Claire Julia Hawes
10 February 1976
Paddington, London, England
|Alma mater||Sylvia Young Theatre School|
(m. 2001; div. 2004)
Claire Julia Hawes (born 10 February 1976), known professionally as Keeley Hawes, is an English actress and producer. After beginning her career in a number of literary adaptations, including Our Mutual Friend (1998) and Tipping the Velvet (2002), Hawes rose to fame for her portrayal of Zoe Reynolds in the BBC series Spooks (2002–2004), followed by her co-lead performance as DI Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010).
Hawes also appeared in Jed Mercurio's Line of Duty as DI Lindsay Denton (2014–2016) and in BBC One drama Bodyguard (2018) in which she played Home Secretary Julia Montague. Hawes is a three-time BAFTA TV Award nominee, having been nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her roles as Lindsay Denton and Julia Montague, and a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Dorothy Wick in drama Mrs Wilson (2018).
Hawes has had leading roles in the 2010 revival of Upstairs, Downstairs, the limited series The Casual Vacancy (2015), The Missing (2016), the ITV comedy-drama The Durrells (2016–2019), and in the Russell T Davies drama serial It's a Sin (2021). Hawes has also acted as an executive producer on ITV drama Honour (2020) and comedy-drama Finding Alice (2021–present), starring in them both.
Hawes has appeared in films, including Death at a Funeral (2007), High-Rise (2015), Misbehaviour (2020) and To Olivia (2021), in which she portrays actress Patricia Neal. She has also provided the voice of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider video games, including Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Underworld and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.
Hawes was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, and grew up in a council flat in Marylebone. She is the youngest of four children. Hawes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School where she became friends with singer Emma Bunton. In her teenage years she worked in various part-time jobs including at a casino, Sainsbury's and McDonald’s. While in sixth form she was approached in Oxford Street by a modelling scout and signed up by Select Model Management. After numerous features for teen magazine Shout, Hawes became a fashion intern for Cosmopolitan. During this period, she was first asked to audition for a film.
Hawes first came into the public eye in the 1990s, having supporting roles in Troublemakers, Dennis Potter's Karaoke (1995), Heartbeat (1995) and The Beggar Bride (1997). Hawes first film role was in the 1998 film The Avengers in which she played Tamara.
Hawes appeared in several BBC adaptations of classic and modern literature, including Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999) and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic The Blonde Bombshell (1999).
In the late 1990s, Hawes featured in at least four music videos, for the singles "Saturday Night" by Suede, "Marvellous" by The Lightning Seeds, "Come Around" by The Mutton Birds, and "She's a Star" by James.
In 2002, Hawes appeared in Tipping the Velvet. From 2002 to 2004, she appeared as Zoe Reynolds in the spy drama series Spooks. In 2003, she appeared in the BBC's re-telling of The Canterbury Tales. From 2006 to 2007, she appeared as Rosie in the British comedy The Vicar of Dibley. She was also cast as Jane in the 2007 comedy Death at a Funeral. In February 2006, it was revealed that Hawes had replaced Jonell Elliott as the voice of Lara Croft. She voiced the role in Tomb Raider: Legend, reprising her role in the 2007 remake of the original Tomb Raider game, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and again in 2008's Tomb Raider: Underworld. She has also recorded her lines for the arcade-style Tomb Raider game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, released in 2010. She returned to voice Lara again in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light sequel Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, released in 2014. She later appeared as Jane in Death at a Funeral in 2007.
Hawes was later cast as Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes, the spin-off from the hit BBC series Life on Mars. It told the story of a female police officer in service with London's Metropolitan Police, who, after being shot in 2008, inexplicably regains consciousness in 1981, having assimilated Sam Tyler's fantasies after being imprisoned in a coma. The series, broadcast in 2008, follows her fighting to wake up from the world of 1981 so she can get back to the present day and save her daughter. She was awarded the Best UK Television Actress Award in 2008 by the Glamour Awards for her role. In September 2009, Hawes filmed the final series. The finale aired in May and gained over seven million viewers.
In April 2008, Hawes began filming the BBC drama Mutual Friends and she appeared in That Mitchell and Webb Look. In 2009, she portrayed Det Supt Martha Lawson in a six-episode ITV series, Identity. In December 2010, she starred as Lady Agnes Holland in the three-episode relaunch of Upstairs, Downstairs. On 25 April 2011, Hawes narrated the documentary Kate and William: A Royal Love Story on BBC One, prior to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. On 20 June 2011, she narrated the ITV1 documentary Four of a Kind as part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season. She appeared as Catherine Mundi in the fantasy adventure film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
In 2014, she guest-starred as Ms. Delphox in the eighth series of Doctor Who. Her performance as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in the BBC Two drama Line of Duty (2014–2016), was described in The Daily Telegraph as "the performance of 2014". Hawes was number 38 on the 2018 Radio Times TV 100 list, determined by television executives and broadcasting veterans. Hawes was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her performance in Line of Duty. She teamed again with Mercurio for the 2018 TV series Bodyguard in which she played Home Secretary Julia Montague. Hawes was once again nominated for a BAFTA for this role. From 2016 to 2019, Hawes played the main role of Louisa Durrell in ITV comedy-drama The Durrells.
In 2018, Hawes also played Dorothy Wick in Mrs Wilson. She has since appeared in Traitors and Summer of Rockets, both in 2019. Hawes later played Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in the 2020 miniseries Honour which was based on the real life murder of Banaz Mahmod. Hawes portrayal was applauded by The Guardian. She also appeared in the films Misbehaviour and Rebecca. In 2021, Hawes co-created, served as an executive producer and starred in the ITV comedy-drama Finding Alice as Alice Dillion. It was later announced that there would be a second series.
