Being the latest Hollywood ‘It Girl’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are many examples of young actresses who burst on to the scene and make a big name for themselves right out of the gate, only to flame out due to personal issues or extremely poor choices in subsequent movie roles. Fortunately, Carey Mulligan has not turned out to be one of those actresses.
The London-born Mulligan began her career as a stage actress in “Forty Winks”, performed at Royal Court Theater. Then, she made a huge step into film when she starred as Kitty Bennett in the very well-received 2005 adaptation of Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice” (performing alongside Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen).
The acting bug caught Carey early in life. When she was 6 years old, she was so captivated by a school production of “The King and I” (which starred her older brother) that she begged the be allowed to participate and was permitted to be in the chorus. This love of acting continued until she reached age 16 and saw the stage production of Kenneth Branagh’s version of Shakespeare’s “Henry V”. She knew then and there that this was the profession she had the passion for and wanted to follow. Despite objections from her parents, Carey went after her dream, working as a barmaid to make ends meet between acting jobs.
The success of “Pride and Prejudice” did not immediately lead to superstardom for Mulligan, as she chose a series of smaller roles on film and television over the next few years, including “Agatha Christie’s Marple” and the rebooted version of the hit British sci-fi series “Doctor Who”. 2009 would see her rocket back to the forefront of the consciousness of audiences.
2009 saw Carey return to major film roles in movies like the Iraq War drama “Brothers” and the John Dillinger biopic “Public Enemies”. However, it was when she starred in the drama “An Education” that she really captivated audiences. Her performance as a young woman with college on her mind who comes of age, emotionally, while being the objective of desire by an older, more world-wise (and devious) man, was a favorite of critics. Among the many notices she received was an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Carey continued to make smart decisions in acting selection when chose more award-winning roles in films such as “Never Let Me Go” and “Shame” (with Michael Fassbender). Even more mainstream roles, such as playing Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) daughter in the “Wall Street” sequel “Money Never Sleeps” were positively viewed. Carey continued to wow when she played Daisy Buchanan in this year’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”.
While continuing to work on more roles for her acting resume, she also found time to marry her childhood friend, Marcus Mumford (of indie-darling music group “Mumford and Sons”).
Of course, as wonderful as Carey’s career has been so far, she would not be here if it weren’t for her possessing a little body art. She has an adorable seagull on her right wrist. The act of getting that tattoo is what she attributes to helping her land the role of Sissy Sullivan in “Shame”.
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