Carey Mulligan
Birth Date:
Greater London, England, UK
Birth Place:
May 28, 1985
5' 7''
Woldingham School in Surrey
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An Education


British actress Carey Mulligan enjoyed widespread recognition thanks to her portrayal of Jenny in “An Education” (2009), for which she also won a Best Actress BAFTA Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award, among other awards and nominations. Making her film debut in “Pride & Prejudice” (2005), Mulligan, who worked as a barmaid in several pubs and as an errand-runner for Ealing Studios in her early days as an actress, went on to appear in several British TV programs, and in 2008, made her Broadway debut in “The Seagull”, before achieving her status as A-lister with the Lone Scherfig directed indie. She continued to gain attention with notable roles in dramatic movies like “The Greatest” (2009), “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010), “Never Let Me Go” (2010), “Drive” (2011) and “Shame” (2011). More recently, she appeared in Baz Luhrmann's “The Great Gatsby,” with Leonardo DiCaprio).

Moviegoers should not miss her performances in the forthcoming films “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013, with Justin Timberlake), “Hold on to Me” (with  Robert Pattinson) and “Far from the Madding Crowd” (2014, with Matthias Schoenaerts).  

Prior to her marriage to Mumford & Sons' lead vocalist Marcus Mumford in 2012, Mulligan was romantically linked to actor Shia LaBeouf, whom she met on the set of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” They dated from August 2009 to October 2010. Mulligan is close friends with “Pride & Prejudice” co-star Keira Knightley and maintains a good friendship with Zoe Kazan.    

In 2012, Mulligan was appointed an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society, aiming to raise awareness and research funding for Alzheimers and dementia. Her maternal grandmother has suffered with the disease since 2000. She also participated in the Safe Project in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking and donated the Vionnet gown she wore at the 2010 BAFTAs to the Curiosity Shop, which sells its donations to raise money for Oxfam.

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Childhood and Family:

Carey Mulligan was born Carey Hannah Mulligan on May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England. She is the daughter of Nano (college lecturer) and Stephen Mulligan (hotel manager) and has an older brother named Owain Patrick Mulligan (born 1983). Carey was raised in London until age 3 when her family moved to Germany. There she attended the International School of Dusseldorf and began acting in school plays. As a teenager, she went to the Woldingham School in Survey, England, in which she was the student head of drama department and performed leads in several school productions like “Sweet Charity” during her final year.

On April 21, 2012, Carey married lead singer for Mumford & Sons, Marcus Mumford, in a rural farmhouse in Somerset. Among 200 guests who attended the ceremony were actors Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller. Carey and Marcus were childhood pen pals, but lost touch and did not  reconnect until they were adults. They began dating after Carey attended a Mumford & Sons concert with in Nashville, TN in February 2011 and they were engaged in August of that year.



19 year old Carey Mulligan made her professional acting debut on stage in the play “Forty Winks” (2004) at the Royal Court Theatre in London. There she played the roles of Hermia/Celia. She went on to appear as Fran in “Towerblock Dreams,” a play by Joe Hutton, at London's Riverside Studios.

“My generation tends to play it cool these days. But there is no room for cool. You have got to be irritating and desperate, and if you are not it is terribly boring.” Carey Mulligan  (on landing a role in “Pride & Prejudice”)

Mulligan, however, did not make the leap into the big screen until she won the role of Kitty Bennett on the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel “Pride & Prejudice” (2005), which was directed by Joe Wright. The film, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone and Judi Dench, was a box office success with a worldwide gross of $121,147,947, making it the 72nd highest grossing film of 2005 in the US and the 41st highest internationally.    

Still in 2005, Mulligan auditioned for and won the role of  orphan Ada Clare in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' “Bleak House,” which drew much critical and popular praise. In her television debut the actress starred alongside Denis Lawson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Patrick Kennedy, Gillian Anderson, Charles Dance and Alun Armstrong, among other names.

In the following year, Mulligan was cast opposite Geraldine McEwan, Timothy Dalton and Robert Hickson in the TV film “Agatha Christie Marple: The Sittaford Mystery,” and as Emily Pritchard in the BBC drama series “The Amazing Mrs Pritchard,” opposite Jane Horrocks  and Steven Mackintosh. She also played the role of Emily Harrogate in two episodes of “Trial & Retribution X: Sins of the Father.”

Around 2005-2006, Mulligan also appeared on stage in Richard Bean's translation of Molière's “The Hypochondriac” at the Almeida Theatre in London. Her co-stars in the production included Henry Goodman, Lyndsey Marshal, Ronni Ancona, Gyuri Sarossy, Kris Marshall, David Killick, John Marquez, Stephen Boxer, Steven Beard and Simon Gregor.    

Mulligan became even more busy in 2007. She starred as Isabella Thorpe in the British made for TV movie “Northanger Abbey,” appeared in two episodes of  the long running TV series “Waking the Dead” as Sister Bridgid and guest starred as Sally Sparrow in an episode of “Doctor Who” called “Blink,” for which she gained a Constellation Award in the category of Best Female Performance in a Science Fiction Television Episode. She also co-starred with Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Catrall in the TV film “My Boy Jack” and with Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth and Juliet Stevenson in a film adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoirs “And When Did You Last See Your Father?”

