Date of Birth
23 February 1976, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
5' 3" (1.60 m)
Dougie Payne (27 August 2003 - present) 1 child
Measurements: 34B-23-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
1999: Named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars' by European Film Promotion.
Auditioned for roles in Matrix (1999), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Moulin Rouge! (2001).
Gave birth to her son Freddie Peter Payne (9 March 2008).
After a small role in the humorous drama "My Life So Far" (1999), she had a larger part in Mike Figgis' "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" (1999), an episodic, non-linear film about the sexual awakening of a young Kenyan man (Julian Sands). In "Two Family House" (2000), she was a pregnant young Irish woman living in a home with her husband (Kevin Conway) when both become unwanted tenants after a factory worker (Michael Rispoli) buys the house with dreams of turning it into a neighborhood bar. A supporting role in "Some Voices" (2000), an amusing drama about a schizophrenic (Daniel Craig) adjusting to the outside world, was followed by a starring role in "House!" (2000), in which she played a clairvoyant bingo caller who must decide whether or not to use her psychic abilities to save her soon-to-be out of business employer. She next appeared in the romantic comedy-of-errors, "Strictly Sinatra" (2001), as the girlfriend of a wannabe crooner (Ian Hart) who follows in Ole' Blue Eye's footsteps by teaming up with a local gang of thugs in order to make it big.
MacDonald gained widespread recognition and acclaim for her next film, "Gosford Park" (2001), director Robert Altman's satirical upstairs-downstairs murder mystery where the lord of an English manor (Michael Gambon) is murdered by one of his weekend guests or one of their servants, many of whom had plenty of reason to kill him. MacDonald played the wide-eyed maid of the crusty, privileged aunt (Maggie Smith) of their host's young wife (Kristin Scott Thomas). In a smooth transition to the small screen, she co-starred opposite Glenn Close and Ellen Burstyn in "Brush With Fate" (CBS, 2003), a period drama surrounding a lost painting supposedly created by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. She next starred in "State of Play" (BBC America, 2003), a crime thriller about a rising member of Parliament (David Morrissey) drawn into a spiral of lies and deceit after a research assistant accidentally dies in an underground station. MacDonald was the associate of a journalist (John Simm) who begins to piece together the mystery of what happened.