Although it was by no means her debut appearance, Hayley Atwell rose to fame starring as Peggy Carter in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger. She reprised the role in the action-adventure series, Agent Carter. She made further appearances in other MCU films like Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Avengers: Endgame.
In recent years, she has found herself in another mega-franchise, the Tom Cruise-led Mission Impossible film series. She joined the long-running action spy franchise in 2019 and will play a role in the seventh and eighth installments, due for release in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Strong Chemistry with Tom Cruise and Excellent Stunt Skills Helped Hayley Atwell Land Mission Impossible Role
On September 6, 2019, Hayley emerged victorious as the next actor to play the lead female character in a Mission Impossible film. Details of her character or the actresses who likely auditioned for the role remain unknown. However, Hayley was able to secure the part thanks to her experience in the spy genre and her chemistry with Tom Cruise.
Speaking during an episode of the podcast, Light the Fuse, the director, Christopher McQuarrie, signed Hayley because of the intense energy she had with Tom. According to him, it was not so much a vibe as it was a literal vibration between the two of them.
Beyond her chemistry with Tom, Hayley’s physical skill also proved valuable in helping her secure the part. There was a two-hour stunt audition involved in the process, and she performed excellently, undoubtedly aided by her experience on Agent Carter. As Peggy Carter in the Marvel Television series, she underwent a lot of physical training.
That skill came in handy during the audition process, with her knife-wielding skills a notable standout. But while her experience may have gotten her the role, she has committed herself to further training to deliver the high-level stunt work the film requires.
Hayley is Rock Climbing to Stay in Shape and Prepare for the Role
Those who have watched Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible series are well familiar with the physical intensity the A-list actor brings to his role as Ethan Hunt. It is one equally required of the female lead and going by her Instagram posts, Atwell has been more than up for the task.
In an October 2020 Instagram post, she revealed she took up rock climbing. She has been receiving training from two professionals, Speed Flyer Malachi Templeton and Wingsuit World Champion Espen Fadnes. Earlier in June, she posted photos of a training session with celebrity trainer Sam Eastwood alongside co-stars, Pom Klementieff, and Vanessa Kirby.
She released a photo showing the effect of her training in July, with ultra-toned well-defined back muscles comparable to the looks of Chris Evans in their MCU film, Captain America: The First Avenger.
The impact of these intensive training has shown in leaked set photos of Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise filming a high-octane car chase scene. With such levels of commitment, the film promises to be an excellent addition to Hayley’s blossoming career.
She Has More Than 50 Movies and TV Shows to Her Name
Atwell was born to an American photographer, Grant Atwell. This early exposure to art led her to Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied acting for three years. She graduated in 2005, alongside other notable actresses like Jodie Whittaker and Michelle Dockery.
After an initial start to her professional acting career in theatre, Hayley made her onscreen debut in 2005, in the TV movie, Whatever Love Means as Sabrina Guinness. Her first break came when she featured in 2006’s The Line of Beauty (2006), a TV miniseries.
After her big break, she went on to appear in several other shows like The Prisoner (2009), Restless (2012), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2014), Agent Carter (2015-2016), Howard’s End (2017), 3Below: The Tales of Arcadia (2018), and a host of other television series.
Moving over to her movie career, she also carved a niche out for herself in the film industry with a handful of movie features. Her first film role was in Cassandra’s Dream (2007), where she played the role of Angela Stark.
She then followed it up with How About You (2007), portraying the character, Ellie Harris. However, her major movie breakthrough came in 2011 after she clinched a role in the Marvel Studios production, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) as Peggy Carter.
Hayley Atwell’s performance was critically acclaimed, and she was declared as one of the breakout stars to watch out for by MTV Network. Hayley has since gone on to appear in more Marvel movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant Man (2015), Avengers: Endgame (2019). Some of her none Marvel movies include Cinderella, Christopher Robin, and Blinded By The Light.
She Has Received More Than Twelve Award Nominations
Hayley Atwell has had a prominent presence on all three mediums of acting, from theatre, TV to film, and she has received recognition for her performances from all three. Her work on the plays A View from the Bridge, The Pride, and Rosmersholm earned her Laurence Olivier Award nominations.
She also has an Ian Charleson Commendation award for her performance in Major Barbara and a WhatsOnStage Award for her role in The Pride. Onscreen, her performance in The Pillars of the Earth earned her nominations for Best Actress from Golden Globe and Gemini Awards.
The London-born American-English actress also has nominations from Saturn Awards, British Independent Film Awards, and the Monte-Carlo TV Festival. In all, she has received more than twelve award nominations and has yet to win any.
Her Career Has Also Made Her a Dollar Millionaire
While her fans still await the first trophy to decorate her shelf, Hayley has been raking in the cash starring in blockbusters. With more than fifty appearances across film and television and her stage work, she has accrued an estimated $3 million in net worth.
How each film or show contributed to her wealth remains undetermined. However, notable, and popular works like Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger, and other Marvel films are significant contributors to her rising wealth. And with the chance of a great outing in the Mission Impossible series cementing her place as an action star, there is plenty of money in Hayley Atwell’s future.
The Mission Impossible Actress is Dating a Doctor She Has Known Since Childhood
Being a beautiful Marvel actress and a British/Hollywood film star has made Hayley Atwell’s love life a fascinating subject. Since she became famous, she has been in at least four known relationships, including notable actors. None of them, however, are quite as serious as her current relationship.
While we know he exists, Hayley has refused to disclose his name. She did, however, paint a picture of his identity by acknowledging he is a medical doctor, and they have known each other since they were 10. We do not know how long they have been together, but they are already considering walking the aisle.
In an interview with the Times, Hayley admitted she plans to settle down with the mystery doctor. According to her, only afterward will the world get to see her man.
She Once Dated a Snow Patrol Bassist and The Office Creator
While her current partner remains hidden, we know the identity of a few exes in the actress’s past. A couple of years after graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she dated TV writer Gabriel Bisset-Smith, whom she met at the school. They started dating in 2009 before parting ways in 2012.
In the same year, Hayley began a relationship with Snow Patrol bassist Paul Wilson, but they were reportedly no longer a couple in 2013.
Shortly after parting ways, Atwell and the famous British comedian and The Office creator, Stephen Merchant, were rumoured together. They were spotted on a night out a couple of times, but it appears it did not go anywhere. However, some reports suggest they did date, but the timeline remains elusive.
After her alleged relationship with Stephen ended, Hayley began a relationship with Evan Jones, a British musician in the band, Keep Up. They dated between 2014 and 2015, with the actress announcing their breakup in a casual Instagram post.