Kelly Macdonald
Scottish actress
Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald is a Scottish actress, known for her role in the independent film Trainspotting and mainstream releases such as Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park, Intermission, No Country for Old Men, and Brave. On television, she is known for her roles in Boardwalk Empire, The Girl in the Café and State of Play.
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<i>Boardwalk Empire</i>'s Negro Problem: Creative License With DuBois and Garvey
Huffington Post - over 3 years
HBO's Boardwalk Empire is one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television. Set in Atlantic City, NJ during the prohibition era, Boardwalk Empire webs a weave of scandal caused by politicians, gangsters, suffragettes, prostitutes, business owners, federal authorities, county lawmen and the like, taking viewers on a visual journey through a time when the line between the good, the bad and the ugly was tremendously blurred. In 2010, Boardwalk Empire burst onto the scene with much fanfare featuring the talents of Martin Scorcese, as an executive producer on the show, Emmy award-winning director Tim Van Patten and Terence Winter, writer extraordinaire for the iconic series The Sopranos. Add a cast featuring heavyweight actors Steve Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol and Michael K. Williams, and the show was destined to be a sure-fire hit. Forty Emmy nominations later and 17 wins including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (2011), Outstanding Casting for ...
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Spas and the Leap Toward Multicultural Marketing
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I have worked in the spa industry for 19 years and have had maybe three great facials in that time. Beauty schools as a whole tend to disregard brown skin in their curriculum, despite the rapidly growing high degree of ethnic spa-goers. This omission in education not only places people of color in the lowest position of the spa professional's learning curve, it also significantly inhibits the professional's ability to market and provide service to a broad multi-ethnic base of clients. Kelly McDonald, one of the nation's top experts in multicultural marketing and consumer trends, recently addressed this issue during my interview with her at the International Spa Association's (ISPA) Conference and Expo held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas after teaching their Master's Class. So keeping it very real, I'm wondering where your insight on the ethnic experience comes from? I'm a marketing person and I think it's our job to stay abreast of data and stats on consumer trends ...
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Kelly MacDonald, Shaun Kennedy - Weddings
NYTimes - almost 4 years
The bride is a registered dietitian; the groom teaches the third grade.     
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You Already Know Her Face, But Meet Beth Grant
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If you saw Beth Grant on the street, you'd probably recognize her ... but you might not know from where. "Frequently, over the years people have thought that they know me," Grant told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "Every character actor has this story, I'm sure. It goes like this: 'Um, do you play soccer?' 'Did you go to such and such church?' 'I knew you when you were with so and so ... ' Then I go, 'Well, sorry ...' and then they say, 'Wait a minute. Are you an actor?' and I say yes. Then they go, 'Were you in so and so?' I go, 'No, no, no.' Pretty soon you want to go to the car and get your resume and give it to them." It's clear the public knows Grant's face from her various roles, even if they don't know her name. That's why the actress was the perfect subject to launch The Huffington Post's new feature, "Isn't That ... ?," which will highlight those character actors you recognize from a variety of projects, but don't know much else about. Grant's c ...
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'Boardwalk Empire' Creator Answers Finale Questions, Previews Next Season
Huffington Post - about 4 years
After the bloody "Boardwalk Empire" Season 3 finale, series' creator Terrence Winter answered some questions about the episode and previewed where Season 4 is heading. Winter provided answers to a few semi-open questions about the finale, assuring TVLine that Gillian Darmody survived her heroin overdose and telling EW that Nucky's butler Eddie Kessler survived getting shot in the gut thanks to the rudimentary surgery that Chalky arranged for him. He said Kelly Macdonald will be returning as Margaret next season, even though she seemed to shoot down Nucky's attempt to reconcile their marriage, according to TVLine. Winter also looked ahead to Season 4, which will pick up a year after the Season 3 finale in 1924, and dished a few details about the trajectory that Nucky, Capone, Luciano, Lanksy and Van Alden will take. He said Nucky would evolve into a more focused gangster after his feud with Rosetti. "He's much more tightly organized, much more calculating -- a much m ...
