Thursday, June 18, 2015

Let's talk about: Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald was born February 23, 1976 in Glasgow, Scotland. 
Her parents divorced when she was young and she was raised by her mother. 
As a hobby, she acted in an amateur theatrical club. 
She was working as a barmaid in Glasgow when she saw a leaflet for an open casting call for the film Trainspotting. She decided to audition and got the role.
For her breakout role in the film she was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award. 

 "I was uncomfortable with the nudity. I was in denial, head in the sand about that day's work. I just nodded my head and agreed and got along with it. But nudity's out now. You won't even get me in a bikini on set, frankly."

This launched her career which led to many movie and television roles. 
For her performance in The Girl in the Cafe, she was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, and won the Primetime Emmy Award. 
For her role in the television show Boardwalk Empire, she was named one of the "8 actors who turn Television into Art" in the cover story of 'The New York Times' Magazine.

In 2003 she married Dougie Payne, the bassist in the band Travis. 
They have two children. 

"We don't have a nanny and Dougie is completely hands-on; I'm actually a tiny bit jealous of their relationship. Freddie is such a daddy's boy.
Dougie is the most supportive husband. He's amazing. The best thing I ever did was bump into him. "

"I love that thing on Amazon that you can go on and order a book, and you click on it and it says, 'You might also like,' or 'Other people who bought this have bought that.'"

(I like this quote because I love that too!)
Kelly is my husband's favorite actress (and celebrity crush) and I really enjoy her flawless, natural acting as well. 
My favorite Kelly roles have been:

#1. Finding Neverland

Her role in the movie is extremely small. 
She plays Peter Pan in the stage play during the film. 
But since I love the film, I have to mention it!

#2. Nanny McPhee

She is great as Evangeline. Loved her character in this movie. 

#3. The Decoy Bride

(of course! I mentioned this one before!)

 This show is really what made me a fan of her. 
She was so good in it. Her performance seemed so natural. 

#4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2

She plays the Grey Lady, the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw. 

And for #5 I have to mention Brave

She voices Princess Merida. 
Kelly was the perfect choice for this because, in my opinion, she has the perfect Scottish accent!
I have a few more films to watch with her in them. Some I have seen before but it has been so long I don't remember them very well. I think she is a very talented actress that seems very down to earth. And I am excited to see more from her.
"I'm no celebrity."


Donna said...

That's cool that she's the voice of Princess Merida. I was just thinking today about how it would be neat to see what the people who do the voices of animated characters look like in real life.
I need to see The Decoy Bride!

cheryl said...

Yes you do! And then tell me what you think of it!

The Kings said...

I loved here in "Nanny McPhee", and I had forgotten she was in "The Deathly Hallows". And it was fun to learn that she did Merida's voice. she is good!

cheryl said...

Yeah. Glad to be able to have you learn something new!