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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 23, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actress, barmaid

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Ever since her debut as one of the stars in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" (1996), actress Kelly MacDonald enjoyed a vibrant and award-worthy career. Though not necessarily a household name, Macdonald nonetheless delivered some finely-tuned performances in many noted films without any formal training - highly unusual from an actress from across the pond. After "Trainspotting," she settled into a series of supporting roles in films like "Elizabeth" (1998) and "Gosford Park" (2001); the latter of which earned her considerable acclaim and recognition for being part of an excellent ensemble cast. But it was her small screen performance in "The Girl in the Café" (HBO, 2005) that propelled her career, thanks in large part to winning an Emmy Award for supporting actress. MacDonald parlayed this success into a breakout feature performance in "No Country for Old Men" (2007), which in turn led to her acclaimed role on the hit cable series, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010- ). Regardless of time, place or accent, Macdonald demonstrated a wide-ranging talent that consistently pushed her to new heights.

Ever since her debut as one of the stars in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" (1996), actress Kelly MacDonald enjoyed a vibrant and award-worthy career. Though not necessarily a household name, Macdonald nonetheless delivered some finely-tuned performances in many noted films without any formal training - highly unusual from an actress from across the pond. After "Trainspotting," she settled into a series of supporting roles in films like "Elizabeth" (1998) and "Gosford Park" (2001); the latter of which earned her considerable acclaim and recognition for being part of an excellent ensemble cast. But it was her small screen performance in "The Girl in the Café" (HBO, 2005) that propelled her career, thanks in large part to winning an Emmy Award for supporting actress. MacDonald parlayed this success into a breakout feature performance in "No Country for Old Men" (2007), which in turn led to her acclaimed role on the hit cable series, "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010- ). Regardless of time, place or accent, Macdonald demonstrated a wide-ranging talent that consistently pushed her to new heights.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Brave (2012)
2.
 Anna Karenina (2012)
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6.
 Choke (2008)
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 Nanny McPhee (2006)
9.
 Lassie (2006)
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Raised in Newton Mearns, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland
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Was working in pubs in Glasgow when "discovered" by director Danny Boyle
1996:
Delivered breakthrough screen role in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting"
1996:
First leading role, "Stella Does Tricks"
1998:
Played supporting roles in the costume dramas "Cousin Bette" and "Elizabeth"
1999:
Featured in "My Life so Far," a Scottish production starring Colin Firth
1999:
Starred in Phil Joanou's "Entropy" and Gregg Araki's "Splendor"
1999:
Acted opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Mike Figgis' "The Loss of Sexual Innocence"
2000:
Portrayed an Irishwoman who falls for an unlikely suitor in "Two Family House"
2001:
Co-starred in "Strictly Sinatra"
2001:
Landed memorable role as the maid to the imperious Countess of Trentham in the Robert Altman-directed period mystery "Gosford Park"
2004:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in the drama "Intermission"
2004:
Cast in "Finding Neverland," which detailed the experiences of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie
2005:
Co-starred with Bill Nighy in the HBO movie "The Girl in the Café"
2006:
Played the girlfriend of actor Steve Coogan's onscreen alter ego in "A Cock and Bull Story," directed by Michael Winterbottom
2007:
Played Josh Brolin's wife in the Coen brothers' film "No Country For Old Men"
2008:
Cast opposite Sam Rockwell in the film "Choke," based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
2010:
Cast as the Irish immigrant-turned-grande-dame Margaret Schroeder on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
2012:
Voiced lead character Merida in Disney Pixar animated feature "Brave"
2012:
Cast opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"
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companion:
Douglas Payne. Had three daughters who survived him.
companion:
Douglas Payne. Musician. Scottish; bass player with the band Travis; engaged in May 2000.

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