Maggie Hope is an agent with MI-5.
Her road to becoming an agent is an interesting one while takes up most of the first recorded adventure. Prior to that she had been a "faculty brat" at the prestigious Wellesley College where her Aunt Edith was a professor. British by birth, she was raised in America by the aunt when her parents were killed in a car accident when she was five. Edith had been at odds with her own mother due to her sexual orientation and had chosen to emigrate to the States. When a few years later the accident left Hope an orphan, it was either an elderly grandmother or Edith to take up raising her.
It was two decades later that her paternal grandmother passed away and left to her only grandchild her very nice house on London. Hope had just graduated from Wellesly and was about to begin graduate work at M.I.T. in the Mathematics that she loved so much and was so good at. Rather than starting classes, though, Hope was cajoled by strong-willed Edith into deferring her studies for a year while she headed to the U.K. to sell the house. That was 1937.
Just over a year passed with the house becoming "her albatross" but one she grew quite fond of. Expenses being a bit much, she opened the large abode to a few select boarders including her close friend from Wellesley. She was not particularly searching for new employment when a friend recommended a secretarial position at 10 Downing Street and though the odds seemed against her getting it, she got the job. Without that, the many adventures she would face in the years ahead would never have taken place.
Hope is 23 at the start of the series. She is very attractive though she tends to downplay her looks relying more on her brain than her beauty. She is red-haired and pale skinned but energetic and not the least reluctant to jumping into any job that needs doing. She is open and friendly and gets on well with strangers which will be a great asset as her work will push her into some very interesting locales. The self-reliance that was pushed into her by Aunt Edith comes in handy when she comes up against the rich and powerful who are used to having their way and expecting lesser people to make way. Hope is not confrontational but she is decidedly not a push-over.