Fast Facts

  • Was named after actress Hayley Mills.
  • Father is part Native American and works as a shaman.
  • Her first acting job was in a Pringles commercial.
  • Turned down an offer to study theology at Oxford in favor of studying acting.
  • Played Catherine in a 2009 production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge at London's Duke of York's Theatre.


  • 2014, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee


  • Alison Atwell — Mother
  • Grant Atwell — Father
  • Gabriel Bisset-Smith — Ex-significant Other


  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England (2005)


  • Birth Name: Hayley Elizabeth Atwell
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Birthday: April 5, 1982, Aries
  • Profession: Actor

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