Keeley Hawes

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Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes 2014.jpg
Hawes in 2014
Born Keeley Clare Julia Hawes
(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 42)
Marylebone, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Spencer McCallum (m. 2001; div. 2004)
Matthew Macfadyen (m. 2004)
Children 3

Keeley Clare Julia Hawes (born 10 February 1976) is an English actress. She is best known for playing Alex Drake on the British television series Ashes to Ashes and for voicing Lara Croft in several Tomb Raider video games.

Hawes is also known for her roles as Kitty Butler in Tipping the Velvet, Zoe Reynolds in Spooks (2002–2004), Lady Agnes in the 2010 reboot of Upstairs, Downstairs, Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in the second and third series of Line of Duty (2014–2016), as a mother in search of her abducted child in the BBC series The Missing, and as Louisa Durrell in the ITV series The Durrells.

Early life[edit]

Keeley Hawes (2008)

She was trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, which included speech and drama training.[1] She left home at the age of 17, and while doing work experience at Cosmopolitan she was approached on the street by a modelling scout and signed up by Select Model Management.[2][3]


1990s–2001: Early roles[edit]

Early in her career, 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. She first came into the public eye in the 1990s, having supporting roles in Troublemakers, Dennis Potter's Karaoke (1995),[4] Heartbeat (1995), The Beggar Bride (1997), and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic The Blonde Bombshell (1999).

Hawes appeared in several BBC adaptations of classic and modern literature, including Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), Tipping the Velvet (2002).

2002–2014: Television breakthrough[edit]

From 2002 to 2004, she appeared as Zoe Reynolds in the spy drama series Spooks. Among the co-stars was her future husband Matthew Macfadyen. 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.

In 2007, Hawes was 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.[5] 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, which aired later that year. She appeared in the BAFTA award winning That Mitchell and Webb Look, and in 2010, was a guest on the comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?.[6] 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.[citation needed] On 20 June 2011, she narrated the ITV1 documentary Four of a Kind as part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season.[citation needed] She appeared as Catherine Mundi in the fantasy adventure film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.[7]

In July 2017, Hawes appeared in a television advert promoting the 'All new Ford Fiesta'.[8]

Critical recognition[edit]

In 2014, she starred as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in the second series of the BBC Two drama Line of Duty, giving what The Daily Telegraph described as "the performance of 2014".[9][10] In the autumn of 2014, she guest-starred as Ms. Delphox in the eighth series of Doctor Who.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Hawes married the DJ[12] and cartoonist Spencer McCallum in December 2001, when their son was almost two years old.[13] They divorced in 2004. In November 2004, Hawes married Matthew Macfadyen, her Spooks co-star.[14] Their first child, a daughter, was born in December of that year.[15] Their second child, a son, was born in September 2006.[16]

In 2002, after working on the television adaptation of Tipping the Velvet, Hawes was quoted in interviews with Diva magazine and Radio Times as saying that she is bisexual.[17][18] Later, in a Daily Mail article, she explained that "what I actually said was that everybody is probably perfectly capable of finding somebody of the same sex attractive, but I certainly haven't had any lesbian relationships",[19] and in Radio Times, she said "maybe what I meant is that everyone is a little bit bisexual … I've been married twice, both times to men".[20]


Hawes began working with UNICEF in 2012; in 2017 she became a UNICEF[21] ambassador. Her main focus has been visiting children and families living in the Za’atari refugee camp and host communities in Amman. Many of these children and families had fled their homes in Syria due to the ongoing conflict.[22][23]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Moonstone Rachel Television film
1998 The Avengers Tamara
1999 The Last September Lois Farquar
2000 Complicity Yvonne
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 Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box Catherine Mundi
2015 High-Rise Ann Royal


