Carey Mulligan

Last updated on the 29 May 2024 by Maeve

Carey Mulligan

Mini Biography

Born: 28 May 1985, London, England. 

Carey Mulligan grew up in a supportive middle-class family, with her father, Stephen Mulligan, working as a hotel manager, and her mother, Nano Booth, as a university lecturer.

From an early age, Mulligan displayed a passion for acting. She attended the Woldingham School, an all-girls boarding school in Surrey, where she actively participated in school productions and developed her theatrical skills.

Mulligan’s professional breakthrough came in 2005 when she landed a role in the stage adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull”. Her performance garnered critical acclaim and caught the attention of casting directors. In 2007, she made her television debut in the British drama series “Bleak House” , earning praise for her portrayal of Ada Clare.

However, it was Mulligan’s role in the 2009 film “An Education” that catapulted her to international recognition. Her portrayal of Jenny Mellor, a young woman navigating love and education in 1960s London, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

In 2012, Carey Mulligan married musician Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the folk-rock band Mumford & Sons. The couple have two children together, a daughter named Evelyn Grace and a son named Wilfred.


BAFTA award


WINNER |  Fillm: Leading Actress for An Education (2010)



Suggested viewing


Collateral (2018)

Collateral poster

Bftv 8.5. / IMDb 6.8

“Collateral” is a captivating crime thriller that unfolds in contemporary London. Following the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery driver, detective Kip Glaspie investigates the homicide, revealing a tangled network of intertwined narratives featuring politicians, refugees and influential figures. As she probes further into the investigation, hidden truths and surprising links emerge.

Top cast: Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Nicola Walker, Billie Piper, Nathaniel Martello-White, Jeany Spark, Hayley Squires, Ben Miles.


Northanger Abbey (2007)

Northanger Abbey poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.2

In “Northanger Abbey” , Catherine Morland, a young and imaginative woman, visits the grand estate of Northanger Abbey. She befriends the Tilney siblings and becomes engrossed in Gothic novels. However, her naive imagination leads her to misinterpret events, testing her perception of reality and love in this satirical coming-of-age story by Jane Austen.

Top cast: Felicity Jones, Carey Mulligan, JJ Feild, Geraldine James, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Desmond Barrit, William Beck, Gerry O’Brien, Liam McMahon.


Suffragette (2015)


Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.5

“Suffragette” is a powerful film that tells the story of the British suffragette movement in the early 20th century. It follows Maud Watts, a working-class woman who becomes involved in the fight for women’s voting rights. Facing immense challenges and sacrifices, Maud’s journey highlights the resilience and determination of suffragettes.

Top cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Meryl Streep, Ben Wishaw, Romola Garai, Samuel West, Geoff Bell.


Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Far from the Madding Crowd

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

Far from the Madding Crowd” tells the tale of Bathsheba Everdene, a strong-willed young woman who inherits a farm. She becomes entangled in a complex love triangle with three suitors: Gabriel Oak, a loyal shepherd; William Boldwood, a wealthy landowner; and Sergeant Francis Troy, a charming soldier. This classic novel by Thomas Hardy explores themes of love, independence and the consequences of choices.

Top cast: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple, Jessica Barden, Hilton McRae, Harry Peacock, Bradley Hall.

Alternative version

Far from the Madding Crowd


An Education (2008)

An Education

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.3

In “An Education”, Jenny, a bright and ambitious schoolgirl in 1960s London, meets David, an older man who introduces her to a world of glamour and excitement. As their relationship develops, Jenny must confront the consequences of her choices and tackle the complexities of adulthood, love and personal growth.

Top cast: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Sally Hawkins, Emma Thompson.


The Dig (2021)

Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, The Dig

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

“The Dig” is a historical drama film based on true events. Set in 1939, it follows the story of a wealthy widow, Edith Pretty, who hires an excavator, Basil Brown, to investigate mysterious mounds on her property. As they unearth an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial ship, their discovery unravels secrets and ignites a race against time amidst the backdrop of impending war.

Top cast: Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, Ken Stott, Ben Chaplin, Johnny Flynn, Lily James, Monica Dolan, Archie Barnes, Eamon Farren.


My Boy Jack (2007)

My Boy Jack

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.1

“My Boy Jack” is a heartfelt drama based on true events. It revolves around Rudyard Kipling’s desperate search for his son, Jack, who goes missing during World War I. The film explores the toll of war on a family and the complex emotions that arise in the face of sacrifice and duty.

Top cast: Daniel Radcliffe, David Haig, Kim Cattrall, Carey Mulligan, Julian Wadham, Robbie Kay, John-Paul Macleod, Bill Milner, Michael McElhatton.


Bleak House (2005)
Bleak House poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

Bleak House television drama series based on Charles Dickens’ novel. It intertwines the lives of various characters, including the orphan Esther Summerson, the mysterious Lady Dedlock and the relentless lawyer Mr. Tulkinghorn. The story unfolds against the backdrop of a seemingly endless legal case known as Jarndyce and Jarndyce, revealing secrets, scandals and the complexities of Victorian society.

Top cast: Anna Maxwell Martin, Carey Mulligan, Denis Lawson, Gillian Anderson, Tom Georgeson, Charles Dance, Patrick Kennedy, Timothy West, Burn Gorman, Hugo Speer, Pauline Collins, Phil Davis, Nathaniel Parker, Alun Armstrong, Anne Reid.

More Dickens

David Copperfield poster     The Mystery of Edwin Drood poster     Little Dorrit, Claire Foy


Shame (2011)

Shame poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.2

A man in New York grapples with a consuming sex addiction, seeking anonymous encounters to fulfill a deep emptiness. His carefully constructed world is disrupted by the arrival of his troubled sister, forcing him to confront the loneliness and isolation that fuel his desires.

Top cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie, Alex Manette, Lucy Walters, Amy Hargreaves, Elizabeth Masucci.


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