Carey Mulligan's Parents: Nano And Stephen Mulligan

Carey Mulligan was born on 28 May 1985 in Westminster, London, England, to her parents Nano( née Booth)and Stephen Mulligan.

Carey's father, Stephen Mulligan, is originally from Liverpool and belongs to Irish ancestry hence why Carey also has Irish and English descent.

Her mother, Nano (previously Booth, now Mulligan), hails from Llandeilo, a community in Carmarthenshire, Wales.

The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan with her mother Nano Mulligan.
The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan with her mother Nano Mulligan. ( Source : pinterest )

Her father worked as a Hotel Manager while Nano was a university Lecturer. The actress's parents met in their twenties while both of them were working at the same hotel.

Carey is the youngest child and only daughter of Mulligans, with an elder son named Owain Patrick Mulligan.

Carey's grandfather, Denzil Booth, from her mother's side, was a World War II veteran. She shared his story as a naval radar artillery officer in 'My Grandparent's War.' 

Carey Mulligan's Brother Owain Patrick Mulligan

Carey Mulligan's brother, Owain Patrick Mulligan, a Captain in the British Army, was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.

Owain served as a linguist, mentoring Afghan forces, and learned Dari and Pashto -the official languages of Afghanistan- while in the army.

Her brother graduated from Oxford University with a Modern History major and joined the military by volunteering to serve with the Territorial Army in Iraq.

Before he earned his degree, he spent some time with the Royal Artillery. He left the force with the rank of captain and worked for a business consulting firm after.

Carey Mulligan's brother Owain Patrick Mulligan is a captain in British Army who served his time in Afghanistan.
Carey Mulligan's brother Owain Patrick Mulligan is a captain in British Army who served his time in Afghanistan. ( Source : dailymail )

Carey's brother Owain is why she became the ambassador for the charity Warchild in 2014.

During his time in Afghanistan, Owain learned that the Taliban were targeting a girls' school located around the base where the troops stayed.

The water source for the local girls' school was poisoned, so Owain, with the troops, built a new well for the girls and took the initiative to raise money for the school.

And, Warchild was the charity to respond immediately and provide financial aid to the school, which helped to re-open the school for girls.

Hence, her brother's efforts inspired her to become the ambassador for the charity and help youngsters in war-affected countries.

Carey also got interested in acting when she saw her brother perform in his school's 'The King and I' production.

Carey Mulligan's Early Life

English Actress, Carey Mulligan, has spent her time switching between countries, The U.K. and Germany, in her early years.

Born in Westminster, London, Carey had to move to Germany with her family due to her father's work as a hotel manager.

Carey attended the International School of Düsseldorf in Germany with her brother Owain.

The family moved back to The U.K. when Carey was eight. Carey continued her education at Woldingham School, an independent school in Surrey.

Her interest in acting was piqued when she was six years old after watching her brother perform in the school's production of 'The King and I.'

She became the head of the drama department in her school and was very involved in theatre, participating in various plays and musicals and carrying out productions.

Carey Mulligan spent her early life in the U.K. as well as Germany due to her father's work as a hotel executive.
Carey Mulligan spent her early life in the U.K. as well as Germany due to her father's work as a hotel executive. ( Source : variety )

Attending a production of Henry V, played by Kenneth Branagh, at 16 strengthened her choice of pursuing acting as a career, but her parents vetoed her ambitions and career choice.

She even tried attending London Drama schools over universities when she was 17 but was not accepted.

Carey was relentless in her pursuit even though Actor Julian Fellowes, who gave a lecture on the school's production of 'Gosford Park,' dismissed her by suggesting she instead marry a lawyer.

She even sent out a letter to Fellowes claiming she was serious about acting. Then, she was invited by Fellowes's wife, Emma, to a dinner hosted by the Fellowes couple for young actors.

At the dinner, she met a casting assistant, which landed her an audition in the movie Pride and Prejudice.

As a result, Carey Mulligan made her debut as Kitty Bennet in a film based on Jane Austen's 18th Century romance novel Pride and Prejudice.