George MacKay (actor)
MacKay at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
George Andrew J. MacKay
13 March 1992
|Education||The Harrodian School|
MacKay was born in the city's Hammersmith district, the son of Kim Baker, a British costume designer, and Paul MacKay, an Australian working in lighting/stage management. One of his grandmothers was from Cork, Ireland; he also has Scottish ancestry.
2002-2007: Peter Pan and childhood rolesEdit
In 2002, MacKay was spotted while at The Harrodian School by an acting scout, who asked him if he would like to audition for a role in P.J. Hogan's 2003 film adaptation of Peter Pan. He attended a workshop, and won the role of one of the Lost Boys, Curly, in what was his first professional acting job.
In 2005, at the age of 13, he won the role of Riccio in The Thief Lord, the film adaptation of Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's novel. He was also cast in the lead role in Johnny and the Bomb, a BBC three-part television drama adapted from Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name. MacKay also had some work in television, including roles in Rose and Maloney, Footprints in the Snow and The Brief.
2008-2012: Defiance and adolescenceEdit
In the 2008 film Defiance, MacKay played Aron, the youngest of the four Bielski brothers. In 2009 he portrayed Harry in The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen. MacKay co-starred in the Marc Evans-directed musical film Hunky Dory opposite Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard and Kimberley Nixon, which is set in 1970s Swansea. In 2012, he played the main character, Private Tommo Peaceful, in Private Peaceful, and appeared as a paralyzed soldier in the inspirational film The Best of Men.
2013-present: young adult careerEdit
In 2013, MacKay portrayed Eddie in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan and directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starred as Davy in the musical film Sunshine on Leith, featuring songs by The Proclaimers, directed by Dexter Fletcher. MacKay was praised for his acting in the Scotland-set For Those in Peril, first shown in Cannes in 2013. In 2014, MacKay played the role of Joe, a 20-year-old struggling to come out in a homophobic Britain in 1984 in the film Pride (based on a true story) also starring Bill Nighy. In the film Joe finds friends in the form of a group called LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) and a small Welsh mining community finds some unlikely friends.
In July 2015, MacKay filled the title role of Lewis Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones' debut novel The Outcast. In February 2016, he portrayed the part of Bill Turcotte in the Hulu production of Stephen King's sci-fi/suspense thriller 11.22.63.
From 29 March to 14 May 2016, MacKay performed the part of Mick in Harold Pinter's play The Caretaker directed by Matthew Warchus at The Old Vic Theatre in London opposite Timothy Spall and Daniel Mays. Both Spall's and MacKay's performances received some criticism in The New York Times: "A ... staginess undercuts Mr. MacKay’s grip on the initially grim-faced Mick; the actor has been allowed to turn several of the character’s longer speeches into breakneck verbal marathons calculated to earn applause." In the 2016 film Captain Fantastic, MacKay portrayed Bodevan, eldest son of Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen).
The following year, he played Jack, the main character in Marrowbone, a psychological horror film directed and written by Sergio G. Sánchez, and also starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton and Mia Goth. MacKay portrayed Prince Hamlet in Ophelia, a 2018 film retelling the story of Shakespeare's play from the perspective of the young female character Ophelia. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and included Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, and Tom Felton in the cast. RogerEbert.com praised the film, stating that it demonstrates "courage, intelligence, integrity, and agency."
In a 2019 release, MacKay interpreted the role of outlaw Ned Kelly in True History of the Kelly Gang directed by Justin Kurzel. Adapted from the Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by Peter Carey, the film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. MacKay played the lead role of Lance corporal William Schofield, a young British World War I soldier in 1917, directed by Sam Mendes.1917 was nominated for Best Picture in the 92nd Academy Awards, along with nominations in nine other categories, winning three of the awards.
In 2015 MacKay and actress Freya Mavor co-founded an ongoing event in London called "Oofle Dust" (the title was first used by a glove puppet named Sooty who appeared on British television starting in 1952).
