Kelly Macdonald

Lowest Rated: 11% Holmes and Watson (2018)
Birthday: Feb 23, 1976
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



11% Holmes and Watson Mrs. Martha Hudson 2018
83% Puzzle Agnes 2018
83% The Child in Time Julie Lewis 2018
No Score Yet Angela Carter: Of Wolves and Women Actor 2018
63% Goodbye Christopher Robin Olive $1.7M 2017
94% Swallows and Amazons Mrs. Walker $1.5M 2017
80% T2 Trainspotting Diane $2.4M 2017
17% Special Correspondents Claire Maddox 2016
No Score Yet The Journey Is the Destination Actor 2016
62% Anna Karenina Dolly $12.9M 2012
79% 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
64% The Merry Gentleman Kate Frazier $0.3M 2009
No Score Yet Skellig Louise 2009
64% In the Electric Mist Kelly Drummond 2009
55% 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
89% 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
82% 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
89% Two Family House Mary O'Neary 2000
40% Some Voices Laura 2000
20% 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


86% The Victim
  • 2019
84% Black Mirror
  • 2016
92% Boardwalk Empire
Margaret Schroeder
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • 2012
100% State of Play
Della Smith
  • 2004