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Carey Hannah Mulligan

(1985-05-28) 28 May 1985 (age 38)
London, England
  • International School of Düsseldorf
  • Woldingham School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Known for An Education
Promising Young Woman
Doctor Who
The Seagull
(m. 2012)
Children 2
Awards Full list

Carey Hannah Mulligan (born 28 May 1985) is an English actress. Known for her repertoire of complex female characters, she has received various accolades, including a British Academy Film Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award.

Mulligan made her professional acting debut on stage in Kevin Elyot's play Forty Winks (2004) at the Royal Court Theatre. She then made her film debut with a supporting role in Joe Wright's romantic drama Pride & Prejudice (2005), followed by diverse roles in television, including the drama series Bleak House (2005), the television film Northanger Abbey (2007), and a guest appearance in Doctor Who, where she played Sally Sparrow. She made her Broadway debut in the revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull (2008), which earned her an Ian Charleson Commendation Award.

Mulligan's breakthrough role came as a 1960s schoolgirl in the coming-of-age drama film An Education (2009), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She gained further acclaim for her performances in Never Let Me Go (2010), Drive (2011), Shame (2011), The Great Gatsby (2013), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Suffragette (2015), Mudbound (2017), Wildlife (2018), and her portrayal of a vigilante in the black comedy thriller Promising Young Woman (2020), for which she received her second Academy Award nomination. For her performance in the Broadway revival of David Hare's Skylight (2015), she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Mulligan has been an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society since 2012, and an ambassador for War Child since 2014. She has been married to singer-songwriter Marcus Mumford since 2012. They have two children.

Early life and education

Carey Hannah Mulligan was born on 28 May 1985 in London, to Nano (née Booth) and Stephen Mulligan. Her father, a hotel manager, is of Irish descent and is originally from Liverpool. Her mother, a university lecturer, is from Llandeilo, Wales. Her parents met while they were both working in a hotel in their twenties. In My Grandparents' War (2019), she explored her maternal grandfather Denzil Booth's role as naval radar artillery officer on HMS Indefatigable at the Battle of Okinawa and then sailing into Tokyo Bay at the end of World War II.

When Mulligan was three, her father's hotel manager work took the family to Germany. While living there, she and her brother attended the International School of Düsseldorf. When she was eight, she and her family moved back to the UK. As a teenager, she was educated at Woldingham School, an independent school in Surrey.

Her interest in acting sparked from watching her brother perform in a school production of The King and I when she was six. During rehearsals, she pleaded with his teachers to let her be in the play. They let her join the chorus. While enrolled in Woldingham School as a teen, she was heavily involved in theatre. She was the student head of the drama department there, performing in plays and musicals, conducting workshops with younger students, and helping put on productions.

When she was 16, she attended a production of Henry V starring Kenneth Branagh. His performance emboldened her and reinforced her belief that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. She wrote a letter to Branagh asking him for advice. "I explained that my parents didn't want me to act, but that I felt it was my vocation in life," she said. Branagh's sister replied: "Kenneth says that if you feel such a strong need to be an actress, you must be an actress."

Mulligan's parents disapproved of her acting ambitions and wished for her to attend a university like her brother. At age 17, she applied to three London drama schools instead of the universities she was expected to apply to, but was not invited to attend them. During her final year at Woldingham School, actor/screenwriter Julian Fellowes delivered a lecture at the school on the production of the film Gosford Park. Mulligan briefly talked to him after the lecture and asked him for advice on an acting career. Fellowes tried to dissuade her from the profession and suggested she "marry a lawyer" instead. Undeterred, she later sent Fellowes a letter in which she stated she was serious about acting and that it was her purpose in life.

Several weeks later, Fellowes's wife Emma invited Mulligan to a dinner she and her husband were hosting for young aspiring actors. It facilitated an introduction between Mulligan and a casting assistant that led to an audition for a role in Pride and Prejudice. She auditioned three times, and was eventually given the role of Kitty Bennet. During her late teens and early twenties, she worked as a pub barmaid and an errand-runner for Ealing Studios between acting jobs.


