Macdonald at the 2007 New York Film Festival
23 February 1976 |
|Education||Eastwood High School|
|Spouse(s)||Dougie Payne (m. 2003)|
Kelly Macdonald (born 23 February 1976) is a Scottish actress, known for her roles in the films Trainspotting (1996), Gosford Park (2001), Intermission (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) and Brave (2012). For the 2005 TV film The Girl in the Cafe, she was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. For her role in the 2007 film No Country for Old Men, she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She went on to star for five seasons in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010–14) as Margaret Thompson, for which she received a 2011 Emmy Award nomination.
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, and 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 the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film in 2006, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.
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 Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
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.
In 2010, she played her first comedy role, in the British independent romantic comedy film The Decoy Bride. 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 film Brave, and starred as Dolly in Anna Karenina.
From 2010 until its ending in 2014, she starred in the HBO crime drama Boardwalk Empire as Margaret Thompson, the wife of Prohibition-era Atlantic City crime boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). She appeared in all five seasons of the series. In 2011, she and the rest of the show's cast were awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. In 2016, she will star in Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents as Claire Maddox, and Swallows and Amazons as Mrs. Walker.
|1996||Stella Does Tricks||Stella|
|1997||Dead Eye Dick||Wendy||Short film|
|1998||Cousin Bette||Hortense Hulot|
|1999||The 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|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Peter Pan|
|2005||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Reporter|
|2005||All the Invisible Children||Jonathan's wife||Segment: "Jonathan"|
|2006||A Cock and Bull Story||Jenny|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||Carla Jean Moss|
|2008||The Merry Gentleman||Kate Frazier|
|2009||In the Electric Mist||Kelly Drummond|
|2011||The Decoy Bride||Katie Nic Aodh|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Helena Ravenclaw|
|2012||Anna Karenina||Darya "Dolly" Oblonskaya|
|2016||Special Correspondents||Claire Maddox||In post-production|
|2016||Swallows and Amazons||Mrs. Walker||Filming|
|1996||Flowers of the Forest||Amy Ogilvie||Television film|
|2003||Brush with Fate||Aletta Pieters||Television film|
|2003||State of Play||Della Smith||6 episodes|
|2005||Alias||Kiera MacLaine / Meghan Keene||Episode: "Ice"|
|2005||The Girl in the Café||Gina||Television film|
|2009||Skellig||Louise (Mum)||Television film|
|2010–14||Boardwalk Empire||Margaret Thompson||56 episodes|
Awards and nominations
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- Credits from the cassette release from the BBC Radio Collection
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- "the merry gentleman". Cinematical. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
- Macnab, Geoffrey (14 May 2010). "Tennant, MacDonald, Eve walk down the aisle with "Decoy Bride"". ScreenDaily. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- Kelly Macdonald at the Internet Movie Database
- Sneider, Jeff (30 May 2015). "'Boardwalk Empire's' Kelly Macdonald Joins Ricky Gervais' Netflix Movie 'Special Correspondents' (Exclusive)". TheWrap.
- Barraclough, Leo (29 June 2015). "'Sherlock's' Moriarty, Andrew Scott, Joins Cast of 'Swallows and Amazons' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Hollywood comes to isle of 'Hegg' in a Local Hero for the 21st century". The Scotsman. UK. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- Kelly Macdonald at the TCM Movie Database
- Kelly Macdonald at the British Film Institute's Screenonline
- Kelly Macdonald in Skellig on Sky1, Easter 2009