Hayley Atwell is a British actress who rose to fame for her portrayal of Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Captain America" and "Agent Carter" TV series.

She was born on April 5, 1982, in London, England, and grew up in a creative family. Her mother was a motivational speaker, while her father worked as a photographer and shaman.

Atwell studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005.

She made her stage debut in 2005 in a production of William Shakespeare's "A View from the Bridge" and has since starred in a number of successful plays, including "The Pride" and "Dry Powder."

Atwell's breakthrough role was as Bess Foster in the period drama "The Duchess," which earned her critical acclaim and a nomination for the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In addition to her acting work, Atwell is an advocate for various social and political causes, including the Me Too movement and women's rights.

She has also worked extensively in television, including appearances in "Black Mirror," "Howards End," and "Christopher Robin."

Atwell's recent projects include the Netflix crime drama "Conviction," the period drama "The Long Song," and the upcoming TV adaptation of "The Time Traveler's Wife.