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crazy_diamond 04-16-2012 11:48 AM

Keeley Hawes/Alex Drake (A2A) #10: 10 threads of epicness

Keeley Hawes (born 10 February 1976) is a British-English actress, known for many television roles, notably that of Zoe Reynolds in the BBC One drama series Spooks (2002-04).

Hawes first came into the public eye in the early 1990s, in 1990s Troublemakers and the 1992 BBC costume drama, The Moonstone. She has since appeared in many other television dramas, including Dennis Potter's Karaoke (BBC One/Channel 4, 1995), and Othello (ITV, 2001). She played the young Diana Dors in the ITV biopic Blonde Bombshell (1999) and Nicola Graham in the ITV drama After Thomas (2006). She is in her second series as DI Alex Drake in the BBC drama series Ashes to Ashes (2008-present), the sequel to Life on Mars, and is also currently the face of Boots No 7 cosmetics (2008).

Hawes is also known for voicing the video game character Lara Croft since the 2006 release of Tomb Raider: Legend. In 2008, she was nominated for a Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance By A Human Female.
Television -

+ Forever Green (1989), Carol
+ Troublemakers (1990), Mandy
+ Talking to Strange Men (1992), Sarah Mabledene
+ The Moonstone (1996), Rachel Verinder
+ Cold Lazarus (1996), Linda Langer
+ Pie in the Sky (1996), Stella Jackson
+ Karaoke (1996), Linda Langer
+ Heartbeat (1996), Michelle
+ The Beggar Bride (1997), Angela Harper
+ Our Mutual Friend (1998), Lizzie Hexam
+ The Cater Street Hangman (1998), Charlotte Ellison
+ The Blonde Bombshell (1999), Younger Diana Dors
+ Wives and Daughters (1999), Cynthia Kirkpatrick
+ Hotel! (2001), Tricia
+ Murder in Mind (2001), Deborah
+ Othello (2001), Dessie Brabant
+ A Is for Acid (2002), Gillian Rogers
+ Me and Mrs Jones (2002), Jane
+ Tipping the Velvet (2002), Kitty Butler
+ Spooks (2002-04), Zoe Reynolds
+ Lucky Jim (2003), Christine Callaghan
+ The Canterbury Tales (2003), Emily
+ Sex & Lies (2004), Kate
+ The Murdoch Mysteries (2004), Dr. Julia Ogden
+ ShakespeaRe-Told - Macbeth (2005), Ella Macbeth
+ Marple: A Murder Is Announced (2005), Philippa Haymes
+ Under the Greenwood Tree (2005), Fancy Day
+ The Best Man (2006), Kate Sheldrake
+ After Thomas (2006)), Nicola Graham
+ The Vicar of Dibley (2 episodes 2006-2007), Rosie Kennedy
+ Ashes to Ashes (2008-2010) , Alex Drake
+ Mutual Friends (2008), Jen
+ Identity (2009), DSI Martha Lawrence
+ Upstairs Downstairs (2010), Lady Agnes Holland

Film -

+ The Avengers (1998), Tamara
+ The Last September (1999), Lois Farquar
+ Complicity (2000), Yvonne
+ Chaos and Cadavers (2003), Samantha Taggert
+ A C**k and Bull Story (2005), Elizabeth
+ Death at a Funeral (2007), Jane
+ The Bank Job 2008, Wendy Leather
+ Flashbacks of a Fool 2008, Adult Jessie

(on watching her figure) "Life is simply too short to think about everything you put in your mouth, and it's not good for children to see you picking over bits of salad."
made by Fade to Black

"I think that it's pointless staying in a loveless marriage. I wasn't in a loveless marriage but if you're not happy, then that reflects - doesn't it? - on your children. Happy grown-ups make for happy children."

"I'm not self-conscious about my body, but I think I will keep it covered up after having three children. There comes a time when you have to say, 'Hmm, that's it, I think I'll save it for indoors."

