Hayley Squires

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Hayley Squires
Hayley McGinty

(1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 35)
Occupation(s)Actress and playwright
Years active2012–present

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 trained at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup and graduated in 2010 with BA (Hons) Acting alongside best friend and fellow actor David Carlyle.[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 Director
2014 Blood Cells Hayley Luke Seomore, Joseph Bull
2015 A Royal Night Out Debbie Julian Jarrold
2015 Polar Bear (short) Lea Sean Buckley
2016 I, Daniel Blake Katie Ken Loach
2016 Away Kaz David Blair
2017 Giantland Mum Yousaf Ali Khan
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Gini Burstead Ben Wheatley
2018 In Fabric Babs Peter Strickland
2021 In the Earth Olivia Wendle Ben Wheatley
2021 The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Marie Wain Will Sharpe
2021 True Things Alison Harry Wootliff
2023 Beau Is Afraid Penelope Ari Aster
TBA Blitz Not yet released Steve McQueen
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Call the Midwife Maureen Warren Episode #1.1
2013 Complicit Joan Television film
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 Episode: "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
2022 The Essex Serpent Martha Main role; 6 episodes
2022 Maryland Mary Television film[9]
2023 Great Expectations Sara Upcoming miniseries

Theatre credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 As Good a Time as Any Amy The Print Room
2017 The Pitchfork Disney[10][11] Haley Stray Shoreditch Town Hall, Directed by Jamie Lloyd
2017 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof[12] 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. ^ "Zawe Ashton, Hayley Squires and Daniel Mays to star in Lucy Kirkwood's Maryland on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer". bbc.co.uk/mediacentre. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Review: The Pitchfork Disney (Shoreditch Town Hall)". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  11. ^ Gardner, Lyn (3 February 2017). "The Pitchfork Disney review – exhilarating chocoholic apocalypse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  12. ^ "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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