Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British singer and actress who works in theater, film, and television. She has been active since 2004 and has received a BAFTA and nominations for Tony, Academy, and Golden Globe Awards. Mulligan, who was born in London, spent her early years there before moving back to England when she was eight years old. She was inspired to pursue acting after seeing her brother perform in a school play. She then got interested in school theater and eventually earned the title of head of the drama department. She made her on-screen debut in the 2005 romantic drama “Pride & Prejudice” as Kitty Bennet. She was also chosen for the BBC miniseries “Bleak House” that same year. She made her Broadway debut in the play “The Seagull” in 2008. The coming-of-age drama “An Education” gave her the role that would become her signature. Since then, Mulligan has starred in a number of films, including “Never Let Me Go,” “Drive,” “Shame,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Far from the Madding Crowd,” “Suffragette,” and “Mudbound.” She has made musical contributions to three of her films’ soundtracks, including “Shame,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Mulligan volunteers for a number of nonprofit organizations, including War Child and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Early Childhood & Life
Nano (née Booth) and Stephen Mulligan’s only child and youngest child, Carey Mulligan was born on May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London. Owain Patrick Mulligan, her elder brother, is a musician.
Her mother, a university lecturer, was raised in Llandeilo, Wales, while her father, an Irish-born hotel manager, was brought up in Liverpool. When Mulligan was three years old, the family moved to Germany since her father had been hired as a hotel manager there.
Mulligan’s family moved back to England when she was eight years old. While living in Germany, she attended the International School of Düsseldorf, then after moving to Surrey, she enrolled at Woldingham School.
She developed an interest in acting after witnessing her brother participate in a school production of “The King and I” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. She went to the teachers and pleaded with them to allow her to participate in the play. She was eventually given permission to join the chorus.
She quickly got active in the school’s theater department and eventually rose to become its director. They put on musical productions and regular plays, and they taught young pupils in workshops.
Her parents, who preferred that she pursue a traditional university education, did not support her desire to pursue a career as an actor. She applied to numerous film schools anyway, unafraid. She waited for a response from them, but she never got one.
She first connected with writer and actress Julian Fellowes during her final year at Woldingham, and it was through him that she was cast in the 2005 movie “Pride & Prejudice” as Kitty Bennet.
Career of Carey Mulligan
2004 saw Carey Mulligan perform in the play “Forty Winks” at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Her first significant production was this. Her first film, “Pride & Prejudice,” was released a year later. Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Matthew Macfadyen, and Donald Sutherland also starred in the movie adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel.
On September 11, 2005, “Pride & Prejudice” had its Toronto International Film Festival premiere. Since then, it has had both critical and commercial success. Mulligan received favorable reviews for her succinct but impactful portrayal of the fourth Bennet sister.
She made her small-screen debut in the fifteen-part BBC miniseries “Bleak House” as Ade Clare. She played the role of Angelique from 2005 to 2006 in an Almeida Theatre production of the musical “The Hypochondriac.” In the British drama series “The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard,” she portrayed one of the lead characters.
She portrayed Sister Bridgid in the 2007 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey,” as well as Isabella Thorpe in the police procedural crime drama “Waking the Dead” for the BBC. She had the opportunity to make a cameo appearance in a third-season “Doctor Who” episode that year.
In 2007 she played Nina Zarechnaya in a staging of Anton Chekov’s “The Seagull” and collaborated with director Anand Tucker on his film “And When Did You Last See Your Father?”
The busiest year of her career to date was 2009, according to her. She appeared in four movies: “The Greatest,” a romantic drama; “Brothers,” a psychological war thriller; “Public Enemies,” a biographical mafia drama; and “An Education.”
In the dystopian love drama “Never Let Me Go,” which was released in 2010, she co-starred with Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. Oliver Stone, a celebrated filmmaker, followed up his 1987 masterpiece “Wall Street” with “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” that same year. Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) cruel and avaricious daughter, Winnie Gekko, was portrayed by Mulligan.
In 2011, she had two films and one theater appearance. She collaborated with Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston on the action drama “Drive,” and Michael Fassbender and James Badge Dale were her co-stars on the drama “Shame.” She played Karin in the Off-Broadway production of “Through a Glass Darkly,” a role originally played by Harriet Andersson in Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 movie of the same name.
She appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book “The Great Gatsby,” one of the biggest movies of the year. Mulligan played Daisy Buchanan, a passionate and cunning lady who was once Jay Gatsby’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) sweetheart. In the same year, she worked with the Coen brothers on their dark comedy “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Mulligan played Kyra Hollis in the 2014 staging of David Hare’s “Skylight” at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. The play debuted on Broadway at Golden Theatre in 2015. Mulligan’s performance earned her a 2015 Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play.
She provided Lady Anne York’s voice in two episodes of “The Spoils of Babylon” in 2014.
Mulligan portrayed Bathsheba Everdene in the 2015 film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 book “Far from the Madding Crowd,” which also starred Matthias Schoenaerts as Gabriel Oak, Michael Sheen as William Boldwood, and Juno Temple as Fanny Robin. The movie received favorable reviews.
Mulligan received accolades for her work in “Far from the Madding Crowd.” Indeed, some commentators feel that her performance was superior to Julie Christie’s in the 1967 adaption.
She had an appearance in the period drama ‘Mudbound’ in 2017, which was based on the same-named book by Hilary Jordan. She performed in the 2018 independent film “Wildlife,” which was based on the same-named novel by Richard Ford.
Mulligan sang the album’s title track on the independent pop band Belle and Sebastian’s 2010 release, “Belle and Sebastian Write About Love.” She also contributed vocals to the soundtracks for the films Shame (2011), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). She sang “Theme from New York, New York,” “Five Hundred Miles,” and “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme” with Michael Sheen.
Bigger Works of Carey Mulligan
The movie “An Education” from 2009 featured Carey Mulligan. The film, which is based on the memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber, follows Jenny (Mulligan), a teenage schoolgirl who is attracted by a charming con artist (Peter Sarsgaard).
The movie was a critical and financial success. It cost $7.5 million to produce, yet it brought in $26.1 million at the box office. Additionally, it received three Oscar nominations, including Mulligan’s for Best Actress. Her portrayal earned her the BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2009. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the movie as well.
Individual Life of Carey Mulligan
Shia LaBeouf, Tom Sturridge, and Eddie Redmayne are among actors who Carey Mulligan has dated in the past. She tied the knot with ‘Mumford & Sons’ frontman Marcus Mumford on April 21, 2012. Daughter Evelyn Grace (born September 15, 2015) and boy Wilfred (born August 2017) are their two children.
Mulligan has served as an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador since 2012. In 2014, she took on the same position for the organization “War Child.”
Carey Mulligan’s Net Worth
The British actress Carey Mulligan has a $8 million fortune. As the lead in the 2009 movie “An Education,” which won her an Academy Award nomination, Carey Mulligan made her breakthrough. After that, she continued to make appearances in a number of movies, including “Drive,” “Shame,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Mudbound,” “Wildlife,” and “Promising Young Woman.” The television shows “Bleak House” and “Collateral,” as well as the revivals of the plays “The Seagull” and “Skylight,” are among Mulligan’s other major accomplishments.