We’ve talked about a few of British actress Lena Headey’s historical costume movie/TV show roles, but really only scratched the surface. Let’s run down this actress who has done much more than just Game of Thrones!
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Yep, she played “Lizzie” (it’s been so long that I don’t remember the role, but looks like she’s a servant?) in the 1930s-set Merchant/Ivory film.
Set in the late 19th century, a Jewish doctor discovers another is sterilizing women. Headey plays “Miriam.”
How We Used to Live (1993)
Per Wikipedia, “series traced the lives and fortunes of various fictional Yorkshire families from the Victorian era until the early 1970s.”
The Jungle Book (1994)
An adaptation of the Ridyard Kipling story, set in 1890s India. Headey plays the romantic interest of Mowgli, who was raised by animals.
Gentlemen Don’t Eat Poets (1995)
Headey plays the daughter of a paleontologist. I have no idea.
Mrs. Dalloway (1997)
An older woman in 1923 flashes back to her youth. Headey plays the best friend, Sally.
Technically fantasy, but whatever. Headey plays Guinevere in this adaptation of the King Arthur story.
An incredibly boring movie set in 1830s Russia. Headey plays the older sister of main character Tatanya (Liv Tyler).
The Gathering Storm (2002)
Winston Churchill’s rise to power up to the beginning of World War II. Headey has a small but chicly-dressed part as a government official’s wife.
Black Plague (2002)
I keep trying to force myself to watch this for Snark Week. A straight-to-video movie about a 14th-century village who hosts a French captive, and people start dying…
A story split between two modern day researchers who are investigating two 19th-century poets. Headey plays the ex-girlfriend of the female poet.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Technically another fantasy story, but half of it is set in the real world. It’s about the famed folklorists, although it turns them into con-men. Set in the 1820s, I think? Headey plays the daughter of a woodsman turned into a werewolf. As one does.
300 (2006) & 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
A highly fictionalized story of 480 BCE Battle of Thermopylae between the Spartans and Persians. Headey plays Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, and has some hot sex with Gerard Butler. She’s also in the sequel, but I can’t tell which (if any) of these pics are from that.
The Red Baron (2008)
A biographical film about World War I flying ace Manfred von Richthofen; sadly, not about Snoopy. She plays Richthofen’s nurse and the two, of course, fall in love.
A fantasy adventure film costumed in the bustle era (1870s-80s). Read Sarah’s posts about it to know more, I know nothing.
The horror-light retelling of the famous Jane Austen novel. Headey plays a badass Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
The White House Plumbers (coming this year)
An upcoming TV miniseries about Watergate, which is super zeitgeisty these days! Headey will play Dorothy Hunt, wife of one of the co-conspirators.
What’s your favorite of Lena Headey’s frock flick roles? And no, Game of Thrones doesn’t count!