Carey Hannah Mulligan was born on May 28th 1985 in Westminster, London, England. She was born in to a middle-class family made up of her father Stephen Mulligan (of Irish decent) a Hotel manager from Liverpool, England, her mother Nano (Nee Booth) a University lecturer from Llanddeilo, Wales, and her older brother Owain (a former Captain in the British Army). Who served in tours of both Afghanistan and Iraq. When she was three, her father took a job in Germany and the family soon moved there.
She and her brother both attended the International School of Dusseldorf while they lived in Germany. There, at the age of six, she would see a school production of ‘The King and I’ starring her brother and would forever catch the acting bug. She would plead with his teachers to let her have a role in the play. They finally agreed to let her be a part of the chorus. At the age of eight the family returned to England. There she would eventually spend her teenage years at the Woldingham School in Surrey where she would receive her education.
She first debuted as an actress, at the age of 19, in 2004’s ‘Forty Winks’ at the Royal Court Theater in London. A play written and produced by Kevin Elyot in London, England. Her first feature film was in 2005 where she played Kitty Bennet in an adaptation of ‘Pride and Justice’. And in 2008 she appeared on Broadway for the first time in a revival of ‘The Seagull’ by Chekhov. But it wasn’t until 2009 at the age of 22 that she would receive widespread recognition for her role in ‘An Education’. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Screen Writers Guild award, and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Lynn Barber, a journalist whose memoires are the bases of the film.
She would take on non-memorable parts for the next couple of years Never Let Me Go in 2010, Drive in 2011, Shame in 2011, The Great Gatsby in 2013, Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013, Far from Madding Crowd in 2015, and Suffragette in 2015.
Today she has two children with her husband, British Musician, Marcus Mumford. Marcus is the lead singer in the band’ Mumford & Sons. The two met as children when they were pen pals. They lost touch with each other until they were adults when they reconnected. After dating for a short time they were married on April 21st of 2012. It was a few short weeks after they both wrapped up their part of the film Llewyn Davis. They had their first child, daughter Evelyn Grace Mumford in September of 2015. They would later welcome a second child on August in 2017.
In 2012 Mulligan became an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador. Sharing their goal funding research and raising awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Not only has she participated and hosted the 2012 Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk, she was also one of their sponsored runners in the Nike Run the very next year.