Keeley Hawes

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Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes phone pic 08.jpg
Hawes in 2008
BornClare Julia Hawes
(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 38)
Marylebone, London, England
OccupationActress, model
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Spencer McCallum (2001–2004)
Matthew Macfadyen (2004–present)
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Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes phone pic 08.jpg
Hawes in 2008
BornClare Julia Hawes
(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 38)
Marylebone, London, England
OccupationActress, model
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Spencer McCallum (2001–2004)
Matthew Macfadyen (2004–present)

Keeley Hawes (born Clare Julia Hawes; 10 February 1976) is an English actress and former model. She starred in The Last September (1999) and has voiced roles in video games, such as Lara Croft in several of the Tomb Raider games. She is also known for her roles as Zoe Reynolds in Spooks-aka "MI-5"-(2002–04), Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–10), and Lady Agnes in the 2010–12 remake of Upstairs, Downstairs. She starred in the second series of the BBC Two police drama Line of Duty as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton.

Early life[edit]

Hawes was born in Marylebone, London, the daughter of a cab driver. She was trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, which included ten years of elocution lessons.[1] She 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.


Early on in her career, Hawes 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. She first came into the public eye in the 1990s, having supporting roles in Troublemakers, Dennis Potter's Karaoke (1995),[2] Heartbeat (1995), The Beggar Bride (1997), and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic, The Blonde Bombshell (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 (2002), and Under the Greenwood Tree (2005). From 2002 to 2004, she appeared as Zoe Reynolds in the spy drama series Spooks. Among the co-stars was her future husband Matthew Macfadyen. In 2003, she appeared in the BBC's re-telling of The Canterbury Tales. From 2006 to 2007, she appeared as Rosie in the British comedy Vicar of Dibley. She was also cast as Jane in the 2007 comedy Death at a Funeral. In February 2006, it was revealed that Hawes had replaced Jonell Elliott as the voice of Lara Croft. She voiced the role in Tomb Raider: Legend, reprising 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 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, released in 2010. She will return to voicing Lara again in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light sequel Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris which is set to be released in 2014.

In 2007, Hawes was cast as Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes, the spin-off to the 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 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. She was awarded the Best UK Television Actress Award in 2008 by the Glamour Awards for her role.[3] In September 2009, Hawes filmed the final series. The finale aired in May and gained over seven million viewers.

In April 2008, Hawes began filming the BBC drama Mutual Friends, which aired later that year. She 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?.[citation needed] In 2009, she portrayed Det Supt Martha Lawson in a six episode ITV series, Identity. In December 2010, she starred as Lady Agnes Holland in the three episode relaunch of Upstairs, Downstairs.

On 25 April 2011, Hawes narrated the documentary Kate and William: A Royal Love Story on BBC One, prior to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.[citation needed] On 20 June 2011, she narrated the ITV1 documentary Four of a Kind as part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season.[citation needed] She appeared as Catherine Mundi in the fantasy adventure film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.[4] In 2014, she starred as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton on the second series of the BBC Two drama Line of Duty.[5] In the autumn of 2014 she guest starred as Ms. Delphox in the eighth series of Doctor Who.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hawes began a relationship with the cartoonist Spencer McCallum in 1995, and they married in December 2001 in Westminster, London; their son Myles was 20 months old.[7] They divorced in 2004. In 2002, Hawes began a relationship with Matthew Macfadyen,[8] eventually marrying him in November 2004 in the Richmond-upon-Thames Register Office.[9] Their first child, Maggie, was born two months later.[10] Their second child, son Ralph, was born in September 2006.[11]

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 that she is bisexual.[12][13] Later, in a Daily Mail article, she explained that "what 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",[14] and in the Radio Times, she said "maybe what I meant is that everyone is a little bit bisexual. I've been married twice, both times to men".[15]

Along with her husband, Hawes is a patron of CHASE hospice care for children.[16] In 2009, she filmed a video introduction and recorded voiceovers for a Virtual Tour of Christopher's, the CHASE Children's Hospice in Surrey.[17] The couple are also both patrons of the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.



