Headey appears on the cover of April 2015 issue of More. She talks about her struggle with grief following divorce and reveals battle with depression.
It’s tough. There’s a lot of hurt and sadness and disappointment… Grief. Massive grief. It’s a mourning process, and yet nobody’s died.
Headey announces that she is pregnant with her second child. The actress already has a 4-year-old son, Wylie.
I’m happy to confirm that I’m having my second child this summer. I only hope that this announcement can help me to regain some of the privacy I have recently lost to prying photographers and ask that they please respect my privacy and let me enjoy this time.
Local officials in Croatia reportedly deny Thrones producers from filming a nude scene at the Church of St. Nicholas. The crew applied to the local film commission to shoot a scene where Headey’s character walks out of the church and onto the streets of “King’s Landing” naked. However, local church officials are opposed to public displays of sexuality, leaving the show’s producers to look for an alternative. Sources say the scene can not be cut because it is crucial to the plot and is an iconic moment from the book.
Headey is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the series premiere of Game of Thrones, Winter is Coming. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays her twin brother, Ser Jaime Lannister. In King’s Landing, Cersei and Jaime view the body of the Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, following his mysterious death. They discuss a secret they share, and Jaime tells Cersei that if Jon discovered it before he died, he didn’t tell anyone or they would both now be dead. The royal party travels to Winterfell, the stonghold of the northern Stark noble family, where King Robert Baratheon intends to name Lord Eddard Stark the new Hand. Bran Stark, played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the second son of the family, is climbing a disused tower when he hears voices inside. Peering through a window to investigate, he witnesses Cersei and Jaime having incestuous sex. Jaime pulls Bran into the window and questions him on his age. Realizing the 10 years is old enough to know what he saw, Jaime pushes Bran from the window.
Headey guests on Conan and talks about the controversial wedding scene on the show, Game of Thrones, and how she feels about the fate of some of the characters. She also discusses some of the fans’ reactions to her own character, Cersei Lannister.
Yes, but they’re not—I mean, I guess it’s a compliment when someone’s buying a table and someone goes, you’re the (beep) on—All people say “I love her”, and I kind of worry for them.
Headey appears as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister in the first episode of the second season of Game of Thrones, The North Remembers. Jack Gleeson plays her son, King Joffrey Baratheon. Peter Dinklage plays her younger brother, Tyrion Lannister. In King’s Landing, Cersei orders the gates of the city closed to refugees from the War of the Five Kings. Tyrion has been installed as Hand of the King to rein in Joffrey’s increasingly insane behaviour. He criticizes Cersei for allowing the execution of former Hand of the King Lord Eddard Stark, causing a war that the Lannisters are losing, and for weakening their position by losing Lord Eddard’s younger daughter, Arya. Cersei orders the royal treasurer Lord Petyr Baelish, played by Aidan Gillen, to find Arya. Petyr replies that he knows that King Joffrey is the child of her incestuous relationship with her brother Jaime Lannister, and tells her that knowledge is power. Cersei has Lannister guards surround Petyr and orders them to cut his throat, stopping them at the last moment. She tells him that power is power.
Headey appears as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister in the second episode of the second season of Game of Thrones, The Night Lands. Jack Gleeson plays her son, King Joffrey Baratheon, and
Peter Dinklage plays her younger brother, Tyrion Lannister. As the small council meets in King’s Landing, a messenger delivers peace terms from the Stark armies that demand the north be made an independent kingdom, and Cersei rejects them. She dismisses a message from the Night’s Watch warning that undead creatures are roaming north of the Wall of Westeros. Tyrion confronts Cersei about the massacre of the late King Robert Baratheon’s illegitimate children, and warns that she is losing the support of the people. Cersei responds that she does not care, and Tyrion realizes that Joffrey ordered the massacre. He jokes about her incestuous relationship with their brother Jaime, and Cersei replies that the greatest joke was when Tyrion was born alive and their mother died.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the eighth episode of Game of Thrones, The Pointy End. With King Robert Baratheon dead and Hand of the King Lord Eddard Stark imprisoned, Cersei is Queen Regent. She persuades Lord Eddard’s daughter, Sansa Stark, to write to the Stark family and urge them to pledge allegiance to her son, King Joffrey Baratheon. With the power she now holds, Cersei promotes her twin brother Jaime Lannister to Lord Commander of the kingsguard.
