Carey Mulligan

BATD ON Jan 15, 2010 AT 12:00 pm

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

From an actress who couldn’t get into drama school and worked as a waitress in a pub, Carey Mulligan has gone from nobody to the next big thing in film. There are some who are even predicting an Oscar nomination for the 24 year old for her role in An Education, released in the UK at the end of this year.

Mulligan’s big break came first came in 2005 along side Keira Knightly in her first feature film Pride & Prejudice, in which she played the role of Kitty. Desperately wanting this role, she wrote a letter directly to the producers requesting a part in the film.

Mulligan was born in the UK, but grew up in Germany until she was eight, where she discovered her love for acting. “My brother and I were at the International School of Düsseldorf, and they did these amazing, lavish productions,” she recalled for The Independent, “They did The King and I, and my brother was cast as one of the little kids. My mother and I went to watch the rehearsals, and I burst into tears because I wasn’t in it so the director let me in.”

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

With her fame rising, comparisons have been made with Audrey Hepburn about her exceptional performances and her innocent-like beauty. Mulligan has four films that are due for release in 2009, with some of the biggest names behind them. Besides An Education, which stars Emma Thompson and Peter Sarsgaard, she also stars in The Greatest with Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon, Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale and Brothers with Jake Gyllenhall and Natalie Portman.

Recently Mulligan has been connected to Shia LaBeouf as more than just a co-star. It’s rumored they’re dating. They’ve been seen on more than one occasion holding hands and getting awfully close while filming Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps in New York City.

Let’s wish her lots of Brit Luck at The Globes this weekend, how fabulous to be walking the red carpet with a Best Actress Nomination at 24!

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