Keeley Hawes

Clare Julia Hawes[1][2] (born 10 February 1976), known professionally as Keeley Hawes, is an English actress. After beginning her career in a number of literary adaptations, including Our Mutual Friend (1998) and Tipping the Velvet (2002), Hawes rose to fame for her portrayal of Zoe Reynolds in the BBC series Spooks (2002–2004), followed by her co-lead performance as DI Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008–2010). She is also known for her roles in Jed Mercurio's Line of Duty as DI Lindsay Denton (2014–2016) and in BBC One drama Bodyguard (2018) in which she played Home Secretary Julia Montague. Hawes is a three-time BAFTA TV Award nominee, having been nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her roles as Lindsay Denton and Julia Montague, and a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Dorothy Wick in the drama Mrs Wilson.

Keeley Hawes
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Hawes in 2014
Clare Julia Hawes

(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 47)
Paddington, London, England
Alma materSylvia Young Theatre School
Years active1989–present
Spencer McCallum
(m. 2001; div. 2004)
(m. 2004)

Hawes has had leading roles in the 2010 revival of Upstairs, Downstairs, the limited series The Casual Vacancy (2015), The Missing (2016), the ITV comedy-drama The Durrells (2016–2019), the Russell T Davies drama serial It's a Sin (2021) and in The Midwich Cuckoos (2022). She has also acted as an executive producer on ITV drama Honour (2020) and comedy-drama Finding Alice (2021), starring in them both.

Hawes has appeared in films, including Death at a Funeral (2007), High-Rise (2015), Misbehaviour (2020) and To Olivia (2021), in which she portrays actress Patricia Neal. She has also provided the voice of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider video games, including Tomb Raider: Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Early life and educationEdit

Clare Julia Hawes was born on 10 February 1976[3][4][better source needed] at St Mary's Hospital, London, and grew up in a council flat in Marylebone. She is the youngest of four children.[5]

Hawes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School,[6] where she became friends with singer Emma Bunton and actress Kellie Bright.[7][8][9] In her teenage years she worked in various part-time jobs including at a casino, Sainsbury's and McDonald’s. While in sixth form she was approached in Oxford Street by a modelling scout, and signed up by Select Model Management. After numerous features for teen magazine Shout, Hawes became a fashion intern for Cosmopolitan. During this period, she was first asked to audition for a film.[citation needed]

We're not an acting family, but my parents have always encouraged me. I'm sure my dad spreads the word about my programmes to everyone who gets in his cab, which must help the ratings![6]


Hawes first came into the public eye in the 1990s, having supporting roles in Troublemakers, Dennis Potter's Karaoke (1995), Heartbeat (1995) and The Beggar Bride (1997). Hawes' first film role was in the 1998 film The Avengers, in which she played Tamara.

Hawes appeared in several BBC adaptations of classic and modern literature, including Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999) and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic The Blonde Bombshell (1999).

In the late 1990s, Hawes featured in at least four music videos, for the singles "Saturday Night" by Suede, "Marvellous" by The Lightning Seeds, "Come Around" by The Mutton Birds, and "She's a Star" by James.[citation needed]

In 2002, Hawes appeared in Tipping the Velvet. From 2002 to 2004, she appeared as Zoe Reynolds in the spy drama series Spooks. In 2003, she appeared in the BBC's re-telling of The Canterbury Tales. In 2006, Hawes replaced Jonell Elliott as the voice of Lara Croft in the action-adventure video game, Tomb Raider: Legend. She appeared as Rosie in the British comedy The Vicar of Dibley from 2006 to 2007. Also in 2007, Hawes appeared as Jane in the comedy Death at a Funeral. She reprised her voiceover role as Lara Croft in the video games Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a remake of the original Tomb Raider, released in 2007, followed by 2008's Tomb Raider: Underworld.

Hawes in 2008

In April 2008, Hawes began filming the BBC drama Mutual Friends, and appeared in That Mitchell and Webb Look. From 2008 to 2010, she appeared in Ashes to Ashes, the spin-off from the hit BBC series Life on Mars, as Alex Drake, a police officer in London's Metropolitan Police. For her portrayal of Alex Drake, Hawes was granted the Best UK Television Actress Award in 2008 by the Glamour Awards.[10]

In 2009, Hawes portrayed Detective Superintendent Martha Lawson in a six-episode ITV series, Identity. The 2010 release of the isometric Tomb Raider spin-off game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, again featured Hawes as the voice of Lara Croft. In December of that year, she starred as Lady Agnes Holland in the three-episode relaunch of Upstairs, Downstairs.

