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Hayley Atwell (born 5 April 1982) is an Englishmarker actress.


Atwell was born in Londonmarker, the only child of Allison, a motivational speaker, and Grant, a massage therapist and shaman. Atwell's mother is English and her father is an American from Kansas City, Missourimarker, and of part Native-American descent. Atwell has dual citizenship of the UK and the US. Her parents separated when she was two years old.

Atwell took A-levels at the London Oratory Schoolmarker before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating in 2005, in place of studying philosophy and theology at King's College Londonmarker.


Atwell debuted in a 2005 Pringles television advertisement and served on the jury for the 2007 British Independent Film Awards.

Her first feature film role was in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream, in which she acted opposite Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. In 2008, she appeared in the films The Duchess (as Lady Bess Foster) and Brideshead Revisited (as Lady Julia Flyte).

In January 2009, Atwell made her West End debut in Lindsay Posner's revival of A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatremarker. Atwell appeared as "415" in AMC Television's November 2009 miniseries, The Prisoner, a remake of the 1967–68 series by the same name.


Film and television

Year Title Role Other notes
2005 Charles & Camilla: Whatever Love Means Sabrina Guinness TV film
2006 The Line of Beauty Catherine Fedden Miniseries
Fear of Fanny Jane TV film
The Ruby in the Smoke Rosa TV film
2007 Mansfield Park Mary Crawford TV film
Cassandra's Dream Angela Stark
How About You Ellie
The Shadow in the North Rosa TV film
2008 Brideshead Revisited Julia Flyte
The Duchess Elizabeth "Bess" Foster
2009 The Prisoner 415 / Lucy Miniseries


Year Title Role Other notes
2005 Prometheus Bound Io/Force Sound Theatre, London
2006 Women Beware Women Bianca Royal Shakespeare Company
2007 The Man of Mode Belinda National Theatremarker
2008 Major Barbara Barbara Undershaft National Theatre
2009 A View from the Bridge Catherine Duke of York'smarker, London


Year Title Role Other notes
2006–7 Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks Asha BBC 7
2007 Felix Holt, the Radical Esther Radio 4
2008 The Leopard Angelica Radio 3


  1. Graduates 2004-5: Hayley Atwell Guildhall School of Music and Drama

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