Carey Mulligan Opens Up About First Meeting Her Husband Marcus Mumford as a Kid

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On April 10, two weeks ahead of the 2021 Oscars, Promising Young Woman nominee Carey Mulligan hosted Saturday Night Live, and Mulligan’s husband, Marcus Mumford, joined her (sort of).

During her monologue, Mulligan mentioned that Mumford was at home with their kids, but then—wait a second—Mumford popped up in the back of the audience. “Very excited to be here because my husband was actually musical guest three times, Marcus Mumford, from the band Mumford & Sons,” Mulligan said. “Or, as I like to call it, ‘my husband and sons.’ But he couldn’t be here tonight, so he’s at home watching the children. ‘Hi, babe, love you,’” she added, waving.

“Love you, too! Hi, Carey,” Mumford, who popped up in the back of the audience yelled to his wife. “It’s me, Marcus Mumford, from the band Mumford & Sons,” he said, adding that he left the kids “with the Sons.”

As part of the bit, he offered to jump in as musical guest, but when his wife informed him that there was already a musical guest (Kid Cudi), he still couldn’t help but pull out his guitar. He finally joined her onstage and played her out when she said the famous SNL host line: “We’ve got a great show tonight!”

If you’ve been a fan of English folk rock band Mumford & Sons since their early days, then you probably know about their lead singer, Mumford. But not everyone was singing “Little Lion Man” at the top of their lungs in 2010 or spent way too much money on tickets to their “Gentlemen of the Road” tour in 2013.

You might have, instead, been more of a fan of Mulligan, whose filmography goes back to 2005, when she appeared as Kitty Bennet alongside Kiera Knightley in Pride & Prejudice. Mulligan was nominated for a 2021 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her role as Cassandra in the psychological thriller Promising Young Woman.

Mulligan and Mumford have a long history. They got engaged in 2011 and were married on a farm in Somerset in April 2012. Colin Firth, Sienna Miller, and Jake Gyllenhaal were among the guests at the wedding. Vogue UK reported that Firth gave a “touching speech,” and Adele performed at the reception. Mulligan wore a Prada dress.

A few details about their wedding have come out, along with the couple. Get to know Mumford beyond his music and his love story with Mulligan, below.

Like Mulligan, Mumford is British, but he was born in the U.S.

Mumford, 36, was born Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford on Jan. 31, 1987 to English parents, John and Eleanor, in Yorba Linda, California. They moved back to England when Mumford was a baby, and he grew up in Wimbledon Chase, a London suburb, and attended King’s College School, where he met his fellow band member, Ben Lovett.

His parents are religious leaders.

John and Eleanor were leaders in the Vineyard Churches in the U.K. and Ireland for more than 20 years. This was an influence that traces back to Mumford’s grandparents.

“I grew up in a Christian home,” John told the Vineyard Church website. “My father had become a Christian when he was at Cambridge in the 1920s. Both my parents loved the lord and served in a local church. It’s where I grew up. I served with them as we went every Sunday as a family. We prayed together, read the Bible together, and that was entirely natural. It just never occurred to me to do anything else. It wasn’t a chore; it was a wonderful heritage.”

You can hear Christian references in Mumford’s early music, especially. But the band has never taken on the genre of “Christian music.” Mumford told Rolling Stone in March of last year: “It felt like early on, people wanted to put you in a box: ‘You’re a Christian band.’ It certainly isn’t as simple as that.”

He and Mulligan were reportedly pen pals as kids.

As Bustle noted, Mulligan and Mumford reportedly went to the same church camp when they were pre-teens and were pen pals after that. Neither has been public about this story, but it’s been widely reported as the way they initially met. Bustle also writes that Mumford’s parents officiated his and Mulligan’s wedding in 2012.

Mulligan finally opened up about childhoods together on Good Morning Britain in May 2024. She confirmed that she and Mumford did, in fact, meet at summer camp when they were children, and opted to stay in touch after returning home.

“We ended up going to the same summer camp when we were kids so we became pen pals after, and that’s how we kept in touch ‘cause we didn’t have phones!” she recalled. “We used to fax a bit when fax machines were cool.”

However, they ended up losing touch for about 10 years, rekindling their relationship when Mulligan was 24 years old.

“It was in the stars,” host Richard Madeley remarked.

The GMB hosts also shared a clip from their wedding day of Mumford carrying Mulligan as they walked down a hallway.

“That is because my shoes were so unbelievably painful I couldn’t walk,” Mulligan explained. “So I said, ‘This is it. I’m done now. You just need to carry me out of here.’ And then he did, and then he put me down. This looks so gallant, and then he put me down like,” she said, pretending to be out of breath as she jokingly mimicked her husband.