She also appeared in the Russell T Davis five-part drama It's a Sin as Valerie Tozer. The series follows five 18-year-olds who move to London in 1981 and have their lives turned upside down by the AIDS crisis. It aired on Channel 4 and on HBO Max in the United States. Critics and viewers described her performance in the final episode as "outstanding and magnificent" and a "masterclass. Similarly, the Radio Times described her performance as "stunning" and "heartbreaking". Critics and viewers also expressed their desire for Hawes to win BAFTAs for her performance. The following month, Hawes appeared as actress Patricia Neal in 2021 film To Olivia, which revolves around her marriage to Roald Dahl and the death of their daughter.
Hawes began working with UNICEF in 2012; in 2017 she became a UNICEF ambassador. Her main focus has been visiting Syrian refugee children and families living in the Za’atari refugee camp and host communities in Amman.
Hawes married the DJ Spencer McCallum in December 2001 when their son Myles was almost two years old; they divorced in 2004. She married Matthew Macfadyen, her co-star in Spooks, in November 2004 and their daughter was born the following month. Their second child was born in September 2006.
|1996||The Moonstone||Rachel||Television film|
|1999||The Last September||Lois Farquar|
|2001||Othello||Dessie Brabant||Television film|
|2003||Chaos and Cadavers||Samantha Taggert|
|2005||A Cock and Bull Story||Elizabeth|
|2007||Death at a Funeral||Jane|
|2008||The Bank Job||Wendy Leather|
|Flashbacks of a Fool||Adult Jessie|
|2013||The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box||Catherine Mundi|
|2021||To Olivia||Patricia Neal|
|1989||Forever Green||Carol||Episode 3 (Series 1)|
|1992||The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Sarah Mabledene||"Talking to Strange Men"|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Stella Jackson||E"Devils on Horseback: Parts 1 & Part 2"|
|Karaoke||Linda Langer||4 episodes; supporting role|
|Heartbeat||Michelle||"Snapped" series 6 episode 7|
|1997||The Beggar Bride||Angela Harper|
|1998||Our Mutual Friend||Lizzie Hexam||4 episodes|
|The Cater Street Hangman||Charlotte Ellison|
|1999||The Blonde Bombshell||Younger Diana Dors|
|Wives and Daughters||Cynthia Kirkpatrick||4 episodes|
|Murder in Mind||Deborah||"Sleeper"|
|2002||A Is for Acid||Gillian Rogers|
|Me and Mrs Jones||Jane|
|Tipping the Velvet||Kitty Butler||Miniseries|
|2002–2004||Spooks||Zoe Reynolds||Main role|
|2003||Lucky Jim||Christine Callaghan|
|The Canterbury Tales||Emily|
|2004||Sex & Lies||Kate|
|Murdoch Mysteries||Dr. Julia Ogden||Episodes: "Except the Dying" & "Poor Tom Is Cold"|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||Philippa Haymes||"A Murder Is Announced"|
|Under the Greenwood Tree||Fancy Day|
|The Best Man||Kate Sheldrake|
|2006||After Thomas||Nicola Graham|
|2006–2007||The Vicar of Dibley||Rosie Kennedy||"The Handsome Stranger" & "The Vicar in White"|
|2008–2010||Ashes to Ashes||DI Alex Drake||Main role|
|2010||Identity||DSI Martha Lawson|
|2010–2012||Upstairs, Downstairs||Lady Agnes Holland||Main role|
|2013||The Lady Vanishes||Mrs Todhunter||Television film|
|The Tunnel||Suze Harcourt|
|2014–2016||Line of Duty||DI Lindsay Denton||Main role|
|2014||Doctor Who||Ms. Delphox/Madame Karabraxos||"Time Heist"|
|2015||The Casual Vacancy||Samantha Mollison||Miniseries|
|2016||Fungus The Bogeyman||Wendy Snow||Sky One Miniseries|
|The Hollow Crown||Queen Elizabeth||"Henry VI Part 2" & "Richard III"|
|The Missing||Gemma Webster||Main role|
|2016–2019||The Durrells||Louisa Durrell||Main role|
|2017||Inside No. 9||Louise||"Diddle Diddle Dumpling"|
|2018||The Coronation||Narrator||Voice role|
|Bodyguard||Julia Montague||Main role|
|Mrs Wilson||Dorothy Wick||Miniseries|
|2019||Traitors||Priscilla Garrick||Main role|
|Summer of Rockets||Kathleen Shaw||Miniseries|
|Year of the Rabbit||Lydia||Main role|
|2020||Honour||Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode||Miniseries, also executive producer|
|2021–present||Finding Alice||Alice Dillon||Main role; also executive producer|
|2021||It's a Sin||Valerie Tozer||Channel 4 drama|
|2011||Rocket to the Moon||Belle||Royal National Theatre|
|2013||Barking in Essex||Chrissie||Wyndham's Theatre|
|2006||Tomb Raider: Legend||Lara Croft|
|2007||Tomb Raider: Anniversary|
|2008||Tomb Raider: Underworld|
|2010||Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light|
|2014||Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris|
|2021||Tomb Raider Reloaded|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Crime Thriller Awards||Best Actress||Ashes to Ashes||Nominated|||
|2009||NAVGTR Awards||Lead Performance in a Drama||Tomb Raider: Underworld||Nominated|||
|Crime Thriller Awards||Best Actress||Ashes to Ashes||Nominated|||
|2010||Ashes to Ashes and Identity||Nominated|
|2014||Line of Duty||Won|||
|2015||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|2017||The Durrells, The Missing and Line of Duty||Won|||
|2019||Bodyguard and Mrs. Wilson||Nominated|||
|British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Bodyguard||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actress||Mrs. Wilson||Nominated|
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