MacKay at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
George Andrew J. MacKay
13 March 1992
George Andrew J. MacKay (; born 13 March 1992) is a British actor. He has appeared in films like The Thief Lord, The Boys Are Back (2009), Private Peaceful (2012), How I Live Now (2013), Sunshine on Leith (2013), For Those in Peril (2013), Pride (2014), Captain Fantastic (2016), Where Hands Touch (2018), Ophelia (2018), and 1917 (2019).
MacKay was born in London, the son of Kim Baker, a British costume designer, and Paul MacKay, an Australian, from Adelaide, who works in lighting/stage management. One of his grandmothers was from Cork, Ireland, and he also has Scottish ancestry.
In 2002, MacKay was spotted while at The Harrodian School by an acting scout, who asked him if he would like to audition for a role in P.J. Hogan's 2003 film adaptation of Peter Pan. He attended a workshop, and won the role of one of the Lost Boys, Curly, in what was his big break. In 2005, at the age of 13, he won the role of Riccio in The Thief Lord, the film adaptation of Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's novel. He was also cast in the lead role in Johnny and the Bomb, a BBC three-part television drama adapted from Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name. He later applied unsuccessfully to both RADA and LAMDA.
In the 2008 film Defiance, MacKay played Aron, the youngest of the four Bielski brothers. MacKay was then only 16 years old, and director Ed Zwick describes how impressed he was by him because on his way to the film set from the airport in Lithuania, MacKay was injured in a car accident that left him with a blackened eye he could barely open, yet he was "so game" to immediately start shooting his first scene. 
In 2009 he played Harry in The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen. He co-starred in the Marc Evans-directed musical film Hunky Dory opposite Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard and Kimberley Nixon, which is set in 1970s Swansea.
In 2013, MacKay played Eddie in How I Live Now opposite Saoirse Ronan and directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starred as Davy in the musical film Sunshine on Leith, featuring songs by The Proclaimers, directed by Dexter Fletcher.
In 2014, MacKay played the role of Joe, a 20-year-old struggling to come out in a homophobic Britain in 1984 in the film Pride (based on a true story) also starring Bill Nighy. In the film Joe finds friends in the form of a group called LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) and a small Welsh mining community finds some unlikely friends.
From 14 April to 23 May 2015, Mackay took the lead role as Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's coming-of-age play, Ah, Wilderness! directed by Natalie Abrahami at The Young Vic. Reviewing the play for The Daily Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish was unimpressed by the staging but wrote: "In misfit modern dress, George Mackay is an absolute delight as the callow boy-wonder, catching all the wide-eyed innocence and insecurity of youth, by turns arrogant, self-dramatising, vulnerable".
In July 2015, MacKay played the title role of Lewis Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones' debut novel The Outcast. In February 2016, he portrayed the part of Bill Turcotte in the Hulu production of Stephen King's sci-fi/suspense thriller 11.22.63.
In the 2016 film Captain Fantastic, MacKay played Bodevan, eldest son of Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen). The following year, he played Jack, the main character in Marrowbone, psychological horror directed and written by Sergio G. Sánchez, and also starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton and Mia Goth. In the 2018 film Where Hands Touch, he played the role of Lutz, a member of the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany who falls in love with a biracial girl, portrayed by Amandla Stenberg.
The period from 2016 to 2018 was marked by a breakthrough in MacKay's career. Projects he was involved in during these years helped him draw attention of casting directors outside the United Kingdom. In 2019, he played outlaw Ned Kelly in True History of the Kelly Gang directed by Justin Kurzel. He also played a young World War I soldier named William Schofield in 1917, directed by Sam Mendes.
|2003||Peter Pan||Curly||P.J. Hogan|
|2006||The Thief Lord||Riccio||Richard Claus|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||Adam Peabody||Bharat Nalluri|
|2008||Defiance||Aron Bielski||Edward Zwick|
|2009||The Boys Are Back||Harry||Scott Hicks|
|2011||Hunky Dory||Jake Zeppi||Marc Evans|
|2012||Private Peaceful||Private Tommo Peaceful||Pat O'Connor|
|2013||How I Live Now||Edmund 'Eddie'||Kevin Macdonald|
|2013||Sunshine on Leith||Davy||Dexter Fletcher|
|2013||For Those in Peril||Aaron||Paul Wright|
|2013||Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson||Jake||Simon Sprackling|
|2014||Pride||Joe "Bromley" Cooper||Matthew Warchus|
|2016||Captain Fantastic||Bodevan Cash||Matt Ross|
|2017||Infinite||Connor O'Hara||Short film|
|2017||Marrowbone||Jack||Sergio G. Sánchez|
|2018||Where Hands Touch||Lutz||Amma Asante|
|2018||Been So Long||Gil||Tinge Krishnan|
|2019||True History of the Kelly Gang||Ned Kelly||Justin Kurzel|
|2019||A Guide to Second Date Sex||Ryan||Rachel Hirons|
|2019||1917||Cpl.William Schofield||Sam Mendes|
|2004||Rose and Maloney||Young Calum||Episode 1: "Rose and Maloney -- Part 1"|
|2005||Footprints in the Snow||Nathan Hill||TV Movie|
|2006||Johnny and the Bomb||Johnny Maxwell||Miniseries|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||Adam Peabody||Miniseries|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Kit Nubbles||TV Movie|
|2012||Birdsong||Private Douglas||TV Movie|
|2012||The Best of Men||Private William Heath||TV Movie|
|2015||The Outcast||Lewis Aldridge||Miniseries|
|2018||To Provide All People||Father||TV Movie|
|2014||The Cement Garden||Jack||Heritage Arts Company|
|2015||Ah, Wilderness!||Richard||The Young Vic Company|
|2016||The Caretaker||Mick||The Old Vic|
|2009||The Boys Are Back||British Independent Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Nominated|
|2010||London Film Critics Circle Awards||Young British Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|2013||For Those in Peril||Stockholm International Film Festival||Best Actor||Won|||
|BAFTA Scotland||Best Actor in Film||Won|||
|2014||Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson, For Those in Peril, How I Live Now and Sunshine on Leith||London Film Critics Circle Awards||Young British Performer of the Year||Nominated|
|Himself||Berlin International Film Festival||EFP Shooting Star||Won|||
|BAFTA||EE Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|Sunshine on Leith||Empire Awards||Best Male Newcomer||Nominated|
|How I Live Now and Sunshine on Leith||Richard Attenborough Film Awards||British Breakthrough Award||Won|
|2017||Captain Fantastic||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Himself||Cannes Film Festival||Chopard Trophy for Male Revelation||Won|
|2019||1917||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama||Nominated|
|2020||Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Virtuoso Award||Won|||
|Georgia Film Critics Association||Breakthrough Award||Nominated|||
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Breakthrough Performance: Male||Won|||
|1917, Where Hands Touch and Ophelia||London Critics Circle Film Awards||British/Irish Actor of the Year||Nominated|||
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