01. I_Wish_I_Were_Kerry
02. Twilight of the Innocents
03. xelanoops
04. Lost in Translation
05. Fade to Black
06. antisocial
07. Brucas4life
08. crazy_diamond
09. zazie87
10. Hawthorn

(on what she clings on from childhood) "I think I've still got quite a childish sense of humour, and I'm quite giggly. I've been like that since I was quite little. I'm the worst for corpsing. I should make a mint in outtakes"

"We now think low-slung hipsters are very sexy but actually back then it was all about the waist. It took a while to get my head around the high waists – I was thinking, 'Gosh, this makes my bum look really long!"

Previous Threads:
#1: Because Keeley Hawes plays all Alex's elements so well
#2: We want A2A back, but we're not ready to say goodbye to Alex.
#3: Because the Fight was always in her
#4: Because we can't wait to see her new show 'Identity'
#5: Whether it's 'Upstairs/Downstairs' or 'no stairs', we'll be watching
#6: Overloaded with Cuteness
#8: "Keeley was an absolutely warm, funny, intelligent, and charming woman."
#9. Our No.1 Woman Detective

crazy_diamond 04-16-2012 11:51 AM

Reposting from last thread:

Another interview from Daily Mirror


Why are you involved in helping clean London up in time for the Olympics?

I know I’m not known for my sporting ability or for having anything to do with the Olympics but I am a Londoner as I’ve grown up here and live here, so it’s a nice thing to do for the city. And I’m also obsessed with cleaning! I love washing, hoovering, ironing, you name it. I find it very therapeutic.

You play Lady Agnes in Upstairs Downstairs, but could you have handled working downstairs?

Absolutely. Although I’m sure they had it much tougher than the cleaning I do - and obviously I would much rather be upstairs! But certainly in Upstairs Downstairs and shows like Downtown, which I haven’t seen, there seems to be a lovely sense of them being part of a little community. There’s something quite appealing about that. You have to make it work when you work and live so closely with people.

Do you have a dishwasher or do you dive in the sink?

I like to dive in the sink. Although actually it’s a bit of both because if you’ve had six people round for dinner, that’s when the dishwasher comes in handy! But I do like washing up; it’s quite satisfying. I remember my grandmother pulling up a chair for me to help her do the washing up and my daughter does that now.

Are you ever a secret slob?

I’m not really a slob. My most slobbish habit is probably throwing on tracksuit bottoms for the school run. I don’t go for all that kind of thing. So people probably think I’m a bit of a slob then.

So you don’t get glammed up for the school run then?

No! Oh my God. I can’t imagine that. I can’t understand why you’d do that, especially when you’re a model or actress and you have to do when you get to work anyway. There have been times in my life when I have felt like I can’t go out without my makeup on. But now I just put on some dark glasses so people can’t see if I look rough!

Baths or showers?

Baths. My husband (actor Matthew MacFadyen) likes the shower and I like a bath. I have one most nights. I was reading an article about the designer Tom Ford the other day and he was talking about having four baths a day! Maybe he can have four baths a day but he doesn’t have three kids. I can’t have four baths a day!

Will you have any more children?

I don’t think so. I think having three and working is enough, because I love working. If I had another one I’d feel too bad about spreading myself too thin. They’re all in full-time school now and it all works really well at the moment. Never say never but I think I’ve probably done my bit for the population!

Weekend run or Sunday roast?

Sunday roast definitely. My husband cooks an amazing roast. He’s a great cook so I would always choose a roast over a run. He’d do a run before he cooked it though. He’s done the marathon; he’s very sporty. But I get all the chat about his training so I I feel I do my bit!

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Mint Aeros! Then it’s probably shopping. Handbags. Bad. Very bad. I just bought a really lovely YSL handbag, which is probably my biggest splurge recently. But then I’ll go and buy a skirt from Mango or Zara and you think actually it all balances out in the end.

