A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Kelly Macdonald is best known for her performances in films by some of the most influential filmmakers of our time: 'No Country for Old Men,' by the Coen brothers, Robert Altman's 'Gosford Park' and Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting.'
Macdonald made her acting debut as Diane, Renton's (Ewan McGregor) one-night stand in 'Trainspotting' (1996). In 2001, she played Mary, a visiting servant who works for Maggie Smith's countess in 'Gosford Park' (SAG, Critics Choice Awards for the ensemble). More recently, Macdonald garnered the London Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress, a BAFTA nomination and a SAG Award (ensemble) for her performance as Carla Jean Moss, wife to hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) in 'No Country for Old Men.'
Macdonald's screen credits also include 'Choke,' with Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston (Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for the ensemble cast), 'Nanny McPhee' with Emma Thompson, 'Lassie' with Peter O'Toole, 'All The Invisible Children' for Mehdi Charef and Emir Kusturica, John Crowley's 'Intermission,' 'Cousin Bette' with Jessica Lange, 'Elizabeth' with Cate Blanchett, 'Strictly Sinatra,' Gregg Araki's 'Splendor,' Phil Joanou's 'Entropy,' Mike Figgis' 'The Loss of Sexual Innocence,' Hugh Hudson's 'My Life So Far,' 'Stella Does Tricks' and 'Some Voices' opposite Daniel Craig. For 'Two Family House,' Macdonald received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.
Macdonald also made cameo appearances in Marc Forster's 'Finding Neverland' (as Peter Pan), Michael Winterbottom's 'Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story' and 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.' Most recently, she completed work on 'The Decoy Bride,' a comedy with Alice Eve and David Tennant.
For television, Macdonald garnered an Emmy® Award for her performance as the title character opposite Bill Nighy in the HBO original movie 'The Girl in the Cafe,' directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Richard Curtis. Last year, she co-starred with Tim Roth and John Simm in 'Skellig' for SKY. Macdonald previously portrayed journalist Della Smith in the groundbreaking BBC miniseries 'State of Play.'