Friday, January 14, 2011

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As a relative newcomer, British actress Carey Mulligan took Hollywood by storm as the sublimely exuberant Jenny in the feature film, "An Education" (2009). The incandescent actress gave a seemingly effortless portrayal of a young girl who falls for a charming, more experienced man in the film that made her a bona fide movie star and, according to critics, a strong contender for an Oscar nomination. The fresh-faced ingénue was suddenly flooded with plum movie roles that billed her opposite established actors like Michael Douglas in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" (2010) and Keira Knightley in "Never Let Me Go" (2010). Mulligan was also romantically linked to A-list actor, Shia LaBeouf, so with that came the inevitable tabloid interest in her as well. While it was a coming-of-age film that kicked Mulligan's career into high gear, it was the actress' penetrating performances both on the big screen and on Broadway that cemented her place as a serious actress worthy of being called "the next Audrey Hepburn."

Carey Hannah Mulligan was born on May 28, 1985 in Greater London, England, where she lived until the age of three when her family moved to Germany. At age six, Mulligan - the daughter of a hotel manager - began acting in school plays at the International School of Dusseldorf, playing mostly character roles and parts intended for men. Her high school years were spent at the Woldingham School in England, where she was the student head of drama and starred in several school productions like "Sweet Charity" during her final year. It was at boarding school where Mulligan came face to face with Julian Fellowes, the person who eventually paved the way for her landing her first professional acting job. Fellowes, famed author and Oscar-winning screenwriter of the mystery drama "Gosford Park" (2001), was a guest speaker at her school. The bright-eyed Mulligan sat down next to Fellowes after his speech and grilled him about an acting career. But instead of the words of encouragement she hoped to get, she was instead ill advised to marry a lawyer or an accountant and settle down.
While such remarks would have easily crushed a lesser individual's spirit, the determined young actress nonetheless kept following her dreams. She wrote letters to seasoned actors, the likes of Kenneth Branagh, asking for career guidance. She even wrote one to Fellowes that ultimately landed her a role as Kitty Bennet, the giggly and flighty little sister, in the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story, "Pride & Prejudice" alongside Keira Knightley, Judy Dench and Donald Sutherland. While filming, Mulligan became fast friends with Knightley, who was at the time quickly making a name for herself as Hollywood's new "It Girl." The actresses teamed up again as childhood friends in the sci-fi drama, "Never Let Me Go," based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Mulligan parlayed her slow rise to fame with numerous roles on television and on stage, often portraying romanticized versions of a sister, daughter or cousin. She had a recurring role in the Charles Dicken's TV adaptation of "Bleak House" (BBC, 2005), starring as the orphan, Ada Clare, one of a pair of cousins embroiled in an endless lawsuit. Her moving performance in the television drama earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries at the OFTA (Online Film & Television Association) awards in 2006. Mulligan was convincing as the rebellious daughter of a supermarket manager- turned-Prime Minister in the BBC series, "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" (2006). A year later, she played Daniel Radcliffe's acutely sensitive sister in iTV's "My Boy Jack," the true story of author Rudyard Kipling and his wife's search for their son who went missing during WWII.
But it was her breakout role in the comedy drama "An Education," based on British journalist Lynn Barber's memoir and directed by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, which propelled Mulligan into A-list celebrity status at long last. Set in the pre-Swinging London of the 1960s, the film tells the story of Jenny, a 16-year-old overachiever at an elite London all-girls school who has her sights set on Oxford, as well as on David, a suave, jet-setting businessman twice her age (Peter Sarsgaard). Sarsgaard had previously worked with Mulligan in the New York production of "The Seagull" as Trigorin, Nina's lover.

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, "An Education" promptly introduced the dark-haired beauty to the rest of the cinema-going world. Suddenly, Mulligan was being touted as the "new Audrey Hepburn" and, it turned out, a shoe-in for a Best Actress Oscar nomination. It was a career-making film for the British actress who stood out in a sea of blonde, leggy starlets due to a raw talent and her innocent but sexy retro look that was slightly reminiscent of pixie-haired beauties like Mia Farrow. With her beguiling eyes, deep voice, and adorably gamine personality, Mulligan effortlessly won over critics and filmgoers everywhere with her honest portrayal of a precocious young woman whose zest for life inevitably ends up the way of most adolescent romantic illusions. As expected, Mulligan began racking up award nominations by year's end, including Independent Spirit, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy award nods for her work in the film.
Mulligan's performance as the aspiring actress Nina in the 2007 Royal Court production of Chekhov's "The Seagull" was yet another showstopper. When the play moved to Broadway, Mulligan found herself living out her childhood dream. To add another feather in her cap, she received a prestigious Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in 2009. Hollywood began to take a serious look at the young ingénue after "The Seagull." She had had a small, unmemorable role as a hooker in the epic gangster film "Public Enemies" (2009) starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale but things were shifting. That same year, she had a slightly bigger role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and Tobey Maguire in the war drama, "Brothers."

In 2010, Mulligan appeared opposite Shia LaBeouf in the Oliver Stone-helmed "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to 1987's "Wall Street." Their instant attraction did not go unnoticed by cast and crew, but unlike most fame-hungry celebrity couples, LaBeouf and Mulligan kept their relationship relatively low-key, even as the paparazzi followed their every move. In the film, she played a rabid anti-capitalist in love with a young trader (LaBeouf) who partnered with former Wall Street capitalist pariah Gordon "Greed is good" Gekko, the role made famous by Michael Douglas, who reprised his role in the sequel.

    * Also Credited As:
      Carey Hannah Mulligan
    * Born:
      Carey Hannah Mulligan on May 28, 1985 in London, England, GB
    * Job Titles:


    * Brother: Owen Mulligan.
    * Father: Stephen Mulligan.
    * Mother: Nano Mulligan.

Significant Others
    * Companion: Shia LaBeouf. Met while co-starring in Oliver Stone s Wall Street sequel, Money Never Sleeps ; began dating in August 2009; reportedly split in October 2010

    * 2005 Cast as one of the orphans, Ada Clare, in the BBC adaption of Charles Dickens Bleak House
    * 2005 First film role was playing Kitty Bennett in the feature adaptation of Jane Austen s novel, Pride & Prejudice
    * 2006 Appeared in the British TV series, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard
    * 2007 Appeared in a film adaptation of Blake Morrison s memoirs And When Did You Last See Your Father?
    * 2007 Cast as Isabella Thorpe in the British TV-movie, Northanger Abbey
    * 2007 Cast in the revival of The Seagull ; made her Broadway debut when the play transferred to the US in 2008
    * 2007 Co-starred with Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Catrall in My Boy Jack
    * 2009 Had a small role in Michael Mann s Public Enemies
    * 2009 Played the leading role in the coming-of-age drama, An Education ; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress
    * 2010 Co-starred opposite Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield in the drama Never Let Me Go, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
    * 2010 Played Gordon Gekko s estranged daughter Winnie in Oliver Stone s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to his 1987 Academy Award-winning film


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