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Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1976-02-10 (44 years old)

30 Movies · 34 TV Series


Keeley Clare Julia Hawes (born 10 February 1976) is an English actress, born in London and educated at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She began her career in a number of literary adaptations, including Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), Tipping the Velvet (2002), and The Canterbury Tales (2003). She portrayed Zoe Reynolds in the BBC espionage drama series Spooks from 2002 to 2004, followed by her co-lead performance as DI Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010), for which she won a Glamour Award. She played leading roles in the 2010 revival of Upstairs, Downstairs, the limited series The Casual Vacancy (2015), The Missing (2016), and the ITV comedy-drama The Durrells (2016–2019). Hawes was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her performance in Jed Mercurio's police procedural Line of Duty as DI Lindsey Denton. She teamed again with Mercurio for the 2018 thriller Bodyguard in which she played Home Secretary Julia Montague. Hawes has also appeared in films, including Death at a Funeral (2007) and High-Rise (2015), and she provided the voice of Lara Croft in a series of Tomb Raider video games.

Personal Life

Hawes married the DJ Spencer McCallum in December 2001 when their son was almost two years old; they divorced in 2004. She married Matthew Macfadyen in November 2004 and their daughter was born the following month. Their second child was born in September 2006.Hawes was misquoted as stating that she is bisexual in 2002, after working on the television adaptation of Tipping the Velvet. She later explained in Radio Times that "maybe what I meant is that everyone is a little bit bisexual…. I've been married twice, both times to men".

Early Life

Hawes was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, and grew up in a council flat in Marylebone. While in sixth form at school she was approached in Oxford Street by a modelling scout and signed up by Select Model Management. A few months later, she moved to the other side of the fashion industry by working at Cosmopolitan before obtaining a grant and enrolling in the Sylvia Young Theatre School. There she became friendly with Emma Bunton; they lived and travelled together for six months.

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