George MacKay

Last updated on the 30 March 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 13 March 1992, Hammersmith, London, England. 

George MacKay’s acting journey commenced at the young age of ten, with his participation in minor roles on television shows like “Peter Pan” and “Johnny and the Bomb.”

However, it was in 2014 that MacKay made a breakthrough with his portrayal in the highly acclaimed film “Pride.” This remarkable film narrates the story of gay and lesbian activists supporting striking miners in 1984. MacKay’s performance as Joe, a young gay activist, garnered immense praise and catapulted him into the spotlight.

Since then, MacKay has graced the screen in a diverse range of films, including “Captain Fantastic,” “How I Live Now,” and “Ophelia.” Notably, in 2019, he took on the role of Lance Corporal Schofield in the World War I drama “1917,” directed by Sam Mendes. This film achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success, propelling MacKay’s career further. His exceptional portrayal earned him a nomination for the prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award.


Suggested viewing


1917 (2019)

1917 poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

“1917” is a gripping war film directed by Sam Mendes. Set during World War I, it follows two British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, who are given a dangerous mission to deliver a message that could save 1,600 lives. The film unfolds in real-time, creating a tense and immersive experience for viewers.

Top cast: George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Mays.

I Came By (2022)
I Came By

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.1

In this riveting tale, a defiant and audacious graffiti artist sets his sights on the opulent residences of the affluent elite. However, his daring exploits take an unexpected turn when he uncovers a startling revelation. This shocking secret propels him on a treacherous journey, putting not only himself but also his loved ones in grave danger.

Top cast: George Mackay, Hugh Bonneville, Percelle Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Varada Sethu, Franc Ashman, Anthony Calf, Marilyn Nnadebe, Antonio Aakeel.

Ophelia (2018)

Ophelia poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.5

“Ophelia” is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” from the perspective of Ophelia, a courageous and intelligent lady-in-waiting. She negotiates courtly politics, romance, and betrayal, ultimately challenging the patriarchal norms of her time and rewriting her own destiny.

Top cast: George Mackay, Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, Devon Terrell, Nathaniel Parker, Dominic Mafham, Daisy Head.

Munich: The Edge of War (2021)

Munich: The Edge of War

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

Taking place in the autumn of 1938, amidst Hitler’s plans to invade Czechoslovakia, the British government under Neville Chamberlain finds itself in dire need of a peaceful resolution. In a bid to avoid conflict, a British civil servant and a German diplomat, who were once classmates, embark on a journey to Munich with the intention of engaging in peace talks.

Top cast: George Mackay, Jannis Niewöhner, Jeremy Irons, Robert Bathurst, Jessica Brown Findlay, August Diehl, Sandra Hüller, Alex Jennings, Ulrich Matthews.

Pride (2014)

Pride, film poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

“Pride” is an inspiring comedy-drama based on a true story. Set in 1984, it follows a group of gay activists who form an unexpected alliance with striking miners in Wales. Together, they fight against prejudice and injustice, showcasing the power of unity and solidarity in the face of adversity.

Top cast: George Mackay, Ben Schnetzer, Freddie Fox, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun.

Full filmography (@Wikipedia)


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