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KELLY MACDONALD (Olive) A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Kelly Macdonald is
perhaps best known as Margaret Schroeder on "Boardwalk Empire," the voice of
Merida in BRAVE and for pivotal roles in work by some of the most influential
filmmakers of our time - NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by the Coen brothers, Robert
Altman's GOSFORD PARK and Danny Boyle's TRAINSPOTTING.
Macdonald next stars in the StudioCanal/HanWay Films version of the UK classic
book SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS for director Philippa Lowthorpe. The film is set over
an idyllic English summer holiday where the Walker family and their sailing
rivals, the Blacketts, run amok in their boats against the impressive backdrop
of the Lake District. But when the Blackett's uncle Jim is revealed to be a spy,
all of the children are forced to band together to protect him against his
enemies. Macdonald and Rafe Spall star as the Walker parents.
Macdonald most recently completed production on Bronwen Hughes' independent
feature THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION, a story based on the life of Dan Eldon,
a young British Reuters photographer, artist and avid adventurer. Macdonald
plays Eldon's mentor Duff, a photojournalist who travels to Somalia to report
the erroneous bombing of a village peace council. Ben Schnetzer and Maria Bello
Macdonald made her acting debut as Diane, Renton's (Ewan McGregor) one-night
stand in TRAINSPOTTING (1996). In 2001, she played Mary, the visiting servant
who works for Maggie Smith's countess in GOSFORD PARKG (SAG, Critics Choice
Awards for the ensemble). More recently, Macdonald garnered the London Critics
Circle Award for British Supporting Actress, a BAFTA nomination and a SAG Award
(ensemble) for her performance as Carla Jean Moss, wife to hunter Llewelyn Moss
(Josh Brolin) in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.
In 2012, Macdonald gave voice to Merida, the tomboyish princess/heroine of
BRAVE, Pixar's first feature with a female protagonist. Set in the mystical
Scottish Highlands, the fairy tale follows Merida's adventures as she defies a
sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom.
Macdonald's screen credits also include THE DECOY BRIDE, with Alice Eve and
David Tennant, CHOKE with Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston (Sundance Film
Festival Special Jury Prize for the ensemble cast), NANNY McPHEE with Emma
Thompson, LASSIE with Peter O'Toole, ALL THE INVISIBLE CHILDREN for Mehdi Charef
and Emir Kusturica, John Crowley's INTERMISSION, COUSIN BETTE with Jessica
Lange, ELIZABETH with Cate Blanchett, STRICTLY SINATRA, Gregg Araki's SPLENDORS,
Phil Joanou's ENTROPY, Mike Figgis' THE LOSS OF SEXUAL INNOCENCE, Hugh Hudson's
MY LIFE SO FAR, STELLA DOES TRICKS and SOME VOICES, opposite Daniel Craig. For
TWO FAMILY HOUSE, Macdonald received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for
Best Female Lead.
Macdonald also made cameo appearances as Ravenclaw's ghost, The Grey Lady, in
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2, Marc Forster's FINDING NEVERLAND
(as Peter Pan), Michael Winterbottom's TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK AND BULL STORY
and THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
For television, Macdonald is currently filming an episode of the acclaimed
anthology series "Black Mirror" (Channel 4/Netflix), entitled "Hated in the
Nation." James Hawes directs.
Macdonald garnered an Emmy Award for her performance as the title character
opposite Bill Nighy in the HBO original film "The Girl in The Cafe", directed by
David Yates from a screenplay by Richard Curtis. In 2010, received a Golden
Globe Award nomination and shared a 2011 and 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards
with the cast of "Boardwalk Empire," the critically acclaimed HBO series from
creator Terence Winter and executive producer Martin Scorsese. Macdonald starred
for all five seasons as the complicated Irish widow and mother who captured the
attention of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the undisputed ruler of Atlantic
City during Prohibition.
Macdonald currently plays Eric Bana's radio station colleague in Ricky Gervais'
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS, which debuted on Netflix this spring. She also
co-starred with Tim Roth and John Simm in "Skellig" for SKY and portrayed
journalist Della Smith in the groundbreaking BBC mini-series "State of Play."
His role on stage in the History Boys took him all around the world.
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