Is she single or dating?

Anna Friel returns as a disturbed police officer Marcella in the third series of the ITV1 drama of the same name – and her character has lost everything.

Unfortunately, actress Anna announced that she’s also familiar with heartbreak after recently breaking up with her longtime boyfriend.

So is Anna Friel single or dating?

Here you will find everything you need to know about Anna and her love life.

*** Warning: possible spoilers from the third series of Marcella ahead ***


Anna Friel as Marcella in the ITV series of the same name (Credit: ITV1)

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Who is Anna Friel in Marcella?

Anna plays the title character Marcella Backland, a police officer who is attracted to violence.

The character doesn’t act according to the book and goes far beyond her job description – she often breaks the law herself.

She also has a condition called dissociative identity disorder (DID), which causes memory loss.

In moments of intense stress, it enters an amnesic state and can become extremely violent.

During the course of the second season, Marcella lost everything – her children, her job, her boyfriend and her identity.

By the end of the second series, she was officially “dead” and we see her sleeping rough under a bridge.

In the third series of Marcella, she works as an undercover police officer in Belfast.

Anna Friel won an international Emmy for her performance in the role.

What else was Anna Friel in?

Anna made her professional acting debut at the tender age of 13 on the TV series GBH

She played the daughter of Michael Palin’s character in the miniseries that aired in the UK in 1991 and was nominated for several BAFTAs.

The actress played Belinda Johnson on Coronation Street and Poppy Bruce in Emmerdale.

She portrayed Beth Jordache in Brookside.

Anna has portrayed Bella in Our Mutual Friend, Megan Delaney in The Jury, Charlotte ‘Chuck’ Charles in Pushing Daisies, and Ellie Manning in Without You.

In 2018 Anna played the mother of a trans child in the ITV drama Butterfly.

Since 2016 Anna has been capturing the audience as Marcella in the ITV1 crime drama of the same name.

Marcella Anna Friel
New hair, new identity, same old danger for Marcella (Image credit: ITV1)

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Anna Friel and THIS Brookside kiss

Anna played Beth Jordache in Brookside.

The character became famous for two things – the first same-sex female kiss on TV and helping kill and bury her abusive father Trevor under the patio.

The lesbian kiss aired on Channel 4 soap in front of the watershed at 9 p.m.

The kiss was between Beth Jordache and Margaret Clemence, played by Nicola Stephenson.

Anna said, “I’m proud that we picked up such controversial storylines and it was new and innovative.”

The kiss was later shown to an audience of billions when a clip of it was included in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

How old is Anna

Anna was born on July 12, 1976.

She is currently 44 years old.

Where is Anna from?

Anna was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

She attended Crompton House Church in England and later Holy Cross College.

She began her training as an actress at Oldham Theater Workshop.

Is Anna Friel single or dating?

Anna has two long-term relationships with other actors.

In 2001 she began a relationship with actor David Thewlis after the two met on a flight to Cannes.

They split up after almost 10 years.

Anna went on to date Welsh actor Rhys Ifans from 2011 and 2014.

Most recently, Anna’s four-year relationship with Army Officer Mark Jaworski ended because of suspension.

She told The Times: “It was not easy to have a heartache during the lockdown.

“I’m one of those lockdown stats that the relationship didn’t work out.

“Usually you can keep yourself busy and meet other people, but to actually break up and be alone with my daughter during the lockdown …

“But there is always someone who is worse off.”

She went on to say that she was not “actively seeking someone to heal my broken heart”.

Anna added that she is “going through a period of healing”.

Previous affairs are Darren Day and Robbie Williams.

Anna Friel and husband David Thewlis
Is Anna Friel single or dating? She previously dated David Thewlis (Photo Credit: Spiller / Flynetpictures.com / SplashNews.com)

Does she have children?

Anna has a daughter Gracie Ellen Mary Friel from her relationship with David Thewlis.

She was born on July 9, 2005 at Portland Hospital in London.

Gracie was named after the actress and singer Gracie Fields.

Anna and Gracie, now 15, live together in Windsor.

Marcella starts with a double bill on ITV1 at 9 p.m. and 10:05 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

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