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First look at Hayley Atwell in ‘Howard’s End’

It’s finally here! Thanks to Deadline, we have our first look at Hayley and co-star Matthew MacFadyen in Howard’s End.

Based on the classic E.M. Forster novel, Howards End is the story of two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives. Atwell’s Schlegel is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End. Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Tracey Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Alex Lawther) on the straight and narrow.

May 5th, 2017

Hayley Atwell to star in adaption of ‘Howard’s End’ series From Starz, BBC

This looks amazing! I’m excited to see Hayley back on screen in a historical drama again.

Deadline: Starz has teamed with BBC to co-produce the limited series Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation. Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s Show) have been tapped to star in the project, originally greenlighted by BBC One in December 2015. Hettie Macdonald (White Girl) will direct the four-part series that will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S. Howards End will film in and around London.

Howards End explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business and the working-class Basts. Playground is executive producing in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment.

Atwell will play Margaret Schlegel, Macfadyen will portray Henry Wilcox, and Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund.

February 15th, 2017

‘Conviction’ 1×13 – Past, Prologue & What’s To Come HQ stills

HQ stills from the season finale of ‘Conviction’ entitled Past, Prologue & What’s To Come have been added to the gallery.

“Past, Prologue & What’s to Come” – Hayes revisits the failed case of Gerald Harris from her days as a defense attorney – the very case where she met Wallace nearly a decade earlier. Harris was found guilty of murdering his wife despite Hayes’ belief in his innocence due to Wallace unearthing Gerald’s darkest secret. Meanwhile, a member of the CIU team is forced to revisit their illicit actions in the controversial Rodney Landon case. In the end, Hayes and Wallace’s future, as well as that of the CIU team, hang in the balance, on “Conviction,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

January 15th, 2017

‘Conviction’ 1×12 – Enemy Combatant HQ stills

HQ stills from episode twelve of ‘Conviction’ entitled Enemy Combatant have been added to the gallery.

“Enemy Combatant” – Former President Morrison pays Hayes an unexpected visit and lobbies her (and CIU) to take on the case of Omar Abbas, a Muslim-American citizen held for years without trial in a military facility for allegedly planning a chemical attack on Manhattan. But taking on the federal war on terror is a hot-button issue, and Hayes and the CIU find themselves battling the authorities in their search for the truth. Meanwhile, just as Hayes and Wallace become more comfortable with their relationship, her father raises questions about the couple’s long-term viability on “Conviction,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

December 28th, 2016

‘Conviction’ 1×11 – Black Orchid HQ stills

HQ stills from episode eleven of ‘Conviction’ entitled Black Orchid have been added to the gallery.

“Black Orchid” – While Hayes and Wallace struggle to balance their professional and personal lives, they are summoned to a crime scene that fits the M.O. of the infamous “Black Orchid Killer.” Is the latest murder the work of a copycat? Or is the man now in prison for the earlier crimes actually innocent? As the investigation accelerates, the CIU team, spearheaded by unlikely serial-killer expert Tess, closes in on a suspect who may have committed all the murders – but will it be too late? Join the search for the true killer on “Conviction,” SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

December 24th, 2016

‘Conviction’ 1×10 – Not Okay HQ stills

HQ stills from episode ten of ‘Conviction’ entitled Not Okay have been added to the gallery.

“Not Okay” – After Hayes and Wallace share a passionate night together, Hayes returns to reality and cautiously considers sticking her toe into relationship waters with Wallace. Simultaneously, she also tries to make amends for her bitter loss in the death penalty case of Earl Slavitt. Hayes implores the CIU team to aggressively pursue the case of Sophie Hausen, a young woman serving a life sentence for murdering a popular college basketball player, whom she accused of raping her. Meanwhile, Tess finally attempts to make things right in her friendship with Matty, on “Conviction,” on its new night, SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2017 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

December 23rd, 2016

‘Conviction’ HQ stills & photoshoot update

The gallery has been updated with HQ episodic stills from 1×07, 1×08, 1×09 and with additional promotional photoshoot photos from ‘Conviction’ – enjoy!

