Full Name: Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly
Birthdate: 18 July 1977
Birthplace: Chessington, Surrey, England
Known for: English actress
Family: Jack Reilly (Father), Neil Reilly (Brother).
Who is Kelly Reilly?
Kelly Reilly is an English actress. She was born Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly but is known popularly by her stage name, Kelly Reilly. She has appeared in several movies down the years, including After Miss Julie, which made Reilly a star of the London Stage, Pride & Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as well as TV shows like Above Suspicion and Yellowstone.
Kelly Reilly has been nominated and won a handful of awards.
Childhood & Education
Kelly Reilly was born on 18 July 1977 in Chessington, England, to Jack Reilly, a Police officer and a hotel receptionist mother. Her brother’s name is Neil Reilly, and he is a professional golfer. She has Irish ancestry through her grandparents.
Since she was a girl, Kelly Reilly has had a passion for theatre and took drama classes for GCSE at the school where she studied, Tolworth Girls’ School in Kingston.
Regarding her personal life and relationship, Kelly Reilly was engaged to actor Jonah Lotan between 2007 and 2009. However, she got married to a financier, Kyle Baugher, in 2012. The pair have been together since.
Kelly Reilly launched into the spotlight and became reputable on the London stage with her performance as the protagonist in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse. This performance got her nominated for the Best Actress category at the Laurence Oliver Theatre Award in 2003.
Besides this performance, she also played the role of Desdemona in the 2009 production of William Shakespeare’s Othello. Kelly Reilly famously said she learned the nitty-gritty of her craft from British filmmaker and theatre icon, Karel Reisz who was her director in The Yalta Game in Dublin in 2001 before the role that launched her to fame. Speaking about the Czech-born filmmaker, Kelly said:
“He was my masterclass. There is no way I could have been able to do Miss Julie if I hadn’t done that play.”
BeforeAfter Miss Julie, Reilly had written to the producers of TV drama Prime Suspect at the age of 16 to ask for a role. Six months later, she auditioned and got a role in one episode of Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle, which was broadcast in May 1995 on ITV.
That same year, Reilly made her TV debut in a short drama series, The Biz. A year later, she featured in an episode of Bramwell, a Carlton UK Television period drama series. Her character was Kathleen Le Saux, a young, disturbed wife.
Between 1997 and 2006, Kelly Reilly appeared in different plays and films, including Rebecca as Clarice, Elton John’s Glasses in 1997, The London Cuckolds in 1998, The Graduate in 2000, Last Orders playing the role of young Amy alongside Helen Mirren in 2002, Mrs Henderson Presents as Maureen and Piano/Forte in 2006. All plays except Last Orders, Rebecca, and Mrs Henderson Presents were directed by Terry Johnson, who wrote Piano/Forte exclusively for her.
In 2001, she appeared in the Royal Court Theatre’s rerun of Sarah Kane’s Blasted. The Times dubbed her as “theatrical Viagra.” The following year, she starred as Wendy in the French comedy L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) alongside Audrey Tautou and Roman Duris. She reprised her Wendy character in the 2005 sequel titled Les Poupees Russes (Russian Dolls) as well as the follow-up, Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle), in 2013.
Her first lead role was in 2008 when she starred in the horror film Eden Lake. A year later, she had another important role as Di Anna Travis in Above Suspicion. The same year, she worked with Zac Efron, Christian McKay and Claire Danes in Me and Orson Wells. Kelly Reilly was also cast alongside Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law for Sherlock Holmes in 2009 and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as Mary Watson in 2011. The following year in 2012, she acted in Citizen Gangster as Doreen Boyd and in the Flight as Nicole with Denzel Washington, which earned her the Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival in 2012. In 2013, she played Pamela Hamilton in Innocence. The next year, she played Dr Catherine Black in Black Box. Other appearances in that year include Set Fire to the Stars as Caitlin, Heaven is for Real as Sonja Burpo and Calvary as Fiona Lavelle. Kelly Reilly has also portrayed other roles, such as Jordan Semyon in HBO’s True Detective in 2015.
She made her Broadway debut in Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre. In 2016, Reilly had a supporting role in The Take as well as the character of Canti Princess Kerra in Amazon Video’s Britannia in 2018. She starred in the short-lived ABC medical drama Black Box in 2014. Kelly Reilly was cast as the leading female character in the Western-style Paramount Network drama series Yellowstone. The series, which debuted in 2018, is about Reilly playing the role of Beth Dutton, the daughter of John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner. Beth Dutton and her father are constantly fighting with parties who want to control the Dutton’s family land. She also starred in the horror film Eli.
Here is a timeline of some other films and roles mot mentioned: Wonderful You as Nancy, The Take as Karen Dacre, The Safe House as Fiona Finn Mackenzie, The Libertine as Jane, Triage as Diane, 10×10 as Cathy, A Single Shot as Jess, among many others. That is all on the biography of Kelly Reilly.