Lena Headey is expecting her second child. The Game of Thrones actress, 41, who plays Cersei Lannister in the hit HBO series, announced her big news following speculation she has been sporting a baby bump in recent weeks.
"I'm happy to confirm that I'm having my second child this summer," English star Lena told People magazine. "I only hope that this announcement can help me regain some of the privacy I have recently lost to prying photographers and ask that they please respect my privacy and let me enjoy this time."
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Lena Headey is expecting her second child
Lena is already a mum to son Wylie, who will be five next month, with Irish musician Peter Loughran, whom she divorced in 2013. She has not revealed the identity of her second child's father.
In two months, Lena will reprise her role in the fifth series of Game of Thrones, which returns on 12 April. It is unclear if, and how, her pregnancy will affect her character's storyline.
Her portrayal of scheming Cersei earned Lena her first Emmy Award nomination in July 2014. Viewers remain fascinated by the vitriolic and vindictive Lannister daughter, but despite her sinister side, Lena recently admitted she doesn’t see Cersei as "particularly dark".
Lena Headey as Games of Thrones' Cersei Lannister
"I think she's a survivor and holds on to a reality that's she created and it's very small because it's so full of denial for her," she told the Daily Beast of transitioning into the role. "But the process of going in in the morning and getting the corsets and wigs done and walking onto sets really helps.
"And being an actor and having a belief in what you do is the biggest commitment I have in my life, besides being a parent."
Excitement is already building ahead of the Game of Thrones season five premiere. But did Lena always know the fantasy show would be such a big hit?
"No," she told the Telegraph in 2014, "You never know. It's such a bizarre project – with dragons and incest and magic and wizards and zombies. But it's very clever and each script it like a gift to me."