Hayley is an upcoming comedian specialising in character comedy and a leading drama and film actress. Hayley is also a Director and has recently graduated with a Masters at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Hayley Angel Holt (previously Wardle) is an actress (character/improvisation), comedian, writer and director. Born in London, brought up in Southwark, and attended the Grey Coat Hospital in Sloane Square. Hayley has a diverse heritage of French-Lebanese, Welsh and London Irish which influences Hayley's work and fuels her passion for bringing marginalised stories centre stage in order to reframe social constructs.
In 2015 Hayley returned to education after being offered a place at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to study for an MA in Applied Theatre. Hayley graduated in 2016 having written her paper, entitled “Wouldn't that be a Riot”, exploring how comedy can be used as an effective communication tool to challenge mainstream society and their existing perspectives of the socially excluded. Hayley broke a record for the highest mark for pedagogy, gaining 90%.
There is evidence of exceptional ability in tackling and solving problems and addressing complex situations in professionally-related environments. The work is characterised by its sustained excellence and is of equivalent achievement to striking professional practice at the forefront of its field.
— Dr N. Abraham, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Hayley is currently writing, producing and performing her own one-woman comedy show DONUTS & PEARLS with the Soho Theatre. Hayley has previously performed her character Jody Powers in SMILE, SHINE & SPARKLE at the Soho Theatre as well as for the Soho Theatre CHRISTMAS GALA. Other comedy includes Welsh party girl Angharad in THREE LITTLE BIRDS at New Diorama Theatre and Sophie in awarding-winning comedy musical DEPARTURE LOUNGE for the Edinburgh Festival, George Square (nominated for 4 MTM Awards winning the Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe award for Best Music).
As an actress, Hayley has starred in the cult rockabilly horror film FLICK as Young Sally Andrews alongside Oscar winner Faye Dunaway, as well as Martina Cole’s critically acclaimed four-part Sky1 drama THE TAKE as Kitty Mason opposite Tom Hardy, directed by David Drury (Nominated for RTS Award and IFTA Award). Other credits include BBC’s comedy THE ROBINSONS starring Martin Freeman, THE STRETCH for Sky1, FUR TV for Comedy Central produced by Warp Films (This is England), and lead actress in Channel 4’s TOTALLY FRANK (Endemol). TOTALLY FRANK ran for 2 seasons and was aired globally. Hayley played the drums for the role and toured nationwide with the fictional band including Wembley Arena, supporting Girls Allowed. Hayley later went on to sign a 5 album recording contract with Polydor/Interscope.
Hayley is also a Director and is currently an Associate Director for EDUCATED at Battersea Arts Centre. Previous work includes Associate Director for BOUDICCA at Jacksons Lane, and various projects for Almeida Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Tricycle Theatre as well as Movement Director for Access All Areas Theatre Company. Hayley’s career as a Director began after gaining a PGCert whilst training for a year at the Almeida Theatre, working on over 15 projects.