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George MacKay Biography

George MacKay

Biography


Date of Birth
13 December 1992, London, England, UK

Height
6' (1.83 m)

Mini Biography
George MacKay was born 13 March, 1992 in Hammersmith, London, England, to Kim Baker, a costume designer, and Paul Christopher MacKay, a stage/lighting manager. His father is Australian.

At the age of ten, George was scouted to audition for a role in the family feature, Peter Pan. He quickly landed the part of Curly, one of the Lost Boys, and went on to have several minor roles on TV, including an episode of Rose & Maloney and Footprints in the Snow. At thirteen, George landed the part of Riccio in the film adaptation of Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's novel, The Theif Lord and was also cast in lead role for BBC adaptation of Terry Pratchett's, Johnny and the Bomb.

George worked with Tim Roth, Chiwetel Ejiofer and Sophie Okonedo for the HBO Movie Tsunami - The Aftermath and later took a part in the Dikensian drama, The Old Curiosity Shop. Soon after, George co-starred with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber on Defiance. In 2009, George took on the role of Harry, in The Boys are Back alongside Clive Owen, for which he received 2 award nominations. His career took another step forward with Hunky Dory.

Since, George has featured in several shorts which have been popular on the festival circuit and played the part of Tommo Peaceful with counterpart Jack O'Connell in the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful.

2013 was George's breakthrough year, and was recognised for his parts as Aaron in For Those in Peril, Davy in the musical Sunshine on Leith, Jake Whittam in Breakfast with Johnny Wilkinson and the dark horse Eddie in How I Live Now. George received several nominations and for such features and later bought home a total of 5 awards.

George had a stint in the West End in 2014 in The Cement Garden. He portrayed Joe in the well-received Pride and Duane Hopkins' Bypass premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October. Both Captain Fantastic and Sadie Jones' The Outcast are in post-production and George will be returning to theatre for Eugene O'Neill's 'Ah,Wilderness!' this April.

In 2016, George starred in the film Captain Fantastic (2016), opposite Viggo Mortensen, and the mini-series 11.22.63 (2016), with James Franco and Sarah Gadon.


Trivia
  • As of September 2005, he is Year Ten at the Harrodian School, a private school located in London. Theodore Chester and Rupert Simonian, two of his co-stars from Peter Pan (2003), previously attended the same school.
  • In Australia, during the filming of Peter Pan (2003), George was schooled on-set and also had the chance to go swimming on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • In preparation for his role in Peter Pan (2003), George and his fellow co-stars, who had been cast as Lost Boys, received months of intensive training in stunt with swords and how to film choreographed fight scenes.
  • 2014: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
  • Is a supporter of Chelsea football club.
  • Quotes
  • We never find what we set out hearts on. We ought to be glad of that.
  • The imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves; a return to reality.
  • The Orkney imagination is haunted by time.
  • Hills tell old stories. Cliffs are poets with harps.



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