“But I’d like to think that the public recognises me for some of my other work.I was in Alan Bleasdale’s GBH before I ever set foot in Brookside Close.” If it’s any consolation, I say, her utterly gripping new ITV drama, which begins this Thursday, had me riveted and ought to jettison any memories of her as a soap starlet.I was quite relieved when filming ended.” After several years in Hollywood, Friel’s stock couldn’t be higher.She gestures to a bag literally crammed with scripts she must read on the plane back to Los Angeles, where she has been summoned by her agent.As a 16-year-old, she appeared in the Liverpool soap Brookside for 18 months in the early Nineties and scooped the 1995 Most Popular Actress title at the National Television Awards.
You have to stay truthful, although living in a state of sadness – even artificial sadness – really took its toll on me.
It was only after her break-up with Friday that she found her soul-mate the Harry Potter star, David Thewlis. The unlucky actress found someone with whom she could share her life. The Land of the Lost star dated Welsh actor and musician Rhys Ifans from 2011 to 2014.
But there was something between Thewlis and Friel relationship that still existed, which made it impossible for the actress to sustain a long love affair with her beau.
She moved on and started dating Captain America star Chris Evans in 2000. Unlike all the rumors about David being Anna’s husband, they were not married.
After that, she fell in love with Irish singer and songwriter Gavin Friday, whom she dated from 2000 to 2001. Her fans had thought that finally Anna had found her life partner. After their break-up, the unlucky-in-love actress raised their daughter herself.