2004–2008: Early work

In 2004 Mulligan made her stage debut in the play Forty Winks at the Royal Court Theatre in London. She made her film debut the following year in Joe Wright's 2005 film adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Pride & Prejudice, portraying Kitty Bennet alongside Keira Knightley. Later that year, she won the role of orphan Ada Clare in the BAFTA award-winning BBC adaption of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, her television debut.

Among her 2007 projects were My Boy Jack, starring Daniel Radcliffe, another Jane Austen adaptation, Northanger Abbey, starring Felicity Jones, and the Doctor Who episode "Blink", which won her the Constellation Award for Best Female Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode. She rounded out 2007 by appearing in an acclaimed stage revival of The Seagull, in which she played Nina alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Daily Telegraph said her performance was "quite extraordinarily radiating'" and The Observer called her "almost unbearably affecting." While in the middle of the production, she had to have an appendectomy, preventing her from being able to perform for a week. For her debut Broadway performance in the 2008 American transfer of The Seagull, she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, but lost to Angela Lansbury for Blithe Spirit.

2009–2014: Breakthrough and critical success

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Mulligan at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Her big breakthrough came when, at 24, she was cast in her first leading role as Jenny in the 2009 independent film An Education, directed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig and written by Nick Hornby. Over a hundred actresses auditioned for the part, but Mulligan's audition impressed Scherfig the most. The film and her performance received rave reviews, and she was nominated for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and won a BAFTA Award. Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly and Todd McCarthy of Variety both compared her performance to that of Audrey Hepburn. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers described her as having given a "sensational, starmaking performance," Mulligan was the recipient of the BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination, which is voted on by the British public.

In 2010, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, That same year she starred in the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go with Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. She won a British Independent Award for her performance. That same year she starred in the Oliver Stone-directed film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Screened out of competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, it was her first major studio project. Later that year she also provided vocals for the song "Write About Love" by Belle & Sebastian.

She returned to the stage in the Atlantic Theater Company's off-Broadway play adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass, Darkly, from 13 May – 3 July 2011. Mulligan played the central character, a mentally unstable woman, and received glowing praise from reviewers. Ben Brantley, theater critic for The New York Times, wrote that Mulligan's performance was "acting of the highest order"; he also described her as "extraordinary" and "one of the finest actresses of her generation."

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Mulligan at the Australian premiere of The Great Gatsby in 2013

Mulligan co-starred in two critically acclaimed films in 2011. The first being Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, with Ryan Gosling. The second film was Steve McQueen's drama Shame alongside Michael Fassbender Both films were major film festival hits. Drive debuted at 2011 Cannes Film Festival and Shame debuted at 2011 Venice Film Festival, both to rave reviews. She was nominated for her second BAFTA award—Best Supporting Actress—for the film Drive which also garnered a total of 4 BAFTA award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. For her performance in Shame, she received critical praise as well as a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2013, she starred as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, which was released in May 2013. Mulligan auditioned for the role of Daisy in late 2010. While attending a Vogue fashion dinner in New York City in November, Baz Luhrmann’s wife, Catherine Martin, told her she had the part. In May 2012, she was a co-chair, alongside Anna Wintour, for the 2012 Met Ball Gala themed Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. In 2013, she also starred in Joel and Ethan Coen's black comedy Inside Llewyn Davis alongside Oscar Isaac, and Justin Timberlake. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews.

In 2014, she starred in the London revival of the play Skylight with Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard, directed by Stephen Daldry, at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End. It won the 2014 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Revival of the Year and was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Revival. She followed the production when it transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre in April 2015. The transfer was a massive success. The play won the Tony Award for Best Revival and she earned her first Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

2015–present: Continued acclaim

Mulligan has continued to earn acclaim for her portrayal of a wide range of complex characters. In 2015, Mulligan was praised for her roles in two acclaimed films released that year. She starred in Thomas Vinterberg's film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd with Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen, as well as Sarah Gavron's Suffragette with Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Meryl Streep.

In 2017, she starred in Netflix's Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees. The film was met with critical acclaim. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 97% with the consensus reading, "Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting." The film earned four Academy Award nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay for Rees.

