Actor Hayley Atwell on sexism, classism and why she can’t wait cut loose from corsets




Actor Hayley Atwell on sexism, classism and why she can’t wait cut loose from corsets .

 

Hayley Atwell has decided she needs to come out from under her wimple. ‘I’m going to dye my hair pink next month,’ she declares, when we meet for coffee at a hotel restaurant near London’s Covent Garden. A firm nod. ‘I’ve spent too long feeling quite nun-like. I want December to be the opposite.

 

It is late on a Saturday morning and the place is heaving with lazy weekend breakfasters, fussing staff and guests killing time before checkout, but when Atwell arrives looking immaculate in a black turtleneck and tailored tartan trousers under a pastel-blue mackintosh, smile wide, skin luminous, heels my untrained eye identifies as covered in jewels, only a small handful of people break from buttering…




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