Carey Hannah Mulligan (born May, 28 1985) is an English actress. She is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations, including a British Academy Film Award, a Critics’ Choice Award and nominations for two Academy Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award. She made her professional acting debut on stage in the 2004 Kevin Elyot play Forty Winks at the Royal Court Theatre. Her film debut came with a supporting role in Joe Wright’s romantic drama Pride & Prejudice (2005), with Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, and Judi Dench.
This was followed by roles in television, including the drama series Bleak House (2005), with Denis Lawson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Patrick Kennedy, Gillian Anderson, Charles Dance, Alun Armstrong, Timothy West, Burn Gorman, Harry Eden, Johnny Vegas, Phil Davis, Pauline Collins, Nathaniel Parker, Richard Harrington, and Charlie Brooks; and the television film Northanger Abbey (2007), with Felicity Jones, JJ Field, Liam Cunningham, and Geraldine James. She played Sally Sparrow in the Doctor Who episode “Blink”. Mulligan made her Broadway debut in the 2008 revival of the Anton Chekhov play The Seagull, which earned her an Ian Charleson Commendation Award.
Other films from this period include Anand Tucker’s And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007), with Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson; TV movie My Boy Jack (2007), with David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe, Kim Cattrall, and Julian Wadham; Jim Sheridan’s Brothers (2009), with Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Clifton Collins Jr., and Mare Winningham; and Michael Mann’s Public Enemies (2009), with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Stephen Dorff, and Stephen Lang.
Mulligan’s breakthrough role came as a 1960s schoolgirl in Lone Scherfig’s coming-of-age drama film An Education (2009), with Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Pike, Dominic Cooper, Olivia Williams, and Emma Thompson; for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and garnered her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. This was followed by The Greatest (2010), with Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Carey Mulligan, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Never Let Me Go (2010), with Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins, Charlotte Rampling, Nathalie Richard, Domhnall Gleeson, and Andrea Riseborough; and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), with Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Sarandon and Eli Wallach.
Other films in the 2010s include Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011), with Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac, and Albert Brooks; Steve McQueen’s Shame (2012), with Michael Fassbender, James Badge Dale, and Nicole Beharie; Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, and Jack Thompson; and Joel & Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), with Isaac, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), with Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple; Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette (2015), with Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep; Dee Rees’s Mudbound (2017), with Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Jonathan Banks, and Mary J. Blige; and Paul Dano’s Wildlife (2018), with Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, and Gyllenhaal.
Mulligan received a second Academy Award for Best Actress for Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020), with Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, and Connie Britton. Other films in the early 2020s include A Christmas Carol (2020), with Simon Russell Beale, Siân Phillips, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, and Leslie Caron; Simon Stone’s The Dig (2021), with Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, Ken Stott, Archie Barnes, and Monica Dolan. She also starred in the Netflix limited series Collateral (2018), with Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, John Simm and Billie Piper.
Mulligan has been an ambassador for 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 together.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
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(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Pride & Prejudice (2005) – directed by Joe Wright
- Bleak House (2005) – directed by Justin Chadwick & Susanna White – miniseries
- Northanger Abbey (2007) – directed by Jon Jones – TV movie
- And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007) – directed by Anand Tucker
- My Boy Jack (2007) – directed by Brian Kirk – TV movie
- Brothers (2009) – directed by Jim Sheridan
- Public Enemies (2009)* – directed by Michael Mann
- An Education (2009)* – directed by Lone Scherfig
- The Greatest (2010) – directed by Shane Feste
- Never Let Me Go (2010) – directed by Mark Romanek
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) – directed by Oliver Stone
- Drive (2011)* – directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
- Shame (2012) – directed by Steve McQueen
- The Great Gatsby (2013) – directed by Baz Luhrmann
- Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
- Skylight (2014) – directed by Stephen Daldry & Robin Lough – filmed play
- Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) – directed by Thomas Vinterberg
- Suffragette (2015) – directed by Sarah Gavron
- Mudbound (2017) – directed by Dee Rees
- Wildlife Jeanette (2018) – directed by Paul Dano
- Collateral (2018) – directed by S.J. Clarkson – miniseries
- 2020 Promising Young Woman (2020) – directed by Emerald Fennell – also executive producer
- A Christmas Carol (2020) – directed by Jacqui Morris
- The Dig (2021) – directed by Simon Stone