Mary McCartney
Born (1969-08-28) 28 August 1969 (age 54)
London, England
  • Photographer
  • cookbook author
  • activist
Alistair Donald
(m. 1998; div. 2007)
Simon Aboud
(m. 2010)

Mary Anna McCartney (born 28 August 1969) is a British photographer, documentary filmmaker, plant-based and vegetarian cookbook author, and Global Ambassador for Meat Free Monday. McCartney is a daughter of musician Paul McCartney and photographer Linda McCartney, and is the sister of fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Early life

Mary McCartney was born on 28 August 1969 at Avenue Clinic in St John's Wood, London, England. Her father is the musician Paul McCartney and her mother was the photographer Linda Eastman. Her siblings are Heather, Stella, James and Beatrice.[1] McCartney was raised as a vegetarian (along with the rest of her siblings), as both of her parents were notable vegetarian activists.[2]

Photography and film

McCartney is a British photographer,[3][4][5] who in 2015 was chosen to photograph Queen Elizabeth II as part of a campaign to celebrate the "longest-reigning British monarch in more than 1,000 years".[6]

If These Walls Could Sing (2022)

Main article: If These Walls Could Sing

McCartney directed the documentary If These Walls Could Sing. It is her feature documentary debut, about the history of Abbey Road Studios in London and the experiences and memories of the musicians who have played there. It was created as the centrepiece of Abbey Road Studios' 90th anniversary celebrations in November 2022.[7]

It was announced in January 2021 that McCartney would direct a documentary about Abbey Road Studios.[8] McCartney said "some of my earliest memories as a young child come from time spent at Abbey Road, I've long wanted to tell the story of this historic place."[9] As well as her father Paul McCartney, contributions are reported to be from Jimmy PageKate BushNoel GallagherLiam Gallagher, Pink Floyd, John WilliamsCelesteElton JohnGiles Martin, and Shirley Bassey.[10] Production is by Mercury Studios and Ventureland. McCartney said what she "wanted from the interviews was to drill down into those musicians really feel about Abbey Road. 'Do you really care about Abbey Road? It's a building and you recorded here, but whatever. Do you really care?' And I think from the interviews, you can really see they are thinking fondly about it."[11]

Plant-based and vegetarian cooking

In 2009, McCartney along with her father Paul and sister Stella, launched Meat-free Mondays in the United Kingdom.[12]


McCartney has written two vegetarian cookbooks, Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking (2012) and At My Table: Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends (2015).[13][14]

In 2021, Mary, Paul, and Stella McCartney turned 90 of Linda McCartney's vegetarian recipes into the plant-based cookbook Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen: Over 90 Plant-Based Recipes to Save the Planet and Nourish the Soul.[15][16] Linda McCartney's Family Kitchen was nominated for an IVFF award in 2021.[17]

In 2023, McCartney released the plant-based cookbook Feeding Creativity: A Cookbook for Friends and Family, that features 60 recipes created for celebrities.[18]

Cooking show

McCartney launched Season 1 of the Discovery+/Food Network plant-based cooking show, Mary McCartney Serves It Up, in February 2021,[13][19][20][21][22] Season 2 in November 2021,[23][24][25][26] and Season three in November 2022.[27] The show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2022.[28]

Personal life

McCartney married Alistair Donald on 26 September 1998,[29] and had two sons.[30] After McCartney and Donald divorced, she married Simon Aboud in 2010.[31] They have two sons.[30]

Nominations and awards

Daytime Emmy Awards

Main article: Daytime Emmy Awards

Year Category Recipient/Nominated work Role(s) Result Ref
2022 (49th) Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Program Mary McCartney Serves It Up Host Nominated [28]




