Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes is an actress best known for her long career in television appearing in shows such as Ashes to Ashes, Spooks and Line of Duty.

Date of birth

She was born on 10 February 1976.


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Early life & Education

Hawes was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, and grew up in a council flat in Marylebone. Whilst 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. 

Love life

Hawes married DJ 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 was misquoted as stating 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".

Net worth

Not yet established.


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 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).

In 2020, she appeared among the cast of Rebecca film as Beatrice. In the same year, Hawes also played Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in the miniseries Honour which was based on the real life murder of Banaz Mahmod. Hawes portrayal was applauded by The Guardian.

In 2021, Hawes co-created, served as an executive producer and starred in the ITV comedy-drama Finding Alice as Alice Dillion. She also 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. Similarly, the Radio Times described her performance as "stunning" and "heartbreaking".


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.

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Keeley Hawes
First Name Keeley
Surname Hawes
Born 10th February, 1976
Home City London, England
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