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Mulligan attending the premiere of Wildlife at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2018, she starred in Paul Dano's directorial debut film Wildlife with Jake Gyllenhaal. The film was written by Dano and Zoe Kazan, and is an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel of the same name. The film debuted at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and received rave reviews from critics. The film has earned a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "Wildlife's portrait of a family in crisis is beautifully composed by director Paul Dano – and brought brilliantly to life by a career-best performance from Carey Mulligan." For her performance, Mulligan received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress.

Mulligan stepped back into television with her steely performance as a Detective Inspector in Collateral, a BBC Two limited series, receiving plaudits from American and British critics. Mulligan praised showrunner Sir David Hare for seamlessly accommodating her pregnancy into the script.

Mulligan appeared off Broadway in the solo show, Girls and Boys at the Minetta Lane Theatre. The show was written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Lyndsey Turner. Her performance was praised, with The New York Times calling it "perfection". While promoting the show on Stephen Colbert's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Mulligan described being injured while the curtain was going down. Bradley Cooper, who was in the audience, visited her backstage and carried her to urgent care.

In 2020, Mulligan starred in Emerald Fennell's black comedy thriller film Promising Young Woman, alongside Bo Burnham and Alison Brie. She also served as an executive producer on the film, which debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. The website Rotten Tomatoes lists the film's rating as 90%, with a critics consensus reading, "A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell — and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the film's release was delayed to 25 December 2020. For her performance, she received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and won the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress among many other honors. After winning Best Female Lead at the 36th Independent Spirit Awards, Mulligan dedicated her award to the late Helen McCrory.

In 2021, Mulligan replaced Nicole Kidman in The Dig, a film about the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo, co-starring Ralph Fiennes and Lily James. It received a limited release in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2021, followed by a streaming release via Netflix on 29 January 2021.

Upcoming projects

In November 2020, it was announced that Mulligan would star as Felicia Montealegre in Bradley Cooper's second directorial effort Maestro, a biopic based on the life of Leonard Bernstein, alongside Cooper and Jeremy Strong. In a statement released by Cooper he wrote, "I was struck by Carey ever since I saw her onstage many years ago and I haven't missed a performance of hers since. I am humbled to be working with such a mammoth talent, as well as such a kind person in Carey." The film is set to be released on Netflix in 2023.

In April 2021, Mulligan joined Adam Sandler in Netflix's adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfař's science fiction novel Spaceman of Bohemia, directed by Johan Renck. Mulligan is also set to portray Megan Twohey, one of the real life New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in Maria Schrader's She Said, based on the book of the same name. The film is set to be released on 18 November 2022.

On 25 August 2022, Laika announced the voice cast of their latest stop motion animated feature Wildwood, led by Mulligan. The film is based on the 2011 children's fantasy novel of the same name and is being directed by Travis Knight.

Personal life

Mulligan is married to Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of Mumford & Sons. They were childhood pen pals who lost touch and reconnected as adults. A few weeks after completing production on the film Inside Llewyn Davis, in which they were both involved, they married on 21 April 2012. They have two children.


Aside from acting, Mulligan was among the actresses who took part in the Safe Project—each was photographed in the place she feels safest. She donated the Vionnet gown she wore at the 2010 BAFTAs to the Curiosity Shop, which sells its donations to raise money for charity.

Mulligan became the ambassador of the Alzheimer's Society in 2012, with the goal of raising awareness and research funding for Alzheimers and dementia. Her grandmother lived with Alzheimer's disease for the final 17 years of her life, during which she no longer recognised Mulligan. She helped host and participated in the 2012 Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk and was one of the sponsored Alzheimer's Society runners in the 2013 Nike Run to the Beat half-marathon in London.

In 2014, Mulligan became an ambassador for the charity War Child and visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in this role.

