Hayley Atwell

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Hayley Atwell
Woman in black dress, with pearl earrings and hair tied up
Atwell at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival.
Born (1982-04-05) 5 April 1982 (age 32)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Hayley Elizabeth Atwell[1] (born 5 April 1982) is an English actress. She is best known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra's Dream (2007), The Duchess (2008), The Pillars of the Earth (2010), and for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series.

Early life[edit]

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] Her mother is English, and her father, an American from Kansas City, Missouri, is of part Native American descent.[2][3] She has dual citizenship of the UK and the US.[5] Her parents separated when she was two years old.[3] After attending Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School in London, she took A-levels at the London Oratory School[2] and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005.[6]


Atwell at The Pillars of the Earth premiere in 2010.

Atwell's first feature film role was in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream, in which she took the part of a stage actress. 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] In 2010, she starred as Freya Deverell in the successful Channel 4 adaptation of William Boyd's novel Any Human Heart.

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 voiced the character in the 2011 movie tie-in video game, Captain America: Super Soldier.[10] She reprised the role in the 2013 short film Agent Carter, the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier,[11][12]and the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and will reprise it again in the upcoming television series Marvel's Agent Carter as well as the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Whatever Love Means Sabrina Guinness Television film
2006 Fear of Fanny Jane Television film
2006 The Ruby in the Smoke Rosa Television film
2007 Mansfield Park Mary Crawford Television film
2007 The Shadow in the North Rosa Television film
2007 Cassandra's Dream Angela Stark
2007 How About You Ellie
2008 Brideshead Revisited Julia Flyte
2008 The Duchess Elizabeth "Bess" Foster Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Peggy Carter Scream Award for Best Science Fiction Actress
Nominated – Scream Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female
2012 I, Anna Emmy
2012 The Sweeney Nancy
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Kathy Etchingham
2013 Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter Peggy Carter Short film
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Peggy Carter
2015 Cinderella Cinderella's Mother
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Peggy Carter
2015 Testament of Youth Hope


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Line of Beauty Catherine Fedden Miniseries
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
2010 Any Human Heart Freya Miniseries
2012 Falcón Consuelo Jiménez 4 episodes
2012 Restless Eva Delectorskaya Miniseries
2013 Black Mirror Martha Episode: "Be Right Back"
2013 Life of Crime Denise Woods Miniseries
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Peggy Carter 3 episodes
2015 Agent Carter Peggy Carter


Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks Asha BBC Radio 7
2007 Felix Holt, the Radical Esther BBC Radio 4
2008 The Leopard Angelica BBC Radio 3
2013 Words and Music, Fairy Tale Reader BBC 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. 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. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Graduates 2004-5: Hayley Atwell Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  7. ^ Drew Pisarra (24 July 2008). "Four More Residents of The Village". AMC. 
  8. ^ "Captain America Movie: Peggy Carter Cast". Marvel.com. 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Shirey, Eric (29 July 2011). "Captain America: Super Soldier Video Game Review". Yahoo Movies. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' filming begins". Marvel. 8 April 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Breznican, Anthony (11 July 2013). "'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' -- FIRST LOOK at poster and three photos from the new short!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Flint, Hanna (14 April 2014). "Captain America star Hayley Atwell, 32, looks cool in ice-white as she leaves Oliviers after-party with model beau Evan Jones, 23". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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