See inside Anna Friel’s cosy home as Marcella returns to ITV this evening

With the third instalment of detective series Marcella hitting ITV tonight at 9pm, we’re taking a peek inside lead actress Anna Friel’s home.

Anna Friel catapulted onto our screens in the titular role of Marcella, a gritty police drama that returns for its third season this evening. However, before we all cosy down for an evening of drama and suspense, we thought we'd take a quick peek around Anna Friel's own home.

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The 44-year-old star lives in Windsor, Berkshire with her daughter Gracie, where the pair have spent lockdown together. From a gorgeous fireplace to bespoke two-seater bar stools, Anna’s got an eye for interiors and has made her Georgian home a cosy and welcoming space.

Anna Friel's Home

Living Room

Anna Friel’s living space is decorated in a teal with an industrial-style steel floor lamp. However, the true statement piece is the huge original marble fireplace with black tiles, accessorised with some pillar candles and a decorative skull.

While many of us have enjoyed the novelty of putting a fake fire on our TVs with the help of YouTube, Anna loves having the fire on as it creates the feeling of another presence in the room. 

‘Always loved that Rhys taught me that a live fire is like having another person in the room. I agree. Could watch it for hours’, she says. We definitely agree.


Anna has transformed an ordinary study area into a swoonworthy mini library. The space is kitted out with stylish black bookshelves filled with books. In her mini library, there are also some decorative items scattered around for the ultimate shelfie, including a mini-bust, statue and black and white artwork.

Like many of us, Anna has clearly nailed the optimal Zoom set up in lockdown, with her laptop positioned at just the right height on a couple of hardbacks in front of her elegant armchair, hot drink on hand.


In Anna's kitchen there's a black unit with gold hardware and a marble worktop. The natural wood flooring and dining table, bold patterned curtains and traditional lighting fixtures give the ground floor space a classic, country feel.

The Rochdale-born actress shared her purchase of two two-seater bar stools designed by her pal in a stunning floral print for her kitchen/dining area.

‘Been waiting for these bad boys for a while. Two-seater bar stools’, she wrote. ‘Had them in LA and couldn’t find any here. My lovely friend Shelley designs and makes bespoke furniture take a look @birch_maple'

'I love William Morris fabrics. So we worked on that basis. Had to share as I LOVE them.’ The Morris-inspired print features striking peacock feathers, woodland creatures, leaves and delicate flowers. 

It looks like her dog’s also a fan.

We're also loving her gold edged dressing table mirror that's giving us definite Bridgerton vibes.


Outside is a balcony where Anna was able to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pass by in a horse and carriage on their wedding day. What an amazing spot! Serious balcony envy.

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What is your favourite room in this stunning home?

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.