Keeley Hawes

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Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes phone pic 08.jpg
Keeley Hawes, April 2008
BornClare Julia Hawes
(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 37)
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Years active1989–present
  • Myles McCallum
  • Maggie Macfadyen
  • Ralph Macfadyen
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Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes phone pic 08.jpg
Keeley Hawes, April 2008
BornClare Julia Hawes
(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 37)
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Years active1989–present
  • Myles McCallum
  • Maggie Macfadyen
  • Ralph Macfadyen

Keeley Hawes (born Clare Julia Hawes 10 February 1976 in London, UK) is an English actress and former model. She starred in The Last September (1999) an adaptation of Elizabeth Bowen's 1929 novel, and has voiced roles in video games, such as the iconic Lara Croft from the long-running Tomb Raider series. In the UK she is known for her TV roles as Zoe Reynolds in Spooks (2002–04), Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–10) and Lady Agnes in the 2010-12 remake of Upstairs, Downstairs.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hawes was born in Marylebone, London and is the daughter of a London cab driver. She was trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, which included ten years of elocution lessons.[2] Hawes left home at age 17 and worked in a casino until she was spotted by a modelling scout on Oxford Street and signed up by Select until she was cast in Karaoke in 1996.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Early on in her career, she starred in at least four music videos, for the singles "Saturday Night" by Suede, "Marvellous" by the The Lightning Seeds, "Come Around" by The Mutton Birds and "She's a Star" by James.


Hawes first came into the public eye in the 1990s, having supporting roles in Troublemakers, Dennis Potter's Karaoke (BBC One/Channel 4, 1995), Heartbeat (ITV1, 1995), The Beggar Bride (BBC, 1997), and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic, The Blonde Bombshell (ITV, 1999).

Hawes appeared in several adaptations of classic and modern literature: Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), the somewhat controversial Tipping the Velvet (BBC Two, 2002), and Under the Greenwood Tree (2005).

From 2002-04 she appeared as Zoe Reynolds in the dramatic spy series Spooks. Among her co-stars was future husband Matthew Macfadyen.

In 2003, she appeared in the BBC's re-telling of The Canterbury Tales alongside John Simm, Billie Piper and Julie Walters.

In 2006, she appeared in the long-running British comedy, Vicar of Dibley, (2 episodes 2006-07). She played Rosie, the sister of Harry (Richard Armitage), Geraldine's (Dawn French) love interest and eventual husband. She was also cast as Jane in the 2007 comedy Death at a Funeral, where she plays the supportive wife of her off-screen husband Matthew Macfadyen, whose father's funeral turns into a disaster.

In 2007, she was cast as Alex Drake in the Ashes to Ashes, the spin-off to hit BBC series Life on Mars. It told the story of a female police officer in service with London's Metropolitan Police, who, after being shot in 2008, inexplicably regains consciousness in 1981, having assimilated Sam Tyler's fantasies after being imprisoned in a coma. The series, broadcast in February 2008, follows her fighting to wake up from the world of 1983 so she can get back to the present day and save her daughter, Molly. She starred along with Philip Glenister, who played Gene Hunt. Hawes was awarded the "Best UK Television Actress Award" in 2008 by the Glamour Awards for her role.[citation needed] In September 2008, she began filming the second series of Ashes to Ashes, later broadcast in early 2009. In September 2009, Hawes filmed the final series of Ashes to Ashes along with Philip Glenister. The last ever episode was aired in May and gained more than seven million viewers.

In April 2008, Hawes began filming the BBC TV drama, Mutual Friends, which aired later that year.

She also appeared in the BAFTA award winning That Mitchell and Webb Look and in 2010, was a guest on the comedy panel show Would I Lie to You? hosted by comedian Rob Brydon.[citation needed]

In 2009 she portrayed DSI Martha Lawson in a 6-episode ITV series, Identity.

In December 2010, Hawes starred in the 3-episode re-launch of Upstairs, Downstairs, in which she played the leading role of Lady Agnes Holland.

On 25 April 2011, Hawes narrated the documentary "Kate and William: A Royal Love Story." on BBC One, in honour of the 29 April 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[citation needed]

On 20 June 2011, Hawes narrated the ITV1 documentary "Four Of A Kind" as part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season.[citation needed]

Most recently she appeared in the fantasy adventure film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box[4] throughout South West England, playing the role of Catherine Mundi.

Video games[edit]

On 23 February 2006, it was revealed that Hawes had replaced Jonell Elliott as the voice of Lara Croft. She voiced the role of Eidos Interactive's globe-trotting adventurer in Tomb Raider: Legend. She reprised her role in the 2007 remake of the original Tomb Raider game, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and again in 2008's Tomb Raider: Underworld. She has also recorded her lines for the arcade-style Tomb Raider game, titled Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, released in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Hawes began a relationship with cartoonist Spencer McCallum in 1995, married him in December 2001 in Westminster when their son Myles was 20 months old,[5] but they were divorced in 2004.

In 2002, she began a relationship with her Spooks co-star Matthew Macfadyen,[6] eventually marrying him in November 2004 in the Richmond-upon-Thames Register Office.[7] Their first child, Maggie, was born two months later.[8] Their second child, son Ralph, was born in September 2006.[9]

In 2002, after working on the television adaptation of Tipping the Velvet, Hawes was quoted in interviews with Diva magazine and Radio Times as saying she is bisexual.[10][11] Later, in a Daily Mail article, she explained the comments, saying "[w]hat I actually said was that everybody is probably perfectly capable of finding somebody of the same sex attractive, but I certainly haven't had any lesbian relationships"[12] and in the Radio Times, "Maybe what I meant is that everyone is a little bit bisexual. I've been married twice, both times to men."[13]

Along with her husband, Hawes is a patron of CHASE hospice care for children.[14] In 2009, she filmed a video introduction and recorded voiceovers for a Virtual Tour of Christopher's, the CHASE Children's Hospice in Surrey.[15] The couple are also both patrons of the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.



