Hayley Mills began her acting career at the age of 12, and within ten years had risen to become one of the world's biggest movie stars. She was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1961, for her performance in the iconic "Pollyanna", before going on to make six movies for Walt Disney, including family classics like "The Parent Trap", "In Search of the Castaways" and "That Darn Cat".
Hayley is the daughter of screen legend John Mills, with whom she acted in numerous films including her 1958 debut "Tiger Bay", The Boulting Brothers' 1968 film "The Family Way", as well as "The Chalk Garden". In 1963 she starred as Kathy in the original and much-loved movie adaptation of "Whistle Down the Wind", which was based on the novel by her writer mother, Mary Hayley Bell.
At the age of 21 she made her stage debut as Peter Pan, which began a career in theatre performing in productions such as "The Wild Duck" (Comedy Theatre), "The Importance of Being Ernest" (Chichester Theatre), "Trelawney of the Wells" (Bristol Old Vic) and "The Three Sisters" (Crucible, Sheffield).
The 1990's saw Hayley return to America as Miss Bliss in the children's television show "Saved by the Bell", as Mrs Anna in a nationwide tour of "The King & I" and in the New York production of the "Vagina Monologues". Hayley also toured with her sister, actress Juliet Mills, performing Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels".
In the 1980's she travelled to Kenya to film the TV series "Flame Trees of Thika", and now 20 years later is happy to be back in Africa filming the ITV family drama "Wild at Heart".