Born in Westminster, London, England to Stephen and Nano, Carey Hannah Mulligan is an English actress.
She is a mix of Irish and English ancestry. She has an older brother. When she was three, she moved with her family to Germany. Carey Mulligan was a shy tomboy who did well in school and was educated at a girls boarding school.
Carey Mulligan got interested in acting after seeing her brother perform in a school production. She applied to drama schools and got rejected, and then doubted herself. Her parents also disapproved of pursuing a job in entertainment.
After getting help from her schools headmistress, Carey Mulligan landed a role in Pride & Prejudice. She later appeared in Bleak House, My Boy Jack and an episode of Doctor Who, among other roles.
But it was probably her role in An Education that made her a star. Her work earned her a Golden Globe, Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Carey Mulligan followed it up with parts in The Greatest Never Let Me Go, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Drive and Shame. She will be seen in the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
Carey loves theatre because No one can tell you to stop. Once youre onstage, its three hours, and whether youre completely off or youre just horrendous, youve got to find a way to leave an impression. She added, I dont think I want to play title roles. I dont want to be the face on the poster. I dont want the pressure of having the success riding on my shoulders. I just want to play the most interesting parts. I actually think its incredibly rare to get an interesting female character that is the lead in a film. Usually the character parts are so much more interesting to play (interviewmagazine.com). Carey did say about her own life, I think I model my life on Home Alone. I want to have crazy fun and get into scrapes.
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Which sounds different from an interview she gave to The Guardian, I mean, I dont wear a bikini on the beach. I walk around my house in pajamas. I havent seen myself naked in the mirror for probably a decade. Im very prudish.
Carey Mulligan said about being written about, I really try not to read anything [online], and then occasionally I will be completely self-destructive, once every six months, and its really horrible. Sometimes people write the most ghastly things, and it makes you feel like crapI read some stuffsaying I wasnt beautiful enough to be an actress. And I thought, well, thats not what youre meant to be. Ive never aspired to play a character that was beautiful.
Carey Mulligan supports Safe Project and has raised money for Oxfam.
She married musician Marcus Mumford in April 2012.
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