Hayley Elizabeth Atwell is a British and American actress who was born on April 5, 1982. Atwell, who was born and raised in London, studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before making her stage debut in a 2005 production of James Kerr's translation of the Ancient Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound.
She went on to appear in a number of West End and television productions after her breakthrough role as Lady Elizabeth Foster in The Duchess (2008), for which she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her leading role in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth (2010) earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film.
In addition to other films and live-action and animated series, Atwell rose to international prominence with her portrayal of Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), a role she reprised in the short film Agent Carter (2013) and the 2015-2016 television series of the same name. She also appeared in the war drama Testament of Youth (2014), the romantic fantasy Cinderella (2015), and the fantasy comedy-drama Christopher Robin (all in 2015). (2018).
On stage, Atwell has received Laurence Olivier Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in A View from the Bridge (2010), as well as Best Actress for her leading roles in The Pride (2013) and Rosmersholm (2013). (2020). In 2020, Atwell started hosting the podcast True Spies, which aims to give listeners an insight into the world of espionage by asking them what they would do in real-life spy situations.
Hayley Elizabeth Atwell was born as the only child of her parents on 5 April 1982 in London; her mother, Allison Cain, is British, and her father, Grant Atwell, is an American photographer from Kansas City, Missouri, of Irish and partial Native American descent. Atwell holds dual citizenship in the UK and the US.
She completed her A-Levels at the London Oratory School after attending Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School in London.
Atwell took a two-year leave of absence to travel with her father and work as a casting director. She then enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied for three years before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in acting in 2005.
Her Guildhall classmates included actress Jodie Whittaker, whom she later described as a "great friend," and Michelle Dockery, with whom she later collaborated on Restless.
Early roles and breakthroughs in my career from 2005 to 2013.
Atwell made her professional debut in 2005, playing Io, a Zeus-exiled maiden, in Prometheus Bound at London's Sound Theatre. The British Theatre Guide praised her performance, writing that Atwell "makes us respond to the anguish without for a moment inviting a chuckle at her bandaged hands". The following year, she appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company as the protagonist's wife, Bianca, in Women Beware Women. The Guardian praised Atwell for projecting "the right seductive beauty". Atwell then appeared in two Royal National Theatre productions directed by Nicholas Hytner. In Man of Mode, she played Belinda, a SoHo PR worker and one of three love interests. Atwell also received an Ian Charleson Commendation for her performance in Major Barbara. In Lindsay Posner's A View From the Bridge, Atwell made her West End debut in 2009 as Catherine, the adopted niece in a troubled family. She was praised by Variety for having "ideal freshness" and girlishness while still being able to shift into uncontrollable rage; her performance was later nominated for an Olivier Award.
In 2006, Atwell received her first major on-screen television role in the BBC Two miniseries The Line of Beauty. Later that year, Atwell starred as '415' in AMC Television's miniseries The Prisoner, a remake of the 1967-68 series of the same name. In 2010, Atwell starred in Channel 4's adaptation of William Boyd's Any Human Heart, and later that year, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Ken Follett's miniseries Pillars of the Earth, in which she co-starred with Eddie Redmayne. In 2013, Atwell starred in Restless, a BBC Two adaptation of William Boyd's espionage novel, before appearing in "Be Right Back," an episode of Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed science fiction television series Black Mirror. Atwell made the transition to film roles early on, with her first major role as stage actress Angela Stark in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream. In 2008, she starred in the film The Duchess, for which she received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the British Independent Film Awards. Later that year, Atwell starred in Brideshead Revisited, a Miramax film.
Atwell played Agent Peggy Carter in the 2011 American superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the "Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Carter was portrayed by Atwell in the 2011 video game Captain America: Super Soldier.
Following a brief hiatus from the stage, Atwell appeared in Alexi Kaye Campbell's 2011 Royal Court Theatre production of The Faith Machine, directed by Jamie Lloyd. In 2013, Atwell re-teamed with Alexi Kaye Campbell and Jamie Lloyd in a Trafalgar Studios revival of The Pride, earning her a second Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress. She played Carter again in the 2013 short film Agent Carter.
2014–present: Additional work and recognition
Atwell returned to Marvel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014, as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man in 2015. She played Carter in two episodes of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and as the lead in Marvel's Agent Carter, which aired from 2015 to 2016. ABC cancelled Agent Carter on May 12, 2016. Carter's voice was also provided by her in Lego Marvel's Avengers and Avengers: Secret Wars. In 2015, Atwell portrayed Cinderella's mother in Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of Cinderella.
