Carey Hannah Mulligan (born 28 May 1985) is a British actress born in London and brought up in Düsseldorf and Surrey. Mulligan developed an early interest in acting and was the student head of the drama department at Woldingham School. She made her professional acting debut on stage in the Kevin Elyot play Forty Winks at the Royal Court Theatre in 2004. Her film debut was in the role of Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), followed by supporting roles in numerous television series, including Bleak House (2005) and a Doctor Who episode Blink (2007). She made her Broadway debut in The Seagull in 2008 to critical acclaim; her West End performance garnered her an Ian Charleson Commendation Award.
Mulligan's breakthrough performance was as Jenny Mellor in the coming-of-age drama An Education (2009), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her leading role in the dystopian romantic-drama Never Let Me Go (2010) earned her a BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, and she garnered further acclaim for her supporting performances in the action film Drive (2011), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and the drama Shame (2011). Her appearances in The Great Gatsby (2013), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Suffragette (2015) and Mudbound (2017) earned her further praise and recognition.
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. In 2018, she starred in the critically acclaimed crime miniseries Collateral. In 2018 she starred in Paul Dano’s critically acclaimed directorial film debut Wildlife.
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. She has been married to singer-songwriter Marcus Mumford since 2012; they have two children.