Anna Friel is an English actress. She is best known for her roles on TV shows such as "Pushing Daisies" and "Brookside," as well as films such as "Limitless" and "Land of the Lost."
Anna Louise Friel was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England on July 12, 1976. Her mother was a special needs teacher, while her father was the owner of a web design company, although he had previously taught French and dabbled as a folk guitarist. Anna also had a brother named Michael, who went on to become a doctor. As for Anna's career, it began at the tender age of 13, when she was hired for her first professional acting job of the TV series, "G.B.H." From there, she landed a small role on the long-running British soap opera, "Emmerdale," which in turn lead to a much bigger role on the series, "Brookside." Anna would end up gaining much notoriety for her role on the series, as she wound up taking part in Britain's first prime-time lesbian kiss in 1994.
Of course, as she got older and more experienced, Anna's acting resume continued to grow. However, it wasn't until 1998 that she obtained her first feature film role in the movie, "Land Girls." From there, she has gone on to star in numerous films and television series, among the most popular including films such as "Land of the Lost," "London Boulevard," and "Limitless," and such TV series as "Pushing Daisies,' which was one of her most popular roles to date.
Since 2001, Anna has also made quite a name for herself on the stage, making her London debut in the production of "Lulu," which eventually went to Broadway as well. This was only two years after she took home the Drama Desk award for her performance opposite Natasha Richardson, Rupert Graves and Ciaran Hinds in the original Broadway run of "Closer."