Hayley Atwell kind of crept up on me. I didn’t much notice her until she played Bess in The Duchess, and I thought she was the perfect foil to Keira Knightley (even if Georgiana and Bess actually looked a lot alike in real life). I KNOW a lot of you loved her as Agent Carter, and now she’s starring in the rebooted Howards End. Let’s take a look through her surprisingly long historical costume TV/movie resume!
She’s a supporting character in this 1870s-set, female detective mystery.
Mansfield Park (2007)
As materialistic, manipulative Mary Crawford – out to steal Fanny’s MAN y’all! – in the horrible, Billie Piper-led TV miniseries. Thankfully they found their hairpins for Hayley’s character!
Brideshead Revisited (2008)
I quite enjoyed this updated adaptation, in particular, because I thought Atwell was a better choice for Julia than Diana Quick, who played her in the 1981 version (Quick just seemed TOO old/mature for the role).
The Duchess (2008)
Atwell’s Bess is the quiet bystander who occasionally stands up and makes a strong decision.
The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Strong acting, great story, cheesy costumes!
Any Human Heart (2010)
Matthew Macfadyen and Jim Broadbent play a writer in 1920s Paris, ’50s New York, and ’80s London. I think Atwell may play the love interest? I don’t know, they lost me at Matthew Macfadyen.
Atwell plays a World War II spy — hmmm, good training!
Testament of Youth (2014)
Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington get all World War I-y. Atwell must play a war nurse.
Agent Carter (2015-16)
Okay, y’all LOVE her in this TV series. She plays Peggy Carter, a secret agent in 1940s America. I saw the costumes on exhibit and thought they were great! It’s based on a Marvel comic, and her character also turns up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers: Secret Wars, but I’m not a comic book person, so you’ll have to tell me if she wears period or modern costumes for those.
Howards End (2017)
Why remake such a classic? She plays bohemian Margaret Shlegel, who gets engaged to a stuffy guy.
Christopher Robin (coming soon)
Ewan McGregor plays an adult Christopher Robin, who rediscovers his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh. Atwell plays his wife.
Which is your favorite of Hayley Atwell’s historical movie/TV roles?