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Anna KareninWHAAAA?!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
Hey lit nerds! Prepare yourselves to fight over Anna Karenina! by Jamie S. Rich PREDICTION: Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is going to be the Speed Racer of literary adaptations­­—defended by nerds, derided by other nerds, and baffling to the public at large. It's an audacious interpretation of Leo Tolstoy that's overstuffed and overflowing with style. I can't be sure that it's a good movie—but I was so overwhelmed by its boldness that I can't deny I kind of loved it. Keira Knightley plays Anna, a Russian princess who throws away her marriage to a pious councilman (Jude Law) to chase after a handsome young soldier (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Anna's a tragic tale of a woman of desire trapped on the wrong side of morality and history. She is only one of a large cast of characters, however: There are subplots involving her scoundrel brother and his put-upon wife (Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald), as well as Anna's younger rival and the f ...
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Marshall Fine: Review: Anna Karenina
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The heart wants what the heart wants, as Woody Allen so famously said. That's not news to the writers of tragic fiction. Misplaced affection -- or the death of one love at the birth of another -- is the bedrock of classic tales as diverse as An American Tragedy and Anna Karenina, opening in limited release Friday. The latter has now been brought to the screen by Joe Wright, in a film that is both sumptuous and imaginative. With Keira Knightley as the muse, Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard transform Tolstoy's classic into a film that is emotionally wrenching, even as it turns the world it depicts inside out. Knightley plays Anna, wife of the statesman Karenin (Jude Law), a patient and boring bureaucrat 20 years her senior. They have a child she dotes on and a relatively comfortable life, with a place in St. Petersburg society that Anna relishes. Then, on a trip to Moscow to help her brother Stiva (Matthew Macfadyen) save his marriage to Dolly (Kelly Macdonald), ...
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Kelly Macdonald: Strong Woman On The 'Boardwalk'
NPR - over 4 years
The Scottish actress plays Margaret Thompson, a young Irish widow who marries a corrupt politician on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Macdonald, who got her start in Trainspotting, tells Fresh Air that she enjoys playing a "strong character" for a change. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Q&A: 'Boardwalk Empire's' Kelly Macdonald on Margaret's Independent Streak
Rolling Stone - over 4 years
The rags-to-riches journey of Margaret Thompson (née Shcroeder) is one of the more captivating plot lines of Boardwalk Empire At the end of the HBO Probihition-era drama's second season she had just married Atlantic City political boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and in an effort to make peace with God...
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San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
ENDERS Short Story Edition Bring your favorite short story (or essay or anthology) collection. Ancient Plant Garden Walk Join gardener Jason Martinez and curator Don Mahoney of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society for a walk through time, traveling from the Devonian era through the Cretaceous, experiencing the same plants that the dinosaurs encountered. 6-7:30 p.m. Thurs. S.F. Botanical Garden, Ninth Avenue at Lincoln Way. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. FAIRS &amp; FESTIVALSAntique Autos Show The 12th annual event presented by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club, featuring 200 cars. Art &amp; Wine Festival Buyers and browsers will find thousands of handcrafted items by America's best artists while browsing among 600 well-stocked booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry and fine art. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat ...
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Great fun for a Great Cause! Golden Valley Harriers Labor Day Races 9/3/12
Dixon Patch - over 4 years
Each Labor Day, hundreds of people from the region—and the world— unite for the Golden Valley Harriers Labor Day Races, a major fundraiser for school and community running programs. All are warmly welcomed to continue the tradition at the 17th annual running of this fun community event on September 3rd. It includes a 5k, 10k and 1k kids' run, starting at the Davis Commons (1st &amp; D Streets, Davis, CA). The 5k and 10k start at 8 AM. the kids' 1k starts at 9:30 AM. Sign up online through 8/31 (5 pm cutoff), or in person at the Davis Commons Saturday 9/1 (11-5), Sunday 9/2 (11-5) or Monday 9/3 (6:30-7:30 AM). Organized by the Golden Valley Harriers (GVH), a non-profit, Davis-based running club, the Labor Day Races serve GVH's mission to "support running in the community." In 2011, the Labor Day Races raised over $12,000. This year, organizers hope to contribute even more to beneficiaries: the Davis High School, Dixon High School and Woodland High School Cross Country teams, and t ...