On 25 April 2011, Hawes narrated the documentary Kate and William: A Royal Love Story on BBC One, prior to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. That June, she also narrated the ITV1 documentary Four of a Kind as part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season.

Hawes appeared as Catherine Mundi in 2014's fantasy adventure film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.[11] She also guest-starred in 2014 as Ms. Delphox in the eighth series of Doctor Who,[12] and returned as Lara Croft in the voiceover role for that year's release of the game Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Her performance as Detective Inspector Lindsay Denton in the BBC Two drama Line of Duty (2014–2016), was described in The Daily Telegraph as "the performance of 2014,"[13] and garnered her a nomination for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress.

From 2016 to 2019, Hawes played the main role of Louisa Durrell in ITV's popular comedy-drama The Durrells. She appeared in 2018's TV series Bodyguard, in which she played Home Secretary Julia Montague, and was nominated for a BAFTA for the role. Also in 2018, Hawes also played Dorothy Wick in Mrs Wilson, opposite Iain Glen. Hawes came in at number 38 on the 2018 Radio Times TV 100 list, determined by television executives and broadcasting veterans.[14] She has since appeared in Traitors and Summer of Rockets, both in 2019.

Hawes later played Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in the 2020 miniseries Honour which was based on the real life murder of Banaz Mahmod. Hawes' portrayal was applauded by The Guardian. She also appeared in the films Misbehaviour and Rebecca that year. In 2021, Hawes co-created, served as an executive producer and starred in the ITV comedy-drama Finding Alice as Alice Dillion. It was later announced that there would be a second series. In 2021, Hawes appeared in the Russell T. Davis five-part drama It's a Sin as Valerie Tozer. The series follows five 18-year-olds who move to London in 1981 and have their lives turned upside down by the AIDS crisis. It aired on Channel 4 and on HBO Max in the United States. Critics and viewers described her performance in the final episode as "outstanding and magnificent" and a "masterclass".[15][16] Similarly, the Radio Times described her performance as "stunning" and "heartbreaking". Critics and viewers also expressed their desire for Hawes to win BAFTAs for her performance.[17] The following month, Hawes appeared as actress Patricia Neal in 2021 film To Olivia, which revolves around her marriage to Roald Dahl and the death of their daughter.

In June 2022, Hawes appeared in a leading role as Dr. Susannah Zellaby in Sky Max science fiction horror drama The Midwich Cuckoos based on the novel of the same name.


Hawes began working with UNICEF in 2012; in 2017 she became a UNICEF[18] ambassador. Her main focus has been visiting Syrian refugee children and families living in the Za’atari refugee camp and host communities in Amman.[19][20]

