ITV’s hit show The Durrells is returning for its second season and with it Keeley Hawes, who plays matriarch Louisa Durrell.
Keeley is a familiar face having also starred in such talked about shows as Spooks, Line of Duty, The Missing and Ashes to Ashes.
After a few small roles, she got her big break in Dennis Potter’s Karaoke. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Keeley has taken on parts on the big and small screens and even worked as a voiceover artist. As well as being seen in many costume dramas, such as adaptations of Our Mutual Friend and Wives and Daughters, she has most recently been seen in a series of gritty TV serials.
Here are five things you might not know about Keeley Hawes:
- Keeley isn’t her real name
Keeley was born Clare Julia Hawes in London. She is better known by the more memorable Keeley which has stuck with her throughout her acting career.
- She used to live with Emma Bunton
Keeley grew up in Marylebone, London, near the Sylvia Young Theatre School. She later attended the prestigious acting school and it was here that she met someone else who would be destined for stardom – Emma Bunton. In fact, the two became fast friends, even living together for six months. However they lost touch before either of them hit the big time.
During her time at the Sylvia Young Theatre School Keeley took elocution lessons, which led to her developing the cut-glass accent she has used in so many of her roles.
- She’d never be short of a lift
Both her father and her older brother are London cabbies. However, this hasn’t stopped Keeley using the black cab’s nemesis – Uber. She confided to the Radio Times: “Uber is just a part of life. But then I do use London taxis a lot and they’re brilliant.”
- She’s married to Mr Darcy – sort of
In 2004 Keeley married her Spooks co-star, Matthew Macfadyen. The following year he would go on to play Mr Darcy in Joe Wright’s film version of Pride and Prejudice.
Keeley and Matthew have two children. She was previously married to Spencer McCallum, with whom she has an older son.
- She’s been a Doctor Who baddy
Keeley starred as a baddy in an episode from Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Doctor. She plays Ms Delphox, a villainous banker with a secret who holds court over a planet which the universe’s richest residents use as a bank.
News of Hawes’ casting led some to speculate whether she would be the first female Doctor – but it was not to be. Ms Delphox remained a classic – and impeccably played – Doctor Who villain.
The Durrells series two starts on Sunday, April 23 on ITV.