Acting credits


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Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Pride & Prejudice Kitty Bennet Joe Wright
2007 Blood on Benefits Emma Andrew-Lee Potts Short film
And When Did You Last See Your Father? Rachel Anand Tucker
2008 Slapper Susan Chiwetel Ejiofor Short film
2009 Greatest, TheThe Greatest Rose Shana Feste
Brothers Cassie Willis Jim Sheridan
Public Enemies Carol Slayman Michael Mann
An Education Jenny Mellor Lone Scherfig
2010 Never Let Me Go Kathy H Mark Romanek
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Winnie Gekko Oliver Stone
2011 Drive Irene Nicolas Winding Refn
Shame Sissy Sullivan Steve McQueen
2013 The Great Gatsby Daisy Buchanan Baz Luhrmann
Inside Llewyn Davis Jean Berkey Joel & Ethan Coen
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Bathsheba Everdene Thomas Vinterberg
Suffragette Maud Watts Sarah Gavron
2017 Mudbound Laura McAllan Dee Rees
2018 Wildlife Jeanette Brinson Paul Dano
2020 Promising Young Woman Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas Emerald Fennell Also executive producer
A Christmas Carol Belle (voice) Jacqui Morris
2021 The Dig Edith Pretty Simon Stone
2022 She Said dagger Megan Twohey Maria Schrader Post-production
2023 Spaceman dagger Lenka Johan Renck
Maestro dagger Felicia Montealegre Bradley Cooper
0TBA Wildwood dagger (voice) Travis Knight Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Bleak House Ada Clare Miniseries (15 episodes)
2006 Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, TheThe Amazing Mrs. Pritchard Emily Pritchard 6 episodes
Agatha Christie's Marple Violet Willett Episode: "The Sittaford Mystery"
Trial & Retribution Emily Harrogate 2 episodes
2007 Waking the Dead Sister Bridgid 2 episodes
Northanger Abbey Isabella Thorpe Television film
My Boy Jack Elsie Kipling Television film
Doctor Who Sally Sparrow Episode: "Blink"
2014 The Spoils of Babylon Lady Anne York (voice) 2 episodes
2015 The Walker Sunny 8 episodes
2018 Collateral DI Kip Glaspie Miniseries (4 episodes)
2019 My Grandparents' War Herself Episode: "Episode 4"
2021 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Carey Mulligan/Kid Cudi"


Year Title Role Venue
2004 Winks, FortyForty Winks Hermia Royal Court Theatre, London
2005–06 The Hypochondriac Angelique Almeida Theatre, London
2007 The Seagull Nina Zarechnaya Royal Court Theatre, London
2008 Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
2011 Through a Glass Darkly Karin Atlantic Theatre Company, Off-Broadway
2014 Skylight Kyra Hollis Wyndham's Theatre, West End
2015 Golden Theatre, Broadway
2018 Girls & Boys Performer Royal Court Theatre, London
Minetta Lane Theatre, Off-Broadway


Year Title Album
2010 "Write About Love" (Belle and Sebastian featuring Carey Mulligan) Write About Love
2011 "Theme from New York, New York" Shame
2013 "Five Hundred Miles" (with Justin Timberlake and Stark Sands) Inside Llewyn Davis
2014 "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" (with Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens) Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis
2015 "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" (with Michael Sheen) Far from the Madding Crowd

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
2008 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play The Seagull Nominated
2009 Academy Award Best Actress An Education Nominated
British Academy Film Award Rising Star Award Nominated
Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
National Board of Review Best Actress Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 British Academy Film Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Drive Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award Best Supporting Actress Shame Nominated
2012 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Play Through a Glass Darkly Nominated
2015 Skylight Nominated
Tony Award Best Leading Actress in a Play Nominated
2017 Independent Spirit Award Robert Altman Award Mudbound Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2018 Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actress Girls & Boys Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Wildlife Nominated
2019 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Solo Performance Girls & Boys Nominated
2021 Academy Award Best Actress Promising Young Woman Nominated
Critics Choice Movie Awards Best Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead Won
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Movie Nominated
National Board of Review Best Actress Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival International Star Award Won
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Cinema Vanguard Award Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated

See also

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  • List of British Academy Award nominees and winners
  • List of actors with Academy Award nominations
  • List of actors with two or more Academy Award nominations in acting categories
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