Hayley Squires

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Hayley Squires
Hayley Squires (cropped).jpg
Born (1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 33)
OccupationActress and playwright
Years active2012–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

Hayley Squires (born 16 April 1988) is an English actress and playwright, best known for her work in the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake.[1] Squires has also appeared in Call the Midwife (2012), Southcliffe (2013), Complicit (2013), Blood Cells (2014), A Royal Night Out (2015) and Murder (2016). Her first play, Vera Vera Vera, was produced by the Royal Court Theatre in 2012.[2]

I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Best British Film at the 2017 BAFTAs, and was the Audience Award winner at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Squires was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Forest Hill, South London, as Hayley McGinty in 1988, Squires grew up with her mother, father and older brother.[4] The family moved to Kent when she was 14. Her mother was a cook at her school and her father managed a video shop.[5] She then went to Sittingbourne Community College as a student where she studied drama under Lyn Jones. Her mother still works at the school.

She trained at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup and graduated in 2010 with BA (Hons) Acting.[4][6] She has a quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream tattooed underneath her left arm, it reads: And though she be but little, she is fierce.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Complicit Joan Directed by Niall MacCormick
2014 Blood Cells Hayley Directed by Luke Seomore, Joseph Bull
2015 A Royal Night Out Debbie Directed by Julian Jarrold
2015 Polar Bear (short) Lea Directed by Sean Buckley
2016 I, Daniel Blake Katie Directed by Ken Loach
2016 Away Kaz Directed by David Blair
2017 Giantland Mum Directed by Yousaf Ali Khan
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Gini Burstead Directed by Ben Wheatley
2018 In Fabric Babs Directed by Peter Strickland
2021 In the Earth Olivia Wendle Directed by Ben Wheatley
2021 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Marie Wain Directed by Will Sharpe
2021 True Things Alison Directed by Harry Wootliff
2022 Disappointment Blvd. Directed by Ari Aster


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Call the Midwife Maureen Warren Episode #1.1
2013 Southcliffe Louise Cooper 3 Episodes
2016 Murder Bryony Phelps Episode: 'The Lost Weekend'
2017 The Last Leg Herself – Guest appearance Episode No. 12 of Series 10
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Waitress Season 1 Episode 3: 'The Commuter'
2017 The Miniaturist[8] Cornelia 3 Episodes
2018 Collateral Laurie Stone Main role; 3 episodes
2020 Adult Material Jolene Dollar Main role; 4 episodes
TBA The Essex Serpent Martha Main role; upcoming series

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 As Good a Time as Any Amy The Print Room
2017 The Pitchfork Disney[9][10] Haley Stray Shoreditch Town Hall, Directed by Jamie Lloyd
2017 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof[11] Mae Apollo Theatre, Directed by Benedict Andrews
2018 The Lover and The Collection Sarah/Stella Harold Pinter Theatre, Directed by Jamie Lloyd


Award Year Category Performance Result
British Independent Film Awards 2016 Best Actress I, Daniel Blake Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer Won
British Academy Film Awards 2017 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Denver Film Festival 2016 Special Jury Prize: Best Actress Won
Empire Film Awards 2017 Best Female Newcomer Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actress Won
London Film Critics' Circle 2017 British/Irish Actress of the Year Nominated
National Film Awards 2017 Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
British Academy Television Awards 2021 Best Actress Adult Material Nominated
49th International Emmy Awards 2021 Best Actress Won


  1. ^ "Hayley Squires: The girl who came from nowhere to win hearts at Cannes". Hindustan Times. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Vera Vera Vera, Royal Court, review". The Daily Telegraph. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Bafta nominee Hayley Squires on I, Daniel Blake, and why working-class girls aren't victims". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Famurewa, Jimi (29 September 2016). "Hayley Squires: Ken Loach's new muse and red carpet revolutionary". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Hayley Squires interview with The Guardian
  6. ^ Shoard, Catherine (28 September 2016). "Hayley Squires – working classes cast as bad mothers". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  7. ^ Interview Hayley Squires: ‘I used to argue with everyone’ The Guardian
  8. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy and Romola Garai star in The Miniaturist". BBC News. 7 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Review: The Pitchfork Disney (Shoreditch Town Hall)". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  10. ^ Gardner, Lyn (3 February 2017). "The Pitchfork Disney review – exhilarating chocoholic apocalypse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Hayley Squires Joins Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre | Boxoffice.co.uk". www.boxoffice.co.uk. Retrieved 27 June 2017.

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