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Kelly Macdonald (born Template:Birth date) 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 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. On television, she is known for her roles in Boardwalk Empire, The Girl in the Café and State of Play.

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[edit] Personal life

Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive.[1]

In August 2003, Macdonald married musician Dougie Payne. The couple live in Glasgow. Their son, Freddie Peter Payne, was born on 9 March 2008.[2]

[edit] Career

Macdonald's career began while working as a barmaid.[3] She saw a leaflet advertising an open casting session for Trainspotting and decided to audition, winning the part of Diane,[4] the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor's Renton. Other roles include Mary O'Neary in Two Family House[5] and an actress playing Peter Pan in Finding Neverland.[6] She also had major roles in Robert Altman's British period piece Gosford Park,[7] where she played an aristocrat's maid, as well as in Intermission (2003), as Deirdre.[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, Macdonald was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006,[11] and won an Emmy.[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 Dr. Paige Marshall,[18] the film which was 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[19] and Skellig (2009), as Louise.[20] She also played the lead in The Merry Gentleman (2008), as Kate Frazier.[21] She currently plays Margaret Schroeder on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Her next project is the romantic comedy The Decoy Bride opposite David Tennant.[22]

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.

[edit] Filmography

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Trainspotting Diane Coulston Nominated — BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress – Film
1996 Stella Does Tricks Stella
1996 Flowers of the Forest Amy Ogilvie BBC TV-Movie
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 Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2000 House! Linda
2000 Some Voices Laura
2001 Strictly Sinatra Irene
2001 Gosford Park Mary Maceachran Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Empire Award for Best British Actress
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2003 Intermission Deirdre
2003 Brush with Fate Aletta Pieters CBS TV-Movie
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 TV-Movie

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film

2006 Cock and Bull Story, AA Cock and Bull Story Jenny
2007 No Country for Old Men Carla Jean Moss London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 Merry Gentleman, TheThe Merry Gentleman Kate Frazier
2008 Choke Paige Marshall Sundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize – Dramatic
2009 In the Electric Mist Kelly Drummond
2009 Skellig Louise
2010–present Boardwalk Empire Margaret Schroeder Series Regular

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, 2010
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series, 2011

2011 Decoy Bride, TheThe Decoy Bride Katie Nic Aodh [23]
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Helena "The Grey Lady" Ravenclaw
2012 Brave Merida (voice) Released on 22 June 2012

[edit] Awards and nominations

BAFTA Awards

  • 2008: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" - No Country for Old Men

BAFTA Scotland Awards

  • 1997: Nominated, "Best Film Actress" - Trainspotting

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • 2002: "Best Acting Ensemble" - Gosford Park

Emmy Awards

  • 2006: "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" - The Girl in the Café
  • 2011: "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" - Boardwalk Empire (Pending)

Empire Awards

  • 2003: Nominated, "Best British Actress" - Gosford Park

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

  • 2002: "Best Ensemble Cast" - Gosford Park

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television" - The Girl in the Café
  • 2010: Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film" - Boardwalk Empire

Independent Spirit Awards

  • 2001: Nominated, "Best Female Lead" - Two Family House

London Film Critics Circle Awards

  • 2008: "British Supporting Actress of the Year" - No Country for Old Men

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2002: "Best Ensemble" - Gosford Park
  • 2008: Nominated, "Best Supporting Actress" - No Country for Old Men

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • 2002: Nominated, "Best Acting Ensemble" - Gosford Park

Satellite Awards

  • 2002: "Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble" - Gosford Park

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2002: "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture" - Gosford Park
  • 2008: "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" - No Country for Old Men
  • 2011: "Outstanding Performance by a Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Boardwalk Empire

Sundance Film Festival

  • 2008: "Special Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film" - Choke

[edit] References

  1. Kelly Macdonald Biography (1976-). filmreference.com. Retrieved on 22 January 2008.
  2. Cadwalladr, Carole (5 April 2009). "Cinema's best-kept secret". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/apr/05/kelly-macdonald-interview-martin-scorsese. 
  3. "Scots star wins Emmy for TV role". bbc. 28 August 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/5292128.stm. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. Kelly Macdonald: No Country for Old Men video interview
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  6. Wilson, Benji (11 April 2009). "Kelly Macdonald's 'comeback' with Skellig". London: entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6058980.ece. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  7. "Hollywood comes to isle of 'Hegg' in a Local Hero for the 21st century". The Scotsman. 2010-05-15. http://news.scotsman.com/entertainment/Hollywood-comes-to-isle-of.6296971.jp. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 

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