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Hayley Atwell blows out the candles on her 40th birthday cake while Gaia Wise holds back her back 

Hayley Atwell blows out the candles on her 40th birthday cake while Gaia Wise holds back her back  2

‘Just a whisper of singe!’: Hayley Atwell blows out the candles on her 40th birthday cake while Gaia Wise holds back her hair

She celebrated her 40th birthday last week. 

And Hayley Atwell ensured blowing the candles out on her Lily Vanilli cake was not a task of Mission: Impossible-level danger as she enlisted Gaia Wise – the daughter of Dame Emma Thompson and Strictly star Greg Wise – to hold back her hair. 

A candid photograph shared to the birthday girl’s Instagram showed Gaia, 22, ensuring her braid would not catch fire as she blew out the candles. 

'Just a whisper of singe!': Hayley Atwell blew out the candles on her 40th birthday cake while Gaia Wise held back her hair (pictured last week)

‘Just a whisper of singe!’: Hayley Atwell blew out the candles on her 40th birthday cake while Gaia Wise held back her hair (pictured last week)

The actress wrote in her caption: ‘Cake by @lily_vanilli_cake with a special shout out to @gaiawise_ for making sure we didn’t all go up in flames… just a whisper of singe instead. Thanks Gai bean x’. 

Hayley became a family friend after she starred in Brideshead Revisited with Dame Emma, 62, who defended her when a producer allegedly ordered her to go on a diet during filming. 

In 2008, the film star spoke to The Cut about Emma rushing to her defence during the upsetting period.   

Yummy: The actress ensured blowing the candles out on her Lily Vanilli cake was not a task of Mission: Impossible-level danger

Yummy: The actress ensured blowing the candles out on her Lily Vanilli cake was not a task of Mission: Impossible-level danger 

Happy Birthday Hayley! A candid photograph shared to the birthday girl's Instagram showed Gaia, 22, ensuring her braid would not catch fire as she blew out the candles

Happy Birthday Hayley! A candid photograph shared to the birthday girl’s Instagram showed Gaia, 22, ensuring her braid would not catch fire as she blew out the candles

‘I went round to Emma’s one night, and she was getting very angry that I wasn’t eating all the food she was giving me. I told her why and she hit the roof,’ she recalled. 

In 2017, Academy-Award winner Emma told Swedish talk show Skavlan about her co-star’s alleged forced weight loss and the ensuing confrontation with producers. 

‘She was absolutely exquisite. I said to them, “If you speak to her about this again, on any level, I will leave this picture,”‘ she said.  

The 2008 drama film tells a poignant story of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in England before World War II.    

Co-stars: Hayley became a family friend of Gaia's after she starred in Brideshead Revisited with her mother Dame Emma Thompson, 62, (in purple) who defended her when a producer allegedly ordered her to go on a diet during filming (Hayley pictured centre)

Co-stars: Hayley became a family friend of Gaia’s after she starred in Brideshead Revisited with her mother Dame Emma Thompson, 62, (in purple) who defended her when a producer allegedly ordered her to go on a diet during filming (Hayley pictured centre)

Hayley will be starring in the eagerly-awaited Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, slated for release in 2023 and 2024 respectively.   

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release on July 7, 2023, following a turbulent production which has demanded an unprecedented $290million outlay.

One notable factor in the film’s enormous budget has been the global pandemic, which swept across mainland Europe shortly after principal photography got underway in Venice in February 2020. 

Action-packed: Hayley will be starring in the eagerly-awaited Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, slated for release in 2023 and 2024 respectively (pictured with Tom Cruise on the set of the former, November 2020)

Action-packed: Hayley will be starring in the eagerly-awaited Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, slated for release in 2023 and 2024 respectively (pictured with Tom Cruise on the set of the former, November 2020)

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