Swiss actor Bruno Ganz to play pope in 'The Vatican'

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz to play pope in 'The Vatican'

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) -- Swiss actor Bruno Ganz is to play Pope Sixtus VI in the upcoming drama pilot of "The Vatican," Showtime announced.
Friel cast in 'The Vatican' pilot

Friel cast in 'The Vatican' pilot

HOLLYWOOD, March 2 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel has been cast to star in the drama pilot "The Vatican," a contemporary thriller from Showtime, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Stars line up for Peter Pan prequel

Stars line up for Peter Pan prequel

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Bob Hoskins, Raoul Trujillo and Charlie Rowe are to star in a Peter Pan prequel miniseries shooting in Italy and Ireland, Syfy said.
Worried 'Daisies' fans send buds to ABC

Worried 'Daisies' fans send buds to ABC

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Fans of "Pushing Daisies" are sending flowers to ABC in hopes of persuading the network not to cancel the U.S. television series.
Friel signs up for 'Land of the Lost' role

Friel signs up for 'Land of the Lost' role

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel is set to play the female lead in the upcoming big-screen version of the 1970s-era U.S. television show "Land of the Lost."

Globes recognizes several new TV shows

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Quite a few new TV shows, including "Mad Men," "Damages," "Pushing Daisies" and "The Tudors," were recognized with Golden Globe nods Thursday in Hollywood.

U.S. actresses to play Bronte sisters

CANNES, France, May 19 (UPI) -- A move by a British director to cast U.S. actresses in his biopic film about Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte has come under fire in Cannes, France.

Magazine poll names Friel sexiest mother

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel beat out former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham to be named sexiest mother in a recent poll conducted by an online men's magazine.

Winslett picked Britain's Yummy Mummy

LONDON, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Actress Kate Winslet has been chosen Britain's hottest mama by a poll taken by Avent for National Yummy Mummy week. The "Titanic" star and No. 1 "Yummy Mummy" has two children, Mia, 4, and 20-month-old Joe.

Actress Anna Friel has baby girl

LONDON, July 12 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel and her partner of five years, David Thewlis, are celebrating the birth of their first child at London's Portland Hospital.

Anna Friel prepares for nude scenes

LONDON, May 17 (UPI) -- British actress Anna Friel said she has agreed to nude scenes for a movie in October, three months after her baby is due.
Anna Friel
British actress Anna Friel arrives at the premiere of the new film "Kingdom of Heaven" in London on May 2, 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress from Rochdale, in Greater Manchester. In television, her most recent role had been starring as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles, the female lead in the American television series Pushing Daisies. In her upcoming film, Land of the Lost, she plays a research assistant opposite Will Ferrell.

Friel was born on 12 July 1976 in Rochdale Lancashire. Her brother Michael starred in the Hovis television adverts. She attended Crompton House Church of England High School, in High Crompton, Shaw and Crompton. She then attended The Oldham College in Oldham. Friel became interested in acting at an early age and received frequent praise for her work at local talent shows.

At the age of 13, she was hired for her first professional acting job in the Channel 4 drama serial G.B.H., as the daughter of Michael Palin's character. Her performance led to a series of appearances on various British television shows, including Emmerdale. In 1992, she was added to the cast on the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, where she gained greater exposure in the role of Beth Jordache. Though she only stayed on the programme for two years, Friel's lesbian kiss remains one of the most talked-about moments in British soap history. In 1995, Friel won the National Television Award for Most Popular Actress for her work on Brookside.

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