Hayley Atwell possessed an air of natural elegance and grace that made her a favorite to portray strong-willed yet emotionally vulnerable women. After only a short time in the limelight in her native...
British actor Stephen Merchant and his actress girlfriend Hayley Atwell were involved in a car accident in Los Angeles last week (ends22Feb15). Ricky Gervais' comedy partner and the Captain America star were driving through Melrose Avenue at the time of the shunt with another vehicle, but no one was seriously injured.
As the couple waited for police and a tow-truck to arrive on Friday (20Feb15), Merchant bought coffee and cakes for everyone caught up in the drama.
If you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and/or badass women, then Peggy Carter is a breath of fresh air.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, she might have been Steve Rodgers' (Captain America) love interest, but she was never overly sexualized and she proved she could hold her own with all the boys. Which is something huge, considering this took place in the 1940's. Agent Carter picks up where the first Captain America left off, with Peggy working for the "phone company" A.K.A. the SSR. She's not exactly taken seriously by all of her male co-workers, but if you've watched the show, you know she's proven that women do it better.
1. The men she encounters mistakenly underestimate her:
2. But she can easily overpower them:
3. She can beat anyone up, with only a stapler as her weapon:
4. While all her male co-workers went for an unnecessary chase, she just needed a briefcase to finish the job:
5. She can kick a man's ass, while on top of a moving vehicle, in heels and a skirt:
6. She's the first woman to ever make Captain America quiver in fear:
7. Bombs don't scare Peggy Carter:
8. She plays innocent well and attacks before she's even made:
9. Most men wouldn't be willing to try and prove a wanted criminal's innocence, but Peggy will:
10. She can tell a person off with the more class than any man could:
11. She can lay a man out in one punch:
12. An entire diner full of men are no match for her:
13. She even has no fear when hiding from the feds:
14. She's quick to figure out what's going on and how to solve it:
And she does it all while looking fabulous:
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Hayley Atwell suffered a major wardrobe disaster at the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday night (08Feb15) when her designer gown split on the red carpet. The Captain America star turned out in a stylish navy blue dress for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London.
However, Atwell's figure-hugging gown came undone as she posed for photographers at the event, and pictures show the dress splitting at the seams down one side of her body.
The fraying material was part of a sheer sidepanel, which appeared close to coming apart and exposing her breasts.
Jimi Hendrix's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham has lashed out at director John Ridley and the filmmakers behind 2014 biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side for the inaccuracies about her romance with the guitar great in the movie. Etchingham has offered to produce medical records to prove violent scenes in the film never took place, calling the errors in the movie "shocking".
She tells DJ Rich Davenport that brutal scenes featuring Hayley Atwell, who portrays her, and Andre Benjamin as Hendrix in the film are pure fantasy.
Etchingham states, "The whole story is a fabrication. Even the things that did happen have not been produced accurately.
"John Ridley didn't consult me, so I don't know where he got it from. Apparently Jimi beat my head in with a telephone receiver and then beat me up in the street. They've got me taking an overdose of tablets and being in hospital. None of these things happened.
"I was completely shocked. If somebody beat you up like that, the police would be involved. If you took an overdose a psychiatrist would be involved. With the National Health Service your medical records stay with you for life. I'd be quite happy to produce them - there'd be nothing in there."
Etchingham admits she offered Ridley help as a consultant when she heard Outkast rapper Benjamin had been cast as Hendrix, adding, "I wrote a nice email saying, 'If you need any help don't hesitate to ask'. He didn't even have the common courtesy to say thanks but no thanks. He didn't respond. He went out of his way not to talk to me.
"He still maintains he spoke to Jimi's friends. I know them all - and none of them have heard of John Ridley."
Brunette British beauties Jessie J and Hayley Atwell have developed identical party tricks - both can have conversations without opening their mouths. Atwell showed off her ventriloquism skills during a recent appearance on America's Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, when she pretended to be trapped inside her own body, and singer Jessie J also impressed with her odd skill on Britain's The Graham Norton Show over the weekend (17Jan15).
The hitmaker sang a portion of her Bang Bang song for the audience without moving her lips.
The stars also proved they have no ego issues while performing their party tricks - they both puffed out their cheeks and went red in the face for their skits.
"I had to go and get my passport renewed... and we didn't have any time, so I went in my lunch break as Peggy Carter... I don't know if it's legal that my passport picture is actually me as Peggy Carter." Actress Hayley Atwell admits she was in character as Marvel character Agent Carter when she posed for her updated passport photo last year (14).
Captain America star Hayley Atwell had an awkward end to her teens when her dad insisted on taking her to a Native American sweat lodge. The British actress' Kansas-native father was obsessed with the history of Indian tribes while she was growing up, and when he got the opportunity to join elders at an authentic sweat lodge gathering, he invited his 17-year-old daughter to join him.
Atwell was up for the steamy spirit-chasing adventure at first, until she realised she would be sitting in a tent in her underwear surrounded by a group of naked, sweaty men.
She recalled the experience during a chat with U.S. TV host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday (06Jan15), explaining, "It's like a sauna and it's really, really hot. There's 30 or 40 grown human beings... and everyone's naked, apart from me - I was 17.
"When we started the chants, the leader just said, 'If you wanna pee, just pee', so I spent the whole time just going, 'Please don't pee on me, please don't pee on me' - that was my chant.
"It was so hot and sweaty in there, they could have. I had no idea... Poor me."