Headey appears as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister in the tenth episode of Game of Thrones. Eugene Simon plays Ser Lancel Lannister, her cousin. In King’s Landing, with her twin brother Jaime fighting against the Stark noble family, Cersei takes Ser Lancel as her lover in order to keep the Lannister blood line pure.
Headey appears as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister in the ninth episode of Game of Thrones, Baelor. Jack Gleeson plays King Joffrey Baratheon. Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark, his betrothed. Sean Bean plays Lord Eddard Stark, the former Hand of the King. As Lord Eddard stands accused of treason, Cersei, Sansa and Joffrey determine that he will be allowed to live if he confesses guilt, and will be banished to join the Night’s Watch. In order to save his family, Lord Eddard confesses at his public trial. Joffrey announces that Cersei and Sansa have asked for mercy. He then says that they have the ‘soft hearts of women,’ and orders Lord Eddard’s execution. As Cersei tries to intervene, Lord Eddard is beheaded.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the seventh episode of Game of Thrones, You Win Or You Die. Sean Bean plays Lord Eddard Stark, the Hand of the King. In King’s Landing, Lord Eddard has discovered that Prince Joffrey Baratheon is the son of Cersei and her brother, Jaime Lannister, the secret that he believes the previous Hand of the King died for. Knowing that King Robert Baratheon will kill Cersei and her children if he learns the truth, but believing that it is his duty to tell him, Lord Eddard confronts Cersei and tells her that she must leave the capital. Cersei responds that Lord Eddard could have taken the throne during Robert’s rebellion, and says this was his mistake. She warns him that in the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the sixth episode of Game of Thrones, A Golden Crown. Mark Addy plays King Robert Baratheon, and Sean Bean plays Lord Eddard Stark, the former Hand of the King. Robert and Cersei confront after Lord Eddard he fought with Cersei’s brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, in the streets of King’s Landing. Cersei demands that Robert take action against Lord Eddard but he silences her. She insults him, and he strikes her, but then immediately regrets his action. King Robert reinstates Lord Eddard as Hand, but demands that the rivalry between the Starks and Lannisters end, or it will lead the Seven Kingdoms into war.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the fifth episode of Game of Thrones, The Wolf And The Lion. Mark Addy plays King Robert Baratheon. In King’s Landing, Robert and Cersei discuss the threat of Daenerys Targaryen, a descendant of King Aerys Targaryen who Robert deposed. Cersei advises acting against her. She asks Robert if their marriage ever stood a chance and he says that it never did, as he has remained loyal to Lyanna Stark, who died in the war that won him the throne.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the fourth episode of Game of Thrones, Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things. Sean Bean plays Lord Eddard Stark, the Hand of the King. In King’s Landing, Cersei visits Eddard in his chambers. She suggests putting recent friction between the Stark and Lannister children behind them, and says that as Hand, Eddard will share her fate of attempting to control the behaviour of King Robert Baratheon. She taunts Eddard that he is a loyal soldier, and he responds that he was trained to kill his enemies. Cersei responds that she was, too.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the third episode of Game of Thrones, Lord Snow. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays her twin brother, Jaime Lannister. Jack Gleeson plays Prince Joffrey Baratheon, Cersei’s son. In King’s Landing, Joffrey and Cersei discuss the rivalry between the Lannister and Stark noble families. Cersei tells Joffrey that when he is king, noone will be able to stand against his family, but that he must also realize his opponents’ strengths. As Joffrey has been betrothed to Sansa, the oldest Stark daughter, Cersei advises him to be kinder to avoid trouble. The court learns that Bran, the Stark family’s second son, has regained consciousness. Cersei worries that her and Jaime’s role in the fall that injured Bran will be revealed, but Jaime says that if so, he will go to war until anyone who opposes the Lannisters is dead.
Headey appears as Queen Cersei Lannister in the second episode of Game of Thrones, The Kingsroad. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays her twin brother, Jaime Lannister. At the stronghold of Winterfell, the son of the Stark noble family lies unconscious after falling from a tower. Cersei and Jaime become concerned that their role in Bran’s fall will be uncovered after their younger brother Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage, warns them that Bran is expected to regain consciousness. Cersei visits Bran’s bedside and tells his mother Lady Catelyn, played by Michelle Fairey, that she hopes he will recover.
Lena Headey is born in Hamilton, Bermuda, to police officer John and Sue, nee Brown. The family return to England when she is six, living in Somerset and Yorkshire. Her brother, Tim, is born in 1980. She attends Shelley College and appears in a school theater production at the age of 17.