We might not be together but we are still close friends,” she added.“He is a very good father. I really feel proud of him,” she said praising her former boyfriend. She is pretty active on Twitter and Instagram and has been promoting her new NBC show American Odyssey where she has been cast as the lead role of Sergeant Odelle Ballard.
She said that she always wanted a steady and perfect love life which she never had.“I have been back in Britain for three weeks and now I really have to fly over to the States and talk about the various offers that have been made – and there have been an awful lot,” she says in her distinct Rochdale accent; the daughter of two teachers, she had originally planned to become a barrister.“It’s all very exciting, but because of Gracie every decision I make has to be weighed up carefully.As a 16-year-old, she appeared in the Liverpool soap Brookside for 18 months in the early Nineties and scooped the 1995 Most Popular Actress title at the National Television Awards.She is now 35, with a considerable body of work, including the multi-award-winning US series Pushing Daisies.The actress, aged 39, has been in several high profile relationships in the past. If we open up our eyes, we can see a pretty long list of ex-lovers in Friel’s life.She dated English actor, singer and television presenter, Darren Dayfrom 1994 to 1997.“It does get me a bit down when the press wants to go on and on about my private life while I want to concentrate on the work I’m doing,” she says, with unexpected mildness, given her reputation for unblinking intensity when it comes to her craft.“I can understand there’s some degree of interest, but the public pay to see Anna Friel the actress, not Anna Friel, the mum, or Anna Friel, the girlfriend.” Nor indeed, the Anna Friel of almost two decades ago.“I hated watching myself afterwards, but grief is ugly and raw, and it would have made a mockery of the part if I’d been wearing foundation or lip gloss.You have to stay truthful, although living in a state of sadness – even artificial sadness – really took its toll on me.