Keeley Hawes was born on February 10, 1976 in London, England as Claire Hawes.
She began her career as a model before appearing in a number of literary adaptations, including Our Mutual Friend (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), Tipping the Velvet (2002), and The Canterbury Tales (2003). She portrayed Zoe Reynolds in the BBC espionage drama series Spooks from 2002 to 2004, followed by her co-lead performance as Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes (2008-10), for which she won a Glamour Award.
She played leading roles in the 2010 revival of Upstairs, Downstairs, the limited series The Casual Vacancy (2015), The Missing (2016), and the ITV comedy-drama The Durrells (2016-present). She was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her performance in Jed Mercurio’s police procedural Line of Duty as DI Lindsey Denton. She teamed with Mercurio for the 2018 thriller Bodyguard in which she played Home Secretary Julia Montague. Hawes has also appeared in films, including Death at a Funeral (2007) and High-Rise (2015), and she provided the voice of Lara Croft in a series of Tomb Raider video games.
She has been married to Matthew Macfadyen since October 8, 2004. They have two children. She was previously married to Spencer McCallum.