Macdonald at the 2007 New York Film Festival
23 February 1976 |
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Education||Eastwood High School|
No Country for Old Men
|Home town||Glasgow, Scotland, UK|
|Spouse(s)||Dougie Payne (m. 2003); 2 children|
Kelly Macdonald (born 23 February 1976) is a Scottish actress, known for her role in the independent film Trainspotting and mainstream releases such as Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park, Intermission, No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Brave. On television, she is known for her roles in Boardwalk Empire, The Girl in the Café and State of Play.
Macdonald's career began while she was working as a barmaid in Glasgow. She saw a leaflet advertising an open casting session for Trainspotting and decided to audition, winning the part of Diane, the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor's Renton. Other roles include Mary O'Neary in Two Family House and an actress playing Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. She had major roles in Robert Altman's British period piece Gosford Park, where she played an aristocrat's maid, as well as in Intermission (2003), as Deirdre.
On radio, she portrayed Mary in the 1999 BBC radio drama Lifehouse, based on Pete Townshend's abandoned rock opera, some of the songs for which were released on The Who's album Who's Next. On television, her highest profile roles have been in two BBC dramas, the Paul Abbott serial State of Play (2003) and the one-off Richard Curtis piece The Girl in the Café (2005). Both of these were directed by David Yates, and both also starred Bill Nighy. For her performance in The Girl in the Café, She was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, and won an Emmy.
Macdonald starred in the 2005 film Nanny McPhee, as the scullery maid Evangeline, and has since had supporting roles in A Cock and Bull Story (2006) and the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men (2007). Her agent was originally unsure she was right for the latter part, and Macdonald is reported as having to "fight for the role". Her persistence paid off, however, as she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.
Other films where she had supporting roles include Choke (2008), as Paige Marshall, the film adapted by Clark Gregg from the 2001 Chuck Palahniuk novel; In the Electric Mist (2009) (based on James Lee Burke's In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (1993), as Kelly Drummond, alongside Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman; and Skellig (2009), as Louise. She played the lead in The Merry Gentleman (2008), as Kate Frazier. She plays Margaret Schroeder on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
In 2011, she played the "Grey Lady" (revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise. She replaced Nina Young, the original actress in the role. In 2012, she provided the voice of Merida, the heroine of the Disney/Pixar movie Brave and starred as Dolly in Anna Karenina.
|1996||Stella Does Tricks||Stella|
|1996||Flowers of the Forest||Amy Ogilvie||BBC TV-Movie|
|1997||Dead Eye Dick||Wendy||Short film|
|1998||Cousin Bette||Hortense Hulot|
|1999||Loss of Sexual Innocence, TheThe Loss of Sexual Innocence||Susan|
|1999||My Life So Far||Elspeth Pettigrew|
|1999||Tube Tales||Emma||Segment: Mr Cool|
|2000||Two Family House||Mary O'Neary|
|2001||Gosford Park||Mary Maceachran|
|2003||Brush with Fate||Aletta Pieters||CBS (Television movie)|
|2003||State of Play||Della Smith|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Peter Pan|
|2005||Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TheThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Reporter|
|2005||All the Invisible Children||Jonathan's wife||Segment: Jonathan|
|2005||Alias||Kiera MacLaine/Meghan Keene||Episode: Ice|
|2005||Girl in the Café, TheThe Girl in the Café||Gina||BBC|
|2006||Cock and Bull Story, AA Cock and Bull Story||Jenny|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||Carla Jean Moss|
|2008||Merry Gentleman, TheThe Merry Gentleman||Kate Frazier|
|2009||In the Electric Mist||Kelly Drummond|
|2010–present||Boardwalk Empire||Margaret Schroeder|
|2011||Decoy Bride, TheThe Decoy Bride||Katie Nic Aodh|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Helena Ravenclaw|
|2012||Brave||Princess Merida (voice)||Animation debut|
Awards and nominations
|1997||Trainspotting||BAFTA Scotland Awards||Best Film Actress||Nominated|
|2000||Two Family House||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Nominated|
|2002||Gosford Park||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble||Won|
|2002||Gosford Park||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2002||Gosford Park||Satellite Awards||Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble||Won|
|2002||Gosford Park||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture||Won|
|2002||Gosford Park||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|2002||Gosford Park||Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Won|
|2003||Gosford Park||Empire Awards||Best British Actress||Nominated|
|2006||The Girl in the Café||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Won|
|2006||The Girl in the Café||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated|
|2008||No Country for Old Men||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2008||Choke||Sundance Film Festival||Special Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film||Won|
|2008||No Country for Old Men||BAFTA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2008||No Country for Old Men||London Film Critics Circle Awards||British Supporting Actress of the Year||Won|
|2008||No Country for Old Men||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Won|
|2010||Boardwalk Empire||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2011||Boardwalk Empire||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|2011||Boardwalk Empire||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2012||Brave||Annie Awards||Outstanding Voice Acting Performance in a Feature Production||Nominated|
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- Kelly Macdonald at the Internet Movie Database
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- Kelly Macdonald at the TCM Movie Database
- Kelly Macdonald at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Kelly Macdonald in Skellig on Sky1, Easter 2009