Apr. 5th, 1982
London, England, UK
Hayley Atwell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Brideshead Revisited
2008 - The Duchess
2007 - Cassandra's Dream
Born in London, England, Hayley Elizabeth Atwell has dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. An only child, Hayley was named after Hayley Mills. Her parents, Grant and Alison, both motivational speakers, met at a London workshop of Dale Carnegie's self-help bible "How to Win Friends and Influence People" (Dale Carnegie was born in Missouri and is partly of Native-American descent; his Native American name is Star Touches Earth). Her parents divorced when she was age 2. Her father returned to America and Hayley remained with her mother in London, but she spent her summers in Missouri with her father. Hayley's mother saw theater as an important communal experience, so she was introduced to theater from a young age. At age 11, she had memorable trip to see Ralph Fiennes playing Hamlet. She would later work with him on The Duchess (2008).
She went to Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girl's School in West London where she excelled academically. She took her A-levels at the London Oratory School. She took two years out of her education, traveling with her father and working for a casting director. In 2005, she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a degree in Acting. Hayley began her career with parts on a few BBC television productions. Her first big break came in the television miniseries, The Line of Beauty (2006). The following year, she got her first film role in How About You... (2007). She followed this with Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream (2007). Her breakthrough role came four years later as British agent Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2002-2005).
At age 9, she walked over hot coals at a 'Power Into Action workshop that she attended with her mother.
As a teenager, she went on anti-vivisection and Free the Dolphins marches.
At age 8, she became a committed vegetarian after seeing Loyd Grossman put a live lobster into boiling water.
Her father is a shaman.
Good friends with Emma Thompson.
Starring as "Catherine" in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge" with Ken Stott as "Eddie Carbone" at the Duke of York's Theatre in London's West End. [January 2009]