Kelly MacDonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland on February 23, 1976. After her parents divorced, she and her brother David were raised by their mother in Newton Mearns. As a child, she joined an amateur dramatics club one night every week for seven weeks.
She left her home
Cousin Bette (1998)
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Nanny McPhee (2006)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
The Merry Gentleman (2009)
In the Electric Mist (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Anna Karenina (2012)
Kelly has won two SAG Awards. In 2002, she won Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Gosford Park. In 2008, she won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for No Country For Old Men.
Kelly gave birth to her first child with husband Dougie Payne on March 9, 2008. Freddie Peter Payne was born weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces.
Kelly is five feet and three inches tall. She has brown eyes.
In 2000, Kelly met Dougie Payne, who is the bassist of the Scottish band Travis. They lived together for awhile before getting married in August 27, 2003 at Castle Lachlan in Argyllshire, Scotland. They live together in London.
Kelly was named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion in 1999.
Kelly is a supporter of the UK charity organization Oxfam's campaign to aid the victims of the Middle East crisis.
As of 2007, Kelly has never had contact with her father since her parents divorced when she was nine.
Kelly won the London Film Critics' Awards Best British Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of a Texan wife in No Country For Old Men.
Kelly portrayed the role of Donna in the UK premiere of David Rabe's play Hurlburly at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Kelly was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006 in the category of Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for her role in the mini-series Girl in the Cafe. She has won for an Emmy Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie award for that role.
Kelly: (on her reaction to the awards buzz) (miming her hands to her ears) La-la-la is my reaction. Even when I've previously been nominated, I'm still going LA-LA-LA. I think it's lovely and such a huge compliment. And I hope actually that the film does get nods in other categories.
Kelly: (on being fans of the Coen Brothers) I don't think you can be involved in film and not be a fan of theirs. The one that I just go back to and can watch anytime it's on TV and I'll watch to the end, is Fargo. I think it's, like, a perfect film, it's genius.
Kelly: Driving around L.A., it's a bit fascinating, everything is so flat. Other than that, I'm just very suspicious of the whole place. I think it's not really even houses, it's just sort of the fronts of houses, and there's people tee-heeing behind and sort of thinking, "she thinks she's in a town. Ha Ha. We're just pretending. There's no people actually there".
Kelly: I'm beginning to realize that more and more actors haven't been to drama school. I thought it was a necessary sort of thing to do, but it's not. I think you either can do it or you can't.
Kelly: I'd wanted to go to drama school but I kept giving things up. I went to school and I didn't like that, and then I went to college and I didn't like that, either, so I dropped out. Thank God acting got me before I could go to drama college and leave that as well. I know I would have done. It's what I'm like.
Kelly: We are very happy. We are very happy about this baby. Dougie and I never really plan anything, but we really wanted to start a family. I was surprised about how strongly we both felt about it.
Kelly: At the moment I'm really enjoying being pregnant. The baby moves all the time and I love that. I'm almost wishing I didn't have to give birth, because I'll miss having the baby inside me.
Kelly: (on auditioning for "The Girl in the Cafe") It was both kind of comforting to go in and audition, and also kind of terrifying because I knew everybody in the room. At least if people don't know you, you can sort of try and pretend to be more sophisticated, or... [laughs] Funny or something.