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Hayley Atwell

Hayley Atwell

Hayley Atwell is set to be one of the leading actresses of her generation. She is currently filming Pillars of the Earth based on the Ken Follett novel. In this mini-series written for the BBC, Hayley stars alongside a stellar cast including Eddie Redmayne, Matthew Macfadyen and Rufus Sewell.

Earlier this year, Atwell appeared on stage in a run of Arthur Miller's modern classic, A View from the Bridge alongside Ken Stott and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Atwell's outstanding performance in the lead role of Catherine earned her rave reviews. Also recently, Atwell co-starred with Ben Wishaw in Love Hate, a short film that was a runner-up in the 2009 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.

Last year, Atwell starred alongside Keira Knightly in The Duchess, directed by Saul Dibb and based on the bestselling biography Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. In this feature film, she played lead character Bess Foster, the Duchess's best friend. Last year, audiences also saw Hayley in Brideshead Revisited, directed by Julian Jarrold, in which she played the lead female role of Julia Flyte.

In 2007, Atwell appeared in Cassandra's Dream, a satirical thriller directed by Woody Allen, co-starring Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. Atwell played the character Angela, an ambitious actress whose path crosses that of two brothers who choose to take a risk and venture into crime in order to better their lives. The same year Atwell also appeared in How About You, based on the short story Hardcore written by Maeve Binchy. Directed by Anthony Byrne, Atwell starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Joss Ackland, Orla Brady and Joan O'Hara.

On television, Atwell won critical acclaim for her performance in the BBC's The Line of Beauty, an adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel. In a script written by Andrew Davies and directed by Saul Dibb, Atwell played the role of Catherine Cat Fedden and starred alongside Dan Stevens and Tim Mclnnerny. Her other television credits include Mansfield Park where she played the role of Mary and co-starred with Billie Piper; Ruby in the Smoke directed by Brian Percival; and Fear of Fanny directed by Coky Giedroyc.

Besides television and film, Atwell has appeared in many theater roles. At the National Theatre she played Barbara Undershaft in Major Barbara. Her other stage roles include Man of Mode at the National Theatre and directed by Nicholas Hytner; Women Beware Women at the Royal Shakespeare Company and directed by Laurence Boswell; and Prometheus Bound at the Sound Theatre and directed by James Kerr.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

Hayley Atwell Facts

Birth Name Hayley Elizabeth Atwell
BirthdayApril 5, 1982 (40)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 6½" (1m69)  How tall is Hayley Atwell compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Marvel's The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel's Agent Carter
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