Carey Mulligan is an English actress and singer.
Her full name is Carey Hannah Mulligan.
She was born in Westminster, London on 28 May 1985.
Her father, Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager while her mother Nano (Booth) is a university lecturer. Her parents met while they were both working in a hotel in their twenties.
She has Irish, Welsh, and English ancestry.
She grew up in Germany and England and performed in theater productions.
Carey has said that her passion and love for acting was first kindled at her old school Woldingham School, where she took part in a school production of “Sweet Charity” in her final year, and where she was also a student head of drama.
In 2004, at the age of 19, Mulligan began her acting on stage in the play Forty Winks at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005) alongside Keira Knightley, Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland.
In 2007 she earned a Constellation Award for playing the main character Sally Sparrow in the Doctor Who episode “Blink”.
She rounded out 2007 by appearing in an acclaimed revival of The Seagull, in which she played Nina to Kristin Scott Thomas’s Arkadina and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Trigorin. The Daily Telegraph said her performance was “quite extraordinarily radiating'” and The Observer called her “almost unbearably affecting.”
Making her Broadway debut, Mulligan starred in a revival of the Anton Chekhov classic The Seagull with Peter Sarsgaard and Kristin Scott Thomas in 2008.
Her big breakthrough came when, at 22, 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. The film and her performance received rave reviews, and she was nominated for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and won a BAFTA Award.
Then she next starred in independent film The Greatest (2009) as the pregnant girlfriend of a boy who dies.
Mulligan co-starred in the critically acclaimed 2011 neo-noir thriller Drive, directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. She was nominated for her second BAFTA award—Best Supporting Actress—for the film.
Then she appeared as Michael Douglas’s daughter in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (2010).
Mulligan won a British Independent Award for Never Let Me Go, an adaption of the 2005 Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, in which she starred and narrated.
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.
Then she starred Steve McQueen’s sex-addiction drama Shame alongside Michael Fassbender in New York in January 2011.
She starred as Daisy Buchanan, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, in The Great Gatsby, which was released in May 2013.
Mulligan appeared in the black comedy tragedy Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).
Mulligan starred in the 2014 revival of the play Skylight with Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard, directed by Stephen Daldry, at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End.
Then she starred in the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far from the Madding Crowd (2015).
Mulligan starred in Suffragette (2015) for director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan, released in October 2015.
Then she starred in the American period drama Mudbound (2017).
In 2018, she stared opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the independent film Wildlife, the adaptation of a Richard Ford novel of the same name.
Carey Mulligan has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Mulligan is married to Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of Mumford & Sons. They were childhood pen pals who lost touch and reconnected as adults.
Was the UK recipient of the Shooting Star award from the European Film Promotion in 2009.
Sang the lead female vocal on the title track of Belle & Sebastian’s “Write About Love” album, released in October 2010.
Mulligan mentioned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that the first actor she met was Julian Fellowes, who came to talk at her school. She approached him, and he introduced her to casting director Jina Jay’s assistant; at the time, they were looking for young unknown actresses to play the younger sisters in Pride & Prejudice (2005). It ended up being her first job.