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Hayley Elizabeth Atwell is a British-American actress best known for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series, including Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier with cameos in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of SHIELD and Ant-Man. She is also known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge and in films such as Cassandra’s Dream(2007), The Duchess (2008), The Pillars of the Earth(2010), and Cinderella (2015).
Atwell’s first feature film role was in Woody Allen’s film Cassandra’s Dream (2007), in which she took the part of a stage actress. 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 Film Critics’ Circle Awards. She also appeared in 2014’s Testament of Youth. Atwell played Agent Peggy Carter in the 2011 superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger. She reprised the role in the 2013 short film Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the television shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter, and in the 2015 films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.