Hayley Atwell

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Hayley Atwell
Woman in black dress, with pearl earrings and hair tied up
Hayley Atwell in 2007
BornHayley Elizabeth Atwell
(1982-04-05) 5 April 1982 (age 30)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
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Hayley Atwell
Woman in black dress, with pearl earrings and hair tied up
Hayley Atwell in 2007
BornHayley Elizabeth Atwell
(1982-04-05) 5 April 1982 (age 30)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Hayley Elizabeth Atwell[1] (born 5 April 1982) is an American-English actress known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra's Dream, The Duchess, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Pillars of the Earth.


Early life

Atwell was born in London, the only child of Allison (née Cain), a motivational speaker, and Grant Atwell, a massage therapist, photographer, and shaman.[2][3][4] Atwell's mother is English and her father, an American from Kansas City, Missouri, is of part Native-American descent.[2][3] Atwell has dual citizenship of the U.K. and the U.S.[5] Her parents separated when she was two years old.[3] After secondary education at Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School, West London, Atwell took A-levels at the London Oratory School[2] and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama[6] graduating in 2005.


Her first feature film role was in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream, in which she took the part of a stage actress opposite Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. In 2008, she appeared in the film The Duchess as Bess Foster and the film Brideshead Revisited as Lady Julia Flyte, earning praise and nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the London Film Critics' Circle Awards.

In January 2009, Atwell made her West End début in Lindsay Posner's revival of A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatre which earned her a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. Atwell appeared as "415" in AMC Television's November 2009 miniseries, The Prisoner, a remake of the 1967–68 series by the same name.[7]

Atwell played Agent Peggy Carter in the 2011 superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger.[8] MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011'.[9]

Atwell also reprised her role of Agent Carter for the Captain America video game. It is unknown whether or not Atwell will return to portray Sharon Carter in the second installment.


Film and television

Year Title Role Other notes
2005 Charles & Camilla: Whatever Love MeansSabrina Guinness TV film
2006 The Line of Beauty Catherine Fedden Miniseries
Fear of Fanny Jane TV film
The Ruby in the Smoke Rosa TV film
2007 Mansfield Park Mary Crawford TV film
Cassandra's Dream Angela Stark
How About You Ellie
The Shadow in the North Rosa TV film
2008 Brideshead Revisited Julia Flyte
The DuchessElizabeth "Bess" Foster Nominated – British Independent Film Award – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
2009 The Prisoner 415 / Lucy Miniseries
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Aliena Miniseries
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Any Human Heart Freya Miniseries
2011 Captain America: The First AvengerPeggy Carter Nominated – Scream Award for Best Science Fiction Actress
Nominated – Scream Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female
2012 I, Anna Emmy Post-Production
The Sweeney Nancy Post-Production
Restless Eva Delectorskaya Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Prometheus BoundIo/Force Sound Theatre, London
2006 Women Beware Women Bianca Royal Shakespeare Company
2007 The Man of Mode Belinda National Theatre
2008 Major Barbara Barbara Undershaft National Theatre
2009 A View from the Bridge Catherine Duke of York's, London
2011 The Faith Machine Sophie Royal Court, London


Year Title Role Other notes
2006 Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks Asha BBC 7
2007 Felix Holt, the Radical Esther Radio 4
2008 The Leopard Angelica Radio 3


  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b c White, Leslie (21 August 2011). "Sizzling for England". Sunday Times (London): p. 6. "a shaman and healer based in Kansas City" 
  3. ^ a b c Maureen Paton (27 September 2008). "Hayley confidential: the actress takes Flyte". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1059762/Hayley-confidential-actress-takes-Flyte.html. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Fox, Chloe "Action girl: Hayley Atwell interview" The Telegraph 17 July 2011
  5. ^ "Hayley Atwell Brideshead Revisited & The Duchess Interview". femail.com.au. http://www.femail.com.au/hayley-atwell-brideshead-revisited-the-duchess-interview.htm. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Graduates 2004-5: Hayley Atwell Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  7. ^ Drew Pisarra (2008-07-24). "Four More Residents of The Village". AMC. http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2008/07/casting-announcement.php. 
  8. ^ "Hayley Atwell is Peggy Carter in Captain America" Superhero Hype! 14 April 2010
  9. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/breakout-movie-stars-of-2011/. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 

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