Did you know that an actress Carey Mulligan and singer Marcus Mumford were childhood penpals. They lost touch, reconnected as adults, and eventually married.
On 21 April 2012, she married Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford & Sons, in Somerset, England. They were childhood pen pals, lost touch and reconnected as adults.
In 2012, Mulligan became the ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society, with the goal of raising awareness and research funding for Alzheimers and dementia. Her grandmother suffers from Alzheimers and no longer recognizes her. Mulligan was among the actresses who took part in the Safe Project – each was photographed in the place she feels safest – for a series to raise awareness of sex trafficking. She donated the Vionnet gown she wore at the 2010 BAFTAs to the Curiosity Shop, which sells its donations to raise money for Oxfam
Carey Mulligan Early life
Mulligan was born in Westminster, London, England, to a middle-class family. Her father, Stephen, was originally from Liverpool, and her mother, Nano (née Booth), is from Llandeilo in West Wales. Her paternal great-grandfather emigrated from Ireland. She has an older brother, Owain, who is a captain in the British Army. He served in Iraq (Territorial Army) and Afghanistan (British Army). Mulligan’s mother is a university lecturer and her father is a hotel manager. Her parents met while they were both working in a hotel in their twenties. When she was three, her family moved to Germany when her father was hired to manage a hotel there. While living in Germany, Mulligan and her brother attended the International School of Düsseldorf. At eight, she and her family moved back to England. As a teenager, she was educated at and Woldingham School in Surrey, England.
Her interest in acting sparked from watching her brother perform in a school production of The King and I when she was six. During his rehearsals, she pleaded with his teachers to let her be in the play. They let her join the chorus. While enrolled in Woldingham School as teen, she was heavily involved in theatre. She was the student head of the drama department there, performing in plays and musicals, conducting workshops with younger students, and helping put on productions. When Mulligan was 16, she attended a production of Henry V starring Kenneth Branagh. His performance emboldened her and reinforced her belief that she wanted to pursue a career in acting. Mulligan wrote a letter to Branagh’s mail listing asking him for advice. “I explained that my parents didn’t want me to act, but that I felt it was my vocation in life,”she said. Kenneth Branagh’s sister wrote back to Mulligan saying, “Kenneth says that if you feel such a strong need to be an actress, you must be an actress.”
Mulligan’s parents disapproved of her acting ambitions and wished for her to attend a university like her brother. At the age of 17 years, Mulligan applied to three London drama schools, instead of the universities that she was expected to submit an application to, but did not receive a subsequent offer. During Mulligan’s final year at Woldingham School, actor/screenwriter Julian Fellowes delivered a lecture at her school on the production of the film Gosford Park. Mulligan briefly talked to Fellowes after the lecture and asked him for advice on an acting career. However, Fellowes dissuaded her from the profession and suggested that she “marry a lawyer” instead. Undeterred, Mulligan later sent Fellowes a letter in which she stated that she was serious about acting and that the vocation was her purpose in life. Several weeks later, Fellowes’s wife Emma invited Mulligan to a dinner for young, aspiring actors that she and her husband were hosting to offer advice. The dinner event facilitated an introduction between Mulligan and a casting assistant that led to an audition for a role in Pride and Prejudice. Mulligan auditioned on three occasions and eventually attained the role of Kitty Bennett. During her late teens and early twenties, Mulligan worked as a pub barmaid and an errand-runner for Ealing Studios in between acting jobs
Marcus Mumford Early life and career
Mumford’s family moved back to their native England when Marcus was six months old. He grew up on Chatsworth Avenue in Wimbledon Chase, southwest London, and attended King’s College School in Wimbledon. There he met future fellow band member Ben Lovett. He returned to London to focus on his music career after his first year of study at the University of Edinburgh.
It was in Edinburgh that he penned most of Mumford & Sons’ debut album, Sigh No More. He began his musical career playing drums for Laura Marling on tour, along with the other current members of Mumford & Sons. It was through touring with Marling and gaining experience playing important gigs, as well as experimenting with his early writing that they decided to set up the band in 2007.
Mumford was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of music stars in December 2012 for his achievements with Mumford & Sons. Forbes commented of the list which also included acts such as Adele and Rihanna: “In sum they represent the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation. Individually, they are engaging, surprising and incredibly hardworking