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Forever Green Carol Season 1, episode 3
1990 Troublemakers Mandy 6 episodes
1992 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Sarah Mabledene Episode: "Talking to Strange Men"
1996 Pie in the Sky Stella Jackson 2 episodes
Karaoke Linda Langer Episode: "Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday"
Heartbeat Michelle Episode: "Snapped"
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
2001 Hotel! Tricia
Murder in Mind Deborah Episode: "Sleeper"
2002 A Is for Acid Gillian Rogers
Me and Mrs Jones Jane
Tipping the Velvet Kitty Butler
2002–2004 Spooks Zoe Reynolds
2003 Lucky Jim Christine Callaghan
The Canterbury Tales Emily
2004 Sex & Lies Kate
The Murdoch Mysteries Dr. Julia Ogden 2 episodes
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Ella Macbeth Episode: "Macbeth"
Agatha Christie's Marple Philippa Haymes Episode: "A Murder Is Announced"
Under the Greenwood Tree Fancy Day
The Best Man Kate Sheldrake
2006 After Thomas Nicola Graham
The Vicar of Dibley Rosie Kennedy 2 episodes (2006–2007)
2008–2010 Ashes to Ashes DI Alex Drake Series Regular
2009 Mutual Friends Jen
2010 Identity DSI Martha Lawson
2010–2012 Upstairs, Downstairs Lady Agnes Holland Regular cast
2013 The Lady Vanishes Mrs Todhunter Television film
The Tunnel Suze Harcourt
Ambassadors Jennifer
2014–2016 Line of Duty DI Lindsay Denton Main cast
2014 Doctor Who Ms Delphox/Madame Karabraxos Episode: "Time Heist"
2015 The Casual Vacancy Samantha Mollison Regular cast
2016 Fungus The Bogeyman Wendy Snow Sky 1 mini series
The Hollow Crown Queen Elizabeth 2 episodes
The Missing Gemma Webster Main cast
2016–present The Durrells Louisa Durrell Main cast
2017 Bodyguard Home Secretary Julia Montague Main cast
Inside No. 9 Louise Episode: "Diddle Diddle Dumpling"
2018 The Coronation Narrator Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Rocket to the Moon Belle National Theatre
2013 Barking in Essex Chrissie Wyndham Theatre

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 Tomb Raider: Legend Lara Croft
2007 Tomb Raider: Anniversary Lara Croft
2008 Tomb Raider: Underworld Lara Croft
2009 Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes Lara Croft
Tomb Raider: Underworld – Lara's Shadow Lara Croft
2010 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Lara Croft
2014 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Lara Croft


Hawes won the "Glamour Best UK Television Actress Award" in 2008 for her role in Ashes to Ashes. She was also nominated for a TV Choice Award for the same role, and for the Best Actress award at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.[24] She received a Leading Actress nomination for her role on Line of Duty for the 2015 British Academy Television Awards but ultimately lost out to Georgina Campbell.[25]


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  5. ^ All the winners from the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2008 ( UK)
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  12. ^ "International DJ Producer". DJ Spencer Mac. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
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  14. ^ Liz Hoggard (11 March 2006). "Keeley Hawes: Life after Spooks". London: The Independent. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Liz Hoggard (1 April 2010). "Ashes to Ashes star Keeley Hawes on surviving a showbiz marriage". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes welcome second child". 11 January 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  17. ^ Czyzselska, Jana (1 October 2002). "Dyke Drama". Diva. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2007. 
  18. ^ Radio Times, Tipping the Velvet, 5–11 October 2002
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  20. ^ browne (3 March 2008). "Keeley Hawes: still delectable, but bisexual". Archived from the original on 7 October 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  21. ^ "KEELEY HAWES UNICEF UK AMBASSADOR". UNICEF. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  22. ^ "Worlds apart ... but working together". The Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "Soccer Aid 2016 raises record amount for Unicef UK". ITV. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
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  25. ^ Alex Ritman (8 April 2015). "BAFTA TV Awards: Benedict Cumberbatch Gets Third Nomination for 'Sherlock'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 

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