Anita Briem

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Anita Briem as Jane Seymour

Date of Birth: 29th May, 1982
Birth Place: Iceland

Eye Color:Green
: 5'4" (1.63 m)

Family:Parents are drummer Gunnlaugur Briem and back-up vocalist Erna Þórarinsdóttir

Education:Studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and graduated 2004

Actor Bio:Born and raised in Iceland. Began acting at age 9 at the National Theatre of Iceland. As a child actor she did three stage productions as well as many television, radio, and voice overs. Moved to London at age 16 and began her pursuit of a formal education in theatre. At 19 she was accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

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Non-acting careers:
Movies & TV Shows:
The Storyteller (in production, 2009)...Nicole
<a class="external" href="" name="actressinp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D</a>...Hannah (2008)
"The Tudors"....Jane Seymour (4 episodes, 2008)
<a class="external" href="" name="actress2000" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Köld slóð</a> (2006)
<a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Evidence"</a> .... Emily Stevens (7 episodes, 2006)
<a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Doctor Who"</a> .... Sally (1 episode, "The Christmas Invasion" 2005)
<a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monja, La</a> (2005) aka The Nun (International: English title)
<a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Doctors"</a> (1 episode, 2004)
<a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Golden Girl</a> (2004) TV episode

Stage:Co-starred in the domestic comedy 'Losing Louis' by Simon Mendes Da Costa, from January to June 2005 at Hampstead Theatres and Traflagar Studio. The play starred Alison Steadman and Lynda Bellingham

Other Experience:
At the National Theatre of Iceland: Ida in Emil i Lønneberg by Astrid Lindgren; Stulka in Kardemommu Town; Belka in Fiddler on the Roof; Sigga in Shooting Star (Icelandic play). At the New End Theatre, Hampstead: Varvara in Lenin in Love by David Pinner. Various parts in Icelandic TV, radio plays, voice-overs, short films and commercials.

Skills: Dance – African, Flamenco, Restoration, Elizabethan and Lindy Hop; skiing; swimming; snowmobiling, studied combat and weaponry; fluent in Icelandic with working Danish and German; Flute – soprano, alto and piccolo; good sight reading; music theory; horse riding; driving licence; John Barton Prize at RADA Henry Marshall Prize Fights 2002; singing (soprano).

Big break

Best known for: Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3D...Hannah Asgeirsson
(Co-starring alongside Brendan Fraser)

Awards: John Barton Award for Stage Fighting

Upcoming projects
: The Storyteller (2009)
Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2009)
Dead of Night (2009)

Anita Briem - The Tudors WikiTalk about...


  • Jane Seymour is no dumbbell. She happens to be an eighteen year old who is plucked from her father's arms into a whirlwind romance with the King of England. That is no small deal. I enjoyed it immensely.

  • From an early age I developed a very strange interest in combat. I studied hand to hand combat and trained with all different kinds of swords and weaponry. I have a small frame but your strength never really comes from your muscles, it comes from your core.

  • I try to show everybody Iceland all the time. My people are like "don't tell everyone the secret. Its so beautiful and peaceful here!" Its incredible; I go home and drive across the country, and go to my mom's place and it's dark with the Northern Lights, and I like to sit in some hot springs.

  • I love the theatre; the theatre sort of raised me. So I'm quite sure I will go back to the theatre. Right now I'm sort of captured in the all-consuming, fanatastical world of movies.

  • "When Jane Seymour appeared, Henry VIII is looking for someone real, sincere with a solid foundation."


  • Enjoys traveling, encountering different cultures, reading, going to the theatre and spending time with her family.

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  • Has a fascination with combat and weapons


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    Anita Briem with Brendan Fraser in
    "Journey to the Center of the Earth, 3D"

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    Anita Briem - hunting the undead in
    "La Monja / The Nun" (2005)
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    Anita as Hannah Asgeirsson in "Journey to the Center of the Earth, 3D"
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    Anita at Premier of Journey to the Centre of the Earth,
    alongside co-star Brendan Fraser
    Anita in Doctor Who
    Anita as Sally in Season 3 of Doctor Who
    - The Christmas Invasion
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    Interview with Anita about Journey to the Centre of the Earth with a little on the Tudors

    Anita Briem and another love - music
    Did you know that Anita is also an accomplished singer, she has lent her voice to a few soundtracks.