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AIDSbeat 2012 theme to be ‘Summer of Love’
Financial Post - over 4 years
Autumn may be fast approaching, but Toronto lawyers are gearing up for the “Summer of Love,” the 2012 edition of AIDSbeat, an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. Since its inception in 1995, the battle-of-the-bands benefit concert has morphed from a small-time gig in a club basement to the party of the year for the city’s legal community. “It is always viewed as being a very fun night with sufficient debauchery so that people can let loose, but not too much debauchery so that people are getting arrested,” said Gord Capern, corporate litigator at Paliare Roland LLP and co-chair of the event. The annual event, to be held Oct. 12 at Kool Haus, was founded by Davies, Ward, Phillips and Vineberg LLP partner Patricia Olasker, who still co-chairs its organization. Each year the committee chooses a different music era theme and five law firm bands compete for bragging rights and rock’n'roll glory on Bay Street. Last year, Norton Rose’s Notorious Road capt ...
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Could 'Anna Karenina' Win Keira Knightley An Oscar?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley have a successful working relationship, but will their third collaboration, "Anna Karenina," finally result in Oscar gold? The famed Russian tragedy follows Anna (Keira Knightley) as she falls in love with a cavalry soldier (Aaron Johnson), which is a problem since she's already married to a man 20 years her senior (Jude Law). "Anna Karenina" has been turned into a feature film countless times before, but this version is a bit different, as Wright ("Atonement") explains in the beginning of the clip. Wright aims to create a “fluid linearity” throughout the film, where actors can physically move from scene to scene. The film predominantly takes place in a dilapidated theater. "You can walk from one house, under the stage, straight off to the horse training ground and go through a door, and there's a Russian landscape," Wright explains in the clip. The six-minute film sequence begins with Anna entering a beautiful ballro ...
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Giveaway: Disney’s Hottest Summer Goodies (a $140 Value!)
Celebrity Babies - People - over 4 years
Courtesy Disney Who doesn’t love Disney? Disney/Pixar’s Brave, the epic story of a skilled archer named Merida who defies an age-old custom in the Highlands of Scotland, is already a kiddie classic. Now, the company is giving away a few Brave-inspired items — plus other Disney goodies — to one lucky Moms &amp; Babies reader. The prize includes: Jake’s Pirate Ship play set from Disney and Fisher-Price ($44.99), Brave Merida Classic Fashion Doll from Disney Store ($16.50), Toddler Brave Merida Doll from Disney Store ($24.50), a Brave: The Video Game from Disney Interactive ($49.99), and an autographed Brave poster signed by actress Kelly Macdonald (who voiced Merida in the movie and video game). The classic fashion and toddler Merida dolls will delight any fan of the film. In Disney/Pixar’s Brave: The Video Game, players will be able to challenge destiny and change their fate, while playing as Merida and other popular characters. Players can run, jump and battle their way throu ...
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'Downton Abbey' Cleans Up In Emmys Acting Categories
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Downton Abbey" has had quite a banner day today. Not only did the PBS Masterpiece series get an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama, as expected, but they also received six major acting nominations in the Drama Series categories: Hugh Bonneville (Outstanding Lead Actor), Michelle Dockery (Outstanding Lead Actress), Maggie Smith and Joanne Frogatt (both for Outstanding Supporting Actress), and Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter (both for Outstanding Supporting Actor). Last year, "Downton Abbey" was submitted in the Outstanding Miniseries or Made for Television Movie category, which it easily won, but this year it's up against some major competition in the Outstanding Drama category, including newcomer "Homeland," favorites "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" and the category's reigning champion, AMC's "Mad Men," which has won four years running. "Downton's" submission as a drama series shook up a lot of the acting categories -- last year, Maggie Smith ...
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Glendale bear returns for a poolside escape from the heat
LATimes - over 4 years
The meatball-loving bear that was spotted Monday in La Crescenta returned to his roots in Glendale early Friday but left trash cans untouched. Instead, Glen Bearian simply sat on the steps of a backyard pool and dipped his toes to escape from the heat, eyewitnesses told Fish and Game officials. The officials visited a house on the 5100 block Finehill Avenue Friday afternoon after a resident tweeted that he had spotted the popular ursine around 4 a.m. Spokesman Andrew Hughan said the inspectors found scratch marks on a utility pole, a fence that had been pulled down and some stray branches. He said a sheriff’s captain who lives nearby reported seeing Glen Bearian with his orange ear tag. PHOTOS: Southern California's backyard bears “The evidence points to, yes, this is a bear. And there were some credible witnesses that said it was Glen Bearian,” Hughan said. Glendale Police spokesman Tom Lorenz said that five Glen Bearian sightings were reported overnight, and residents tol ...
