Anita Briem (born 29 May 1982) is an Icelandic actress.[1] She is known for her role as Queen Jane Seymour on The Tudors and her role as Hannah Asgeirsson in Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Anita Briem
Born (1982-05-29) 29 May 1982 (age 42)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art (2004)
Years active2004–present
SpouseConstantine Paraskevopoulos
Parent(s)Gunnlaugur Briem
Erna Þórarinsdóttir

Personal life


Briem was born on 29 May 1982,[2] in Reykjavík and is the daughter of drummer Gunnlaugur Briem of Mezzoforte and back-up vocalist Erna Þórarinsdóttir. She started acting when she was nine at the National Theatre of Iceland. She moved to England at the age of sixteen, graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 2004,[3] with a BA in Acting Degree (H Level),[3] and having received the John Barton award in Stage Fighting. As a child she studied hand-to-hand combat and is trained in a variety of weaponry including the broadsword.[4] She is married to actor/director Constantine Paraskevopoulos.[1]



In 2008, Briem starred in Journey to the Center of the Earth as the female action hero lead,[5][6] and also had major roles in the films Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2011),[7] and Elevator (2011).[7]

She appeared in the second season of The Tudors,[7] portraying King Henry VIII's third queen consort, Jane Seymour; she was replaced in the third season after the show was unable to work out conflicting dates with New Line Cinema over her previous commitment to the premiere and press for Journey to the Center of the Earth.[7]

Film and television

Year Film Role Notes
2005 The Nun Eve
2006 Köld slóð Elín English title: Cold Trail
2008 Journey to the Center of the Earth Hannah Ásgeirsson Also filmed in 3D
2009 Everything Will Happen Before You Die Karen
2010 The Storyteller Nicole
2011 Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Elizabeth
You, Me & the Circus Bo
Queen of Hearts Claire Short Film
Elevator Celine Fouquet
2012 You, Me & The Circus Bo [7]
2015 Queen of Hearts Claire
2016 Salt and Fire Flight Attendant [7]
2019 The Drone Corrine Coldwell [7]
2021 Quake Saga [7]
2022 A Letter from Helga
2023 Wild Game
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Doctors Anneka Marsh Episode: "Golden Girl"
2005 Doctor Who Sally Episode: "The Christmas Invasion"
2006 The Evidence Emily Stevens Episodes:
"And the Envelope Please"
"Wine and Die"
"Yi vs. Li"
"Borrowed Time"
"Down for the Count"
2008 The Tudors Jane Seymour Season Two, 4 episodes
Up Close with Carrie Keagan Anita Briem
2020 The Minister Steinunn
Venjulegt fólk Lilja


  1. ^ a b Sylvía Rut Sigfúsdóttir (5 October 2020). "Grenjaði úr mér augun í einn og hálfan tíma samfleytt". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Anita Briem biography". Tribute Entertainment Media Group. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "RADA Student & graduate profiles - Anita Briem". Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  4. ^ About Webpage. "Anita Briem Interview".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Guðrún Ansnes (16 April 2016). "Ætlaði aldrei að verða nein Hollywood leikkona". Ví (in Icelandic). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  6. ^ Gunnhildi Finnsdóttur (27 July 2008). "Anita Briem bjargar sér sjálf". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Anita Briem Credits". Retrieved 14 October 2023.