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