The big-screen star dazzled on stage this summer in Skylight. Before the play transfers to Broadway, she talks to Abi Morgan, the award-winning screenwriter who created a role especially for her in the forthcoming Suffragette.
Meeting Carey Mulligan for the first time at the British Independent Film Awards in 2010, the writer Abi Morgan (who penned The Hour and The Iron Lady) recalls a girl who was ‘giddy, very smiley, lovely and sweet’. Mulligan had just agreed to appear in Shame, which Morgan co-wrote. Mulligan’s role in 2009’s An Education had already made her a star, but it was Shame, directed by Steve McQueen, that marked out her trajectory as probably the most fearless actress of her generation. ‘Raw’ is the word Morgan uses to describe her performance.
This year, West End audiences got to see that rawness in the flesh, when Mulligan took to the stage opposite Bill Nighy in a revival of David Hare’s Skylight. Reviews were justly glowing. Mulligan was a revelation. (The production transfers to Broadway next March.) Over the past year, the 29-year-old actress, who lives between London and a farm in Devon with her musician husband Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons), has also finished shooting Far from the Madding Crowd, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, in which she lays Thomas Hardy’s wilful heroine Bathsheba Everdene, and Suffragette, also written by Morgan and directed by Sarah Gavron, about the early years of the British suffrage movement. Audiences will have to wait until mid-2015 to see those performances.
In September, a week after the London run of Skylight ended, Morgan and Mulligan sat down for breakfast at Electric House in west London to discuss Suffragette, their peripatetic childhoods (Mulligan is the daughter of a hotelier; Morgan of a touring actress), the strains of public life and Mulligan’s incredible career, past and to come.
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