November 28th, 2016

(Photos) Hayley Atwell: Swapping a Secret Agent for a Hot Mess

Last month, Hayley spoke with the NY Times which was accompanied by a gorgeous new photoshoot. Photos have been added to the gallery and you can read the entire interview below. Enjoy!

TORONTO — A boot print. A lab report. A missing file.

These were the main components of a chewy hunk of dialogue that Hayley Atwell kept delivering over several takes on the set of the new ABC drama “Conviction.” It wasn’t Shakespeare, but it didn’t need to be: Her dialogue drew the requisite road map of legal procedurals — you know, that scene where people sit around a table and try to solve the case.

“Exposition party!” Ms. Atwell joked with her co-stars between takes.

The London-raised Ms. Atwell — who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company — delivered the lines perfectly each time, in an American accent and while wearing pajamas. She plays Hayes Morrison, a brilliant lawyer, party girl and former first daughter, recruited to investigate possible wrongful convictions and free the unjustly imprisoned. (In the episode at hand, her hot mess of a private life leads Morrison to sleep in the office, hence the pajamas.)

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November 20th, 2016

Hayley Atwell empowers herself and others through letter writing

Hayley visited Studio q last week to discuss Conviction. A small article is posted below, but be sure to visit the official site to view/listen to Hayley’s radio interview!

At the age of 8, Hayley Atwell wrote a number of letters to her future self. On her 21st birthday, she opened one of them and it read: “If there’s any aspect of your life that you’re unhappy with, know that you have the power to change it.”

“It was all quite empowering!” Atwell says now, almost stunned by how wise her younger self was.

That type of acumen has served her well in the years since: the British actress has spent the past decade building up an impressive list of credits in films and TV shows such as Agent Carter, the Captain America movies, Ant-Man and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Now, she is taking some time away from the Marvel universe to tackle a new project, Conviction. Here, Atwell plays a more complicated character named Hayes Morrison, a former First Daughter who is blackmailed into joining a law firm. “This is a great exploration of someone who could be easily misunderstood,” she explains.

As much as those handwritten letters have helped motivate her, Atwell has a knack for writing letters to other people as well. If she’s a fan of someone’s work, she is bound to send that person a letter. (An example she gives is Canadian director Sarah Polley whom she felt compelled to reach out to after watching the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell.)

“If young actors or anyone in the creative field is inspired, truly at their core, by a piece of work that someone has done, it’s a really wonderful thing to reach out,” she argues. “When I meet actors who are genuinely moved by something I’ve done, it’s wonderful — you feel like you’re contributing to the community of the art world.”

Atwell, now 34, admits that her eight-year-old self has one more letter for her for when she turns 40 but she’s unsure if she’ll open it just yet. But one can only assume there’s much more wisdom to be discovered in them.

November 2nd, 2016

‘Conviction’ 1×06 Press Release

“#StayWoke” – The accidental death of a young African American boy, shot by a cop, sparks a racial firestorm and inspires Hayes to re-examine the controversial case of Porscha Williams. Williams, a devoted African-American civil-rights activist and leader, is serving time for killing a white female cop at a race equality rally five years ago. Conflict erupts among the CIU team when personal experiences shape their differing perspectives of the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, Maxine finds herself torn between her racial identity and her chosen profession, as she follows the case to its shocking conclusion, on “Conviction,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

“Conviction” stars Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, Eddie Cahill as Conner Wallace, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Spencer, Merrin Dungey as Maxine Bohen, Emily Kinney as Tess Larson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Cruz and Daniel Franzese as Jackson Morrison.

Guest starring are Alex Mallari Jr. as Matty Tan, Nigel Gibbs as John Bohen, Susan Heyward as Porscha Williams, Ilfenesh Hadera as Naomi Golden, and Nicholas J. Coleman as Officer Daniel Blake.

“#StayWoke” was written by Lynne E. Litt & Jewel McPherson and directed by Christine Moore.

Source: ABC

November 2nd, 2016

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