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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.



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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

Hayley Atwell and Nick Blood
Hayley Atwell

2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts

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

2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts - Arrivals

Hayley Atwell, Henry Simmons, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge and Luke Mitchell - 2015 Disney Media Distribution International Upfronts held at Abc Studios - Arrivals at ABC Studios, Disney - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015

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

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
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell

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

Testament of Youth Review


Good

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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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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Jimi: All Is By My Side Review


Grim

Exploring a year in the life of Jimi Hendrix just before he hit the public consciousness is a fascinating idea, but this biopic misses every opportunity to say something interesting. The filmmakers certainly invest this movie with plenty of stylish period detail trying to make up for the fact that they didn't secure the rights to use Hendrix's music. With a better sense of character or story, they might have got away with it. But this movie feels all wrong.

It opens in 1966, when Jimi (Andre Benjamin) is quietly working in a New York bar as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires. One evening, he's spotted by Linda (Imogen Poots), Keith Richards' girlfriend, who thinks he should be a star. Linking him with manager Chas (Andrew Buckley), a former member of the Animals, Linda takes Jimi to London to record an album and build his reputation. Over the next year, Jimi hones his sound, puts together his band The Jimi Hendrix Experience and hooks up with local girl Kathy (Hayley Atwell). And it starts to work: the band breaks into the UK pop charts with a series of hit singles. On the other hand, across the Atlantic the Americans seem to be rather apathetic. And the organisers of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival hesitate before inviting him to perform.

The rest is history. And it's not in this film. But then the story here centres on Hendrix's pre-fame year, which allows writer-turned-director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) to dig further into the artist's motivations than most biopics do. Hendrix's stroke of genius was to fuse rock instruments with the blues, creating all new sounds with his guitar. But then these aren't in the film either. Instead there are just sound-alike tunes, plus one audacious performance on a London stage: singing Sgt Pepper just after it was released, with the Beatles in the audience. Whether it actually happened like this is anyone's guess; like much of the film, this scene feels mythical.

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James D'Arcy Joins ABC Drama 'Agent Carter'


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James D'Arcy has joined the cast of Marvel's new ABC drama series Agent Carter and will star opposite Hayley Atwell in the highly anticipated show. D'Arcy will play Howard Stark's Butler - an ally to Agent Carter.

James D'ArcyJames D'Arcy has joined the cast of Agent Carter

According to Variety, Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray are also on-board for the series.

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Emily Watson Set For London Bombings Drama 'A Song for Jenny'


Emily Watson Hayley Atwell

The British actress Emily Watson is to star in a BBC drama based on the London 7/7 bombings. Watson will play Julie Nicholson, whose daughter Jenny was killed at Edgware Road underground station. 

Emily WatsonEmily Watson will star as Julie Nicholson

A Song For Jenny is based on Nicholson's own account of the day and will be written by the playwright Frank McGuinness. Nicholson herself told the Radio Times that she was overjoyed with the re-telling of her tragic story. 

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See Andre 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In 'All Is By My Side' [Trailer]


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The movie trailer for the upcoming biopic of Jimi Hendrix has been released. The film, entitled Jimi: All Is By My Side, stars Outkast's Andre 3000 AKA Andre Benjamin as the late rock icon.

Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix photographed in 1967.

Hendrix became a rock icon in the 1970s but his life was tragically cut sort in 1970 when he died at the age of 27. The cause of death cited as a lethal concoction of prescription medication which led to asphyxia, causing Hendrix to choke on his own vomit. The film has been long anticipated as Hendrix's story truly epitomises the astronomic rise and tragic demise of a hugely popular and influential figure. 

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Disney Reveal 'Cinderella' Live Action Reimagining: How Dark Will It Be? [Trailer]


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Disney has revealed the first teaser trailer for the upcoming live action reimagining of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Starring Lily James in the titular role, Cinderella is set for release in April 2015 and will also feature Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgard, and Richard Madden.

Cinderella Glass Slipper Poster
A New Teaser Trailer Heralds Disney's Upcoming Reimagining Of The Classic Tale Of 'Cinderella.'

Disney's 1950 animated take on the tale is probably the most well-known version of the story, which has its roots in 17th century folklore, and the studios is set to reimagine the legend for a modern audience with actors instead of animation.

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ABC Upgrades 'Agents of SHIELD' Season 2 to 9pm Time Slot


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Following the huge success of the first season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has been bumped to the prestigious 9pm timeslot on Tuesdays for season 2 on ABC. The network recently announced its autumn schedule, which sees one hour of new comedy leading into the Avengers spin-off show.

Agents of Shield'Agents of SHIELD'

As Den of Geek note, the new 9pm time slot may well give the show mores scope to develop characters. 

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ABC Expanding Partnerships With Shonda Rhimes, Marvel With Fall Pickups


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The series pickup frenzy is hitting ABC this week, with the channel announcing orders for five new series so far. Two of the pickups are rather unsurprising. One is the suspence thriller How to Get Away with Murder, developed by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers – ABC’s resident hitmakers behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. The series stars Viola Davis as a "brilliant, charismatic and seductive" law professor who gets entangled with four students from her class. Just wait till Twitter sinks its teeth into this one.

Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes is bringing a third potential hit to ABC this fall.

Then there’s Marvel’s Agent Carter, continuing ABC’s successful collaboration with Marvel. The new series pickup comes on the heels of ABC’s renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series stars Captain America's Hayley Atwell and takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. According to the LA Times, it follows the story of Peggy Carter as she battles sexism in the 1940s and builds a career as a secret agent. The series sounds like a good choice to tap into the ongoing discussion about hot topics like feminism, sexism in the workplace and so on. Plus, it would give an even more comprehensive look at the Marvel universe from “ye olde days”, which is always a good thing.

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Hayley Atwell

Date of birth

5th April, 1982

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.69