Haley Atwell

29 year old Hayley Elizabeth Atwell from England is known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra's Dream, The Duchess and this month's Captain America: The First Avenger.

Background

Atwell made her debut in a 2005 Pringles television advertisement and served on the jury for the 2007 British Independent Film Awards.

Her first feature film role was in Woody Allen's 2007 film Cassandra's Dream, in which she took the part of a stage actress opposite Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. In 2008, she appeared in the film The Duchess as Bess Foster and the film Brideshead Revisited as Lady Julia Flyte, earning praise and nominations from the British Independent Film Awards and the London Critics Circle Film Awards.

In January 2009, Atwell made her West End début in Lindsay Posner's revival of A View from the Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatre which earned her a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. Atwell appeared as "415" in AMC Television's November 2009 miniseries, The Prisoner, a remake of the 1967–68 series by the same name.

Babe Factor

Well just a day after the release of Captain America in the U.S. buzz on the brunette was growing on Yahoo!. In fact Yahoo! reported that the actress was being sought in searches. Lookups on "Hayley Atwell Captain America" were up, along with "Hayley Atwell" and "Hayley Atwell photo."

MTV Networks' NextMovie.com also named her one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011

She doesn't just look good, She's tough as well

The actress trained for two and a half months before the shoot and throughout the five months of filming to physically look the part. She told the Hollywood Reporter, "It was very important, in playing Peggy, that you could tell she had strength and that she could hold a machine gun."

And if you don't believe her you can check out the featurette below: Shield Intro

Photos and Featurettes courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

Captain America: The First Avenger opens in cinemas 28 July

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