Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress. Born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, she has been acting professionally since age 13. Friel achieved fame with her portrayal of Beth Jordache on the British soap opera Brookside (1993–95), and came to international prominence when she played Charlotte “Chuck” Charles on ABC’s Pushing Daisies (2007–09). She is the recipient of several accolades, including an International Emmy Award, a Drama Desk Award, a National Television Award, an RTS Award, and an honorary degree, as well as BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, Saturn Award, Genie Award and Czech Lion Award nominations.
Friel made her film debut in The Land Girls (1998). She has since appeared in various features, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rogue Trader (both 1999), Sunset Strip (2000), Me Without You (2001), Timeline (2003), Goal! (2005), Bathory (2008), Land of the Lost (2009), London Boulevard, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (both 2010), Limitless (2011), The Look of Love (2013), The Cleanse, and I.T. (both 2016).
Outside of film, Friel has starred in numerous British and American television series, such as The Jury (2004), Odyssey (2015), The Girlfriend Experience (2017), and Marcella (2016–present). Her stage work includes Patrick Marber’s Closer (Broadway, 1999), and West End productions of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (2009) and Uncle Vanya (2012).