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Kelly Macdonald says she’s so not a celebrity

15 January 2012

She took on the role of Helena Ravenclaw in part two of the epic finale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but it is gangster drama Broadwalk Empire that has finally made Kelly Macdonald a star.

However the Scottish beauty who has appeared in films including Trainspotting, Finding Neverland, No Country for Old Men and Choke has been one of the few celebrities that have largely remained unnoticed in public however, that has all changed and says "It's a little bit alarming, someone pointed at me in Ikea recently and went, 'You're her!' I just sort of nodded and kept going, it's that TV thing. You can be in the biggest film of the year and it will still not have the kind of impact a TV series has. Once you're in people's living rooms, that's it. There's no hiding place."

When asked if she's danger of being typecast as passively powerful females Macdonald said "I think I'm a good listener, I tend to get cast as a certain type of quiet, almost introverted person who's strong on the inside, but the characters are so very different I don't see it as any kind of typecasting. In Gosford Park Mary sees and hears everything. Margaret is in that mould but she breaks it. She has so many aspects to her character. She starts off as someone who acts in the interests of her family but by series two she's become more dangerous in a way. She knows a lot of things about a lot of powerful people. She's taken a certain path and there's no turning back. It's a complex arc and a sustained one."

When asked about her celebrity status Macdonald adds "I'm so not a celebrity, I just walked through Chelsea past this shop and I remembered getting an invite from a designer whose clothes were in the window – 'Come down to London to our party and we'll give you all this stuff' – I find that kind of thing just a bit embarrassing. It's not what I signed up for. It all seems a wee bit silly, really."

Check out The Guardian for more from Macdonald, meanwhile the rising star has three films in post production, first up she'll be seen as Katie NicAoidh in Sheree Folkson's The Decoy Bride with former Doctor Who star David Tennant on March 9, followed by Disney's Brave on August 17 and alongside Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina on September 7.

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