Kelly Macdonald

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Kelly Macdonald
KellyMacdonaldOct07 2.jpg
Macdonald at the 2007 New York Film Festival
Born(1976-02-23) 23 February 1976 (age 38)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
EducationEastwood High School
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Known forTrainspotting
Nanny McPhee
No Country for Old Men
Brave
Boardwalk Empire
Home townGlasgow, 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
 
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Kelly Macdonald
KellyMacdonaldOct07 2.jpg
Macdonald at the 2007 New York Film Festival
Born(1976-02-23) 23 February 1976 (age 38)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
EducationEastwood High School
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Known forTrainspotting
Nanny McPhee
No Country for Old Men
Brave
Boardwalk Empire
Home townGlasgow, 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]

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
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996TrainspottingDiane Coulston
1996Stella Does TricksStella
1996Flowers of the ForestAmy OgilvieBBC television film
1997Dead Eye DickWendyShort film
1998Cousin BetteHortense Hulot
1998ElizabethLettice Knollys
1999SplendorMike
1999EntropyPia
1999Loss of Sexual Innocence, TheThe Loss of Sexual InnocenceSusan
1999My Life So FarElspeth Pettigrew
1999Tube TalesEmmaSegment: Mr. Cool
2000Two Family HouseMary O'Neary
2000House!Linda
2000Some VoicesLaura
2001Strictly SinatraIrene
2001Gosford ParkMary Maceachran
2003IntermissionDeirdre
2003Brush with FateAletta PietersCBS television film
2003State of PlayDella Smith
2004Finding NeverlandPeter Pan
2005Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, TheThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyReporter
2005All the Invisible ChildrenJonathan's wifeSegment: Jonathan
2005Nanny McPheeEvangeline
2005LassieJeanie
2005AliasKiera MacLaine/Meghan KeeneEpisode: "Ice"
2005Girl in the Café, TheThe Girl in the CaféGinaBBC
2006Cock and Bull Story, AA Cock and Bull StoryJenny
2007No Country for Old MenCarla Jean Moss
2008Merry Gentleman, TheThe Merry GentlemanKate Frazier
2008ChokePaige Marshall
2009In the Electric MistKelly Drummond
2009SkelligLouise
2010–presentBoardwalk EmpireMargaret Schroeder
2011Decoy Bride, TheThe Decoy BrideKatie Nic Aodh[23]
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Helena Ravenclaw
2012BravePrincess Merida (voice)
2012Anna KareninaDolly

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1997TrainspottingBAFTA Scotland AwardBest Film ActressNominated
2000Two Family HouseIndependent Spirit AwardBest Female LeadNominated
2002Gosford ParkOnline Film Critics SocietyBest EnsembleWon
2002Gosford ParkPhoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Acting EnsembleNominated
2002Gosford ParkSatellite AwardOutstanding Motion Picture EnsembleWon
2002Gosford ParkScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureWon
2002Gosford ParkBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest Acting EnsembleNominated
2002Gosford ParkFlorida Film Critics CircleBest Ensemble CastWon
2003Gosford ParkEmpire AwardsBest British ActressNominated
2006The Girl in the CaféPrimetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or MovieWon
2006The Girl in the CaféGolden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated
2008No Country for Old MenOnline Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressNominated
2008ChokeSundance Film FestivalSpecial Jury Prize for Best Dramatic FilmWon
2008No Country for Old MenBritish Academy Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
2008No Country for Old MenLondon Film Critics' CircleBritish Supporting Actress of the YearWon
2008No Country for Old MenScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
2011Boardwalk EmpireGolden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Television FilmNominated
2011Boardwalk EmpireScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2011Boardwalk EmpireCritics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2011Boardwalk EmpirePrimetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2012Boardwalk EmpireGolden Globe AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, or Television FilmNominated
2012Boardwalk EmpireScreen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2012Boardwalk EmpireCritics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2012BraveAnnie AwardOutstanding Voice Acting Performance in a Feature ProductionNominated

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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