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Kelly Macdonald

Lowest Rated:   16% Special Correspondents (2016)
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Birthplace:   Glasgow, Scotland
Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald was planning to go to drama school when director Danny Boyle cast her in Trainspotting (1996). A surprise international hit, it featured Macdonald, a native of Glasgow, as the acid-tongued schoolgirl who gives heroin junkie Ewan McGregor one of the more memorable nights -- and surprises -- of his young life. Following the film's great success, Macdonald began finding steady work in a number of films as both a lead and supporting player. In the immediate wake of Trainspotting, she could be seen playing the title character, a teenage prostitute, in Stella Does Tricks. Subsequently, she nabbed a lead role in the period drama Cousin Bette (1997) and a small but memorable part in the lavish historical epic Elizabeth (1998). In 1999, Macdonald was featured in four very diverse films: the first, My Life So Far, cast her as a young girl growing up in 1920s Scotland, while Entropy featured the actress in the thoroughly modern milieu of the 20-something romantic angst drama. Later that year, Macdonald appeared in Mike Figgis' The Loss of Sexual Innocence, playing the young girlfriend of the film's protagonist; and in Gregg Araki's Splendor, a romantic comedy in which she played the blue-haired best friend of the film's heroine.After a slew of similar supporting roles, including a memorable turn as the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Colin Firth in My Life So Far, MacDonald was given possibly her biggest break since Trainspotting when Robert Altman cast her as a lead (albeit one of many) in Gosford Park (2001). One-part comedy of manners, one-part murder mystery, the film featured MacDonald in the pivotal role of a young maid who finds herself caught up in a whirl of intrigue, deception, and exceedingly tiresome snobs over the course of a hectic weekend at a country estate.She was the female lead in the highly-respected British miniseries State of Play in 2003, and the next year she was Peter Pan in the Oscar nominated Finding Neverland. In 2005 she was in The Girl in the Café, and she was the love interest in the hit children's film Nanny McPhee. She played the woman who gets to play scenes opposite all three of the leading men in the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men, and followed that up in the odd romantic black comedy Choke. In 2010 she was cast as the romantic interest for Nucky Thompson, the prohibition era gangster in the award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire. She became yet another luminary to join the Harry Potter franchise in 2011 and in 2012 she became part of the Pixar family voicing the lead role in Brave.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Olive
2017
78% T2 Trainspotting
  • Diane
$2.4M 2017
93% Swallows and Amazons
  • Mrs. Walker
$1.5M 2016
16% Special Correspondents
  • Claire Maddox
2016
No Score Yet The Journey Is the Destination
  • Actor
2016
63% Anna Karenina
  • Dolly
$12.9M 2012
78% Brave
  • Merida
$237.3M 2012
23% The Decoy Bride
  • Katie Nic Aoidh
$542 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Helena Ravenclaw
$381.1M 2011
63% The Merry Gentleman
  • Kate Frazier
$0.3M 2009
No Score Yet Skellig
  • Louise
2009
64% In the Electric Mist
  • Kelly Drummond
2009
54% Choke
  • Paige Marshall
$2.9M 2008
93% No Country for Old Men
  • Carla Jean Moss
$74.3M 2007
93% Lassie
  • Jeanie
$0.6M 2006
73% Nanny McPhee
  • Evangeline
$47.2M 2006
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
  • Jenny
$1.2M 2005
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children
  • Jonathan's wife
2005
No Score Yet The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe)
  • Gina
2005
83% Finding Neverland
  • "Peter Pan"
2004
73% Intermission
  • Deirdre
$0.8M 2003
No Score Yet Brush with Fate
  • Aletta
2003
67% Strictly Sinatra
  • Irene
2002
86% Gosford Park
  • Mary Maceachran
$41.3M 2001
88% Two Family House
  • Mary O'Neary
2000
No Score Yet Some Voices
  • Laura
2000
No Score Yet House!
  • Linda
2000
No Score Yet Tube Tales
  • Emma
1999
58% Splendor
  • Mike
1999
70% My Life So Far
  • Elspeth Pettigrew
1999
47% The Loss of Sexual Innocence
  • Susan
1999
40% Entropy
  • Pia
1999
82% Elizabeth
  • Isabel Knollys
1998
41% Cousin Bette
  • Hortense Hulot
1998
No Score Yet Stella Does Tricks
  • Stella
1996
90% Trainspotting
  • Diane
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% Black Mirror
2011-2014
  • Actor
  • 2016
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Margaret Schroeder
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012

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