Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald

Actor
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Life Story

Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald was born and raised in Glasgow. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she was raised by her mother, a sales executive in the garment industry. She has one brother, David. As a hobby, she acted in an amateur theatrical club, which she enjoyed a great deal. Macdonald was working as a barmaid, when she saw a leaflet for an open casting call for a film. She went along and was cast as Diane in Trainspotting (1996). For this breakout role, she was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award and began a highly successful acting career.

Family

Dougie Payne (27 August 2003 - present) (separated) (2 children)

Trivia

1999: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
Auditioned for roles in The Matrix (1999), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Trainspotting (1996) was released on Kelly's 20th birthday.
Was two months pregnant with her son Freddie when she completed filming on Choke (2008).
Returned to work six months after giving birth to her son Freddie in order to begin filming Skellig: The Owl Man (2009).
For her role on Boardwalk Empire (2010), she was named one of the "8 Actors Who Turn Television into Art", in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a son Freddie Peter Payne on March 9, 2008. Child's father is her husband, Dougie Payne.

Personal Quotes 

[on Trainspotting (1996) in 2012] I was uncomfortable with the explicit 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. Yeah, I was 19. It was a different body, a different life.
It can get a bit boring working on accents.
I've done TV and I've done film, and I'm not snobby about it. It's about the project.
I'm so not a celebrity.
I'm no good at anecdotes.
I get claustrophobic in a harness. I'd be a terrible superhero.
I don't lobby where work is concerned. As long as I know I've got something coming up, I don't really worry. It's not that I'm not ambitious, but I don't have a drive to be hugely successful and be working all the time.

Filmography

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