On stage, Mulligan played the role of Nina in the revival of Anton Chekhov's “The Seagull” at London's Royal Court Theatre from January 16, 2007 to March 17, 2007. She went on to reprise her role in the 2008 American transfer of “The Seagull” (2008), which marked her Broadway debut. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance.

Mulligan's huge breakthrough arrived when she was cast in her first leading role as Jenny Mellor, a bright schoolgirl, in the coming of age drama film “An Education” (2009), based on a memoir of the same name by British journalist Lynn Barber. Helmed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig and written by Nick Hornby, the film received critical acclaim and so did the actress. Mulligan won a number of awards such as a BAFTA Award, a Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, London Critics Circle Film's ALFS Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Virtuoso Award, a British Independent Film Award, a Toronto Film Critics Association Award, a Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award, two Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, a Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, a Hollywood Film Festival Award, a National Board of Review Award, a Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a San Diego Film Critics Society Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award. She also received many award nominations, most notably, an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations.

Mulligan was cast as Rose in the Sundance screened drama “The Greatest” (2009), which was written and directed by Shana Feste, and was nominated for a Method Fest in the category of Best Supporting Actress-Feature Film for her performance. The film was released on theaters in the US on April 2, 2010. Mulligan also had a small role as Carol Slayman in Michael Mann's “Public Enemies” (2009), starring Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, James Russo, and portrayed Cassie Willis in the American drama/thriller film“Brothers” (2009), starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman and directed by Jim Sheridan.        

In 2010, Mulligan co-starred opposite Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield in the British drama film “Never Let Me Go,” an adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro 2005 novel of the same name. Playing Kathy H, she picked up a British Independent Film for Best Actress and a Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Performance (also for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) and was nominated for a Detroit Film Critics Society, Phoenix Film Critics Society, San Diego Film Critics Society and Saturn awards. In Oliver Stone's “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010), the sequel to his 1987 Academy Award winning film, Mulligan was cast as Michael Douglas' estranged daughter.     

Mulligan next offered bright performances as Irene in the American crime/drama film “Drive” (2011), opposite Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman, and as Sissy, the sister of a New York sex addict, in the British drama “Shame” (2011), with Michael Fassbender and James Badge. She won a Hollywood Film Festival Award in the category of Supporting Actress of the Year and was nominated for London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year for her work in both films. She received  additional BAFTA nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and an Empire nomination for Best actress for the first, and a string of award nominations like a Alliance of Women Film Journalists, BIFA , Broadcast Film Critics Association, Central Ohio Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, Evening Standard British Film, London Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Circle, Online Film Critics Society, San Diego Film Critics Society, Satellite and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association nominations for the latter.

“When I read the script, I found it terrifying. My English agents sent it to me and said, “There's this amazing part.” For me, as an actor, it was sort of scary. I'd seen Hunger (2008), which was done by Steve McQueen, and I thought it was just incredible. And I'd always wanted to work with Michael Fassbender. So, I asked to have a meeting with Steve to pitch myself for the job.” Carey Mulligan (on “Shame”)

Also in 2011, Mulligan played the lead character of Karin in the U.S. premiere of Ingmar Bergman's “Through A Glass Darkly” at the Atlantic Theater in New York City.

In 2013, Mulligan played Jay Gatsby's lost love, Daisy Buchanan, on the romantic drama film “The Great Gatsby,” which was released in the US theaters on May 10. An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name, the film is co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke, in addition to Mulligan.

Mulligan is set to star opposite Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Garrett Hedlund in the upcoming drama film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk's posthumously published (2005) memoir “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” She is also scheduled to star with Robert Pattinson in the forthcoming thriller movie “Hold on to Me,” which is directed by James Marsh, and with Matthias Schoenaerts in “Far from the Madding Crowd” (2014).

Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Film Award, Supporting Actress of the Year, “Drive” and “Shame,” 2011
Palm Springs International Film Festival: Breakthrough Performance Award, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “Never Let Me Go,” 2011
New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC): 2nd place, Best Supporting Actress, “Shame,” 2011
British Independent Film: Best Actress, “Never Let Me Go,” 2010
BAFTA: Film, Best Leading Actress, “An Education,” 2010
Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2010
London Critics Circle Film: ALFS Award, British Actress of the Year, “An Education,” 2010
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award, “An Education,” 2010
Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2010
Vancouver Film Critics Circle (VFCC): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2010
British Independent Film: Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA): Most Promising Performer, “An Education,” 2009
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFWFCA): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Breakthrough Award, Actress of the Year, “An Education,” 2009
Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA): 2nd place, Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
National Board of Review (NBR): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
San Diego Film Critics Society (SDFCS): 2nd place, Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
New York Film Critics Circle  (NYFCC):  3rd place, Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA): Best Actress, “An Education,” 2009
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