Fast Facts

  • Worked as a barmaid before she began her acting career.
  • Landed her debut film role in 1996's Trainspotting through an open audition. 
  • Gained acclaim in the U.S. for her leading role in HBO's The Girl in the Café (2005), garnering a Golden Globe nomination and an Emmy win. 
  • Auditioned for roles in Shakespeare in Love, The Matrix and Moulin Rouge.
  • Impressed the Coen brothers with her facility for accents to land the role of Carla Jean Moss in 2007's No Country for Old Men.

Awards

  • 2008, Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Dramatic): Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Theodore William Payne — Son
  • Freddie Peter Payne — Son
  • Dougie Payne — Husband

Details

  • Birth Name: Kelly Macdonald
  • Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Birthday: February 23, 1976, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor
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