Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald

Infobox actor

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birthdate = birth date and age|1976|02|23
birthplace = Glasgow, Scotland
spouse = Dougie Payne (2003-Present)
yearsactive = 1996-2008
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emmyawards = Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
2006 "The Girl in the Café"
sagawards = Best Cast - Motion Picture
2007 "No Country for Old Men"

Kelly Macdonald (born February 23, 1976) is a Scottish Emmy Award- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress.


Early life

Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive. [ [ Kelly Macdonald Biography (1976-)] . Retrieved on 22 January, 2008.] Her parents divorced when she was young. She and her younger brother were raised by her mother on a council estate in the town of Newton Mearns. Macdonald attended Eastwood High School. Her family moved around frequently when she was a child, partially due to poverty.

Macdonald moved away from home when she was 17 years old. She took a college course in modern studies while living with a friend in Glasgow, but she soon dropped out of the class. Macdonald expressed interest in entering a drama school but never did, fearing she would not fit in because of her shyness.


Macdonald's career began while working as a barmaid. She saw a leaflet advertising an open casting session for "Trainspotting", in which she played the part of Dianne, the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor's Renton. Other roles include a reporter in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and an actress playing Peter Pan in "Finding Neverland". She also had a major role in Robert Altman's British period piece "Gosford Park", where she played a maid.

On television, her highest-profile roles have been in two BBC dramas, the Paul Abbott serial "State of Play" (2003) and the one-off Richard Curtis piece "The Girl in the Café" (2005). 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, and won an Emmy.

Macdonald starred in the 2005 film "Nanny McPhee", as the scullery maid Evangeline, and "A Cock and Bull Story", where she plays the girlfriend of actor Steve Coogan's onscreen alter ego. In 2007, Macdonald was cast in the Coen Brothers' Academy Award Best-Picture-Winner "No Country for Old Men", in which she played the wife of the film's protagonist. Macdonald's agent originally wasn't sure she was right for the part; and Macdonald is reported as having to "fight for the role". [ [ Kelly Macdonald: No Country for Old Men video interview] ] Her persistence paid off though, as she was nominated for a BAFTA for best supporting actress. In 2008, she played doctor Paige Marshall in the film "Choke", adapted by Clark Gregg from the 2001 Chuck Palahniuk novel.

Personal life

In August 2003, Macdonald married Travis bass player Dougie Payne. The couple live in London. Their son, Freddie Peter Payne, was born on March 9, 2008.


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: Won, "Best Acting Ensemble" - "Gosford Park"

Emmy Awards
*2006: Won, "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie" - "The Girl in the Café"

Empire Awards
*2003: Nominated, "Best British Actress" - "Gosford Park"

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
*2002: Won, "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"

Independent Spirit Awards
*2001: Nominated, "Best Female Lead" - "Two Family House"

London Film Critics Circle Awards
*2008: Won, "British Supporting Actress of the Year" - "No Country for Old Men"

Online Film Critics Society Awards
*2002: Won, "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: Won, "Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble" - "Gosford Park"

Screen Actors Guild Awards
*2002: Won, "Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture" - "Gosford Park"
*2008: Won, "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" - "No Country for Old Men"

Sundance Film Festival
*2008: Won, "Special Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film" - "Choke"


External links

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