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Happy Birthday, Lena Headey: A Celebration Of Sexy Badassery

We celebrate with her toughest (and sexiest) roles to date
by John Paulo Aguilera | Oct 4, 2016
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There will be no walk of shame this time around as British actress Lena Headey celebrates her 43rd birthday today.

The woman who portrays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones certainly doesn't look her age, thanks in large part to her being a vegetarian. Aside from boxing and yoga during her free time, she has a background in both archery and horse training from when she was just starting out in her career, activities that have helped her maintain a physique fit for a villainess.

Headey has no problems playing the most intense and demanding female roles, as proven by her malevolent turn as the golden-locked mother of Joffrey.

To mark another year of sexy badassery from Headey, FHM lists down a handful of characters where she proved that "fighting like a girl" shouldn't be taken as an insult.

Queen Gorgo in 300 (2006)

Moviegoers witnessed the metamorphosis of the queen, from being a submissive personality to being an unyielding leader.

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Ma-Ma in Dredd (2012)

For the remake of the Sly Stallone sci-fi classic, she took on the terrifying role of a bloodthirsty prostitute-turned-drug lord who isn't quite right in the head.


Mary Sandin in The Purge (2013)

Twelve hours of lawlesness turns Headey's doting housewife character into a headstrong matriarch suddenly fighting for survival in this home invasion thriller.

Queen Gorgo in 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

In the sequel, the queen's transformation into a full-fledged ruler is finally complete. 

And of course, Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones (2011-2017)

Some wise words from Cersei of House Lannister, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms: "Tears aren't a woman's only weapon. The best one's between your legs." Bow down to the queen, gentlemen. 


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