Atwell was cast in the ABC series Conviction in February 2016. The series aired 13 episodes between October 2016 and January 2017 before being cancelled by ABC in May 2017. In the 2017-2018 BBC One miniseries Howards End, Atwell played Margaret Schlegel, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel and adapted by playwright Kenneth Lonergan. In 2018, she co-starred with Ewan McGregor as Evelyn Robin, the wife of the titular character in Disney's live-action Winnie-the-Pooh film Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster.
In 2018, Atwell appeared in Dry Powder at the Hampstead Theatre and later in Josie Rourke's Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, opposite Jack Lowden. The production gained critical acclaim, with The Daily Telegraph adding that it was "beautifully staged and expertly performed". The play's run was extended due to positive feedback.
In 2019, Atwell co-starred in a three-part BBC adaptation of Andrea Levy's novel The Long Song, about a slave on a sugar plantation in 19th-century Jamaica, with Tamara Lawrance. She also played Peggy Carter again in Avengers: Endgame. In September 2019, it was announced that Atwell will star in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One and Part Two, both directed by Christopher McQuarrie and set to be released theatrically in the United States in 2023 and 2024, respectively. Early reviews for Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway in 2021 revealed Atwell as Mittens the cat in the film's voice cast. As part of her own programme Hayley Selects, Atwell partnered with The Picturehouse in 2022 as part of the Picturehouse Ambassador Program.
In the news
The Guardian has dubbed Atwell the "queen of period drama," and directors have praised her for "the professional example she sets" and her work in period drama films and television shows. Atwell received an Ian Charleson Commendation for her performance in Major Barbara (2009), and she has three Laurence Olivier Award nominations, the first for her work in A View from the Bridge (2009), the second in 2011 for her work in the revival of The Pride, and the third in 2020 for her performance as Rebecca West in Rosmersholm. For her performance in The Pride, Atwell was nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award.
Atwell lived in a flat in London in 2010. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2015 to be closer to the Agent Carter production, though she maintained her personal base in London. During the filming of Captain America: The First Avenger in 2010, Atwell attended the Open University for a three-month course in art history and haiku.
During the Harvey Weinstein allegations in October 2017, a story emerged claiming that, while filming Brideshead Revisited in 2007, Weinstein told Atwell she looked like a "fat pig" on screen and should eat less. Atwell later provided her own version of events, claiming that someone unrelated to Weinstein suggested she lose weight in order to look more like a flapper. She also stated that Weinstein was not a sex addict, but rather a predator who should be punished for harassing women.
In a 2015 interview, Atwell discussed how her role as Peggy Carter influenced a tweet she sent to her Twitter followers at the time about having her image digitally altered on the cover of a German magazine. When one of her page visitors asked her, "Why are you so beautiful?" she replied, "Why am I so photoshopped?" Atwell stated in the interview, "It is critical that young girls understand the concept of Photoshop. Now that I'm playing Peggy, I feel a sense of responsibility."
|Denotes projects that have not yet been released|
|2007||Cassandra's Dream||Angela Stark|
|How About You||Ellie Harris|
|2008||Brideshead Revisited||Julia Flyte|
|The Duchess||Elizabeth "Bess" Foster|
|2009||Love Hate||Hate||Short film|
|2010||Tomato Soup||Movie Star||Short film|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Peggy Carter|
|The Sweeney||DC Nancy Lewis|
|2013||Jimi: All Is by My Side||Kathy Etchingham|
|Agent Carter||Peggy Carter||Short film|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier|
|Testament of Youth||Hope Milroy|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Peggy Carter|
|2016||The Complete Walk: Cymbeline||Imogen||Short|
|2018||Christopher Robin||Evelyn Robin|
|2019||Blinded by the Light||Ms. Clay|
|Avengers: Endgame||Peggy Carter|
|2021||Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway||Mittens||Voice|
|2022||Independent Miss Craigie||Narrator||Documentary|
|Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness||Peggy Carter / Captain Carter|
|2023||Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One||Grace||Post-production|
|2024||Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two||Filming|
|2005||Whatever Love Means||Sabrina Guinness||Television film|
|2006||Fear of Fanny||Jane||Television film|