Personal lifeEdit

Hawes married the disc jockey Spencer McCallum[21] in December 2001 when their son Myles was almost two years old; they divorced in 2004.[22] She married Matthew Macfadyen, her co-star in Spooks, in November 2004[23][24] and their daughter was born the following month.[25] Their second child was born in September 2006.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Moonstone Rachel Television film
1998 The Avengers Tamara
1999 The Last September Lois Farquar
2000 Complicity Yvonne
2001 Othello Dessie Brabant Television film
2003 Chaos and Cadavers Samantha Taggert
2005 A Cock and Bull Story Elizabeth
2007 Death at a Funeral Jane
2008 The Bank Job Wendy Leather
Flashbacks of a Fool Adult Jessie
2013 The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box Catherine Mundi
2015 High-Rise Ann Royal
2016 Never Land Sarah Short film
2020 Misbehaviour Julia Morley
Rebecca Beatrice
2021 To Olivia Patricia Neal
TBA Scoop Amanda Thirsk[27]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Forever Green Carol Episode 3 (Series 1)
1990 Troublemakers Mandy 6 episodes
1992 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Sarah Mabledene "Talking to Strange Men"
1996 Pie in the Sky Stella Jackson E"Devils on Horseback: Parts 1 & Part 2"
Karaoke Linda Langer 4 episodes; supporting role
Heartbeat Michelle "Snapped" series 6 episode 7
1997 The Beggar Bride Angela Harper
1998 Our Mutual Friend Lizzie Hexam 4 episodes
The Cater Street Hangman Charlotte Ellison
1999 The Blonde Bombshell Younger Diana Dors
Wives and Daughters Cynthia Kirkpatrick 4 episodes
2001 Hotel! Tricia
Murder in Mind Deborah "Sleeper"
2002 A Is for Acid Gillian Rogers
Me and Mrs Jones Jane
Tipping the Velvet Kitty Butler Miniseries
2002–2004 Spooks Zoe Reynolds Main role
2003 Lucky Jim Christine Callaghan
The Canterbury Tales Emily
2004 Sex & Lies Kate
Murdoch Mysteries Dr. Julia Ogden Episodes: "Except the Dying" & "Poor Tom Is Cold"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Ella Macbeth "Macbeth"
Agatha Christie's Marple Philippa Haymes "A Murder Is Announced"
Under the Greenwood Tree Fancy Day
The Best Man Kate Sheldrake
2006 After Thomas Nicola Graham
2006–2007 The Vicar of Dibley Rosie Kennedy "The Handsome Stranger" & "The Vicar in White"
2008–2010 Ashes to Ashes DI Alex Drake Main role
2009 Mutual Friends Jen
2010 Identity DSI Martha Lawson
2010–2012 Upstairs, Downstairs Lady Agnes Holland Main role
2013 The Lady Vanishes Mrs Todhunter Television film
The Tunnel Suze Harcourt
Ambassadors Jennifer
2014–2016 Line of Duty DI Lindsay Denton Main role
2014 Doctor Who Ms. Delphox/Madame Karabraxos "Time Heist"
2015 The Casual Vacancy Samantha Mollison Miniseries
2016 Fungus The Bogeyman Wendy Snow Sky One Miniseries
The Hollow Crown Queen Elizabeth "Henry VI Part 2" & "Richard III"
The Missing Gemma Webster Main role
2016–2019 The Durrells Louisa Durrell Main role
2017 Inside No. 9 Louise "Diddle Diddle Dumpling"
2018 The Coronation Narrator Voice role
Bodyguard Julia Montague Main role
Mrs Wilson Dorothy Wick Miniseries
2019 Traitors Priscilla Garrick Main role
Summer of Rockets Kathleen Shaw Miniseries
Year of the Rabbit Lydia Main role
2020 Honour Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode Miniseries, also executive producer
2021 Finding Alice Alice Dillon Main role; also executive producer[28]
2021 It's a Sin Valerie Tozer Channel 4 drama
2022 The Midwich Cuckoos Dr. Susannah Zellaby Sky Max original programme
Crossfire Jo Three-part drama[29]
2023 Stonehouse Barbara Smith/Stonehouse Main role[30]


Year Title Role Venue
2011 Rocket to the Moon Belle Royal National Theatre
2013 Barking in Essex Chrissie Wyndham's Theatre

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role
2006 Tomb Raider: Legend Lara Croft
2007 Tomb Raider: Anniversary
2008 Tomb Raider: Underworld
2010 Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
2014 Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
2021 Tomb Raider Reloaded

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Crime Thriller Awards Best Actress Ashes to Ashes Nominated [31]
2009 NAVGTR Awards Lead Performance in a Drama Tomb Raider: Underworld Nominated [32]
Crime Thriller Awards Best Actress Ashes to Ashes Nominated [33]
2010 Ashes to Ashes and Identity Nominated
2014 Line of Duty Won [34]
2015 British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Nominated [35][36]
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Actress Nominated [37]
2017 The Durrells, The Missing and Line of Duty Won [38]
2019 Bodyguard and Mrs. Wilson Nominated [39]
British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Bodyguard Nominated [40]
Best Supporting Actress Mrs. Wilson Nominated
Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress in a TV Series – Drama Bodyguard Nominated [41][42]
2021 Edinburgh International Television Festival Best TV Actor - Drama It's a Sin Nominated [43]
2022 RTS Programme Awards Actor (Female) Nominated [44]


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