Forever GreenCarol(Season 1, Episode 3)
TroublemakersMandy(Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode 6)
Ruth Rendell MysteriesSarah Mabledene(Season 6, Episode 12) Talking to Strange Men
Pie in the SkyStella Jackson(Season 4, Episode 1 and Episode 2)
KaraokeLinda Langer(Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode 4) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
HeartbeatMichelle(Season 6, Episode 7) Snapped
The Beggar BrideAngela Harper
Our Mutual FriendLizzie Hexam(Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode 4 )
The Cater Street HangmanCharlotte Ellison
The Blonde BombshellYounger Diana Dors
Wives and DaughtersCynthia Kirkpatrick(Season 1, Episode 1 - Episode 4 )
Murder in MindDeborah(Season 1, Episode 7) Sleeper
OthelloDessie Brabant
A Is for AcidGillian Rogers
Me and Mrs JonesJane
Tipping the VelvetKitty Butler
SpooksZoe Reynolds(Season 1, Episode 1 - Season 3, Episode 6)
Lucky JimChristine Callaghan
The Canterbury TalesEmily
Sex & LiesKate
The Murdoch MysteriesDr. Julia Ogden(Season 1, Episode 1 and Episode 2)
ShakespeaRe-ToldElla Macbeth(Season 1, Episode 2)
Agatha Christie's MarplePhilippa Haymes
Under the Greenwood TreeFancy Day
The Best ManKate Sheldrake
After ThomasNicola Graham
The Vicar of DibleyRosie Kennedy(Season 5, Episode 1)
The Vicar of DibleyRosie Kennedy(Season 5, Episode 2)
Ashes to AshesDI Alex DrakeSeries 1
Mutual FriendsJenSeries 1
Ashes to AshesDI Alex DrakeSeries 2
IdentityDSI Martha Lawson
Ashes to AshesDI Alex DrakeSeries 3
That Mitchell and Webb LookHerselfEpisode 1
Would I Lie to You?Herself(Series 4, Episode 3)
Upstairs, DownstairsLady Agnes Holland[16]New Series 1 (3 eps)
Kate & William: A Royal Love StoryNarratorDocumentary on the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Four Of A KindNarrator
Upstairs, DownstairsLady Agnes HollandNew Series 2 (6 eps)
The Lady VanishesMrs TodhunterBBC single drama
The TunnelSuze HarcourtSeries 1
Line of DutyDI Lindsay DentonSeries 2 (6 eps)


1998The AvengersTamara
1999The Last SeptemberLois Farquar
2003Chaos and CadaversSamantha Taggert
2005A Cock and Bull StoryElizabeth
2007Death at a FuneralJane
2008The Bank JobWendy Leather
Flashbacks of a FoolAdult Jessie
2013Mariah Mundi and the Midas BoxCatherine Mundipost-production

Theatre Performances[edit]

As Chrissie in 'Barking In Essex' at the Wyndham Theatre, London in 2013

As Belle in 'Rocket To The Moon' at the National Theatre, London in 2011

Video games[edit]

2006Tomb Raider: LegendLara Croft
2007Tomb Raider: Anniversary
2008Tomb Raider: Underworld
2009Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the Ashes
Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara's ShadowLara Croft and Doppelgänger
2010Lara Croft and the Guardian of LightLara Croft


Hawes was awarded the "Best UK Television Actress Award" in 2008 by the Glamour Awards for her role in Ashes to Ashes. She was also nominated for a TV Choice Award for the same role, and for the Best Actress award at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.[17]


  1. ^ "Upstairs Downstairs axed by the BBC after two series". BBC News. 23 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mullen, Lost Voices". 18 June 1999. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Angela Wintle (October 2010). "Ashes to Ashes star Keeley Hawes on co-stars, Surrey life and hitting the big time". Surrey Life. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Adam Dawtrey (11 April 2012). Variety Article. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ Alison Boshoff (22 February 2008). "The very bizarre love life of Ashes to Ashes' rising star Keeley Hawes". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Alison Boshoff (22 February 2008). "The very bizarre love life of Ashes to Ashes' rising star Keeley Hawes". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Liz Hoggard (11 March 2006). "Keeley Hawes: Life after Spooks". London: The Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Liz Hoggard (1 April 2010). "Ashes to Ashes star Keeley Hawes on surviving a showbiz marriage". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes welcome second child". 11 January 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Czyzselska, Jana (1 October 2002). "Dyke Drama". Diva. Retrieved 13 December 2007 
  11. ^ Radio Times, Tipping the Velvet, 5–11 October 2002
  12. ^ Paton, Maureen (5 April 2009). "Keeley Hawes: 'There's a birth and a snog and lots of deaths'". Daily Mail (London: Associated Newspapers Ltd.). Retrieved 30 April 2010 
  13. ^ browne (3 March 2008). "Keeley Hawes: still delectable, but bisexual". Retrieved 29 April 2010 
  14. ^ Rebecca Younger (23 December 2009). "Charity brings Christmas magic to CHASE children". Get Surrey. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Helen Barrett (23 September 2009). "Digital Campaign of the Week: Chase Hospice Care for Children". Third Sector. Retrieved Junbe 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ Hastings, Chris (25 July 2010). "What WOULD Mrs Bridges think? Upstairs, Downstairs is back... with Keeley Hawes". Daily Mail (London). 
  17. ^ Allen, Kate (7 September 2009). "Coben, Cole, Atkinson vie for crime awards". The Bookseller. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 

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