How would you describe your style?

I become more and more classic as I get older. Now I’m a mother I can’t go round embarrassing them. Things that I might once have worn, I can’t wear now. They’re like, ‘You have to bring that skirt down mum!’ So it’s up at the top and down at the bottom!

Which period costumes have you enjoyed wearing the most?

I’ve loved this last series of Upstairs Downstairs. Our costume designer was amazing. I get more comments on my costumes for Agnes that than anything else. The fittings are great fun and finding shapes to suit you. You need a whole team of people to get dressed though so it’d be exhausting all the time.

How have you changed since becoming a mum?

I suppose I must have changed but I still feel about 17. It’s all about the kids now rather than me. But I had my first child Miles when I was 24 so having kids is all I can remember. It’s not like I always think, those were the good old days. I did have a lot of good old days! I love being a mum so it’s probably changed me for the better. It makes you less selfish and much more emotional!

You support CHASE Children’s Hospice, was that something you wanted to do after becoming a mum yourself?

I got involved after I went to a CHASE charity screening and I just love what they do. I organise days with the teenage girls where they have their makeup done and then their photos taken. It makes such a big difference. You think it’s going to be really upsetting but actually you walk out and you’ve had a really amazing day. I’ve just started supporting UNICEF too and I’m about to go on a trip to Africa with them.

Who would you most like to have round for dinner and why?

I’d quite like to have Will Ferrell round for dinner. I loved him at the Oscars when he went on with the cymbals to Brad and Ange. That made me laugh so much! Someone like him or Ben Stiller - or both of them. They’d be brilliant company. And Matthew would definitely be cooking – he’s a great cook.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Will Ferrell! You can’t answer that question without sounding full of yourself. And the thing is I probably see myself quite differently to how other people see me. Let’s just go mad and say Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can play Matthew and all their kids play our kids as well!


- Keeley’s arms had kept her awake and were still throbbing because the jabs she’d had the day before for her upcoming trip to Africa.

- She’d stopped filming Upstairs Downstairs when we met but says she still texts her co-stars regularly.

- She didn’t want to reveal whether her husband wears Marigolds around the house as she says he’d never forgive her!

- Keeley has joined forces with P&G and the Mayor of London to host the P&G Capital Clean Up, a series of clean up events from March to June to help London get ready for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Get involved at: Home

Devil's Cry 04-16-2012 05:10 PM

Good idea :thumbs_up:

Great title too, so simple ;)

zazie87 04-17-2012 09:22 AM

TFTNT :hug:

Devil's Cry 04-18-2012 06:16 AM

:nod: I think it's our first to get to 10 :lol:

Lost in Translation 04-18-2012 03:55 PM


Originally Posted by Broken Mirrors (Post 62644482)
:nod: I think it's our first to get to 10 :lol:

Probably, but it's not our fault she does these amazing photo shoots and interviews. :D

Devil's Cry 04-18-2012 04:13 PM

Nope, it's definitely a good thing :nod: :)

crazy_diamond 04-20-2012 03:38 AM

It is :D, glad you liked the title :)

More new pics! :yay: :love:

Devil's Cry 04-20-2012 11:07 AM

I saw one on tumblr, Tracey ;) from you :lol:

crazy_diamond 04-20-2012 11:39 AM

:lol: I'm going a bit tumblr posting mad

Devil's Cry 04-20-2012 12:15 PM

well you've been away for a few days :lol:

crazy_diamond 04-21-2012 03:46 AM


Heard from one of the actors on twitter that the BBC have decided to cancel 'Upstairs Downstairs' :cry: :mad: :censored:

Devil's Cry 04-21-2012 05:02 AM

can't say I'm too bothered, I'd watch her in something else :lol:

crazy_diamond 04-21-2012 01:07 PM

I really liked the drama, such a shame that :(

Devil's Cry 04-21-2012 05:53 PM

I wonder if the budget was a factor :look:

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