Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald's comedic journey began at the age of 20. After various odd jobs and a prominent television role in "Flowers of the Forest," she stumbled upon a casting call for a small independent film while working as a waitress in a bar. Her audition led to a breakthrough role in Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic "Trainspotting," catapulting her into the spotlight of the British film scene.
Her standout performance as Diane opened doors to significant roles in films like "Stella Does Tricks," "Cousin Bette," and the Oscar-winning "Elizabeth" in 1998, where she acted alongside luminaries such as Jessica Lange, Bob Hoskins, Cate Blanchett, and Geoffrey Rush. This heralded the beginning of a flourishing career marked by diverse and challenging projects. Embracing independent cinema, she appeared in Gregg Araki’s "Splendor," Mike Figgis’s "The End of Sexual Innocence," and Robert Altman’s ambitious "Gosford Park."
Throughout the 2000s, Macdonald seamlessly transitioned between indie films and larger productions, starring in the English mini-series "State of Play" and Hollywood blockbusters like "Finding Neverland" alongside Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. While maintaining her eclectic film choices, she also embraced mainstream cinema, starring in "Nanny McPhee" and the modern adaptation of "Lassie" in 2005.
Macdonald crossed the Atlantic in 2007 for Joel and Ethan Coen’s "No Country for Old Men," earning her first BAFTA nomination. Thriving in the American film industry, she appeared in "Choke" (2008) and "In the Electric Mist" (2009) directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Her career reached new heights with two Golden Globe nominations for her role in Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed series "Boardwalk Empire."
Returning to Britain in 2011, Macdonald joined the final installment of the Harry Potter series as Helena Ravenclaw. The following year, she lent her voice to Pixar’s "Brave" and starred in Joe Wright’s "Anna Karenina," showcasing her versatility and international acclaim.



Choke (2008)

- Paige Marshall