Friel, Anna 1976–

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FRIEL, Anna 1976


Full name, Anna Lulu Friel; born July 12, 1976, in Belfast, Northern Ireland; raised in Rochdale, Lancashire, England; daughter of teachers; companion of David Thewlis (an actor). Education: Briefly attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.

Addresses: Agent Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager Abi Harris, Artists Independent Network, 270 Lafayette St., Suite 402, New York, NY 10012.

Career: Actress. Oldham Theatre Workshop, member of company, beginning 1989. Appeared in commercials.

Awards, Honors: TV Quick Award, best newcomer, 1994; British National Television Award, most popular actress, 1995, for Brookside; Theatre World Award, outstanding new performer, Drama Desk Award, outstanding featured actress in a play, and Outer Critics Circle Award, outstanding ensemble performance (with others), all 1999, for Closer; Genie Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a leading role, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 2002, for The War Bride.


Film Appearances:

Helen, The Stringer, British Screen/Pepper Pictures, 1997.

Flora, St. Ives (also known as All for Love ), Buena Vista Home Video, 1998.

Prue, The Land Girls (also known as Trois Anglaises en campagne ), Gramercy, 1998.

Hermia, A Midsummer Night's Dream (also known as William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sogno di una notte di mezza estate ), Fox Searchlight, 1999.

Tammy Franklin, Sunset Strip, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1999.

Maddy, Mad Cows, Capitol Films, 1999.

Shiner, 2000.

Bronagh, An Everlasting Piece, DreamWorks, 2000.

Lily, The War Bride (also known as Love and War ), PorchLight Entertainment, 2001.

Marina, Me without You, IDP Distribution/Samuel Goldwyn Company, 2002.

Lady Claire, Timeline, Paramount, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

In Their Shoes, BBC (England), 1990.

Poppy Bruce, Emmerdale Farm (also known as Emmerdale ), YTV (England), 1992.

Beth Jordache, Brookside, Channel 4 (England), c. 19931995.

In Suspicious Circumstances, Granada (England), 1994.

Storyteller, The Fear, BBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Susan Nelson, G.B.H., Channel 4 (England), 1991.

Bella Wilfer, Our Mutual Friend (also known as Our Mutual Friendby Charles Dickens ), PBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Lisa Leeson, Rogue Trader, Cinemax, 1998.

Lizzie, The Tribe, BBC (England), 1998.

Lucia Merritt, Fields of Gold, BBC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Holly Jarrett, Medics, ITV (England), 1993.

Herself, "Xmas," Shooting Stars, BBC (England), 1995.

The Imaginatively Titled Punt and Dennis Show, BBC, 1995.

Angelica, "About Face," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1996.

"Cadfael 2," Mystery!, PBS, 1997.

Sioned, "A Morbid Taste for Bones," in "Cadfael 3," Mystery!, PBS, 1998.

Guest, Clive Anderson All Talk, BBC1, 1999.

Film '72, BBC, 1999.

Also appeared in episodes of Coronation Street, Granada; and Going Live, BBC.

Television Appearances; Other:

The Orange British Academy Film Awards (special), 2002.

Claire Ryan, Watermelon, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

Look Europe, Almeida Theatre, London, 1997.

Alice, Closer, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1999.

Lulu, Almeida Theatre, then Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, both 2001.



Empire, October, 1998, pp. 7477.

Flicks, September, 1998, p. 32.

Ms London, September 7, 1998, p. 3.

Time, May 10, 1999, p. 82.

Vanity Fair, May, 1998, p. 161.

Vogue, June, 1999, pp. 23840.


Anna Friel Official Web Site,, November 7, 2003.