Anita Briem is a film and television actress. She began her acting career in her home country of Iceland before moving to England to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has made her mark in the international scene with several small-screen and big screen roles and she is undoubtedly on the path to Hollywood stardom.
To television audiences, she is best known for her portrayal of the character Jane Seymour on the historical series The Tudors. She has also endeared herself to moviegoers as she has had roles in several films across diverse genres. Briem’s movie credits include the 2008 box-office hit Journey to the Center of the Earth. She also had a role in the 2016 thriller film Salt and Fire and many others.
Who is Anita Briem? Bio & Age
Anita Briem was born on the 29th day of May in the year 1982 in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík. Information regarding her early education is unavailable, however, she is known to have begun her acting career from a very young age. She was trained in hand-to-hand combat and she is also skilled in diverse forms of weaponry.
Briem performed at the National Theatre of Iceland until the age of 16 when she relocated to England with her family. There, she enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and she graduated in 2004. She was a recipient of the John Barton award in Stage Fighting during her time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Interestingly, this actress is fluent in several European languages including English, Icelandic, Danish, and German.
Anita Briem started out as a stage actress when she was much younger. However, she marked her screen debut in 2004 on an episode of the TV series Doctors. She also guest-starred in the BBC series Doctor Who (2005) before landing her first film role in the horror movie The Nun (2005). In 2006, she appeared in the thriller film Köld slóð (English title: Cold Trail) produced in her home country of Iceland and she was also on the cast of the short-lived police drama series The Evidence (2006) in which she portrayed the character, Emily Stevens.
In the second season of the historical TV series The Tudors (2008), Briem played the role of Jane Seymour. However, she was replaced in the third season of the show as the filming schedules conflicted with that of another project. The talented actress got her next major role as Hannah Ásgeirsson in the 3D fantasy film Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) which was a box-office hit.
Anita Briem earned further movie credits as she featured in independent films like Everything Will Happen Before You Die (2010) and The Storyteller (2010). The actress got even busier in the following year as she featured in several movies including Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011) and Elevator (2011). She also appeared in the musical You, Me & the Circus (2012) and the short film Queen Of Hearts (2015) and had a starring role in the thriller film Salt and Fire (2016).
Family Life; Parents and Husband
Interestingly, both of Anita Briem’s parents are also involved in showbiz. Her mother Erna Þórarinsdóttir is a singer while her father Gunnlaugur Briem is a drummer and a founding member of the Iceland-based jazz band ‘Mezzoforte’. The band has released more than 10 albums since its formation in 1977.
Apparently, Anita forms one half of a super couple as she is married to a fellow Hollywood star. Her husband Constantine Paraskevopoulos is a Canadian-American director, producer, writer, and actor. The duo tied the knot on August 20, 2010, and have remained inseparable ever since.
Height and Other Body Stats
Anita Briem is certainly not one of our tallest celebrities but neither is she one of the shortest. The gorgeous actress stands at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) maintaining an enviably trim physique at a body weight of 54 kg (119 lb). She has a bust size of 32 inches (81 cm) and her waist size and hip sizes are 23 inches (58.5 cm) and 33 inches (84 cm) respectively. She has charming blue eyes and gorgeous blonde hair, a dress size of 2 (US) or 32 (EU) and a shoe size of 7.5 (US) or 38 (EU).