I know one person who had been offered a role in some season and turned it down because of the mental.
It got to the point, says Macdonald, that after winning the role she rang her agent in a panic.
I did Call My Agent, the French show, which is brilliant and dry.
In 2003, she married the musician Dougie Payne, with whom she has two children.
Kelly Macdonald with Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire.
But her luck was set to change.