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Hayley Atwell (born 5.4.1982) Hayley Atwell is an English actress, working both in film and television.

Childhood: Hayley Atwell was born in London, to Allison and Grant Atwell. Her mother is a motivational speaker and her father a massage therapist, shaman and photographer. Allison is English and Grant is American. They separated when Hayley was two years old.

She was educated at the Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School in West London and she took her A Levels at the London Oratory School, before training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Career: Hayley Atwell's debut screen performance came in 2005, when she appeared in an advert for Pringles crisps. She also appeared in a number of TV films such as Mansfield Park and The Ruby in the Smoke.

Two years later, Hayley Atwell made her first major film breakthrough, when she appeared in the Woody Allen film, Cassandra's Dream, playing the role of a stage actress. The film also starred Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell.

She was also employed in some radio dramas, including a Doctor Who adaptation, in which she played the role of Asha in Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks on BBC 7.

In 2008, Hayley Atwell played the role of Bess Foster in The Duchess. Other notable actors in the film include Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling and Dominic Cooper. The same year, she appeared in Brideshead Revisited, playing Lady Julia Flyte. The film also featured Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode and Michael Gambon.

Atwell's West End debut came in 2009, when she appeared in Lindsay Posner's A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatre. She earned herself a Laurence Olivier award nomination for the performance. Later that year, in the TV series The Prisoner, Hayley Atwell landed the role of '415'. It was a remake of the 1960s show of the same name.

2011 saw Atwell playing the role of Peggy Carter in the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger and she was named a 'Breakout Star to Watch for in 2011 by the MTV networks nextmovie.com site.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

New Series Of ‘Black Mirror’ Heading To Netflix?

Charlie Brooker Netflix Jon Hamm Rupert Everett Jessica Brown-Findlay Hayley Atwell Rory Kinnear

Netflix is rumoured to have obtained the rights of Black Mirror, the dystopian drama television series created by writer Charlie Brooker. Negotiations have been ongoing since May but a deal is thought to have been reached between Netflix, Brooker and his production company, House of Tomorrow. Netflix are reportedly working on producing a number of new episodes with Brooker already writing the scripts.

Konnie Huq and Charlie BrookerCharlie Brooker with his wife Konnie Huq at the TV Bafta Awards in London, May 2015.

Read More: Black Mirror: How Britain (And Hollywood) Fell In Love With Charlie Brooker.

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CTV Upfront 2015

Hayley Atwell - CTV Upfront 2015 Red Carpet Arrivals at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto - Toronto, Canada - Friday 5th June 2015

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Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell and Nick Blood

2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts

Danny Chun - 2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts - Arrivals at Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015

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Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
Floriana Elizabeth Lima
Floriana Elizabeth Lima

2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts - Arrivals

Jame Lesure - 2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts held at Abc Studios - Arrivals at ABC Studios, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015

Jame Lesure
Luke Mitchell
Luke Mitchell
Gabriel Luna
Chloe Bennett
Elizabeth Henstridge

The 2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts

Hayley Atwell - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the 2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts event which was held at The Walt Disney Studios Lot in Burbank, California, United States - Monday 18th May 2015

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Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell, Henry Simmons, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge and Luke Mitchell
Hayley Atwell, Henry Simmons, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge and Luke Mitchell

'Agents Of SHIELD' Spin-Off Cancelled By ABC?

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In news that will come as a disappointment to many fans of the genre, it has been reported that ABC and Marvel are not going ahead with their planned 'Agents of SHIELD' spin-off starring season 2 favourites Barbara 'Bobbi' Morse and Lance Hunter, played by Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood.

Adrianne Palicki and Nick BloodAdrianne Palicki and Nick Blood won't have their own show any time soon

According to Deadline, the idea had been for the untitled show to follow on from events in the second season of 'Agents of SHIELD', but the proposal had left fans divided over the thought of taking some of the strongest new characters away from the main 'SHIELD' series.

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C2E2: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015

Hayley Atwell and Ming-Na Wen - C2E2: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015 at McCormick Place at McCormick Place - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Saturday 25th April 2015

Hayley Atwell and Ming-Na Wen
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell and Ming-Na Wen
Hayley Atwell and Ming-Na Wen

Ant-Man Trailer

When you need someone to break into a place and steal something, a career cat burglar is your best bet. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is in jail, which isn't the best start, but when Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) needs a thief, Lang is still his man. Pym was once a miniature superhero known as Ant-Man, yet when Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) takes over his company and tries to mass-market the powerful Ant-Man suits, Pym hires Lang to break in and steal the suit back. From there, he must become the Ant-Man - no matter how much he hates the name.

