Hayley Atwell

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Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hayley Atwell in 2015.
Born Hayley Elizabeth Atwell
(1982-04-05) 5 April 1982 (age 34)
London, England
  • American
  • British
Alma mater Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Hayley Elizabeth Atwell[1] (born 5 April 1982) is an American British actress.[2] She is known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as the 2007 thriller Cassandra's Dream, the 2008 drama The Duchess, the 2010 historical drama miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, and for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in various films and television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the ABC action-adventure series Agent Carter.

Early life[edit]

Atwell was born in London and raised in Ladbroke Grove, the only child of Allison (née Cain), a motivational speaker, and Grant Atwell, a massage therapist, photographer, and shaman.[3][4][5][6][7] Her father is American (from Kansas City, Missouri), of part Native American descent, and her mother is British.[4][5][8] Her grandmother was Irish.[9] Atwell has dual citizenship of the UK and the US.[10] Her parents separated when she was two years old.[5]

After attending Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School in London, she took A-levels at the London Oratory School[4] and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2005.[11]

Acting career[edit]

Atwell attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Atwell's first feature film role was in Woody Allen's film Cassandra's Dream (2007), in which she took the part of stage actress Angela Stark. 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.[citation needed]

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.[12] 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 American superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger.[13] MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the "Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011".[14] Atwell voiced Carter in the 2011 video game Captain America: Super Soldier.[15] She reprised the role in the 2013 short film Agent Carter, the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier,[16][17] and in the 2015 films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.[18] As Carter, she appeared in two episodes of the television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and as the lead role in Marvel's Agent Carter, which aired from 2015 to 2016.[19] Agent Carter was officially canceled by ABC on 12 May 2016.[20] She also provided Carter's voice in Lego Marvel's Avengers[21] and Avengers: Secret Wars.[22]

In February 2016, Atwell was cast to star in an upcoming legal drama pilot for ABC, Conviction.[23] On 8 November 2016 ABC announced Conviction would not receive a Back order for more episodes effectively cancelling the show [24]

Personal life[edit]

During the filming of Captain America: The First Avenger in 2010, Atwell took a three-month course in art history and haiku at the Open University.[25]



Atwell at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Cassandra's Dream Angela Stark
2007 How About You Ellie Harris
2008 Brideshead Revisited Julia Flyte
2008 The Duchess Elizabeth "Bess" Foster
2009 Love Hate Hate Short film
2010 Tomato Soup Movie Star
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Peggy Carter Main role
2012 I, Anna Emmy
2012 The Sweeney DC Nancy Lewis
2013 Jimi: All Is by My Side Kathy Etchingham
2013 Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter Peggy Carter Short film; Lead role
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Cameo
2014 Testament of Youth Hope Milroy
2015 Cinderella Cinderella's Mother
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Peggy Carter Cameo
2015 Ant-Man


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Whatever Love Means Sabrina Guinness Television film
2006 Fear of Fanny Jane
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 18 episodes, lead role
2016–2017 Conviction Hayes Morrison 13 episodes, lead role
2017 Avengers: Secret Wars Peggy Carter Voice role
TBA Howards End Margaret Schlegel Miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2011 Captain America: Super Soldier Peggy Carter
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers


Year Title Role Venue
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 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


Year Association Category Nominated work Result[26]
2008 British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Duchess Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film The Pillars of the Earth Nominated
2011 Scream Awards Breakthrough Performance – Female Captain America: The First Avenger Nominated
Best Science Fiction Actress Nominated
2015 Saturn Awards Best Actress Television Agent Carter Nominated


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  4. ^ a b c White, Leslie (21 August 2011). "Sizzling for England". Sunday Times. London. p. 6. a shaman and healer based in Kansas City 
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  11. ^ "Hayley Atwell profile". GSMD.ac.uk. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Pisarra, Drew (24 July 2008). "Four More Residents of The Village". AMC. 
  13. ^ "Captain America Movie: Peggy Carter Cast". Marvel.com. 14 April 2010. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  14. ^ Evry, Max (5 January 2011). "25 Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011". Next Movie. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' filming begins". Marvel.com. 8 April 2013. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Strom, Marc (10 May 2014). "First Details on Marvel's Agent Carter". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Agent Carter Cancelled After Two Seasons, Mockingbird Not Flying in Marvel's Most Wanted". 
  21. ^ "Lego Marvel's Avengers bricks the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Games - Geek.com". Geek.com. 
  22. ^ http://www.cbr.com/nycc-live-marvel-animation-panel-with-ultimate-spider-man-gotg-more/
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (10 February 2016). "Agent Carter Star Hayley Atwell To Topline ABC Drama Pilot Conviction". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  24. ^ http://deadline.com/2016/11/conviction-canceled-no-back-order-abc-13-original-episodes-air-1201850888
  25. ^ "Hayley Atwell: 'I've always felt quite genderless. Which is odd,". 2 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Hayley Atwell Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 

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