Welsh actor Rhys Ifans, 44, north face coats outlet the former partner of actress Sienna Miller, met Anna while they were filming Neverland in Ireland. She calls him ‘My sanctuary, my safe haven’ and has talked about having children with him.
The couple will spend their first Christmas together at the Friel family home in Rochdale, Lancashire, along with an army of Anna’s relatives, including her mother, father, brother and various aunts and uncles.
She smiles when she mentions Rhys’s name north face jackets cheap online and is clearly giddily in love with him. But she is also aware of the responsibilities in her life, beyond her relationship with the lanky actor.
Once as famous for dating Robbie Williams and Darren Day as she was for sharing TV’s first lesbian kiss in a soap opera (as Beth Jordache in the now defunct Channel 4 soap Brookside), the more mature Anna talks about the career compromises she needs to make as the mother of a young child from a broken relationship.
‘It’s difficult to juggle everything when you are in a situation like mine,’ she says. ‘You can’t just do what you want, when you want, you have to take people into consideration. You don’t want to be apart from your daughter. It’s difficult.’
Anna wants to take Breakfast At Tiffany’s to Broadway, ‘but it’s not yet certain to happen because it will require a lot of organising.
‘David’s been away working, I’ve been filming Neverland, Without You and a BBC drama called Public Enemies and at all times our priority has been Gracie’s happiness and the need for her north face jackets on sale to feel settled.’
However, the success of Anna’s career — surreal drama Pushing Daisies was a hit in the U.S., winning seven Emmys — makes you wonder why she so readily agrees to appear in gritty, small-budget TV dramas in Britain such as Without You.
It follows in the wake of her appearance in The Street, the BBC series in which she played Dee, a mother working as a prostitute in Preston to make ends meet. And she’s a distraught probation officer, suspended after one of her clients kills a woman, in the hard-hitting three-part Public Enemies, on BBC1 at the start of next year.
For an actress who has had her fair share of Hollywood glitz, isn’t it all a bit — well — grim and depressing?
‘I like gritty realism and I like the variety that an acting career can give you,’ she says.
‘I loved doing The Street so much, but I also liked going as far away as possible from myself by playing a character like Captain Elizabeth Bonny in Neverland, this wonderful Irish pirate who rules the seas!’
And she points out: ‘I’m a northerner so I’m going back to my roots by appearing in The Street and Without You, which are set fairly and squarely in the place I’m from.
‘They are raw and liberating — if at times a little uncomfortable, mentally and physically.
‘When I watched the screening of Without You I felt like getting out a big tub of Vaseline and covering the screen in it so I looked better in close-up! But a drama like this isn’t about being lit in a particular way or to make you look younger.
‘Without You is about grief and suffering — experiences we’ve all been through — and these emotions are ugly, not beautiful.
‘I wouldn’t have been serving the project properly by being lit in the most attractive way. I wouldn’t have been doing justice to the emotions I was trying to convey.’
Without You, a three-parter, starts on ITV1 on Thursday, December 8; Neverland is on Sky Movies Premiere at 9pm on December 9; and Public Enemies will be on BBC1 early in 2012.