Keeley Hawes

Clare Julia "Keeley" Hawes[1] (born 10 February 1976) is an English actress. 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).

Keeley Hawes
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Hawes in 2014
Clare Julia Hawes

(1976-02-10) 10 February 1976 (age 44)
Paddington, London, England
Years active1989–present
Spencer McCallum
(m. 2001; div. 2004)
(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 TV series 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.

Early lifeEdit

Hawes was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, and grew up in a council flat in Marylebone.[2] 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.[3] There she became friendly with Emma Bunton; they lived and travelled together for six months.[4][5][6]


Hawes in 2008

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] 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!"[3]

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.[7] 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.[8]

In 2014, she guest-starred as Ms. Delphox in the eighth series of Doctor Who.[9]

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".[10]

Hawes was number 38 on the 2018 Radio Times TV 100 list, determined by television executives and broadcasting veterans.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Hawes married the DJ Spencer McCallum[12] in December 2001 when their son was almost two years old; they divorced in 2004.[13] She married Matthew Macfadyen in November 2004[14][15] and their daughter was born the following month.[16] Their second child was born in September 2006.[17]

Hawes was misquoted as stating that she is bisexual in 2002, after working on the television adaptation of Tipping the Velvet.[18][19] 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".[20]


Hawes began working with UNICEF in 2012; in 2017 she became a UNICEF[21] ambassador. Her main focus has been visiting Syrian refugee children and families living in the Za’atari refugee camp and host communities in Amman.[22][23]


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.[24] She received a Leading Actress nomination for her role on Line of Duty at the 2015 British Academy Television Awards.[25] In 2019, she was nominated for the same award for Bodyguard and for Supporting Actress for Mrs Wilson.[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 Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box Catherine Mundi
2015 High-Rise Ann Royal
2020 Misbehaviour Julia Morley
Rebecca Beatrice
2021 To Olivia Patricia Neal Post-production


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 "Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday"
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
2002–2004 Spooks Zoe Reynolds
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
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
2020 Honour Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode Main role
2021 It's a Sin Valerie Tozer Upcoming


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
2009 Tomb Raider: Underworld – Beneath the Ashes
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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