George MacKay (actor)
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MacKay at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
George MacKay (born 13 March 1992) is a British actor. He is best known for his roles in The Boys Are Back (2009), How I Live Now (2013), Sunshine on Leith (2013), For Those in Peril (2013), Captain Fantastic (2016), and Ophelia (2018).
Life and career
In 2002, MacKay was spotted while at The Harrodian School by an acting scout, who asked him if he would like to audition for a role in P.J. Hogan's 2003 film adaptation of Peter Pan. He attended a workshop, and won the role of one of the Lost Boys, Curly, in what was his big break. In 2005, at the age of 13, he won the role of Riccio in The Thief Lord, the film adaptation of Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's novel. He was also cast in the lead role in Johnny and the Bomb, a BBC three-part television drama adapted from Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name. He later applied unsuccessfully to both RADA and LAMDA.
In the 2008 film Defiance, MacKay played Aron, the youngest of the four Bielski brothers, and in 2009 he played Harry in The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen. He co-starred in the Marc Evans-directed musical film Hunky Dory opposite Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard and Kimberley Nixon, which is set in 1970s Swansea.
In 2013, MacKay played Eddie in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan and directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starred as Davy in the musical film Sunshine on Leith, featuring songs by The Proclaimers, directed by Dexter Fletcher.
In 2014, MacKay played the role of Joe, a 20-year-old struggling to come out in a homophobic Britain in 1984 in the film Pride (based on a true story) also starring Bill Nighy. In the film Joe finds friends in the form of a group called LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) and a small Welsh mining community finds some unlikely friends.
From 14 April – 23 May 2015, Mackay took the lead role as Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's coming-of-age play, Ah, Wilderness! directed by Natalie Abrahami at The Young Vic. Reviewing the play for The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish was unimpressed by the staging but wrote: "In misfit modern dress, George Mackay is an absolute delight as the callow boy-wonder, catching all the wide-eyed innocence and insecurity of youth, by turns arrogant, self-dramatising, vulnerable".
In July 2015, MacKay played the title role of Lewis Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones' debut novel The Outcast. In February 2016, he portrayed the part of Bill Turcotte in the Hulu production of Stephen King's sci-fi/suspense thriller 11.22.63.
The period from 2016 to 2018 was marked by a breakthrough in MacKay's career. Projects he was involved in during these years helped him draw attention of casting directors outside the United Kingdom. In 2019, he got cast as Ned Kelly in True History of the Kelly Gang directed by Justin Kurzel, and as a young World War I soldier in 1917 directed by Sam Mendes.
|2003||Peter Pan||Curly||P.J. Hogan|
|2006||The Thief Lord||Riccio||Richard Claus|
|2008||Defiance||Aron Bielski||Edward Zwick|
|2009||The Boys Are Back||Harry||Scott Hicks|
|2011||Hunky Dory||Jake Zeppi||Marc Evans|
|2012||Private Peaceful||Private Tommo Peaceful||Pat O'Connor|
|2013||How I Live Now||Edmund 'Eddie'||Kevin Macdonald|
|2013||Sunshine on Leith||Davy||Dexter Fletcher|
|2013||For Those in Peril||Aaron||Paul Wright||Scottish BAFTA winner Best Actor 2013|
|2013||Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson||Jake||Simon Sprackling|
|2014||Pride||Joe "Bromley" Cooper||Matthew Warchus|
|2016||Captain Fantastic||Bodevan Cash||Matt Ross|
|2017||Infinite||Connor O'Hara||Short film|
|2017||Marrowbone||Jack||Sergio G. Sánchez|
|2018||Where Hands Touch||Lutz||Amma Asante|
|2018||Been So Long||Gil||Tinge Krishnan|
|2019||A Guide to Second Date Sex||Ryan||Rachel Hirons||Post-production|
|2019||True History of the Kelly Gang||Ned Kelly||Justin Kurzel||Post-production|
|2019||1917||Schofield||Sam Mendes||Post Production|
|2004||Rose and Maloney||Young Calum||Episode 1: "Rose and Maloney — Part 1"|
|2005||Footprints in the Snow||Nathan Hill||TV Movie|
|2006||Johnny and the Bomb||Johnny Maxwell||Miniseries|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||Adam Peabody||Miniseries|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Kit Nubbles||TV Movie|
|2012||Birdsong||Private Douglas||TV Movie|
|2012||The Best of Men||Private William Heath||TV Movie|
|2015||The Outcast||Lewis Aldridge||Miniseries|
|2018||To Provide All People||Father||TV Movie|
|2014||The Cement Garden||Jack||Heritage Arts Company|
|2015||Ah, Wilderness!||Richard||The Young Vic Company|
|2016||The Caretaker||Mick||The Old Vic|
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- "Trophée Chopard 2017". Chopard Diary | Our official blog. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- Siobhan Synnot (30 September 2013). "Interview: George MacKay, star of Sunshine on Leith". The Scotsman. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "The Harrodian Eye – December 2010". Harrodian.com. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- Charles Gant (3 October 2013). "George MacKay: yours sincerely". The Guardian.
- Cavendish, Dominic (22 April 2015). "Ah, Wilderness!, Young Vic, review: 'nice acting, shame about the sand'". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
- "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". BBC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- Brown, Debra (7 July 2018). "Interview: George MacKay". The Scotsman. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
- McNary, Dave. "Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay Join 'True History of the Kelly Gang'". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- "DREAMWORKS PICTURES TO BEGIN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON 1917 FROM OSCAR®-WINNING FILMMAKER SAM MENDES". FilmInk. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
- Aftab, Kaleem (26 June 2018). "'I'm trying to be more political': George MacKay on how acting in NHS drama To Provide All People was a wake-up call". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2019.