Anna Friel

  • Birth Name: Anna Louise Friel
  • Birth Place: Rochdale, Lancashire, England
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Intended to become a barrister, not an actress.
  • Though she began acting the year before, at age 16 she decided to leave her A-Levels behind when offered a role in the British soap Brookside.
  • Gained notoriety in 1994 when she took part in Britain's first prime-time lesbian kiss, on Brookside. 
  • Won a 1999 Drama Desk award for her performance in the original Broadway run of Closer, opposite Natasha Richardson, Rupert Graves and Ciarán Hinds.
  • Has been a patron of Pauls Trust, a charity that assists children with disabilities.


  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2001, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2018, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee


  • Des Friel — Father
  • David Thewlis — Ex-significant Other
  • Gracie Ellen Mary Thewlis — Daughter
  • Robbie Williams — Ex-significant Other
  • Julie Friel — Mother
  • Rhys Ifans — Significant Other
  • Gracie Ellen Mary Friel — Daughter
  • Desmond "Des" Friel — Father
  • Darren Day — Ex-significant Other
  • Michael Friel — Brother