British actress, born in London in 1976.

One of her earliest roles was playing a young Diana Dors (a British actress, comparable in some regards to Marilyn Monroe) in a 1999 MadeForTVMovie called ''Blonde Bombshell''.

Hawes' big break, though, was her role as Zoe Reynolds in ''{{Spooks}}''. During this time, she fell in love with Matthew Macfayden, her co-star, split from her husband of eight weeks (she'd already had a kid with him) and married Macfayden.

!!Roles and works she has starred in include:
* Rachel Verinder in ''Literature/TheMoonstone'' (1996)
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''
* ''Literature/TippingTheVelvet'' (2002)
* ''{{Series/Spooks}}''
* ''Film/DeathAtAFuneral'' (2007)
* ''Film/TheBankJob'' (2008)
* DI Alex Drake in ''Series/AshesToAshes'' (2008-10)
* The voice of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] in the Crystal Dynamics games.
* DSI[[note]]Detective Superintendent[[/note]] Martha Lawson in ''Series/{{Identity}}'' (2010)
* Lady Agnes Holland in ''UpstairsDownstairs'' (2010)

Currently the face of Boots No7 cosmetics.