Born: February 23, 1976
Date of Birth: February 23, 1976
Scotland-born actress Kelly Macdonald was getting ready to apply to drama
school and working as a barmaid when she saw a leaflet advertising an open casting
session. She got the part and from there, was propelled into the whirlwind
that was Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996). As the teenage seducer Diane, she
gave heroin junkie (
Following the film's success, Macdonald began getting steady work in a number of films as both a lead and supporting player. In the immediate wake of Trainspotting, she played the title character (a teenage prostitute) in Stella Does Tricks. Subsequently, she nabbed a lead role in the period drama Cousin Bette (1997) and a small, but memorable, part in the lavish historical epic Elizabeth (1998).
In 1999, Macdonald was featured in four very diverse films. In My Life So Far, she played a young girl growing up in 1920s Scotland, while Entropy featured the actress in the thoroughly modern milieu of 20-something romantic angst. Macdonald alos appeared in Mike Figgis' The Loss of Sexual Innocence, playing the young girlfriend of the film's protagonist; and in Gregg Araki's romantic comedy Splendor, she played the heroine's blue-haired best friend.
Since then, she has appeared in Gosford Park (2001) with