Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald is incredibly talented, stunningly beautiful, and has that great Glaswegian accent. She started in hipster movie Trainspotting, but quickly transitioned to doing many frock flicks. Let’s check out her resume!
Cousin Bette (1998)
The adaptation of the Balzac novel, set in the 1840s. Macdonald plays the sweet, pretty, young daughter of a rich family who marries older cousin Bette’s crush, launching all kinds of revenge.
The loosely-based-on-history biopic of Queen Elizabeth I’s early reign. Macdonald plays “Isabelle” Knollys, the attendant who hooks up with Robert Dudley and gets poisoned in the process.
My Life So Far (1999)
“A year in the life of a ten-year-old Scottish boy.” Looks like this is set in the 1920s? Looks like Macdonald plays the boy’s older sister.
Gosford Park (2001)
The faaaabulous 1930s-set country house party/murder mystery. Macdonald plays the young and naive lady’s maid to Maggie Smith’s character.
Brush With Fate (2003)
A TV movie about an imaginary Vermeer painting as it travels through time and various owners. Macdonald plays “Aletta,” and I’m not sure which time period her character is in?
Finding Neverland (2004)
A very fictionalized take on playwright J.M. Barrie writing the play “Peter Pan.” Macdonald plays Peter in the play-within-a-film.
Nanny McPhee (2005)
A magical nanny arrives to take care of some children in the late 19th century. Macdonald plays “Evangeline, the Browns’ scullery maid, who dreams of being an educated lady” per Wikipedia.
Boardwalk Empire (2010-14)
Crime happens in 1920s Atlantic City. Macdonald plays “Margaret Thompson – a young widow and mother who turns to Nucky for help out of an abusive marriage, becoming his mistress and later his wife” (thanks Wikipedia). I know I SHOULD want to watch this, but I’ve never been inspired!
Anna Karenina (2012)
The movie-as-play adaptation starring Keira Knightley. Macdonald plays Dolly, a Russian princess whose husband is cheating on her.
Swallows and Amazons (2016)
An adaptation of a 1930 children’s novel. Macdonald plays the mother of some children on holiday.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
The biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne. Macdonald plays Milne’s son’s nanny.
Holmes & Watson (2018)
The supremely un-funny Sherlock Holmes movie. Macdonald plays Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock’s landlady.
Urban Myths (2019)
A British comedy TV show that tells supposedly true stories about real people. Macdonald plays Princess Margaret in the episode in which she supposedly hangs out with Mick Jagger.
Operation Mincemeat (2021)
Set during World War II, about the British deception operation of the Second World War to disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. Macdonald plays a widowed secretary who is key to the plot.
What’s your favorite Kelly Macdonald frock flick role?