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Kelly Macdonald (born ) is a Scottishmarker Emmy Award- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress.

Early life

Macdonald was born in Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive. 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 Mearnsmarker. Macdonald attended Eastwood High School. Her family moved around frequently when she was a child.

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's career began while working as a barmaid. She saw a leaflet advertising an open casting session for Trainspotting and decided to audition, successfully winning the part of Diane, 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 Britishmarker 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-winning 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". Her persistence paid off, however, as she was nominated for a BAFTA for best supporting actress. In 2008, she played Dr. 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 lives in Londonmarker. Their son, Freddie Peter Payne, was born on 9 March 2008.


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Trainspotting Diane Coulston Nominated — BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress - Film
Stella Does Tricks Stella
1997 Dead Eye Dick Wendy Short film
1998 Cousin Bette Hortense Hulot
Elizabeth Lettice Knollys
1999 Splendor Mike
Entropy Pia
The Loss of Sexual Innocence Susan
My Life So Far Elspeth Pettigrew
2000 Two Family House Mary O'Neary Nominated —— Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
House! Linda
Some Voices Laura
2001 Strictly Sinatra Irene
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 Deidre
2004 Finding Neverland Peter Pan
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Reporter
All the Invisible Children Jonathan's wife Segment: Jonathan
Nanny McPhee Evangeline
Lassie Jeanie
2006 A 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 The Merry Gentleman Kate Frazier
Choke Paige Marshall Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize - Dramatic
2009 In the Electric Mist Kelly Drummond
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Flowers of the Forest Amy Ogilvie BBC TV-Movie
1999 Tube Tales Emma Segment: Mr Cool
2003 Brush with Fate Aletta Pieters CBS TV-Movie
State of Play Della Smith
2005 Alias Kiera MacLaine/Meghan Keene Episode: Ice
The Girl in the Café Gina BBC TV-Movie

Emmy Award

Nominated: Golden Globe
2009 Skellig Louise

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


  1. Kelly Macdonald Biography (1976-). Retrieved on 22 January 2008.
  3. Kelly Macdonald: No Country for Old Men video interview

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