Atwell shocked with aged alter-ego

Hayley Atwell has admitted she screamed when she saw her older self in the mirror.

Hayley Atwell had to age on screen for the Captain America sequel
Hayley Atwell had to age on screen for the Captain America sequel

The 31-year-old actress spent hours in the make-up room for the ageing process as she reprised her role as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and was taken aback by the final results.

"It was surreal. I fell asleep in the make-up chair and woke up and screamed, because I had the full make-up on without the wig," she said.

Hayley enjoyed shocking people with her new look.

"I had to have a restroom break so I drove around the Marvel studios as this bald, 92-year-old with this British accent," she recalled.

"People had no idea who I was or what I was doing there, and (I thought) I was about to be escorted off by security at any given moment. So it was surreal, but a lot of fun. It was great fun seeing the artistry that goes behind it, and the technique and the skill."

Hayley - who starred alongside Mathew Horne in a new adaptation of the play The Pride in London - was more than happy to return to her character, which she first played in the 2011 superhero film.

"It was great - more than anything, to be part of the Marvel family once again because I really love these guys. They're really genuinely nice to work for. Chris (Evans) is my buddy so to be able to come back was really lovely," she continued.

"It's a really great gig and it wasn't that much of my year - I went in, came out and went back to the London stage."

Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson also star in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opens in cinemas on March 28.

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