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Friel in 2015
Anna Louise Friel

12 July 1976 (1976-07-12) (age 45)
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Partner(s) David Thewlis (2001–2010)
Rhys Ifans (2011–2014)
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Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress. She began professionally acting at the age of 13. She first became notable for playing Beth Jordache in the soap opera Brookside (1993–95). Outside the UK, she became known for her role as Charlotte "Chuck" Charles in the ABC series Pushing Daisies (2007–09).

Friel's movie credits include The Land Girls (1998), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), Rogue Trader (1999), Sunset Strip (2000), Me Without You (2001), Timeline (2003), Goal! (2005), Bathory (2008), Land of the Lost (2009), London Boulevard (2010), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Limitless (2011), The Look of Love (2013), The Cleanse (2016) and I.T. (2016).

Friel has also starred in many British and American television shows, such as The Jury (2004), Odyssey (2015), The Girlfriend Experience (2017) and Marcella (2016–present). Her stage work includes Patrick Marber's Closer (Broadway, 1999), and West End productions of Breakfast at Tiffany's (2009) and Uncle Vanya (2012).

Friel was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. She has dated actors David Thewlis and Rhys Ifans. She has a daughter, Gracie (born 2005), with Thewlis.

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