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 as a model before appearing 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 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 in 2014
Keeley Clare Julia Hawes
10 February 1976
(m. 2001; div. 2004)
Matthew Macfadyen (m. 2004)
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.
Hawes was born at St Mary's Hospital, London and grew up in Marylebone. She enrolled in the Sylvia Young Theatre School. At the SYTS, she became friendly with Emma Bunton; they lived and travelled together for six months. While undertaking work experience at Cosmopolitan she was approached in Oxford Street by a modelling scout and signed up by Select Model Management.
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. She 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).
"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!"
Hawes appeared in several BBC adaptations of classic and modern literature, including Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), Tipping the Velvet (2002) and as the young Diana Dors in the biopic The Blonde Bombshell (1999). 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. From 2006 to 2007, she appeared as Rosie in the British comedy The Vicar of Dibley. She was also cast as Jane in the 2007 comedy Death at a Funeral. In February 2006, it was revealed that Hawes had replaced Jonell Elliott as the voice of Lara Croft. She voiced the role in Tomb Raider: Legend, reprising her role in the 2007 remake of the original Tomb Raider game, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, and again in 2008's Tomb Raider: Underworld. She has also recorded her lines for the arcade-style Tomb Raider game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, released in 2010. She returned to voice Lara again in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light sequel Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, released in 2014.
In 2007, Hawes was cast as Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes, the spin-off from the hit BBC series Life on Mars. It told the story of a female police officer in service with London's Metropolitan Police, who, after being shot in 2008, inexplicably regains consciousness in 1981, having assimilated Sam Tyler's fantasies after being imprisoned in a coma. The series, broadcast in 2008, follows her fighting to wake up from the world of 1981 so she can get back to the present day and save her daughter. She was awarded the Best UK Television Actress Award in 2008 by the Glamour Awards for her role. In September 2009, Hawes filmed the final series. The finale aired in May and gained over seven million viewers.
In April 2008, Hawes began filming the BBC drama Mutual Friends and she appeared in That Mitchell and Webb Look. In 2009, she portrayed Det Supt Martha Lawson in a six-episode ITV series, Identity. In December 2010, 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. On 20 June 2011, she narrated the ITV1 documentary Four of a Kind as part of ITV's Extraordinary Families season. She appeared as Catherine Mundi in the fantasy adventure film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
Hawes married DJ and cartoonist 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 stated that she is bisexual in 2002, after working on the television adaptation of Tipping the Velvet. She later explained that "what I actually said was that everybody is probably perfectly capable of finding somebody of the same sex attractive, but I certainly haven't had any lesbian relationships". and in Radio Times she said, "maybe what I meant is that everyone is a little bit bisexual…. I've been married twice, both times to men".
Hawes began working with UNICEF in 2012; in 2017 she became a UNICEF ambassador. Her main focus has been visiting Syrian refugee children and families living in the Za’atari refugee camp and host communities in Amman.
Hawes won the "Glamour Best UK Television Actress Award" in 2008 for her role in Ashes to Ashes. She was also nominated for a TV Choice Award for the same role, and for the Best Actress award at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards. She received a Leading Actress nomination for her role on Line of Duty at the 2015 British Academy Television Awards. In 2019, she was nominated for the same award for Bodyguard and for Supporting Actress for Mrs Wilson.
|1996||The Moonstone||Rachel||Television film|
|1999||The Last September||Lois Farquar|
|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|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Adult Jessie|
|2013||Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box||Catherine Mundi|
|1989||Forever Green||Carol||Episode 3 (Season 1)|
|1992||The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Sarah Mabledene||Episode: "Talking to Strange Men"|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Stella Jackson||Episodes: "Devils on Horseback: Part 1 & Part 2"|
|1996||Karaoke||Linda Langer||Episode: "Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday"|
|1997||The Beggar Bride||Angela Harper|
|1998||Our Mutual Friend||Lizzie Hexam||4 episodes|
|1998||The Cater Street Hangman||Charlotte Ellison|
|1999||The Blonde Bombshell||Younger Diana Dors|
|1999||Wives and Daughters||Cynthia Kirkpatrick||4 episodes|
|2001||Murder in Mind||Deborah||Episode: "Sleeper"|
|2002||A Is for Acid||Gillian Rogers|
|2002||Me and Mrs Jones||Jane|
|2002||Tipping the Velvet||Kitty Butler|
|2003||Lucky Jim||Christine Callaghan|
|2003||The Canterbury Tales||Emily|
|2004||Sex & Lies||Kate|
|2004||The Murdoch Mysteries||Dr. Julia Ogden||Episodes: "Except the Dying", "Poor Tom Is Cold"|
|2005||ShakespeaRe-Told||Ella Macbeth||Episode: "Macbeth"|
|2005||Agatha Christie's Marple||Philippa Haymes||Episode: "A Murder Is Announced"|
|2005||Under the Greenwood Tree||Fancy Day|
|2005||The Best Man||Kate Sheldrake|
|2006||After Thomas||Nicola Graham|
|2006–2007||The Vicar of Dibley||Rosie Kennedy||Episodes: "The Handsome Stranger", "The Vicar in White"|
|2008–2010||Ashes to Ashes||DI Alex Drake||Main role|
|2010||Identity||DSI Martha Lawson|
|2010–2012||Upstairs, Downstairs||Lady Agnes Holland||Main role|
|2013||The Lady Vanishes||Mrs Todhunter||Television film|
|2013||The Tunnel||Suze Harcourt|
|2014–2016||Line of Duty||DI Lindsay Denton||Main role|
|2014||Doctor Who||Ms Delphox/Madame Karabraxos||Episode: "Time Heist"|
|2015||The Casual Vacancy||Samantha Mollison||Main role, miniseries|
|2016||Fungus The Bogeyman||Wendy Snow||Sky One miniseries|
|2016||The Hollow Crown||Queen Elizabeth||"Henry VI Part 2", "Richard III"|
|2016||The Missing||Gemma Webster||Main role|
|2016–2019||The Durrells||Louisa Durrell||Main role|
|2017||Inside No. 9||Louise||Episode: "Diddle Diddle Dumpling"|
|2018||The Coronation||Narrator||Voice role|
|2018||Bodyguard||Julia Montague||Main role|
|2018||Mrs Wilson||Dorothy Wick||Miniseries|
|2019||Traitors||Priscilla Garrick||Main role|
|2019||Summer of Rockets||Kathleen Shaw||Miniseries|
|2019||Year of the Rabbit||Lydia||Miniseries|
|2011||Rocket to the Moon||Belle||Royal National Theatre|
|2013||Barking in Essex||Chrissie||Wyndham Theatre|
|2006||Tomb Raider: Legend||Lara Croft|
|2007||Tomb Raider: Anniversary|
|2008||Tomb Raider: Underworld|
|2009||Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes|
|2009||Tomb Raider: Underworld – Lara's Shadow|
|2010||Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light|
|2014||Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris|
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