Happy Birthday Kelly Macdonald,born in Glasgow,on February 23, 1976.

Kelly idolized the strong women she saw on the big screen growing up. Doris Day’s turn as the title character in the musical Calamity Jane was one of her early influences. Macdonald “used to watch the movie constantly, twice a day during the summer" 

Plucked from obscurity Kelly’s career started when she was a barmaid in Glasgow and read a leaflet advertising an open casting session for Trainspotting and decided to audition, winning the part of Diane the underage seductress to Ewan McGregor’s Renton. 

She has had numerous roles since then, winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in The Girl in the Café. 

This year Kelly  reprised her role as Diane in T2 Trainspotting . She is married to musician Dougie Payne, bassist of rock band Travis. The couple have two children, and moved back to their home town of Glasgow in 2014, after living in London and then New York City.

Thew picture shows MacDonald with costar Ewan McGregor at last months T2 premiere in Edinburgh.