The film included some stark nudity, as well as a ménage a trois sex scene between Friel's character and those played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Northam.1998 saw Anna Friel performing in a Broadway run of Patrick Marber's play Closer. Amongst Friel's other stage performances, she made her West End stage debut in a fringe production of Lulu.
In November 2006, Anna Friel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for performing arts by the University of Bolton.
Anna Friel attended Crompton House Church of England High School in High Crompton, followed by Holy Cross College, a Catholic Sixth form in Bury.
Anna Friel has made appearances in a number of movies.
She played the wife of Nick Leeson's character in Rogue Trader, which also starred Ewan Mc Gregor.
Childhood: Anna Friel was born in Rochdale, near Manchester, in England.
Her mother, Julie Friel, teaches students with special needs and her father, Des Friel, is a former French teacher and owns a web design company.
In 1995, Anna Friel won the 'Most Popular Actress' award at the National Television Awards for her role on Brookside.
When Anna Friel appeared in Stephen Poliakoff's film The Tribe, she courted even more controversy.She is also a supporter of Burma Campaign UK, which aims to bring about change in the troubled nation.Biography by Anna Friel and Laura Carmichael have been revealed as the two stars of a new ITV crime drama, entitled ‘Marcella’, the first English language original series to be written by acclaimed Swedish screenwriter Hans Rosenfeldt.The eight-part noir thriller will begin shooting in and around London later this month, and is due to hit screens at an undisclosed date in 2016.The female stars will be joined by a supporting cast that includes former soap actors Ian Puleston-Davies (‘Coronation Street’) and Ray Panthaki (‘East Enders’), plus ‘Fortitude’s Nicholas Pinnock.The cast included the likes of Claire Sweeney, Ricky Tomlinson, Lisa Faulkner and Jennifer Ellison.