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Cinderella - Extended Trailer

Cinderella is an uncommonly kind young woman, overcome with the loss of her dear father. Her kindness extends to rescuing a stag from the woods, who's being hunted by the Prince and his men. Her resolute opinions strongly affect the Prince, who's life and sense of self begins to change following their frosty first meeting. But as determined and feisty as she may be, she still finds herself unable to stand up for herself back home, where she is forced into doing the cooking and cleaning by her wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters. That is until she is invited to a ball at the Prince's palace. With the help of her mysterious Fairy Godmother, she transforms into a Princess for the day and, lo and behold, the Prince falls heavily in love with her and will do everything he can to find her after she disappears. But, alas, there are others determined to stand in the way of their happiness.

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Testament Of Youth Review


A classic British memoir gets the full costume drama treatment with this beautifully crafted World War I drama, although it never quite transcends the "beloved book" tone, remaining so worthy that it only rarely springs to life. The acting is sharp, as is the filmmaking, so it's frustrating that there's so little in the film that resonates with present-day audiences. And as the story sinks into a murky gloom, it's difficult for audiences to stay engaged.

Based on Vera Brittain's iconic memoir, the story opens in 1914, as Vera (Alicia Vikander) begs her parents (Emily Watson and Dominic West) to let her sit entrance exams at Oxford, which simply isn't the done thing for a proper young woman. She also has to convince them to let her brother Edward (Taron Egerton) sign up for military service in response to the conflict breaking out in Europe. But Vera is shocked when her sweetheart Roland (Kit Harington) also decides to enlist along with two close friends (Colin Morgan and Jonathan Bailey). Suddenly the war seems far too close to home for her. So she's provoked to leave university and volunteer as a nurse, serving in both England and France while the war rages around her.

The film's opening section contains a beautiful spark of hopefulness as these young people face the possibilities ahead of them, revelling in their education and then deciding to do their duty for their country. The rising-star cast packs the characters with cheeky humour, high energy and, yes, suitably repressed Britishness. But of course the realities of WWI change everything. Vikander handles this mood-swing very nicely, conveying Vera's resilience as she is bombarded with intense emotions. Her chemistry with Harington is strong, packed with passion. And the surrounding cast is terrific, even if most of the roles are relatively slight. The stand-outs are Richardson as a prickly Oxford professor and Atwell as a feisty fellow nurse.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer

They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble once again to celebrate their success. But when a new project from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals itself to be sentient and ready to bring the world to its knees, The Avengers are ready to fight amongst themselves while the threat of Ultron (James Spader) grows his strength, and gains allegiance from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Meanwhile, Stark is seeing hostility from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) while Captain America (Chris Evans) desperately tries to bring the team back together to stop the Age of Ultron.

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Ant-Man Trailer

An awful lot has happened in the world - A Second World War super soldier has risen from the dead, a billionaire playboy has revealed himself as a costumed superhero, and the Norse God of thunder himself has come to earth on four occasions. So for Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a petty criminal entrusted with the secret of his mentor's super-secret substance designed to shrink a person, it should be seen as just another day in the life for a person of planet Earth. Now, with the ability to shrink his down to a minuscule size while increasing his strength, Ant-Man is born.

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Get Ready For Peggy! Marvel's 'Agent Carter' Comes To ABC Tonight

Hayley Atwell

‘Agent Carter’, Marvel’s latest small screen venture begins tonight on ABC and promises to be quite unlike anything the comic book giants have brought us before. Staring Hayley Atwell as the titular character, Peggy Carter may not have any superpowers but frankly, this heroine doesn’t need them.

Hayley AtwellHayley Atwell stars as Peggy Carter in the Marvel/ABC series

‘Agent Carter’ is Marvel’s first attempt at featuring female character as its centrepiece. However there are already plans in the works for two more female-led projects, ‘AKA Jessica Jones’ (coming to Netflix later this year) and Captain Marvel (expected in 2017). But for now all eyes will be on 'Agent Carter' to see just how well a Marvel story with a female lead can do.

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Cinderella Trailer

Following her mother's death, Cinderella was faced with a lonely existence while her beloved father took frequent long trips away from home on business. The reality was much, much worse, however, when he remarries the selfish Lady Tremaine who brings with her her two hideous daughters Anastasia and Drizella. She is thus forced to cook and clean tirelessly for her step-family, who ruthlessly take advantage of her chronic generosity and unwavering kindness. Soon, she meets a handsome stranger in the woods while out on an errand, and news of a royal ball quickly reaches the family household. Thrilled at the idea of meeting some new people, Cinderella jumps at the chance to attend, but she is forced back to work by Tremaine and the girls out of sheer spite - and jealousy. The only person who can get Cinderella to the ball on time is her magical Fairy Godmother.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Extended Teaser Trailer

The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York City from Loki's rampage and returning the deadly Tesseract to its rightful place in Asgard, but the group have a new threat to overcome. As the group; Tony Stark (Iron Man), Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Thor, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye); attempt to enjoy an usually civilised evening together, they are interrupted by Ultron - a backfired project of Stark who is dead set on destroying the human race and branding them puppets in his game. With S.H.I.EL.D. destroyed, their chances of saving the world once again are looking dangerously slim. Now beginning to question just how much power they have, they are forced to regroup for a mission that could finally see their end.

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