The Durrells in Corfu's Keeley Hawes

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of October 17, 2016

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Hawes as Zoe in MI-5

There's a new show in town: The Durrells in Corfu, the six-part Masterpiece presentation which airs Sundays at 8pm on MPT.

Starring as mom-of-four Louisa Durrell is Keeley Hawes, who you might recall played Zoe in the fast paced spy series MI-5. Hawes has been in several other shows we’ve aired on MPT, including Upstairs Downstairs where she played Lady Agnes, The Vicar of Dibley, and The Hollow Crown.

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The Durrells in Corfu


Although she plays a widow in The Durrells in Corfu, in real life Hawes has been married for over a decade to the actor Matthew Macfadyen, who was her co-star in MI-5, where he played Tom Quinn. He’s probably best known though for the role of Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice.

The couple, who have two children - a boy and a girl - met on the set of MI-5. Hawes also has a sixteen year old son from her first marriage. When she was offered the part of Louisa, Hawes jumped at the chance, as the book it is based off of - My Family and Other Animals, by conservationist Gerald Durrell - was one of her “favorite books of all time”. In fact, the actress had reportedly been reading the book to her two children shortly before the idea for the series came about.

Hawes, who grew up in government-run housing in the Marylebone area of London, was the youngest of four. He father drove a London taxi as did two of her brothers (apparently one still does). Despite their lack of money, Hawes managed to persuade her parents to let her attend the local children’s performing arts school across the street from where they lived and from the age of nine she began getting work in commercials and children’s television series.

Hawes left the school when she was 16 and became a model before getting her big break working alongside Albert Finney and Julie Christie in Dennis Potter’s final television drama, Karaoke. From then on she’s "never looked back" and has been pretty much a permanent fixture on British television screens. It looks like that’s not going to change any time soon, as The Durrells in Corfu, which aired in the U.K. earlier this year, was so popular that a second series has already been commissioned.

I’m sure The Durrells in Corfu is going to be every bit as popular this side of the pond. Let me know what you think by dropping me a line:

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