Filmography and performancesEdit
|2003||Peter Pan||Curly||P.J. Hogan|
|2006||The Thief Lord||Riccio||Richard Claus|
|2008||Defiance||Aron Bielski||Edward Zwick|
|2009||The Boys Are Back||Harry||Scott Hicks|
|2011||Hunky Dory||Jake Zeppi||Marc Evans|
|2012||Private Peaceful||Private Tommo Peaceful||Pat O'Connor|
|2012||The Devil's Dosh||Marcus||Zachary Guerra||Short Film|||
|2013||How I Live Now||Edmund 'Eddie'||Kevin Macdonald|
|2013||Pieces||Son||Jack Weatherly||Short Film|||
|2013||Sunshine on Leith||Davy||Dexter Fletcher|
|2013||For Those in Peril||Aaron||Paul Wright|||
|2013||Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson||Jake||Simon Sprackling|||
|2014||Pride||Joe "Bromley" Cooper||Matthew Warchus|
|2015||Fuel to Fire||Tomas Gant||Sam McMullen||Short Film|||
|2016||Captain Fantastic||Bodevan Cash||Matt Ross|
|2016||Narrated By||Bill Sipowitz||Gur Benshemesh||Short Film|||
|2017||French Exchange||Jack||Jacob Perlmutter||Short Film|||
|2017||Infinite||Sid||Connor O'Hara||Short Film|||
|2017||Marrowbone||Jack||Sergio G. Sánchez|
|2018||Doublethink||Hope/Hate||Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard||Short Film|||
|2018||Where Hands Touch||Lutz||Amma Asante|
|2018||Been So Long||Gil||Tinge Krishnan|
|2019||True History of the Kelly Gang||Ned Kelly||Justin Kurzel|
|2019||A Guide to Second Date Sex||Ryan||Rachel Hirons|||
|2019||1917||LCpl.William Schofield||Sam Mendes|
|2004||Rose and Maloney||Young Calum||Episode 1: "Rose and Maloney — Part 1"|
|2005||Footprints in the Snow||Nathan Hill||TV movie|||
|2005||The Brief||Zak Farmer||Series 2; Episode 1: "Blame," Episode 2: "Lack of Affect"|
|2006||Johnny and the Bomb||Johnny Maxwell||Miniseries|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||Adam Peabody||Miniseries|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Kit Nubbles||TV movie|
|2012||Birdsong||Private Douglas||TV movie|
|2012||The Best of Men||Private William Heath||Credited as "Richard Mackay"|
|2015||The Outcast||Lewis Aldridge||Miniseries|
|2016||Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories||Simon Powers||Episode: "Foreign Parts"|||
|2018||To Provide All People||Father||TV movie|||
|2014||The Cement Garden||Jack||Ian McEwan||Heritage Arts Company|
|2015||Ah, Wilderness!||Richard||Eugene O'Neill||The Young Vic Company|
|2016||The Caretaker||Mick||Harold Pinter||The Old Vic|
|2020||The Glass Menagerie||Tom||Tennessee Williams||BBC Radio 3|||
|2017||Living Room||Milo||Part of the BBC POD PLAY1 short-form audio drama series|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2009||The Boys Are Back||British Independent Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Nominated|
|2010||London Film Critics Circle Awards||Young British Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||For Those in Peril||Stockholm International Film Festival||Best Actor||Won|||
|BAFTA Scotland||Best Actor in Film||Won|||
|2014||Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson, For Those in Peril, How I Live Now and Sunshine on Leith||London Film Critics Circle Awards||Young British Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|Himself||Berlin International Film Festival||EFP Shooting Star||Won|
|BAFTA||EE Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|Sunshine on Leith||Empire Awards||Best Male Newcomer||Nominated|
|How I Live Now and Sunshine on Leith||Richard Attenborough Film Awards||British Breakthrough Award||Won|
|2017||Captain Fantastic||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Himself||Cannes Film Festival||Chopard Trophy for Male Revelation||Won|
|2019||1917||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama||Nominated|
|2020||Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|||
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Breakthrough Award||Nominated|||
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Breakthrough Performance: Male||Won|||
|1917, Where Hands Touch, and Ophelia||London Film Critics Circle Awards||British/Irish Actor of the Year||Nominated|||
- Wells, John C. (2008). "Mackay, McKay". Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.). Longman. ISBN 978-1-4058-8118-0.
(i) mə ˈkaɪ [...] In British English usually (i).
- Jones, Daniel (2011). Roach, Peter; Setter, Jane; Esling, John (eds.). "Mackay(e), MacKay(e)". Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (18th ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-15255-6.
məˈkaɪ, məˈkeɪ Note: /məˈkeɪ/ mainly in the US.
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- "Fuel to Fire (2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Narrated By (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "French Exchange (2017)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Infinite (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Doublethink (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- Aftab, Kaleem (20 April 2020). "Review: A Guide to Second Date Sex". Cineuropa. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
- "Nuclear (2019)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Footprints in the Snow (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories". IMDb. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "To Provide All People (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "Ataraxia". IMDb. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
- "The Glass Menagerie". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
- "Pod Play1: Living Room". Retrieved 2 September 2020.
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- George MacKay at AllMovie
- George MacKay at the British Film Institute
- George MacKay on IMDb
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