Lena Headey is one of those names you hope will show up in your next hit movie. She has made such a huge impression on Hollywood that many people forget the fact that she is British and not American. Whether you loved her better a Sarah Connor in Terminator or Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, you have to admit that she is one of the greatest actors of all time and always brings life to every scene which is why she remains one of the most sought-after A-Listers. She has been on the screens for over 30 years now and the list of her movies is becoming too long to track but these 10 are the best of hers from recent years.
It is hard to find a movie that has a female protagonist cast with as many bullets flying as Gunpowder Milkshake. The milkshake is there alright, but the attraction of the film is the mother and daughter assassin team that has to fight for their lives against a huge group of mercenaries. Lena Headey plays Scarlet in the film, the mother and assassin who is forced to abandon her daughter Sam to save her life but their paths collide later in life and they are forced to team up against their employers. It is a thriller that has outperformed many films since cinemas reopened after the pandemic.
Lena Headey played the bad guy in Game of Thrones and won an Emmy Award Nomination and lots of fame so it won’t be strange seeing her as a villain once more. The main face of this British Crime film is Rafferty Law who plays Oliver Twist, the forerunner that teams up with a group of outlaws to retrieve a stolen painting and get it to the right owner. Headey plays Sikes, the supposed enforcer of the group of outlaws who turns out to be the villain of the film, but that comes later. You get to enjoy lots of romance and speed as Twist and his Lover Batesey free run to escape from everyone including the authorities.
300: Rise Of An Empire-2014
What was the role of Gorgo, the queen of Sparta in the defeat of the Persians during the battle of Marathon? Well, you won’t know until you watch this film and you will definitely love it because Lena Headey plays Gorgo. She leads the united front of the Greek states to defeat Xerxes, son of Darius of Persia who used dark powers to turn himself into a God so he could defeat Greece and burn Athens to the ground. The Rise of an Empire Franchise is now a long-running series with many fans and Lena Headey is one of the biggest names to grace the series.
What would be better than a crime thriller starring Eliza Taylor and Daniel Webber alongside Lena Headey? The film follows the life of Kat Carter, a new girl who comes to a local school and starts hanging around with classmates abusing drugs. Headey plays Ellen who is the leader of a task force tasked with catching the drug kingpin in the country to cut down on drug-related violence and deaths. It is a film full of big names and lots of thrill.
Zipper is one of those films where Lena Headey’s fans got to see the best of her in a political thriller. She played Jeannie Ellis, the wife of Sam Ellis, a prominent US prosecutor running for a senate seat but whose publicity and career are in jeopardy because of his lifestyle. Jeannie has to be zipper that helps her husband keep his dark secrets away from the media and the authorities and also keep the family together. Headey brought out the best side of her mama bear face as a mother and wife doing everything to help her husband and keep him from plunging their family into the mud. It is one of those one-in-a-million political thrillers.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies-2016
As usual, the film takes you back to 19th century Britain and the pride and Prejudice is all there except this time around, the Bennet sisters trained in Martial arts in China all fight to save Britain which is besieged by zombies. It was thrilling to watch Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister alongside Headey in Game of Thrones which is why their inclusion in the cast of this film was so amazing. Headey didn’t get much of the action in the film as she played the quiet Lady Catherine de Bough but the film is amazing thanks to the performance of Lily James And Sam Riley as Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy respectively.
Fighting With My Family-2019
This film was one of the biggest successes of Hollywood in 2019 Starring all the big names including Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and of course Dwayne Johnson who also directed it. The film follows the life of the successful WWE wrestler Saraya Paige and that of her brother Zak Zodiac who is unable to make the same huge achievements that his sister is making. Saraya has to remember that she is fighting for her whole family including her parents Rick and Julia Knight who are themselves retired wrestlers. The parents are key in Saraya making it through the tough stage and Lena Headey plays the retired wrestler and now loving mother Julia Knight.
Lena Headey was so tough as the Queen of The Seven Kingdoms in GOT; Now imagine what she would look like when tasked with being the toughest immigration officer in the UK. It was announced that she had joined the cast in 2017, raising the expectation for the movie that was largely expected to be average. The movie follows the events around the life of Haile, an emigrant from the Horn of Africa seeking asylum in the UK whose fate relies on the judgement of Wendy (Lena Headey) The interrogation interchanges with flashbacks of the horrific events Haile has been through.
She always kills it as a villain, and no movie proved it better than Dredd. It is a 2012 SCIFI film that explores the lives of people in a post-apocalyptic world full of chaos and in which a group of heroes called The Hall of Justice try to maintain law and order. Lena Headey plays Ma-Ma, the drug lord in charge of a 200-apartment high rise who controls a huge army of killers and is unwilling to compromise with The Hall of Justice judges. The war comes to her and she is this badass cold-hearted killer that just won’t allow the cowboys to bring down her empire.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones-2013
Many people still believe that this movie was the best of the entire Shadowhunters series. Lena Headey played Jocelyn Fray and so didn’t get much screen time since all she did was warn her daughter Clary about her biological father and then drink a potion that took her into a coma. The movie is still thrilling and full of action as Clary gains the support of other Shadowhunters including werewolves and witches to bring down her father and Jocelyn’s ex-husband Valentine who betrayed the order.