Photography exhibitions


Further reading


  1. ^ "Birth of Mary McCartney". The Paul McCartney project. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Frozen in time: Paul and Linda McCartney and family, 4 April 1976". The Guardian. 22 April 2018.
  3. ^ "See a preview of Cartier's new London exhibition celebrating legends". Harper's BAZAAR. 3 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b "See Intimate Family Photos of the McCartney Family". Time.
  5. ^ "Life behind the lens: Mary McCartney". BBC News. 23 May 2000. Retrieved 5 October 2007.
  6. ^ Puente, Maria. "Queen Elizabeth II's historic reign marked by photographer Mary McCartney". USA Today.
  7. ^ "Mercury Studios Announce 'If These Walls Could Sing' – The First Feature Length Documentary on Abbey Road Studios Directed by Mary McCartney".
  8. ^ "Mary McCartney to direct a documentary about Abbey Road Studios".
  9. ^ "Mary McCartney to direct Abbey Road Studios documentary If These Walls Could Sing".
  10. ^ "Mary McCartney's If These Walls Could Sing coming soon to Disney Plus". 21 September 2022.
  11. ^ "When Paul McCartney Crossed Abbey Road With a Pony". Vanity Fair. 2 September 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Eat less meat: how Mary McCartney is continuing her family legacy". South China Morning Post. 16 April 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d Spangler, Todd (18 December 2019). "Food Network Teams With Mary McCartney on Cooking Classes for Subscription App, Live TV Special".
  14. ^ a b "Mary McCartney carries on late mum Linda's passion for meat-free lifestyle with new vegetarian cookbook". HELLO!. 20 May 2015.
  15. ^ a b Rabb, Maxwell (27 March 2021). "Stella, Mary and Paul McCartney Release Linda's Family Cookbook". The Beet.
  16. ^ "Paul McCartney and Family Will Release a Cookbook Filled with His Late Wife Linda's Recipes". Peoplemag.
  17. ^ "International Vegan Film Festival Cookbook Contest". The International Vegan Film Festival. 2021.
  18. ^ Is Mary McCartney's new tome the most star-studded cookbook ever?
  19. ^ "Mary McCartney Dishes on Her New Cooking Show-And Why Dad Paul Was 'So Great to Cook For' in Lockdown". Peoplemag.
  20. ^ "Mary McCartney Serves Up a Big Helping of Food and Famous Friends on All-New discovery+ Series". Food Network.
  21. ^ Leiber, Sarah Jae. "Mary McCartney Serves It Up on New Discovery+ Series As She Prepares Delicious Dishes With Friends".
  22. ^ "Mary Mccartney Serves It Up".
  23. ^ "Mary McCartney Serves It Up – Apple TV". 4 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Mary McCartney cooks vegan specialties with friends and family". Morning Joe. MSNBC. 6 December 2021.
  25. ^ "Mary McCartney Makes a Meat-Free Meal with Dad Paul and Talks Their Family's Holiday Traditions". Peoplemag.
  26. ^ Legaspi, Althea (10 November 2021). "Mary McCartney 'Serves It Up' Holiday Style With Dad Paul, Oprah in Trailer". Rolling Stone.
  27. ^ Hall, Gerrad; October 31, Calie Schepp; EDT, 2022 at 04:12 PM. "What to watch this week: Harry Styles in gay drama 'My Policeman,' Selena Gomez's intimate doc 'My Mind & Me'". web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  28. ^ a b June 24, Jessica Wang Updated; EDT, 2022 at 11:08 PM. "Daytime Emmy Awards 2022: See the full list of winners". web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  29. ^ "Paul McCartney's Daughter Marries". Associated Press News.
  30. ^ a b Raiken, Amber (12 August 2021). "See Paul McCartney's Lookalike Grandson, Who Just Graduated From Yale". Best Life.
  31. ^ "McCartney's daughter marries in secret".
  32. ^ a b "From Where I Stand: Photographs by Mary McCartney – National Portrait Gallery".
  33. ^ "From Kate Moss to Morrissey, See Life Through Mary McCartney's Lens". Time.
  34. ^ Krueger, Alyson (22 November 2014). "Mary McCartney's Candid Camera". The New York Times.
  35. ^ "Out today: 'Twelfth Night' by Mary McCartney, with foreword by Mark Rylance". FMcM.
  36. ^ Myers, Marc (28 August 2018). "Mary McCartney Became an Artist With a Little Help from Linda and Paul". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 13 June 2023.
  37. ^ "Seven Stunning Photography Books to Buy This Month". AnOther. 13 March 2019.
  38. ^ Ananda Pellerin (16 May 2019). "Mary McCartney captures London's Royal Ballet dancers after hours". CNN.
  39. ^ "Mary McCartney's star-studded photographic exhibition". Marie Claire$ UK. 17 September 2008.
  40. ^ "Linda McCartney and Mary McCartney: Mother Daughter, 976 Madison Avenue, New York, November 20, 2015–January 30, 2016". Gagosian. 24 April 2018.
  41. ^ "Family Matters in Linda and Mary McCartney's Photographs at Gagosian". Vogue. 18 November 2015.
  42. ^ Mary McCartney 'slightly voyeuristic, slightly personal' photography