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 37)
Glasgow, Scotland
NationalityScottish
EducationEastwood High School
OccupationActor
Years active1995–present
Known forTrainspotting
Nanny McPhee
No Country for Old Men
Brave
Home townGlasgow, Scotland
Spouse(s)Dougie Payne (m. 2003)
ChildrenFreddie (b. 2008)
Theodore (b. 2012)
Awards
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 37)
Glasgow, Scotland
NationalityScottish
EducationEastwood High School
OccupationActor
Years active1995–present
Known forTrainspotting
Nanny McPhee
No Country for Old Men
Brave
Home townGlasgow, Scotland
Spouse(s)Dougie Payne (m. 2003)
ChildrenFreddie (b. 2008)
Theodore (b. 2012)
Awards
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 (1976-02-23)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.

Career[edit source | edit]

Macdonald's career began while she was working as a barmaid in Glasgow.[1] She saw a leaflet advertising an open casting session for Trainspotting and decided to audition, winning the part of Diane,[2] the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor's Renton. Other roles include Mary O'Neary in Two Family House[3] and an actress playing Peter Pan in Finding Neverland.[4] She also had major roles in Robert Altman's British period piece Gosford Park,[5] where she played an aristocrat's maid, as well as in Intermission (2003), as Deirdre.[6]

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. [7]

On television, her highest-profile roles have been in two BBC dramas, the Paul Abbott serial State of Play (2003)[8] and the one-off Richard Curtis piece The Girl in the Café (2005).[9] Both of these were directed by David Yates, and both also starred Bill Nighy. For her performance in The Girl in the Café, Macdonald was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006,[10] and won an Emmy.[11]

Macdonald starred in the 2005 film Nanny McPhee,[12] as the scullery maid Evangeline, and has since had supporting roles in A Cock and Bull Story (2006)[13] and the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men (2007).[14] Her agent was originally unsure she was right for the latter part, and Macdonald is reported as having to "fight for the role".[15] Her persistence paid off, however, as she was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.[16] Other films where she had supporting roles include Choke (2008), as Paige Marshall,[17] 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;[18] and Skellig (2009), as Louise.[19] She also 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 opposite David Tennant.[21] The Decoy Bride was released in 2012, on cable TV On-Demand.

During 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.

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive.

In August 2003, Macdonald married musician Dougie Payne, bassist of rock band Travis. Their first son, Freddie, was born on 9 March 2008.[22] Their second son, Theodore, was born on 8 December 2012.[23]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996TrainspottingDiane Coulston
1996Stella Does TricksStella
1996Flowers of the ForestAmy OgilvieBBC TV-Movie
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 movie)
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[24]
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Helena Ravenclaw
2012BravePrincess Merida (voice)Animation debut
2012Anna KareninaDolly

Awards and nominations[edit source | edit]

List of awards and nominations
YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
2008No Country for Old MenBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
1997TrainspottingBAFTA Scotland AwardsBest Film ActressNominated
2002Gosford ParkBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleNominated
2006The Girl in the CaféEmmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieWon
2011Boardwalk EmpireEmmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesNominated
2003Gosford ParkEmpire AwardsBest British ActressNominated
2002Gosford ParkFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastWon
2006The Girl in the CaféGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNominated
2010Boardwalk EmpireGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role in a Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2011Two Family HouseGolden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role in a Series, Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
2001Boardwalk EmpireIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadNominated
2008No Country for Old MenLondon Film Critics Circle AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YeaWon
2002Gosford ParkOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleWon
2008No Country for Old MenOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
2002Gosford ParkPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleNominated
2002Gosford ParkSatellite AwardsOutstanding Motion Picture EnsembleWon
2002Gosford ParkScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureWon
2008No Country for Old MenScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
2011Boardwalk EmpireScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
Boardwalk EmpireScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWon
2008ChokeSundance Film FestivalSpecial Jury Prize for Best Dramatic FilmWon
2012BraveAnnie AwardsOutstanding Voice Acting Performance in a Feature ProductionNominated

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Cadwalladr, Carole (5 April 2009). "Cinema's best-kept secret". The Guardian (London). 
  2. ^ "trainspotting". dvdmg. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "two family house". spiritualityandpractice. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "finding neverland". yahoo movies. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "gosford park". movies.tvguide. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "intermission". worldfilm.about. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Credits from the cassette release from the BBC Radio Collection
  8. ^ "state of play". bbc. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "girl in the cafe". qwipster. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "2006 Golden Globe". tvdramas.about. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Scots star wins Emmy for TV role". bbc. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "nanny mcphee". about. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "A cock and bull story". comingsoon. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "no country for old men". movies.tvguide. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Kelly Macdonald: No Country for Old Men video interview
  16. ^ "2008 baftas". bafta.org. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "choke". imdb. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "in the electric mist". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 26 August 2010. [dead link]
  19. ^ Wilson, Benji (11 April 2009). "Kelly Macdonald's 'comeback' with Skellig". London: 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. ^ "Macdonald Gives Birth". contactmusic. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  23. ^ McDonald, Toby (2013-02-04). "Kelly Macdonald celebrates birth of her second son - Daily Record". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "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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