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Clearview Caldwell Cinema Movie Times
The Caldewells Patch - over 4 years
The following movie times are listed on for Clearview Caldwell Cinema IV on Thursday, July 12. Clearview Caldwell Cinema IV 317 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 973-226-9002 Brave (2012) Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson PG, 100 min. Noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m. The Amazing Spider-Man (Read review) Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone PG-13, 136 min. 11:30 a.m. 3D: 3, 6:15 and 9:30 p.m.  People Like Us Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine PG-13, 113 min. 12:30 and 9:15 p.m. Magic Mike Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey R, 110 min. 1, 3:45, 6:45 and 9:45 p.m. Your Sister's Sister Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt R 90 min. 4 and 7 p.m. 
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Meatball the bear hits 'jackpot' after visiting La Crescenta again
LATimes - over 4 years
The Glendale Bear appears to be getting impatient. Hunger waits for no man or beast. La Crescenta resident Kelly MacDonald said the bear -- known by some as Meatball -- returned to her home early Monday morning for the second time in recent weeks, this time opting for sustenance rather than sunbathing by the pool. Around 2 a.m. Monday, MacDonald’s parents were awakened by her barking dog. MacDonald said the bear had no problem finding their trash cans on the side of the garage, knocking a can over before escaping with a bag in its mouth. “I don’t believe there are any meatballs,” said MacDonald, 26. “I know my mom cleaned out the fridge, so I’m sure he hit the jackpot.” Family members believe there was caramel sauce in the stolen trash bag, but they have yet to figure out how to secure their trash cans prior to pick-up Wednesday morning. MacDonald said her father may decide to put the cans in the garage because she is now convinced that the bear’s home is “not far” from her h ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kelly Macdonald
  • 2016
    Age 40
    In 2016, she starred in Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents as Claire Maddox, and Swallows and Amazons as Mrs. Walker. Macdonald was born in Glasgow. Her mother was a garment industry sales executive. In August 2003, Macdonald married musician Dougie Payne, bassist of rock band Travis.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two children.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    In 2011, she and the rest of the show's cast were awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
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  • 2010
    Age 34
    From 2010 until its ending in 2014, she starred in the HBO crime drama Boardwalk Empire as Margaret Thompson, the wife of Prohibition-era Atlantic City crime boss Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in all five seasons of the series.
    In 2010, she played her first comedy role, in the British independent romantic comedy film The Decoy Bride.
    More Details Hide Details The Decoy Bride was released in 2012. In 2011, she played the "Grey Lady" (revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final instalment of the Harry Potter film franchise. She replaced Nina Young, the original actress in the role. In 2012, she provided the voice of Merida, the heroine of the Disney/Pixar film Brave, and starred as Dolly in Anna Karenina.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    Other films where she had supporting roles include Choke (2008), as Paige Marshall, the film adapted by Clark Gregg from the 2001 Chuck Palahniuk novel; In the Electric Mist (2009) (based on James Lee Burke's In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (1993), as Kelly Drummond, alongside Tommy Lee Jones and John Goodman; and Skellig (2009), as Louise.
    More Details Hide Details She played the lead in The Merry Gentleman (2008), as Kate Frazier.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    On radio, she portrayed Mary in the 1999 BBC radio drama Lifehouse, based on Pete Townshend's abandoned rock opera, some of the songs for which were released on The Who's album Who's Next.
    More Details Hide Details On television, her highest profile roles have been in two BBC dramas, the Paul Abbott serial State of Play (2003), and the one-off Richard Curtis piece The Girl in the Café (2005). Both of these were directed by David Yates, and both also starred Bill Nighy. For her performance in The Girl in the Café, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film in 2006, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Macdonald starred in the 2005 film Nanny McPhee, as the scullery maid Evangeline, and has since had supporting roles in A Cock and Bull Story (2006), and the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning No Country for Old Men (2007). Her agent was originally unsure she was right for the latter part, and Macdonald is reported as having to "fight for the role". Her persistence paid off, however, as she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
  • 1976
    Age 0
    Born on February 23, 1976.
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