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Hayley Squires (born 16 April 1988) is an English actress and playwright, best known for her work in the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake.[1] Squires has also appeared in Call the Midwife (2012), Southcliffe (2013), Complicit (2013), Blood Cells (2014), A Royal Night Out (2015) and Murder (2016). Her first play, Vera Vera Vera, was produced by the Royal Court Theatre in 2012.[2]

I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, Best British Film at the 2017 BAFTAs and was the Audience Award winner at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Squires was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by BAFTA for her role of Katie.[3]

From July–October 2017, Squires appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Apollo Theatre in London's West End.[4]


Early lifeEdit

Born in Forest Hill, South London as Hayley McGinty in 1988, Squires grew up with her mother, father and older brother.[5]

She trained at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup and graduated in 2010 with BA (Hons) Acting.[5][6]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Complicit Joan Directed by Niall MacCormick
2014 Blood Cells Hayley Directed by Luke Seomore, Joseph Bull
2015 A Royal Night Out Debbie Directed by Julian Jarrold
2015 Polar Bear (Short) Lea Directed by Sean Buckley
2016 I, Daniel Blake Katie Directed by Ken Loach
2016 Away Kaz Directed by David Blair
2017 Giantland Mum Directed by Yousaf Ali Khan
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Gini Burstead Directed by Ben Wheatley
2018 In Fabric Babs Directed by Peter Strickland


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Call the Midwife Maureen Warren Episode #1.1
2013 Southcliffe Louise Cooper 3 Episodes
2016 Murder Bryony Phelps Episode: 'The Lost Weekend'
2017 The Last Leg Herself - Guest appearance Episode #12 of Series 10
2017 Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams Waitress Season 1 Episode 3: 'The Commuter'
2017 The Miniaturist[7] Cornelia 3 Episodes
2018 Collateral Laurie Stone Main role; 3 episodes

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 As Good a Time as Any Amy The Print Room
2017 The Pitchfork Disney[8][9] Haley Stray Shoreditch Town Hall, Directed by Jamie Lloyd
2017 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof[10] Mae Apollo Theatre, Directed by Benedict Andrews
2018 The Lover and The Collection Sarah/Stella Harold Pinter Theatre, Directed by Jamie Lloyd


Award Year Category Film Result
British Independent Film Awards 2016 Best Actress I, Daniel Blake Nominated
Most Promising Newcomer Won
British Academy Film Awards 2017 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Denver Film Festival 2016 Special Jury Prize: Best Actress Won
Empire Film Awards 2017 Best Female Newcomer Nominated
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actress Won
London Film Critics' Circle 2017 British/Irish Actress of the Year Nominated
National Film Awards 2017 Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated


  1. ^ "Hayley Squires: The girl who came from nowhere to win hearts at Cannes". Hindustan Times. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Vera Vera Vera, Royal Court, review". The Daily Telegraph. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Bafta nominee Hayley Squires on I, Daniel Blake, and why working class girls aren't victims". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  4. ^ "Cast joining Sienna Miller in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof announced". Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  5. ^ a b Famurewa, Jimi (29 September 2016). "Hayley Squires: Ken Loach's new muse and red carpet revolutionary". Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ Shoard, Catherine (28 September 2016). "Hayley Squires - working classes cast as bad mothers". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Anya Taylor-Joy and Romola Garai star in The Miniaturist". BBC News. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  8. ^ "Review: The Pitchfork Disney (Shoreditch Town Hall)". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  9. ^ Gardner, Lyn (2017-02-03). "The Pitchfork Disney review – exhilarating chocoholic apocalypse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  10. ^ "Hayley Squires Joins Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre |". Retrieved 2017-06-27.

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