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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 23 February 1976Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Height 5' 2½" (1.59 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Other notable film projects include Stella Does Tricks (1996), Elizabeth (1998), Gosford Park (2001) and No Country for Old Men (2007). She won an Emmy for her role as Gina in The Girl in the Café (2005) and appeared as Helena Ravenclaw in the wildly popular Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). In 2010, she won the role of Margaret Schroeder in Boardwalk Empire (2010).

Macdonald is married to Travis bassist Dougie Payne, and they have a son, Freddie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

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

Trade Mark (2)

Her talent with accents
Scottish accent

Trivia (9)

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.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 36, a son Theodore William Payne on December 8, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Dougie Payne.
She was the last person to be cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Subsequently she was the last person ever to join the large cast of the 'Harry Potter' story.

Personal Quotes (15)

[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.
A few years ago, if you had told me I'd be moving back to Glasgow I'd have said, 'No way'. But it's changed. It's much more vibrant, bohemian. But I'm 35 and I've become a bit of a homebody, I don't really go out much. Same in New York. My home could be anywhere but I love Glasgow.
What I'm normally associated with are darker, more brooding roles.
L.A. is brilliant, but however long my trip is I'm always ready to leave. But New York I'm never quite happy to see the back of.
It was both comforting and terrifying to go in to audition for 'The Girl in the Cafe,' as I'd worked with everyone in the room on 'State Of Play.'
They're naughty, all those writers - they mess around with people. I know James Gandolfini got a bit fed up on 'The Sopranos': if he said anything in front of a writer, told them a story from his life, it could make its way into the script.
It's that TV thing. You can be in the biggest film of the year and it will still not have the kind of impact a TV series has. Once you're in people's living rooms, that's it. There's no hiding place.
I tend to get cast as a certain type of quiet, almost introverted person who's strong on the inside, but the characters are so very different I don't see it as any kind of typecasting.
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.'

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