Kelly Macdonald - "I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and no one recognised me!"

Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald played a crucial role in the final Harry Potter movie (Image credit: Getty)

Kelly Macdonald has a CV that includes hits like Boardwalk Empire, Trainspotting and No Country For Old Men, but one of her favourite roles was that of Helena Ravenclaw in the final film of the Harry Potter franchise.

Yet while co-stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are still mobbed by Potter fans, poor Kelly receives no such adulation.

"People rarely talk to me about Harry Potter because I came into the series very late," says the Scottish actress. "I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal in LA with my kids a few years ago and I was hoping someone might recognise me there – but nothing!"

Yet despite not being spotted by a host of American wizarding fans during her visit to the theme park, Kelly still has fond memories of her part in the closing stages of the eighth and final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.

"I was last to film my scenes, so I was pretty much acting on my own. It was just me, a green screen and a cardboard cut-out of Daniel Radcliffe," she explains.

"It’s always a thrill when I go into the Harry Potter shop and see the navy-and-grey scarves because that was my character's House! I don’t support any sports teams so that’s as close as I get. Team Ravenclaw!"

Kelly appears Giri/Haji a new crime drama set in Japan and Britain that follows the story of a Tokyo detective who comes to London on a mission to track down his brother, an assassin for the Japanese mafia - or "Yakuza".

The Scottish actress has high hopes for her new series and says it feels as fresh as Trainspotting, the 1996 hit that proved her big break...

"There was such a great atmosphere on that film," she says. "There was camaraderie and it felt like we were all in it together. With GIRL/HAJI it just felt similar. Some things have this energy and it feels brand new, which was what Trainspotting was at the time. It has the same sort of vibe!"

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Sean Marland

Sean is a Senior Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week, who also writes for He's been covering the world of TV for over 15 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are I'm Alan Partridge, The Wire, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.