Hayes MorrisonPlayed by Hayley Atwell
A social agitator as cynical as she is smart. She is best known for her wild teenage years in the White House and proclivity to wind up on TMZ. But a cocaine bust is one misstep with consequences this former First Daughter can't dodge. Luckily Hayes' powerful mother, Harper, along with her occasional fling and former boss, Wallace, offer an ultimatum – jail time, or run New York City's new Conviction Integrity Unit. Never one to be controlled, Hayes decides to use the opportunity and her brilliant legal mind to challenge the status quo. Alongside her eclectic and intelligent CIU team, Hayes will do whatever it takes to discover the truth, fighting for those overlooked by a flawed and fractured system.
Hayley Atwell's impressive body of work has established her as one of the finest actresses of her generation. Atwell starred in "Marvel's Agent Carter" for ABC. The series chronicled feisty Peggy Carter's blossoming career as a secret agent, picking up one year after the events of the feature film "Captain America: The First Avenger." Most recently, Atwell was seen in Disney's "Cinderella," directed by Kenneth Branagh, in which she starred alongside Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett and Lily James. The film, which was released in March 2015, was a live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale. Earlier in the year Hayley reprised her role as Peggy Carter in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," starring alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey, Jr. Atwell starred in the lead female role in the John Ridley-directed Jimi Hendrix biopic, "Jimi: All Is By My Side," alongside Imogen Poots and Andre 3000. Atwell's work in film is extensive. In 2008s "The Duchess," her character, Bess Foster, was the object of Ralph Fiennes' Duke of Devonshire's affections, directed by Saul Dibb and also starred Keira Knightley. The same year, she also starred in "Brideshead Revisited," alongside Emma Thompson, Matthew Goode and Ben Whishaw. She also collaborated with Whishaw in "Love/Hate," a short film that was awarded runner up in the 2009 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. In 2011, Atwell became a box-office sensation for her role as Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel superhero film "Captain America: The First Avenger" and reprised the much-loved role for the 2014 sequel, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," starring alongside a stellar cast, including Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. Her other film credits include the noir thriller feature "I, Anna" with Charlotte Rampling, Eddie Marsan and Gabriel Byrne, and Nick Love's film adaptation of the popular 70s TV series "The Sweeney," in which Hayley played the female lead alongside Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis. On television, she won critical acclaim for her performance in the BBC's "The Line of Beauty," an adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel. She appeared in the ITV remake of the 1960s cult classic "The Prisoner," where she played Lucy alongside Ian McKellen and Ruth Wilson. Atwell received a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress for her performance in the Channel 4 drama "Pillars of the Earth," based on Ken Follett's novel. She also starred on Channel 4 in "Any Human Heart," a highly acclaimed adaptation of William Boyd's bestselling novel. Her other television credits include Mary in "Mansfield Park," "Ruby in the Smoke" and "Fear of Fanny." In 2012, she starred in William Boyd's TV adaptation of "Restless" for the BBC, alongside Rufus Sewell. She starred in Sky Arts' "Play House presents: The Man" as The Banker, opposite Stellan Skarsgård, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Fry. Atwell appeared in the series "Life of Crime" commissioned by ITV and produced by Ecosse Films, playing a risk-taking and impulsive rookie policewoman, Denise Woods, who becomes obsessed with tracking down the killer of a 15-year-old girl. Atwell is an accomplished stage actress. In September 2011, she completed a run of "The Faith Machine" at the Royal Court Theatre. For the National Theatre, she played Barbara Undershaft in "Major Barbara" and in "Man of Mode," directed by Nicholas Hynter and written by George Etherege. Her outstanding performance in the role of Catherine in "A View from the Bridge," alongside Ken Stott and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, earned her rave reviews and a best supporting actress nomination at the 2009 Olivier Awards. Atwell starred in Alexi Kaye Campbell's Olivier Award-winning play "The Pride," directed by Jamie Lloyd, alongside Matthew Horne, Harry Hadden-Paton and Al Weaver. The story time-hops between 1958 and the present and examines society's shifting attitudes to homosexuality. She played the twin roles of Sylvia: one, a former actress in the 1950s whose husband conceals his homosexuality; the other, the friend of a promiscuous gay man alive today.