Long Live the Queen


Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the baddest bitch of all?

In case you haven’t been paying attention for the past six years, Lena Headey’s Cersei Lannister has enraged and enraptured millions of fans and foes. With her scheming, sneering at an all time high, television’s favorite brother-loving baddie ended last season with a literal bang–marking the culmination of a journey that saw her rise from battered wife to ignored mother and finally the Queen of Westeros.

Headey’s ascent to showbiz royalty was almost as arduous. Born in Bermuda and raised in England, Headey was discovered by a casting director at the age of 17 and debuted as a supporting character in Waterland in 1992. For the next two decades, Headey worked steadily, booking supporting roles in films such as The Jungle Book (1994), Mrs. Dalloway (1997), and Brothers Grimm (2005). But it wasn’t until 2006, when she booked the role of Gorgos, a badass queen (sound familiar), in 300 that she started to get some real name recognition. Soon after, she booked the titular role in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and then, nearly 20 years since her debut, landed the part she was born to play: Cersei Lannister.

And although we hate Cersei–really we do hate her–the hate is so pure, so intense that it almost crosses over to the other side to–dare we say it–love. With Dany on her way with dragons in tow, Cersei’s days on the throne might be numbered. But like a flash of wildfire, her reign promises to be as fantastic as it is brief.