In 2009 she starred in the film An Education opposite Peter Sarsgaard. The film proved a huge career step for her, as many critics noted the depth and sincerity she brought to the role. She won numerous awards for the role including a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress. Since then she has become one of Hollywood's most sought after actresses. She tends to play sweet, intelligent women. Her filmography displays a penchant for period pieces, but she has also taken on modern roles with an edge, such as in Drive (2011) and Promising Young Woman. She is considered to be one of, if not, the best actress of her generation.
She also married Marcus Mumford of indie folk act Mumford & Sons. They have a son and a daughter together.
- Trial and Retribution
- Doctor Who
- Pride & Prejudice (2005)
- Public Enemies
- An Education
- Never Let Me Go
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- Drive (2011)
- The Great Gatsby (2013)
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- Far from the Madding Crowd
- Collateral (2018)
- Promising Young Woman
- The Dig
Tropes in her career:
- Fake American: Plays Americans in Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, and Promising Young Woman. She's British.
- Period Piece: More often that not: from the Regency (Pride and Prejudice) to the early twentieth century (Suffragette, The Great Gatsby, The Dig) to the sixties (An Education, Inside Llewyn Davis) to the eighties (Never Let Me Go), Mulligan is right at home playing women from past eras.
- Playing Against Type: Early in her career she played ingenues; later on it matured to sensible women with some world-weariness. She's subverted this "sweet" expectation a handful of times:
- In Inside Llewyn Davis she plays a foul-mouthed jerk.
- In Promising Young Woman she's still world-weary and nice in her day-to-day life, but plays a fanservicey schemer by night.
- Star-Making Role: The critical acclaim from her role in An Education took her from "playing supporting or one-off roles in film and TV" to "serious film lead in her own right".