Celebrities in Classics is a regular feature where I highlight the classic novel adaptations some of my favourite actors have starred in.
WHO IS IT? Carey Mulligan is a young actress whose sleeper career skyrocketed overnight. She went from playing Kitty Bennet (surely the least interesting Bennet sister) in Pride and Prejudice (2005) to the much loved and coveted, Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (2013), and is much in demand by Hollywood.
WHAT’S SO FASCINATING? Carey not only has an understated beauty and grace, but a depth and maturity that shine through in her acting. She has received multiple nominations for her performances and won Best Actress awards for her roles in An Education and Never Let Me Go. In 2015, she received a Tony nomination for her part in the Broadway play, Skylight.
FIRST ENCOUNTER: I don’t remember Carey in Pride and Prejudice, so the first time I saw her on screen was probably An Education.
CLASSIC BOOK FILMOGRAPHY
2005 ~ Pride & Prejudice ~ Kitty Bennet
2005 ~ Bleak House ~ Ada Clare
2006 ~ Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Sittaford Mystery ~ Violet Willett
2007 ~ Northanger Abbey ~ Isabella Thorpe
2010 ~ Never Let Me Go ~ Kathy H
2013 ~ The Great Gatsby ~ Daisy Buchanan
2015 ~ Far from the Madding Crowd ~ Bathsheba Everdene
For more of Carey’s filmography, visit Wikipedia.
FUN FACT: Carey is married to Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the band Mumford and Sons, and is expecting her first child.
GREAT QUOTE (on Never Let Me Go): I loved it first and foremost as a love story and about people who want very simple things from life and can’t get them. Keira Knightley and I did Pride & Prejudice (2005) together and we’ve done lots of adaptations of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, where the author is not around to tell you if it’s rubbish. And so this was sort of doubly intimidating, because we had Kazuo Ishiguro with us, and you want to be everything that he imagined when he wrote it.
What’s your favourite Carey Mulligan movie? Who should I profile for Celebrities in Classics next?