Kelly Macdonald

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Kelly Macdonald
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Macdonald at the 2007 New York Film Festival
Born (1976-02-23) 23 February 1976 (age 38)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Education Eastwood High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Known for Trainspotting
Nanny McPhee
No Country for Old Men
Brave
Boardwalk Empire
Home town Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Spouse(s) Dougie Payne (m. 2003); 2 sons
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 Gosford Park
2007 No Country for Old Men
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2010 Boardwalk Empire
2011 Boardwalk Empire

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.[1]

Career[edit]

Macdonald's career began while she was working as a barmaid in Glasgow.[2] She saw a leaflet advertising an open casting session for Trainspotting and decided to audition, winning the part of Diane,[3] the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor's Renton. Other roles include Mary O'Neary in Two Family House[4] and an actress playing Peter Pan in Finding Neverland.[5] She had major roles in Robert Altman's British period piece Gosford Park,[6] where she played an aristocrat's maid, as well as in Intermission (2003), as Deirdre.[7]

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.[8] On television, her highest profile roles have been in two BBC dramas, the Paul Abbott serial State of Play (2003)[9] and the one-off Richard Curtis piece The Girl in the Café (2005).[10] 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,[11] and won the Primetime Emmy Award.[12]

Macdonald starred in the 2005 film Nanny McPhee,[13] as the scullery maid Evangeline, and has since had supporting roles in A Cock and Bull Story (2006)[14] and the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men (2007).[15] Her agent was originally unsure she was right for the latter part, and Macdonald is reported as having to "fight for the role".[16] Her persistence paid off, however, as she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.[17]

Other films where she had supporting roles include Choke (2008), as Paige Marshall,[18] 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.[19] She played the lead in The Merry Gentleman (2008), as Kate Frazier.[20] She plays Margaret Schroeder on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

In 2010, she played her first comedy role, in the British independent romantic comedy film The Decoy Bride.[21] The Decoy Bride was released in 2012.

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.[22]

Since 2010, she has starred in the HBO crime drama Boardwalk Empire, as Margaret Thompson, wife of Prohibition-era Atlantic City crime boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). In 2011, she and the rest of the show's cast was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Personal life[edit]

Macdonald was born in Glasgow. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive. In August 2003, Macdonald married musician Dougie Payne, bassist of rock band Travis. The couple have two children.

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Trainspotting Diane Coulston
1996 Stella Does Tricks Stella
1996 Flowers of the Forest Amy Ogilvie BBC television film
1997 Dead Eye Dick Wendy Short film
1998 Cousin Bette Hortense Hulot
1998 Elizabeth Lettice Knollys
1999 Splendor Mike
1999 Entropy Pia
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
2000 House! Linda
2000 Some Voices Laura
2001 Strictly Sinatra Irene
2001 Gosford Park Mary Maceachran
2003 Intermission Deirdre
2003 Brush with Fate Aletta Pieters CBS television film
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 Nanny McPhee Evangeline
2005 Lassie Jeanie
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
2008 Choke Paige Marshall
2009 In the Electric Mist Kelly Drummond
2009 Skellig Louise
2010–present Boardwalk Empire Margaret Thompson
2011 Decoy Bride, TheThe Decoy Bride Katie Nic Aodh[23]
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Helena Ravenclaw
2012 Brave Princess Merida (voice)
2012 Anna Karenina Dolly

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1997 Trainspotting BAFTA Scotland Award Best Film Actress Nominated
2000 Two Family House Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Nominated
2002 Gosford Park Online Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Won
2002 Gosford Park Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2002 Gosford Park Satellite Award Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble Won
2002 Gosford Park Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Won
2002 Gosford Park Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2002 Gosford Park Florida Film Critics Circle Best Ensemble Cast Won
2003 Gosford Park Empire Awards Best British Actress Nominated
2006 The Girl in the Café Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Won
2006 The Girl in the Café Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
2008 No Country for Old Men Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 Choke Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film Won
2008 No Country for Old Men British Academy Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 No Country for Old Men London Film Critics' Circle British Supporting Actress of the Year Won
2008 No Country for Old Men Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2011 Boardwalk Empire Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
2011 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2011 Boardwalk Empire Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2011 Boardwalk Empire Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Boardwalk Empire Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Nominated
2012 Boardwalk Empire Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2012 Boardwalk Empire Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
2012 Brave Annie Award Outstanding Voice Acting Performance in a Feature Production Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly Macdonald at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Cadwallader, Carole (5 April 2009). "Cinema's best-kept secret". The Guardian (London, UK). 
  3. ^ "trainspotting". dvdmg. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "two family house". spiritualityandpractice. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "finding neverland". yahoo movies. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "gosford park". movies.tvguide. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "intermission". worldfilm.about. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Credits from the cassette release from the BBC Radio Collection
  9. ^ "state of play". bbc. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "girl in the cafe". qwipster. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "2006 Golden Globe". tvdramas.about. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Scots star wins Emmy for TV role". bbc. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "nanny mcphee". about. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "A cock and bull story". comingsoon. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "no country for old men". movies.tvguide. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  16. ^ Kelly Macdonald: No Country for Old Men video interview
  17. ^ "2008 baftas". bafta.org. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "choke". imdb. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  19. ^ Wilson, Benji (11 April 2009). "Kelly MacDonald's 'comeback' with Skellig". London, UK: entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "the merry gentleman". cinematical. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  21. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (14 May 2010). "Tennant, MacDonald, Eve walk down the aisle with "Decoy Bride"". Screen Daily. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  22. ^ Kelly Macdonald at the Internet Movie Database
  23. ^ "Hollywood comes to isle of 'Hegg' in a Local Hero for the 21st century". The Scotsman (UK). 15 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 

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