London-born Hayley Atwell is a stage and screen actress best known as the feisty Peggy Carter in the Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). She...Read More
London-born Hayley Atwell is a stage and screen actress best known as the feisty Peggy Carter in the Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, participating in a number of productions from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to the lead in Hedda Gabler and even dabbling in the musicals as Ado Annie in Oklahoma! until she graduated in 2005.
While successful on the big screen, Hayley has frequently returned to the stage, taking leading roles in both George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara (2008) at the National Theatre and in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Faith Machine (2011) under the direction of Jamie Lloyd at the Royal Court Theatre.
Hayley has appeared in a variety of BBC productions, most notably as Rosa in the adaptations of Phillip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke (2006) and its sequel The Shadow in the North (2006). Her role as Lady Elizabeth “Bess” Foster in The Duchess (2008) gained her a nomination for Best supporting Actress by the British Independent Film Awards and also British Supporting Actress of the Year by the London Critics Circle Film Award.
Her achievements on television have also continued with roles including Aliena in American mini-series The Pillars of the Earth (2010) which gained her a Golden Globe nomination, as Freya Deverell in the acclaimed Channel 4 adaptation of William Boyd’s Any Human Heart (2010) and most recently as the bereaved Martha in the series two opening episode of the sci-fi drama Black Mirror (2012).Read Less
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