1998The AvengersTamara
1999The Last SeptemberLois Farquar
2001OthelloDessie BrabantTelevision film
2003Chaos and CadaversSamantha Taggert
2005A Cock and Bull StoryElizabeth
2007Death at a FuneralJane
2008The Bank JobWendy Leather
2008Flashbacks of a FoolAdult Jessie
2013Mariah Mundi and the Midas BoxCatherine Mundi
2013The Lady VanishesMrs TodhunterTelevision film


1989Forever GreenCarolSeason 1, episode 3
1990TroublemakersMandy6 episodes
1992Ruth Rendell MysteriesSarah MabledeneEpisode: "Talking to Strange Men"
1996Pie in the SkyStella Jackson2 episodes
1996KaraokeLinda LangerEpisode: "Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday"
1996HeartbeatMichelleEpisode: "Snapped"
1997The Beggar BrideAngela Harper
1998Our Mutual FriendLizzie Hexam4 episodes
1998The Cater Street HangmanCharlotte Ellison
1999The Blonde BombshellYounger Diana Dors
1999Wives and DaughtersCynthia Kirkpatrick4 episodes
2001Murder in MindDeborahEpisode: "Sleeper"
2002A Is for AcidGillian Rogers
2002Me and Mrs JonesJane
2002Tipping the VelvetKitty Butler
2002SpooksZoe Reynolds
2003Lucky JimChristine Callaghan
2003The Canterbury TalesEmily
2004Sex & LiesKate
2004The Murdoch MysteriesDr. Julia Ogden2 episodes
2005ShakespeaRe-ToldElla MacbethEpisode: "Macbeth"
2005Agatha Christie's MarplePhilippa HaymesEpisode: "A Murder Is Announced"
2005Under the Greenwood TreeFancy Day
2005The Best ManKate Sheldrake
2006After ThomasNicola Graham
2006–2007The Vicar of DibleyRosie Kennedy2 episodes
2008–2010Ashes to AshesDI Alex Drake
2008Mutual FriendsJen
2010IdentityDSI Martha Lawson
2010That Mitchell and Webb LookHerselfSeries 4, episode 1
2010Would I Lie to You?HerselfSeries 4, episode 3
2010–2012Upstairs, DownstairsLady Agnes Holland[18]9 episodes
2011Kate & William: A Royal Love StoryNarratorDocumentary
2011Four Of A KindNarrator
2013The TunnelSuze Harcourt
2014Line of DutyDI Lindsay Denton6 episodes
2014Doctor WhoMs Delphox/Madame KarabraxosEpisode: "Time Heist"


2011Rocket to the MoonBelleNational Theatre
2013Barking in EssexChrissieWyndham Theatre

Video games[edit]

2006Tomb Raider: LegendLara Croft
2007Tomb Raider: AnniversaryLara Croft
2008Tomb Raider: UnderworldLara Croft
2009Tomb Raider: Underworld - Beneath the AshesLara Croft
2009Tomb Raider: Underworld - Lara's ShadowLara Croft
2010Lara Croft and the Guardian of LightLara Croft
2014Lara Croft and the Temple of OsirisLara 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.[19]


  1. ^ "Mullen, Lost Voices". 18 June 1999. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  2. ^ 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. 
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  4. ^ Adam Dawtrey (11 April 2012). Variety Article. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Line of Duty series 2 on BBC Two". Northern Ireland Screen. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Series 8: Keeley Hawes cast as Ms Delphox". Doctor Who TV. 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Alison Boshoff (22 February 2008). "The very bizarre love life of Ashes to Ashes' rising star Keeley Hawes". Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Liz Hoggard (11 March 2006). "Keeley Hawes: Life after Spooks". London: The Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Liz Hoggard (1 April 2010). "Ashes to Ashes star Keeley Hawes on surviving a showbiz marriage". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes welcome second child". 11 January 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Czyzselska, Jana (1 October 2002). "Dyke Drama". Diva. Retrieved 13 December 2007. 
  13. ^ Radio Times, Tipping the Velvet, 5–11 October 2002
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ browne (3 March 2008). "Keeley Hawes: still delectable, but bisexual". Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  16. ^ Rebecca Younger (23 December 2009). "Charity brings Christmas magic to CHASE children". Get Surrey. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  17. ^ Helen Barrett (23 September 2009). "Digital Campaign of the Week: Chase Hospice Care for Children". Third Sector. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Hastings, Chris (25 July 2010). "What WOULD Mrs Bridges think? Upstairs, Downstairs is back... with Keeley Hawes". Daily Mail (London). 
  19. ^ Allen, Kate (7 September 2009). "Coben, Cole, Atkinson vie for crime awards". The Bookseller. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 

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