Delivered breakthrough screen role in Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting"
Landed memorable role as the maid to the imperious Countess of Trentham in the Robert Altman-directed period mystery "Gosford Park"
Acted opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Mike Figgis' "The Loss of Sexual Innocence"
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"
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in the drama "Intermission"
Played supporting roles in the costume dramas "Cousin Bette" and "Elizabeth"
Portrayed an Irishwoman who falls for an unlikely suitor in "Two Family House"
Raised in Newton Mearns, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland
Was working in pubs in Glasgow when "discovered" by director Danny Boyle
First leading role, "Stella Does Tricks"
Featured in "My Life so Far," a Scottish production starring Colin Firth
Cast opposite Sam Rockwell in the film "Choke," based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk
Co-starred in "Strictly Sinatra"
Played Josh Brolin's wife in the Coen brothers' film "No Country For Old Men"
Played the girlfriend of actor Steve Coogan's onscreen alter ego in "A Cock and Bull Story," directed by Michael Winterbottom
Starred in Phil Joanou's "Entropy" and Gregg Araki's "Splendor"
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"