Anna Friel

(Anna Louise Friel)

Anna Friel
Anna Friel
  • Born: July 12, 1976
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Actress

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Anna Louise Friel is an English 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 (1993–95), and came to international prominence when she played Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on ABC's Pushing Daisies (2007–09). She is the recipient of several accolades, including an 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.

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And the most important thing - apart from telling a good, believable story, and being a true character - is to be someone the audience will care about, even if you're playing a murderer or rapist.
As long as she is talented enough and passionate about doing it herself then I will be happy and support her. I think I will be sensible - my parents said I could only do it if I got my education and so I had something to fall back on. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Being a mother gives you an incredible feeling of empowerment, you think if I can go through such pain and that level of sleep and still operate and not be grumpy you can do anything. It can be quite scary, you can't function your brain, forget your vocabulary.
David is 13 years my senior and has much more experience.
For Closer, we've had five weeks. You go into every single word because it's very, very concentrated dialogue.
For me personally, everything is on a kiss.
I have the most lovely, healthy bouncing baby, she was all very compact and the right size.
I look at being an actress as being like a mummy: You're bandaged up and preserved as soon as you start making other people money. Money, Coins & Minting
I play a character every day of my life, and I don't want to play a character as myself. They can judge me as an actress, not as a person. I'm not a spokeswoman for Anna. Life
I want more children but for the next three years I want to act.
It's really important to draw the line on what we do as actors.
I've always chosen incredibly different roles and things that are quite offbeat. That way you're not limited.
I've been onstage once for one performance with four days' rehearsal.
I've never been onstage in my life. Life
Now learning a bit more about footballers I think what they need to do well, is someone who really wants to stay in the background and just be a strong support. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Onstage, there's no hiding; you either can or can't act. There's no second take.
People became more interested in my love life than in me, and that has a certain effect. You start to feel very empty and worth nothing, you start to become a piece in a board game you never wanted to play. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The doctors say it dates back to a film where I had these huge prosthetic breasts because my character was breast-feeding. The weight of them, and of the baby, did my back in.
We will spend more time in America, we're going to get a place in LA as hotels aren't great for the baby. Time
Well it's hard to bracket it like that because everyone always thinks you either go to America and you come back, fail or succeed, but it doesn't work like that. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can see when an actor gets bored: Their eyes go dead. I promised myself I'd never let that happen. If it does, I'll go and live on a desert island for a year.