Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress born in London who grew up in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Surrey, England. Mulligan developed an early interest in acting and was the student head of the drama department at Woldingham School. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Carey Mulligan.
1. She made her professional acting debut on stage in the Kevin Elyot play “Forty Winks” at the Royal Court Theater in 2004.
2. Her film debut was in the role of Kitty Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice”, followed by supporting roles in numerous television series, including “Bleak House” and a “Doctor Who” episode “Blink.”
3. She made her Broadway debut in “The Seagull” in 2008 to critical acclaim; her West End performance garnered her an Ian Charleson Commendation Award.
4. Mulligan’s breakthrough performance was as Jenny Mellor in the coming-of-age drama “An Education”, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
5. In 2015, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in the Broadway revival of David Hare’s “Skylight” alongside Bill Nighy.
6. In 2018, she starred in the critically acclaimed crime miniseries “Collateral.”
7. In 2018 she starred in Paul Dano’s critically acclaimed directorial film debut “Wildlife.”
8. Apart from her acting career, Mulligan is noted for her philanthropic efforts, and has been an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society since 2012, and an ambassador for War Child since 2014.
9. She has been married to singer-songwriter Marcus Mumford since 2012; they have two children.
10. Mulligan was born in London, the daughter of Nano and Stephen Mulligan.
11. Her father is of Irish descent and was originally from Liverpool.
12. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales.
13. Her mother is a university lecturer and her father is a hotel manager.
14. Her parents met while they were both working in a hotel in their twenties.
15. When she was three years old, her family moved to Germany when her father was hired to manage a hotel there.
16. While living in Germany, Mulligan and her brother attended the International School of Düsseldorf.
17. When she was eight, she and her family moved back to England. As a teenager, she was educated at Woldingham School in Surrey.
18. Her interest in acting sparked from watching her brother perform in a school production of “The King and I” when she was six. During rehearsals, she pleaded with his teachers to let her be in the play. They let her join the chorus.
19. While enrolled in Woldingham School as a teen, she was heavily involved in theater.
20. She was the student head of the drama department there, performing in plays and musicals, conducting workshops with younger students, and helping put on productions.
21. When she was 16 years old, she attended a production of “Henry V” starring Kenneth Branagh.
22. His performance emboldened her and reinforced her belief that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. She wrote a letter to Branagh asking him for advice. “I explained that my parents didn’t want me to act, but that I felt it was my vocation in life,” she said. Branagh’s sister replied: “Kenneth says that if you feel such a strong need to be an actress, you must be an actress.”
23. Mulligan’s parents disapproved of her acting ambitions and wished for her to attend a university like her brother.
24. At age 17, she applied to three London drama schools, instead of the universities that she was expected to submit an application to, but did not receive a subsequent offer.
25. Mulligan is married to Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of Mumford & Sons. They were childhood pen pals who lost touch and reconnected as adults.
26. A few weeks after wrapping production on the film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” in which they were both involved, they married on 21 April 2012.
27. They have a daughter, Evelyn Grace, born in September 2015, and a son, Wilfred, born in August 2017.
28. Aside from acting, Mulligan was among the actresses who took part in the Safe Project, each was photographed in the place she feels safest, for a 2010 series to raise awareness of sex trafficking.
29. She donated the Vionnet gown she wore at the 2010 BAFTAs to the Curiosity Shop, which sells its donations to raise money for charity.
30. Mulligan became the ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society in 2012, with the goal of raising awareness and research funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Her grandmother lives with Alzheimer’s disease and no longer recognizes her.