"I played rugby at school, so I'm not afraid of a bit of aggression." Actress Hayley Atwell insists she was the perfect choice to play tough girl Agent Peggy Carter in Marvel's new U.S. TV drama Agent Carter.
"I've done that to so many stuntmen; at the first day of rehearsals, they all got it in the b**ls, the poor guys... I just think I'm really clumsy. I've had to apologise to a lot of members of the crew. I whacked a guy on the back with a lead pipe, I've thrown a chair at the assistant director..." Brit Hayley Atwell is not making friends on the set of her new all-action U.S. TV drama Agent Carter, in which she reprises her role as Peggy Carter from the first Captain America movie.
New Year’s resolution: Watch more TV. And with a slew of hotly anticipated new shows as well as a crop of returning favorites, that shouldn’t be too hard to fulfill. Start marking your calendars and picking that perfect spot on the couch in preparation for the fabulous TV that awaits you in 2015.
1. Better Call Saul
For those of you who have been in major withdrawals since Breaking Bad ended, rejoice! The prequel spin-off series starring fan favorite Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) premieres on AMC in February. Maybe there’ll be a cameo or two by Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston? Pretty please?
2. House of Cards
In the third season of this Netflix series (premiering in February), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots to take over the world! Ok, we don’t know that for sure, but it seems a likely possiblity for the power hungry politician. Either way, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
3. Game of Thrones
Season five is going to be Arya Stark’s time to shine, we just know it. The HBO fantasy series returns later this year (likely around April) and is sure to be filled with more weddings and deaths or combinations of the two.
4. Orphan Black
This cult favorite returns to BBCA in April and we can’t wait to see the clone club multiply! If Tatiana Maslany is not nominated for an Emmy this year, we give up on life.
The first half of the season ended way too soon and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more episodes ever since. The Scottish time-travel drama starts airing its second half on Starz on April 4. Don’t act like you haven’t been crossing off the calendar days until Jamie and Claire return.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
A new show from Tina Fey...starring The Office’s Ellie Kemper...coming straight to Netflix. Count us in and let the binge watching commence! It’s set to premiere in spring, so our excitement will be building until then.
It’s a Netflix thriller-drama starring Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler. Say no more. The mysterious show about a family with secrets hits Netflix in March.
8. Pretty Little Liars
We still don’t know who ‘A’ is, and we’re still dying to find out. Here’s hoping season 5’s January 6 winter premiere gives us some answers.
9. Downton Abbey
This season of the British period drama promises to be its most progressive season yet. They are deep into the roaring 20’s after all. The times can change, just as long as Lady Grantham's sass stays the same. Season 5 premieres on PBS January 4.
10. Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell is set to reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America movies in this new ABC series. It debuts on January 6 and if you’re a Marvel fan, you’re probably geeking out.
We’re intrigued by this Fox drama about a prominent hip-hop family. It was produced by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (who previously collaborated together on The Butler), and stars former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
12. Mad Men
It’s Mad Men’s final season and we’re all waiting to see how things end for Don Draper. We secretly hope Peggy and Joan start their own business together.
13. Parks & Recreation
Not going to lie, when the final season of Parks & Recreation ends this year, we’ll be weeping openly. We’ll miss Leslie Knope & Co. so much, but we’re going to savor the show’s last hurrah - which premieres on NBC January 13.
Daredevil has been in need of a reboot since the Ben Affleck played the superhero in the 2003 flop of the same name. Now Charlie Cox takes on the role in a new Netflix series set to premiere in May. Fingers crossed for better results.
Since the last season of Girls ended, we read Lena Dunham’s book to tide us over. The HBO comedy/drama returns for a fourth season on January 11 and we’re ready to see what shenanigans Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna get up to this season. Will they finally start to grow up? Not likely.
What shows are YOU looking forward to? Let us know!
Made her West End debut in Lindsay Posner's revival of "A View from the Bridge" at the Duke of York's Theatre
Appeared in the film "The Duchess" as Bess Foster
Appeared in the AMC miniseries "The Prisoner," a remake of the 1967–68 series
Starred in "The Pillars of the Earth," an eight part miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name (debuted in the U.S. on Starz)
Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Fricker and Imelda Staunton in the Irish film "How About You"
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Pillars of the Earth")
Earned praise for her role in "Brideshead Revisited" as Lady Julia Flyte
Played the role of Catherine Fedden in the BBC miniseries "The Line of Beauty"
First feature film role was in Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream," opposite Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell
Appeared in the made-for-TV movie "Fear of Fanny" for BBC 4
Cast as Mary Crawford in the TV adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel "Mansfield Park"
Hayley Atwell possessed an air of natural elegance and grace that made her a favorite to portray strong-willed yet emotionally vulnerable women. After only a short time in the limelight in her native England, Atwell landed a starring role in Woody Allen's morality tale "Cassandra's Dream" (2007) as Ewan McGregor's calculating actress girlfriend. Propelled by such a high-profile role, Atwell's career gained even more momentum with starring roles in the historical films "Brideshead Revisited" (2008) and "The Duchess" (2008). But it was her breakout role as an arrogant aristocrat toppled by wartime power struggles in the epic miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth" (Starz Entertainment, 2010) that made Hollywood sit up and take notice of Atwell's talents, all of which paved the way for bigger and more exciting parts to follow. These included her entry into Marvel's Avengers universe as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Peggy Carter in "Captain America: The First Avenger" and its sequels.