Carey Mulligan broke onto the acting scene with 2009’s An Education, getting nominated for Best Actress in a leading role at the 2010 Academy Awards. Today May 28, we celebrate Carey Mulligan’s brilliant performances that she’s given to the world of cinema. There is a soulful vulnerability that Mulligan brings to her characters, able to switch accents and period piece cadences with an effortless control.
Her performance in Steve McQueen’s Shame (2011) showcases her singing talent when her character covers Sinatra’s New York, New York. The sadness she conveys in this performance encapsulates the mood of the entire film, the melancholy of Brandon’s spirit.
In Drive (2011) she plays the love interest of Ryan Gosling, being the supportive rock that his character needs to lean on through the film’s narrative. Her vulnerability as Irene is a wonderful contrast to Gosling’s cool demeanor and shapes the entire picture into a well rounded execution.
In the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) she plays Jean, giving another moving vocal performance along with Justin Timberlake singing 500 Miles. At the young age of 33, Carey Mulligan is already one of the best actresses working today. She has showcased a career of versatile roles and performances that promise many more to come.