Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

After the success of An Education everyone is talking about British actress Carey Mulligan, who could find herself in the mix for an Oscar by tomorrow.

She kicked of her career in her late teens when she landed the role of Kitty Bennett in Joe Wright's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice.

That same year she also tried her hand at TV when she appeared in the BBC's Bleak House and over the next twelve months she worked in TV.

A string of roles came her way as she appeared in the likes of Trial and Retribution and Marple.

She continued to mix her TV and movie work as she starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Catrall in My Boy Jack for ITV as well as And When Did You Last See Your Father? for the big screen.

She got more attention when she took on the role of Sally Sparrow in a series three episode of Doctor Who called Blink. However it's her role in An Education that has really caught everyone's attention.

The 1960s were a time of change. So is life when you are 16. That combination propels An Education, set in London in 1961, and makes it an unforgettable coming-of-age story.

Attractive, bright, 16-year-old Jenny is stifled by the tedium of adolescent routine; she can’t wait for adult life to begin.

One rainy day her suburban existence is upended by the arrival of a much older suitor, David. Urbane and witty, David instantly charms Jenny and introduces her to a glittering new world of classical concerts, art auctions, smoky bars, and late-night suppers with his attractive friends.

He replaces Jenny’s traditional education with his own more-dangerous version. Just as the family’s long-held dream of getting their brilliant daughter into Oxford has seemed within reach, Jenny is tempted by another kind of life. Will David be the making of Jenny, or her undoing?

And she has dominated the awards circuit as her performance winning Best Actress for British Independent Film Awards, National Board of Review, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award.

She was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and a Bafta award and is expected to pick up an Oscar nomination tomorrow.

And there is plenty on the horizon for the young actress as she joins Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas and Josh Brolin for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

She will move into the sci-fi genre next with Never Let Me Go, which sees her once again star alongside Keira Knightley.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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