This entry profiles a British actress -- but she holds dual American citizenship and co-stars in this summer's Captain America: The First Avenger, as Peggy Carter, a love interest for the captain during the second world war.
Name: Hayley Atwell
Hometown: London, according to her Wikipedia profile. Her mother is English and her father a Native American from Kansas, according to Wikipedia.
Best Known For: Hayley's best known for her television work, appearing in the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth and Any Human Heart (both shown in the U.S., the first on Starz, the latter on PBS). She appeared alongside fellow crush Billie Piper in the Philip Pullman adaptations The Shadow in the North and The Ruby in the Smoke (as well as in a production of Mansfield Park that also featured fellow crush Michelle Ryan) and AMC's miniseries that reimagined the classic British drama The Prisoner.
In Captain America: The First Avenger.
Humble Beginnings: She appeared in a 2005 commercial for Pringles potato crisps. Her film debut came in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream, opposite Ewan McGregor and Colin Ferrell.
Why Ye Olde Podcaster Likes Her: Hayley's look -- like Mad Men's Christina Hendricks -- recalls the golden age of cinema, when women had curves. She was utterly magnificent in Any Human Heart and Brideshead Revisited, and -- along with Sir Ian McKellan -- made that Prisoner remake worth watching.
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