Carey Mulligan is Best Known For Working in films like The Greatest (2009), An Education (2009), Never Let Me Go (2010), Drive (2011), Shame (2011).
Years active: 2004–present
Born: May 28, 1985, 34 years and 8 months, Westminster, London, England
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Light Brown
Measurements: 34-25-35 in or 86-63.5-89 cm
Bra size: 32B
Carey Mulligan attended International School of Düsseldorf in Germany. Post that, she attended Woldingham School in Surrey, England.
Father – Stephen Mulligan (Hotel Manager)
Mother – Nano (née Booth) (College Lecturer)
Siblings – Owain (Elder Brother) (Works in British Army).
Carey Mulligan breakthrough performance was as Jenny Mellor in the coming-of-age drama An Education (2009), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her leading role in the dystopian romantic-drama Never Let Me Go (2010) earned her a BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, and she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performances in the action film Drive (2011) and the drama Shame (2011).
In 2015, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in the Broadway revival of David Hare’s Skylight alongside Bill Nighy. In 2018, she starred in the crime miniseries Collateral. In 2018 she starred in Paul Dano’s directorial film debut Wildlife.
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.
Carey Mulligan was born in London, the daughter of Nano (née Booth) and Stephen Mulligan. Her father is of Irish descent and was originally from Liverpool. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales. Her mother is a university lecturer and her father is a hotel manager. Her parents met while they were both working in a hotel in their twenties.
When she was three years old, her family moved to Germany when her father was hired to manage a hotel there. While living in Germany, Mulligan and her brother attended the International School of Düsseldorf. When she was eight, she and her family moved back to England. As a teenager, she was educated at Woldingham School in Surrey.
Interest in acting
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 that she was expected to submit an application to, but did not receive a subsequent offer.
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. However, Fellowes dissuaded her from the profession and suggested that she “marry a lawyer” instead. Undeterred, she later sent Fellowes a letter in which she stated that she was serious about acting and that the vocation was her purpose in life. Several weeks later, Fellowes’s wife Emma invited her to a dinner for young, aspiring actors that she and her husband were hosting to offer advice.
The event facilitated an introduction between Mulligan and a casting assistant that led to an audition for a role in Pride and Prejudice. She auditioned on three occasions 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 in between acting jobs.
Among her 2007 projects were My Boy Jack, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and another Jane Austen adaptation Northanger Abbey starring Felicity Jones. 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.
Carey Mulligan 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.
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.”
Carey 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 sex-addiction 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 Luhrman’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 Gatsby-themed 2012 Met Ball Gala. 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 2015, Mulligan garnered much praise for her roles in two critically acclaimed films which were 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 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 as she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
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.
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 a Richard Ford 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.” Mulligan received a Best Actress Nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.
Mulligan’s stepped back into television with her steely performance as a detective inspector in Collateral, a BBC Two limited series, received 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 received critical praise with the New York Times calling her performance “perfection”. The play is also available for download on Audible. 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 2017, Mulligan was cast as Gloria Steinem in the Dee Rees film, An Uncivil War.
Aside from acting, Mulligan was among the actresses who took part in the Safe Project—each was photographed in the place she feels safest—for a 2010 series to raise awareness of sex trafficking. 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 lives with Alzheimer’s disease and no longer recognises her. 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; in 2014, she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in this role.
Carey is signed with these talent agencies –
Julian Belfrage Associates
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
In 2012, she became the ambassador of Alzheimer’s Society. The organization aims at creating awareness among the people about the disease Alzheimer and dementia.
First TV Show
She appeared in a TV series Bleak House in 2005 BBC television drama serial adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Bleak House. It was a mini TV series consisting of only 15 episodes.
Carey says that she does not do a heavy workout. She had told her trainer that she wants to look like a normal person, who doesn’t even go all the six days for the exercises or some workout to gyms. She has been reported to be working out with just trails and cross-trainers, i.e. cardio is most important for her. She likes to do hiking in the hills of Hollywood. Hiking is believed to burn up to 370 calories per hour. It also works all the body parts like legs, knees, ankles, shoulders, arms, neck, hips. Read her full story.
Carey Mulligan Favorite Things
Idols – Macaulay Culkin, Daniel Day-Lewis
Movie – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Carey Mulligan Facts
Her father is from Liverpool, England while her mother is from Llandeilo in West Wales. Her great-grandfather was from Ireland but emigrated from there.
She developed her interest in acting when she was six and watched her brother act in a school production The King and I.
She made her professional acting debut at 19.
In 2012, Carey became the ambassador of Alzheimer’s Society.
Carey’s grandmother suffers from Alzheimer and as a result, she now no longer recognizes Carey.
Her parents moved to Germany when she was three and returned back to UK when eight. All this happened due to her father’s job as a hotel manager.
She made her Broadway debut in 2008 through Chekhov’s The Seagull.
To prepare for the role of Daisy Buchanan in the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby, she studied seven biographies of Zelda Fitzgerald and love letters from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s muse Ginevra King.
She is good friends with Zoe Kazan.
She learned driving when she became 23 years old.