterbottom's new movie, which won acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows Raymond's rise from mind-reader on Clacton Pier to the 'King of Soho.' Whilst his empire grew, his family life began to suffer, and the trailer for 'The Look of Love' hints at turmoil, scandal and lies.

Winterbottom's movie follows Raymond as he opens new clubs across the entertainment district of London and publishes men's magazines 'Razzle' 'Mayfair' and 'Men's Only,' though things begin to unravel when he embarks on a whirlwind affair with a young star despite being married to Jean, one of his strippers. 

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Look Of Love Trailer

Paul Raymond became the wealthiest man in the UK when he opened the country's first strip club, the Raymond Revue bar, after starting out his nightlife career as a mind-reader cabaret performer. When the bar became highly successful among gentlemen everywhere, his risqué empire only grew into various men's magazines including 'Men's Only', 'Razzle' and 'Mayfair' not to mention spawning various new clubs across the entertainment district of London, Soho, earning him the nickname 'King of Soho'. Though, while loved and admired by thousands, he was also scorned in other circles and even his family began to suffer from the effects of his billion pound industry. His marriage to one of his strippers, Jean, did not meet an amicable end as he embarked on a whirlwind affair with a younger star, and his previously close bond with his daughter Debbie whom he loved more than anything in the world, was broken after her sudden death at the tender age of 36. This is the story of the triumphs and turmoil of Britain's richest man.

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Limitless Review

Despite a rather incomplete premise, this sleek thriller barrels full-steam through its plot. It's involving and entertaining, and sometimes even thought-provoking. And it gives Cooper a role that perfectly uses his skills as an actor.

Plagued by writer's block, Eddie (Cooper) has become a scruffy loser, which prompts high-flying girlfriend Lindy (Cornish) to dump him. Then his drug-dealing ex-brother-in-law (Whitworth) offers him a clear pill called NZT that lets him access all of his brain. Suddenly, words flow freely and his mind races ahead, learning languages (the better for bedding beautiful women) and working the stock market. But his moneymaking schemes put him in league with both a nasty Russian loanshark (Howard) and a fat-cat businessman (De Niro), just as NZT's dark side-effects kick in.

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You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Trailer

After years of marriage, Alfie and Helena are getting divorced, this is mainly due to Alfie's midlife crisis and lust for a much younger woman called Charmaine. Whilst Helena seeks guidance from a fortune teller her daughter is also facing troubles of her own. Sally works in an art gallery work whilst her husband stays at home hoping to write a novel that repeats the success of his first.

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Limitless Trailer

Eddie Mora is a wanna-be writer who lacks direction in his life. A former drug addict Eddie's stuck in a job working as a copywriter for a small publishing house and technically this brilliant novelist still has to write the first line of his book. When a dealer offers him a mysterious new drug called NZT that's meant to unlock 100% of the brains capacity, Eddie's dubious of what the drug promises, but almost immediately, he finds himself a new person, focussed and determined the old Eddie is never coming back.

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Date of birth

12th July, 1976