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Kelly MacDonald (born 23 February 1976(1976-02-23)) is a Scottish actress, known for playing in the independent film Trainspotting and mainstream releases such as Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park, Intermission, No Country for Old Men and the up-coming The Decoy Bride.

Early lifeMacdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive.[1] Her parents divorced when she was young. She and her younger brother were brought up 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.


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

On television, her highest-profile roles have been in two BBC dramas, the Paul Abbott serial State of Play (2003)[7] and the one-off Richard Curtis piece The Girl in the Café (2005).[8] 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,[9] and won an Emmy.[10]

After the success of previous films, such as Trainspotting and Gosford Park, Macdonald landed supporting roles in the films, Intermission (2003), as Deirdre,[11] Nanny McPhee (2005),[12] as the scullery maid Evangeline, A Cock and Bull Story (2006),[13] where she plays the girlfriend of actor Steve Coogan's onscreen alter ego, Coen Brothers' Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men, (2007),[14] as Carla Jean Moss, the wife of the film's protagonist, where her agent originally wasn't sure she was right for the 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 Dr. Paige Marshall,[17] 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[18] and Skellig (2009), as Louise.[19] She also played the lead in The Merry Gentleman (2008), as Kate Frazier.[20] Her next project is the romantic comedy Decoy Bride opposite David Tennant.[21]

Personal life

In August 2003, Macdonald married musician Dougie Payne. The couple lives in Los Angeles. Their son, Freddie Peter Payne, was born on 9 March 2008.[22]


220px-KellyMacdonald07TIFF.jpg magnify-clip.pngMacdonald at the 2007 Toronto International Film FestivalFilmYearFilmRoleOther notes1996TrainspottingDiane CoulstonNominated — BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress – FilmStella Does TricksStella1997Dead Eye DickWendyShort film1998Cousin BetteHortense HulotElizabethLettice Knollys1999SplendorMikeEntropyPiaThe Loss of Sexual InnocenceSusanMy Life So FarElspeth Pettigrew2000Two Family HouseMary O'NearyNominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female LeadHouse!!LindaSome VoicesLaura2001Strictly SinatraIreneGosford ParkMary MaceachranBroadcast 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 Cast2003IntermissionDeidre2004Finding NeverlandPeter Pan2005The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyReporterAll the Invisible ChildrenJonathan's wifeSegment: JonathanNanny McPheeEvangelineLassieJeanie2006A Cock and Bull StoryJenny2007No Country for Old MenCarla Jean MossLondon 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 Actress2008The Merry GentlemanKate FrazierChokePaige MarshallSundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize – Dramatic2009In the Electric MistKelly Drummond2010The Decoy BrideKatie Nic Aodh[23]TelevisionYearTitleRoleNotes1996Flowers of the ForestAmy OgilvieBBC TV-Movie1999Tube TalesEmmaSegment: Mr Cool2003Brush with FateAletta PietersCBS TV-MovieState of PlayDella Smith2005AliasKiera MacLaine/Meghan KeeneEpisode: IceThe Girl in the CaféGinaBBC TV-Movie

Emmy Award

Nominated: Golden Globe2009SkelligLouise2010Boardwalk EmpireMargaret

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

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

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

Sundance Film Festival

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

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