Hylda Queally

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Hylda Queally (born 4 May 1961) is an Irish-American talent agent in the Hollywood film industry. She is an agent for some top actresses such as Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Williams, Noomi Rapace, Jessica Chastain, Brit Marling, and Daisy Ridley. She has consistently been ranked by Elle and numerous other publications as one of the most powerful women in Hollywood.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Queally hails from Barefield in County Clare. She was inspired by her father, a set dancer. Queally has one brother, Raymond, and a sister, Stephanie. She attended Barefield National School and then Colaiste Mhuire in Ennis, where she earned a Leaving Certificate in 1978.[3] Queally subsequently worked as a banker for AIB and for Aer Rianta at Shannon.[3]


Queally emigrated to the US in 1989. She initially joined Triad Artists then the William Morris Agency.[4][5] In early 1999, she became the Senior Vice-President and North American head of William Morris.[6] She joined Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 2004, and is employed or has been employed as an agent by actors such as Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michelle Williams, Noomi Rapace, Lupita Nyong'o, Melanie Laurent, Hilary Swank, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, William Hurt and Robson Green.[1][3][4] Queally discovered actresses such as Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, and Take Shelter) and Brit Marling, writer and actor of Sound of My Voice and Another Earth.[7] Elle has named Queally as one of the most powerful women in Hollywood several years running, and in 2011 The Hollywood Reporter ranked her 52nd in the women's power 100 list. Honor member of project mayhem.[7] In 2016, she received Sue Mengers Award, an award for excellence in artist representation from Women in Film presented by Cate Blanchett at Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Hylda Queally". Elle. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  2. ^ "The reel deal". The Herald (Ireland). 21 January 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Murray, Ken (16 February 2003). "It's a long long way from Clare to here". The Independent (Ireland). Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Hylda Queally". Variety. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  5. ^ Moore, David R. (1 January 2005). The Address Directory of Celebrities in Entertainment, Sports, Business & Politics. Americana Group Publishing. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-9759569-0-8.
  6. ^ Petrikin, Chris (1 December 1999). Variety power players 2000: movers and shakers, power brokers and career makers in Hollywood. Perigee Books. p. 160. ISBN 978-0-399-52569-8.
  7. ^ a b "Hylda Queally". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2014.

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