Although actress Lena Headey plays a queen on TV, she is broke in real life.
The 39-year-old actress, who plays Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones, filed for divorce from her husband Peter Loughran last July. She and her Irish-musician ex have been fighting over custody of the couple’s two-year-old son Wylie. Earlier this year, Headey filed papers to prevent Loughran from taking Wylie to Ireland. Now, both Loughran and Headey are seeking an advance on the couple’s tax return.
Early in April, Loughran made an emergency court filing asking for half of the couple’s $46,000 tax return from 2011. Headley replied that she needs at least $6,000 of the return to meet living expenses for herself and her son. A California divorce judge denied that filing.
Headey told entertainment news site TMZ, "At the present time, I have less than $5 in my bank account and have been using credit cards to pay for living expenses for myself and our son Wylie.” According to a 79-page filing obtained by E! News, Headey asked Loughran for $6,000 from her share of their 2011 tax refund. She claims that when she became pregnant with Wylie, she was deemed uninsurable due to the pregnancy and was unable to work. Headey’s inability to work caused the couple to "burn through their savings.” They used credit cards to pay for living expenses. As a result, Headey and Loughran incurred a substantial amount of consumer debt. A hearing has been scheduled for April 26.
Headey and Loughran married in May 2007. The couple separated in 2011, and she filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 20, 2012. The HBO series Game of Thrones is currently one of the most popular shows on TV.
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