Hayley Atwell

Hayley Atwell is a British actress known for "serious" roles, who has been recently (2010) cast as the love interest in The First Avenger: Captain America.

Early on, she took on major Shakespearian roles and excelled in challenging theatrical plays, but she got her BA in acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied from 2002 to 2005.

Fresh out of the drama-school dressing room, Hayley Atwell's only credits included a tiny handful of productions for the BBC television channel in the UK. In 2006, for instance, she played the role of Catherine Fedden in The Line of Beauty. Her character was a dangerously sexy, self-harming, manic-depressive sister who took increasingly heavier dosages of lithium, and made astonishingly rude remarks toward her family and friends.

Hayley Atwell then went on to finish filming the made-for-TV movie Fear of Fanny for BBC 4, and continued landing small TV roles with a part in the miniseries The Ruby in the Smoke.

On June 21, 2006, Woody Allen picked the young British actress to play the female lead in his summer project. Within a few months, Hayley Atwell went from playing minor roles on TV to shooting alongside Hollywood heavyweights Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell, and became the muse of one of America’s most highly respected writer-directors of all time. The film is a crime thriller about two brothers who have such bad financial problems that they turn to a life of crime to compensate for their debts. Things take a turn for the worst and the two criminal siblings become bitter enemies.

Aside from her lead role in the BBC series The Line of Beauty, Hayley Atwell appeared in The Ruby in the Smoke that same year and followed that up with the radio series Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks, which lasted for one year.

2007 was a busy time for the always-together Hayley Atwell. In addition to serving on the jury for the 2007 British Independent Film Awards, she worked in a variety of projects, such as a theater production of The Man of Mode, a radio series called Felix Holt, the Radical as well as several movies including the TV flick Mansfield Park and big screeners like Cassandra's Dream and How About You.

Hayley Atwell's 2008 project was playing the title character in Major Barbara at the National Theatre.
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