He went to the University of Edinburgh.

Mumford went to school in Edinburgh, but he dropped out at about age 20 and moved to London to pursue his music career. It was there where he got work as a drummer for British folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling, who wasn't quite a name yet herself. Rolling Stone reported that while Mumford was a student in Scotland, he traveled to London on the weekends to "play with Marling, Noah and the Whale, Adele and more."

During that time, he told Rolling Stone, he wanted to be more than a drummer. "You're kind of nervous that you might get the guitar passed to you," he said. "But you also kind of want it to happen. It was constantly that cross between adrenaline and fear. And I still live there."

The Guardian reported in 2012, around the release of Mumford & Son's Grammy Award-winning album, Babel, that when Marling was away doing interviews one day, Mumford wrote "White Blank Page," one of the big tracks on the first Mumford & Sons studio album, Sigh No More (2009).

Mumford & Sons formed in 2007 and hit it big.

After blowing up as a band (especially with the popularity of Sigh No More and Babel), they met some criticism from people in England.

"England's just very cynical. Like I am. Like we all are," banjo player Winston Marshall told The Guardian. "I think we're all guilty of it as British citizens," says Mumford, "if something gets big we go...ugh."

He added: "We get accused of inauthenticity because we play the instruments we play." Their success speaks for itself.

Before Mulligan, he was with musician Laura Marling.

As The Guardian noted in the profile, Mumford is private about anything other than his professional relationship with Marling, but they did have a romantic relationship that the publication said ended from some point after [Marling's 2008 album] Alas I Cannot Swim was finished until about 2010.

He made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

In December 2012, when Mumford was 25 years old, he was listed on the 30 Under 30 Music list alongside Adele, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, Avicii, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, and Rihanna.

"Folksy frontman and his indie rock act, Mumford & Sons, shocked the world by selling over 600,000 copies of their new album, Babel, in its opening week—the second-best debut of the year," Forbes wrote.

He's friends with Justin Timberlake.

The Coen brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, and more, features music from Mumford. He and Timberlake worked on the soundtrack together.

"I did work with Marcus Mumford on the soundtrack, so I became very good friends with them," he said at the time. "Marcus and myself we all kind of worked on the music together and I don’t know any other world where we would have the opportunity to collaborate like that but it was so much fun. So not only will that be a great movie, but the music to it will be fantastic."

He's on Taylor Swift's Evermore (2020) album.

"There's a really beautiful background vocal on 'Cowboy Like Me' sung by someone I’m a big fan of," Swift hinted during her "Willow" live chat ahead of the album release.

Her fans, ever the detectives, figured it out pretty quickly:

Mumford framed a note from Swift that reads, "You're a bandit like me. Eyes full of stars."

He's taking up surfing.

Everyone has their quarantine hobby. Maybe this is his?

The couple share three children.

Mulligan welcomed her third child with Mumford in the summer of 2023. The couple already share seven-year-old Evelyn and five-year-old Wilfred. Though they didn't make an announcement, Mulligan was seen out in Portofino on Labor Day Weekend after giving birth with her husband and film director Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw.

Mulligan later confirmed she welcomed the couple’s third child in her October Vogue interview. The outlet noted she was six weeks postpartum when she gave her interview. She did not disclose her baby’s name, sex, or birth date.

Mulligan shared her third child with Mumford, a baby girl, was well-behaved in November 2023.

On November 16, Mulligan revealed she and Mumford had a daughter when talking to Entertainment Tonight about how their new baby is doing: “Oh, she’s great. Great. Good baby, 10 out of 10, so far. We’ll see how long that lasts,” she said.

In January 2024, Mulligan and Mumford had a rare date night in Paris.

On January 16, Daily Mail obtained photos of the couple hand-in-hand leaving the famous Hotel Costes for a night out while in Paris for fashion week.

Earlier in the day, Mulligan and Mumford attended the Louis Vuitton menswear show together.

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She has gotten more comfortable talking about their relationship.

In 2024, Mulligan opened up in an interview with Times of London, sharing why she and Mumford have begun talking more openly about one another.

“I find it easier now because when we were first married I was really conscious of thinking, ‘I am not part of a celebrity couple. That’s just weird,’” she said. “And we were both trying to build our careers in our own rights.”

Mulligan added that their previous “no marriage questions” is no longer very useful, especially “when we’ve been married for ever, and he came to the Golden Globes with me, and I bring him to the big things because it’s just more fun when he’s there.”

She also shared a bit more about how she practices religion, presumably with her husband.

“I don’t think I would describe myself as super-super-Christian,” Mulligan shared. “But I was definitely brought up going to church and I still go to church, but it’s not, like, a hot topic. I’m very happy to say that I’m Christian and I go to church.”

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