|The Ruby in the Smoke||Rosa Garland||Television film|
|The Line of Beauty||Catherine "Cat" Fedden||3 episodes|
|2007||Mansfield Park||Mary Crawford||Television film|
|The Shadow in the North||Rosa Garland||Television film|
|2009||The Prisoner||Lucy / 4-15||5 episodes|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Aliena||8 episodes|
|Any Human Heart||Freya Deverell||4 episodes|
|2012||Falcón||Consuelo Jiménez||4 episodes|
|Playhouse Presents||The Banker||Episode: "The Man"|
|Restless||Eva Delectorskaya||2 episodes|
|2013||Black Mirror||Martha||Episode: "Be Right Back"|
|Life of Crime||Denise Woods||3 episodes|
|2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Peggy Carter||2 episodes|
|2015–2016||Agent Carter||Lead role; 18 episodes|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Herself||Episode: "Clark Gregg vs. Hayley Atwell"|
|Return of the Spider Monkeys||Narrator||Documentary television film|
|2016–2017||Conviction||Hayes Morrison||13 episodes|
|2017–2019||Avengers Assemble||Peggy Carter||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2017||Howards End||Margaret Schlegel||Miniseries|
|2018||The Long Song||Caroline Mortimer||Miniseries|
|2018–2019||3Below: Tales of Arcadia||Zadra||Voice; Main role; 17 episodes|
|2019||Criminal: UK||Stacey Doyle||Episode: "Stacey"|
|2021||What If...?||Peggy Carter / Captain Carter||Voice; 2 episodes|
|TBA||Tomb Raider||Lara Croft||Voice; Main role; in development|
|2011||Captain America: Super Soldier||Peggy Carter||Voice role|
|2016||Lego Marvel's Avengers||Peggy Carter||Voice role|
|2005||Prometheus Bound||Io / Force||Sound Theatre|
|2006||Women Beware Women||Bianca||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2007||The Man of Mode||Belinda||Royal National Theatre|
|2008||Major Barbara||Barbara Undershaft||Royal National Theatre|
|2009||A View from the Bridge||Catherine||Duke of York's Theatre|
|2011||The Faith Machine||Sophie||Royal Court Theatre|
|2013||The Pride||Sylvia||Trafalgar Studios|
|2018||Dry Powder||Jenny||Hampstead Theatre|
|Measure for Measure||Angelo / Isabella||Donmar Warehouse|
|2019||Rosmersholm||Rebecca West||Duke of York's Theatre|
|2006||Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks||Asha Gryvern||BBC Radio 7|
|2007||Felix Holt, the Radical||Esther Lyon||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||The Leopard||Angelica||BBC Radio 3|
|Doctor Who: The Doomwood Curse||Eleanor||BBC Radio 7|
|2010||Doctor Who: The Whispering Forest||Seksa||BBC Radio 7|
|2013||Doctor Who: The Sands of Life||President Moorkurk|
|2014||The Martian Chronicles||Spender||BBC Radio 4|
|2016||The Magus||Lily||BBC Radio 4|
|2017||Ecco||Jo Miles||BBC Radio 4|
|Cassandra at the Wedding||Cassandra Edwards||BBC Radio 4|
|Ode to Saint Cecilia||St. Cecilia||Augustine Institute Radio Theater|
|2018||The Merchant of Venice||Portia||BBC Radio 3|
|2007||Golden Nymph Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Film||Fear of Fanny||Nominated|
|2008||British Independent Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Duchess||Nominated|
|2009||Empire Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||British Supporting Actress of the Year||The Duchess||Nominated|
|Ian Charleson Awards||Ian Charleson Commendation||Major Barbara||Won|
|2010||Laurence Olivier Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||A View from the Bridge||Nominated|
|2011||Scream Awards||Breakthrough Performance – Female||Captain America: The First Avenger||Nominated|
|Best Science Fiction Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||The Pillars of the Earth||Nominated|
|Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Nominated|
|2013||TV Choice Awards||Best Actress||Life of Crime||Nominated|
|2014||Laurence Olivier Awards||Best Actress||The Pride||Nominated|
|WhatsOnStage Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Actress on Television||Agent Carter||Nominated|
|2015||IGN Summer Movie Awards||Best TV Hero||Nominated|
|2018||Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Actress||Howards End||Nominated|
|International Online Cinema Awards||Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie||Nominated|
|Golden Nymph Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Long Fiction Program||Nominated|
|2019||Evening Standard Theatre Awards||Best Actress||Rosmersholm||Nominated|
|Women's Image Network Awards||Actress MFT Movie / Mini-Series||Howards End||Nominated|
|2020||Laurence Olivier Awards||Best Actress||Rosmersholm||Nominated|
|Height||In Centimeters: 169 cm.|
In Meters: 1.69 m.
In Feet Inches: 5'7"
|Weight||In KG: Not known|
In Pound: Not known
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The Net Worth of Hayley Atwell is $3 million.
The height of Hayley Atwell is 1.69.
The birthplace of Hayley Atwell is London, England
The birthday of Hayley Atwell is on 5-Apr-1982.
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