Lena Headey is one of the most hated actors working today, thanks to her outstandingly villainous ‘Game of Thrones‘ character. She wanted to be a hairdresser when she was a kid. But the Yorkshire-born actress was discovered by a casting director and soon landed in the 1992 movie ‘Waterland,’ alongside Jeremy Irons. Lena portrayed the role of a promiscuous teen girl in the movie, which opened doors to a similar role in Merchant Ivory’s 1993 film ‘The Remains of the Day.’ She played as a maid along with Christopher Reeve and Anthony Hopkins. In 1994, Lena made her American debut with the TV movie ‘MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday.’
Headey’s first big break came when she was cast in the lead role of Kitty in the 1994 live action flick ‘The Jungle Book.’ Her portrayal of a lesbian prostitute in the 1995 British Miniseries ‘Band of Gold’ earned her critical praise. ‘Mrs. Dalloway (1997)’, in which she featured alongside Vanessa Redgrave, and ‘The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998)’, which had Penelope Cruz, cemented her reputation as a reliable character actress. Movies like ‘Onegin (1999)’ and ‘Gossip (2000)’ helped her to move into the front row.
In August 2005, Lena had two big releases on the same day; a rare distinction. Her movies ‘The Cave,’ with Morris Chestnut and Cole Hauser, and ‘The Brothers Grimm,’ with Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, hit screens on August 26, 2005. Lena’s second big break came in the form of an offer from the popular HBO series, ‘Game of Thrones’. Her portrayal of the villainous Cersei Lannister earned a lot of haters among viewers. She has also received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for the iconic role.
Headey recently starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in MGM’s ‘Fighting With My Family.’ She is also a strong supporter of the LGBT rights. She has been involved with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), working for migrants in Greece. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Lena Headey movie or TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Lena Headey films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Lena Headey movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
4. Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2018 – )
‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is Nickelodeon’s animated adventure series. Lena Headey lends her voice to the character of Big Mama, a gigantic spider. Big Mama can disguise herself as a human and shoot webs. She leads the double life of a spider and a ruthless don in the city in human form. Lena lent her voice to Big Mama as a guest star in the episode ‘Bug Busters.’ Though the series hasn’t been renewed by Nickelodeon for a third season, fans can expect Big Mama will come back. Moreover, Nickelodeon is in talks with Netflix to lock a movie deal for the streaming platform. Reports suggest that ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ will find its way to Netflix as a feature as part of the deal. The series, which premiered in September 2018, stars Omar Benson Miller, Ben Schwartz, Leonardo, Brandon Mychal Smith, Josh Brener, and Kat Graham in major roles. Andy Suriano and Ant Ward are the creators of the show.