July 12, 1976


Anna Louise Friel was born on July 12, 1976 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. Her acting career was launched when she was cast for the role of Beth Jordache on the British Channel 4 soap opera Brookside. She also was part of British TV’s first pre-watered lesbian kiss. In 1995, Friel won the National Television Award for Most popular actress for her work on Brookside. Three years later she later made controversy when she appeared in the television film The Tribe which became most memorable for its nudity and a menage-a-trois sex scene between characters played by Friel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jeremy Northam. Her film appearances include those in Rogue Trader, The Land Girls, All For Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timeline, and Me Without You. In 2007, she was cast for a role on a new television series, Pushing Daisies.

Charlotte “Chuck” Charles is played by Anna Friel in the television series Pushing Daisies. She is Ned’s childhood sweetheart who is brought back from the dead by Ned, after being suffocated and thrown off a cruise ship. She encourages him to use his powers to help others instead of just solving crime and reaping its rewards. There’s a twist to her story however, Ned cannot touch her again or she’s be going back to the dead permanently.

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Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK


Anna Louise Friel




Made her British stage debut in off-West End London production of “Lulu” by Frank Wedekind in 2001.

Made her American stage debut at New York City’s Music Box in 1999 as Alice in Patrick Marber’s “Closer”.

With boyfriend David Thewlis, became The Faces Of Mulberry for Spring 2002.

Caused a major controversy with her Lesbian screen kiss with Nicola Stephenson on the set of “Brookside” (1982) in 1994.

Dated Darren Day.

Gave birth to a baby girl, named Gracie Ellen Mary. This is her first child with actor David Thewlis. Gracie was born at London’s Portland Hospital and weighed 7lb 4oz. [9 July 2005]

Is of Irish descent.

Lobbied for the role of “Nymphadora Tonks” in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), after the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, revealed that “Tonks” was romantically involved with “Remus Lupin”, who is played by her real-life boyfriend, David Thewlis.

Ranked #21 in Wizard magazine’s Sexiest Women of TV list (March 2008).

Was one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2008).



Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Saturn Award Best Actress on Television
for: “Pushing Daisies” (2007)

Genie Awards

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Nominated Genie Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
for: The War Bride (2001)

Golden Globes, USA

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
for: “Pushing Daisies” (2007)

National Television Awards, UK

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1995 Won National Television Award Most Popular Actress
for: “Brookside” (1982)

Satellite Awards

Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2007 Nominated Satellite Award Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical
for: “Pushing Daisies” (2007)



# Angel Makers (2010) (announced)
# Land of the Lost (2009) (post-production)

# “Pushing Daisies” …. Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles (21 episodes, 2007-2008)
– Dim Sum, Lose Some (2008) TV episode …. Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles
– Frescorts (2008) TV episode …. Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles
– Bad Habits (2008) TV episode …. Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles
– Circus, Circus (2008) TV episode …. Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles
– Bzzzzzzz! (2008) TV episode …. Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles
(16 more)
# Bathory (2008) …. Elizabeth Bathory
# Rubbish (2007) …. Isobel
# Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) …. Roz Harmison
# Niagara Motel (2006) …. Denise
# Irish Jam (2006) …. Maureen
# Goal! (2005) …. Roz Harmison
… aka Goal! The Dream Begins (USA)
… aka Goal!: The Impossible Dream (Europe: English title: DVD box title)
# Perfect Strangers (2004) (TV) …. Susie Wilding
# “The Jury” …. Megan Delaney (2 episodes, 2004)
– The Honeymoon Suite (2004) TV episode …. Megan Delaney
– Three Boys and a Gun (2004) TV episode …. Megan Delaney
# Timeline (2003) …. Lady Claire
# Last Rumba in Rochdale (2003) (voice) …. Bodney
# Watermelon (2003) (TV) …. Claire Ryan
# Fields of Gold (2002) (TV) …. Lucia Merritt
# Me Without You (2001) …. Marina
… aka Meine beste Freundin (Germany)
# The War Bride (2001) …. Lily
… aka Love and War (USA: MIFED title)
… aka War Bride (USA)
# “The Fear” (2001) TV series …. Storyteller
# An Everlasting Piece (2000) …. Bronagh
# Sunset Strip (2000) …. Tammy Franklin

# Mad Cows (1999) …. Maddy
# Rogue Trader (1999) …. Lisa Leeson
# A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) …. Hermia
… aka Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Italy)
… aka William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (USA: complete title)
# St. Ives (1998) …. Flora Gilchrist
… aka All for Love (UK: TV title)
… aka St. Ives – Alles aus Liebe (Germany)
# The Tribe (1998) …. Lizzie
# The Stringer (1998) …. Helen
# “Our Mutual Friend” (1998) TV mini-series …. Bella Wilfer (unknown episodes)
# The Land Girls (1998) …. Prue (Prudence)
… aka Trois Anglaises en campagne (France)
# “Cadfael” …. Sioned (1 episode, 1996)
… aka Mystery!: Cadfael (USA)
– A Morbid Taste for Bones (1996) TV episode …. Sioned
# “Tales from the Crypt” …. Angelica (1 episode, 1996)
… aka HBO’s Tales from the Crypt
– About Face (1996) TV episode …. Angelica
# “The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show” (1 episode, 1995)
… aka Punt & Dennis (UK: second season title)
– Episode #2.1 (1995) TV episode
# “Brookside” (1982) TV series …. Beth Jordache (unknown episodes, 1993-1995)
# “Medics” …. Holly Jarrett (1 episode, 1993)
– Episode #3.3 (1993) TV episode …. Holly Jarrett
# “Emmerdale Farm” (1972) TV series …. Poppy Bruce (unknown episodes, 1992)
… aka Emmerdale (UK: new title)
# “G.B.H.” …. Susan Nelson (6 episodes, 1991)
– Over and Out (1991) TV episode …. Susan Nelson
– Message Understood (1991) TV episode …. Susan Nelson
– Message Received (1991) TV episode …. Susan Nelson
– Message Sent (1991) TV episode …. Susan Nelson
– Only Here on a Message (1991) TV episode …. Susan Nelson
(1 more)



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“Some producer suddenly grabbed my doughnut out of my hand. Then he said, ‘Anna, you really shouldn’t be doing that’. He said, ‘your tummy’s not looking right on screen’. If it’s just about that they should have hired a model. I mean, we’re not talking about a big f**king tummy here!”