Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald - Updated Mar 2023

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Updated On March 26, 2023

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Kelly Macdonald is a well-known Scottish actress. Kelly Macdonald is best known for her roles in Gosford Park, Intermission, Trainspotting, Nanny McPhee, No Country for Old Men, etc.

Early Life and Childhood

Kelly Macdonald was born on February 23, 1976, in the city of Glasgow, United Kingdom. Her age is 46 years as of 2022 and she is a naturalized British citizen and Christian by religion.

Similarly, her full name is Kelly Macdonald and her birth sign is Pisces. Her parents, Pasty and Archie, divorced when she was nine. She grew up in Neilston.

She has received a lot of family support in her career. Her mother, a sales executive in the garment industry, raised her and her brother David.


In terms of her educational background, she attended Eastwood High School from 1989 to 1993. Later, she might have skipped college as she started to act at an early age to pursue her professional career. However, her additional academic credentials are unavailable on the web.

Kelly Macdonald – Net Worth 2023

Macdonald is a well-known Scottish actress and her estimated net worth is around $8 million. Also, her annual salary is $300k and her source of income is mainly her acting profession. However, her monthly and weekly wages are unknown.

Career and Professional Life

Moving on to her career, she began her professional career as a barmaid in Glasgow. She saw a flyer advertising an open casting call for trainspotting and decided to audition, eventually landing the role of Diane, the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor’s Renton.

Moreover, other roles include Mary O’Neary in Two Family House and an actress in Finding Neverland as Peter Pan. In Robert Altman’s British period piece Gosford Park, she played an aristocrat’s maid, and in Intermission, she played Deirdre.

Additionally, she portrayed Mary in Lifehouse, a 1999 BBC radio drama which was based on Pete Townshend’s abandoned rock opera, some of which was released on The Who’s album Who’s Next.

Her most lovable and famous television appearances were in two BBC dramas, The Girl in the Cafe in 2005 as well as the Paul Abbott serial State of Play in 2003.

Furthermore, in 2006 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in The Girl in the Cafe.

She appeared as the “Grey Lady” later revealed to be Helena Ravenclaw in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise, in 2011.

In addition, she voiced Merida, the heroine of the Disney/Pixar film Brave, in 2012, and Dolly in Anna Karenina. Also, she appeared in the 2012 romantic comedy film The Decoy Bride.

Kelly Macdonald

Caption: Kelly Macdonald in an award show. Source: Super Stars Bio

Brand Endorsements

Kelly has not endorsed any brand till now. Also, she is not promoting anything till now and is not collaborating with any brands. No information is available on the web regarding the other brands she has cooperated with or not.

Also, she has not disclosed any information about the brands or companies she has endorsed. Moreover, in the coming days, we may see her being associated with some brands and supporting their products.

Awards and Nomination

She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for the 2005 television film The Girl in the Cafe. Similarly, she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film.

Moreover, she went on to star as Margaret Thompson in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire for five seasons from 2010 to 2014, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. Furthermore, we believe that her talent will earn her several awards in the future.

Relationship Status

Macdonald married Dougie Payne on August 2003. Payne is a bassist of the rock band, Travis, by profession. However, she has not revealed how they both met and dated each other.

Later, they both got divorced in 2017. They have two sons Theodore William Payne and Freddie Peter Payne. Moreover, it is seen that they both are quite happy being separated at the moment. Also, she doesn’t have any past relationships or previous engagements.

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Caption: Kelly Macdonald with her ex-husband. Source: Daily Record


Macdonald sparked outrage when she mocked Doctor Strange star Tilda Swinton for not speaking with a regional accent. The claim came after rising tensions over the nation’s independence referendum results in 2014.

Also, she always tries to avoid the media and tries to avoid engaging in contentious behavior or situations that can damage his reputation.

Kelly Macdonald – Body Measurements

Talking about her height she is 5 Feet 3 inches tall and weighs 57kg. Similarly, her body measurement is 32-26-33 inches, her eye color is brown, and her hair color is black. Also, her dress size is 5 and her shoe size is 6.5(US).

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Caption: Kelly Macdonald giving a pose. Source: Celeb Mafia

Social Media

Kelly is not active on social media. She likes to be present and keep her personal life private, hence she does not use any social networking sites. However, there are some of her fan-made profiles.