Hayley Atwell Central

Hayley Atwell attends the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos.

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Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards – Press Room
Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards – Show
Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards


I have added some magazine scans to the gallery.

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Vogue USA (April 2018)
The Hollywood Reporter (April 08th, 2018)


A new portrait of Hayley Atwell have been added to the gallery.

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The Contenders Emmys presented by Deadline Hollywood, Portrait Studio


I have added more new photos of Hayley Atwell promoting ‘Howards End’ to the gallery. You can go there to take a look.

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Starz ‘Howards End’ presentation, The Contenders Emmys presented by Deadline Hollywood
The Contenders Emmys presented by Deadline Hollywood, Green Room


Hayley Atwell attends New York Red Carpet Premiere Screening Event of STARZ ‘Howards End’ at the Whitby Hotel on April 4, 2018 in New York City. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos.

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New York Red Carpet Premiere Screening Event Of STARZ “Howards End”


The British actress said the 117-year-old novel is relevant today, and got advice from Emma Thompson, who won an Oscar for the same role.

It might have been intimidating for British actress Hayley Atwell to sign on for the lead in Starz’s adaptation of E.M. Forster’s literary classic “Howards End,” given the long shadow cast by Emma Thompson, who won a Best Actress Oscar for the 1992 Merchant-Ivory film version. But Atwell had some help from Thompson herself.

“Emma’s a friend of mine, and I’m very familiar with her performance in it,” Atwell says. “I e-mailed her to say, ‘They’re doing the impossible, they’re going to attempt to make this,’ and being Emma, incredibly generous and warm, she said ‘You’re about to work with a writer, E.M. Forster, who is one of literature’s first proper feminists. [The character] Margaret will change you — she’s an extraordinary person. You are she and she is you.’ She passed the baton in a way.”

Of the new miniseries, which debuts in the U.S. April 8, Atwell says, “The look of it is different, the energy is different.” For one thing, the novel was adapted for the small screen by Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester By the Sea”) and directed by British filmmaker Hettie MacDonald.

“It’s adapting in four hours as opposed to a 90-minute film, so there’s more of the book in it, and Kenny’s writing takes so much of the content of the text and the dialogue and lifts it, but puts it into a very fresh way that’s accessible and real, so that it feels relevant to today,” she adds.

The 117-year-old novel continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the greats the 20th century, and Atwell says she sees both the timeless qualities of the story and its appeal to contemporary audiences.

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Alongside a set of exclusive portraits, the actress opens up about her role in the new miniseries based on the E. M. Forster classic.

Merchant Ivory immortalized E. M. Forster’s 1910 novel Howards End in a glorious, Oscar-winning film in 1992, and now, a new BBC/Starz miniseries is rebooting the timeless drama for a contemporary audience. The four-part adaptation follows three vastly different families—the intellectual Schlegel sisters, the capitalist Wilcoxes and the impoverished Basts—as they intertwine and clash at the dawn of the modern era.

The series, directed by Hettie MacDonald and written by Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea writer Kenneth Lonergan, centers on fiercely independent Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) and her idealistic sister Helen (Philippa Coulthard). As Margaret finds herself drawn into the inner circle of the wealthy, mysterious Wilcoxes, Helen devotes herself to a young working-class man desperate to improve himself, setting up the three families for a calamitous encounter when long-buried secrets and private prejudices come to light.

Alongside these gorgeous portraits, exclusive to BAZAAR.com, Atwell walks us through this fascinating cast of characters and why the women and relationships of Howards End should be the new normal in film and television.

Howards End premieres Sunday, April 8 on Starz.

1 Hayley Atwell as Margaret Schlegel

“Emma Thompson [who played Margaret in the 1992 film] told me she believes E. M. Forster is one of literature’s first proper feminists, in the sense that he gave [Margaret] her full mind,” says Atwell. “He gave her so many dimensions. She can be contradictory, and hypocritical, and self-aware but also completely naïve. She is passionate yet maternal. She is rational yet, at times, incredibly confused and overwhelmed. All of this is done with such elegance and emotional intelligence and clarity, which is like, ‘Wow, this is written by a guy?'”

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Hayley Atwell attends the press night and after party for ‘Good Girl’ at Trafalgar Studios on March 6, 2018 in London. You can go to the gallery to take a look to the photos.

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“Good Girl” – Press Night – After Party
“Good Girl” – Press Night