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Kelly Reilly

Kelly Reilly
Reilly in Paris at the French premiere of Flight, January 2013.
Born Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly
(1977-07-18) 18 July 1977
Surrey, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Kyle Baugher (2012–present)

Kelly Reilly (born 18 July 1977) is an English actress. Her performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse made her a star of the London stage and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003.

Early life

Reilly was born and brought up in Surrey, England, the daughter of a hospital receptionist mother, and Jack Reilly, a police officer.[1][2] Her grandparents were Irish.[3] Reilly left home at age 16 to waitress until gaining professional roles.


Reilly wrote to the producers of the television drama Prime Suspect to ask for work, and six months later she auditioned for a role in an episode Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle which aired on ITV on May 7, 1995. Six years later, she again appeared alongside Helen Mirren in the film Last Orders.[4]

Her first professional role was followed by a series of parts on the English stage. She worked with Terry Johnson in four productions: Elton John’s Glasses (1997), The London Cuckolds (1998), The Graduate (2000) and Piano/Forte (2006).[5] Johnson wrote Piano/Forte for her and said, "Kelly is possibly the most natural, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-in-the-bone actress I've ever worked with."[6] Reilly has stated that she learned the most as an actor from Karel Reisz, who directed her in The Yalta Game in Dublin in 2001. She said, "He was my masterclass. There is no way I would have been able to do Miss Julie if I hadn't done that play."[7]

By 2000, Reilly felt she was being typecast in comedy roles and she actively sought out a role as the young Amy in Last Orders, directed by Fred Schepisi.[4] This was followed by a role in the Royal Court's 2001 re-run of Sarah Kane's Blasted. The Times called her "theatrical Viagra".[8] In 2002, Reilly starred alongside Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as Wendy, an English Erasmus student, in the French comedy L'Auberge espagnole ("The Spanish Apartment"). She resumed her role in the 2005 sequel, Les Poupées russes (The Russian Dolls) and the 2013 follow-up, Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle). Also in 2005, Reilly had roles in such films as Mrs. Henderson Presents and Pride & Prejudice.

Reilly's first lead role came in 2008 in the horror film Eden Lake and, in 2009, she had a high-profile role on prime time British television in Above Suspicion. Reilly also appeared in three major films: Sherlock Holmes, Triage, and Me and Orson Welles.

In 2011, Reilly reprised her role as Mary Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

In 2012, Reilly appeared opposite Sam Rockwell in A Single Shot and had a leading role in Robert Zemeckis' Flight opposite Denzel Washington.

In 2014, Reilly starred with Greg Kinnear in the film Heaven is for Real and in the John Michael McDonagh film Calvary.

In 2014, Reilly starred in the short-lived ABC series Black Box, as Catherine Black - a famed neuroscientist who explores and solves the mysteries of the brain (the black box) while hiding her own bipolar disorder from the world.

Awards and nominations

Reilly's performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse made her a star of the London stage and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003. Aged 26, she was the youngest person ever nominated for that award.[6] In 2005, she won Best Newcomer Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as Wendy in The Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes).[6] In 2006, Reilly won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer for her role in the British comedy film, Mrs Henderson Presents. She was nominated once again for an Olivier award for her performance as Desdemona in the acclaimed production of Othello at The Donmar Warehouse in 2009. Reilly was nominated for Best Supporting actress at the British Independent film awards for Eden Lake in 2010. She won the Spotlight award at the 2012 Hollywood Film festival, for her performance as Nicole in Flight.

Personal life

Reilly was previously engaged to actor Jonah Lotan. In 2008 false rumors spread that she was having an affair with the film director Guy Richie, who was separated from Madonna at that time. Reilly married Kyle Baugher, a financier, in 2012.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Maybe Baby Nimnh
2000 Peaches Cherry
2001 Last Orders Young Amy
2001 Starched Maid Short film
2002 L'Auberge Espagnole Wendy AKA, Pot Luck or The Spanish Apartment
2003 Dead Bodies Viv McCormack
2004 Libertine, TheThe Libertine Jane
2005 Russian Dolls Wendy
2005 Pride & Prejudice Caroline Bingley
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents Maureen
2007 Puffball Liffey
2008 Eden Lake Jenny
2008 Me and Orson Welles Muriel Brassler
2009 Shell Shock Diane
2009 Sherlock Holmes Mary Morstan
2010 Meant to Be Amanda
2010 Ti presento un amico Sarah
2011 1320 Marry Hudson
2011 Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster Doreen Boyd
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Mary Watson
2012 Flight Nicole
2013 Single Shot, AA Single Shot Moira
2013 Casse-tête chinois Wendy AKA, Chinese Puzzle
2014 Innocence Pamela Hamilton
2014 Heaven Is for Real Sonja Burpo
2014 Calvary Fiona Lavelle


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Biz, TheThe Biz Laura TV series
1995 Prime Suspect: Inner Circles Polly Henry TV film
1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries, TheThe Ruth Rendell Mysteries Kimberly Episodes: "Simisola: Parts 2 & 3"
1996 Bramwell Kathleen Le Saux Episode: "2.5"
1996 Poldark Clowance Poldark TV film
1996 Sharman Sophie Bright Episode: "1.3"
1997 Rebecca Clarice TV miniseries
1997 Pie in the Sky Tina Episode: "The Apprentice"
1997 History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, TheThe History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Nancy Miller TV miniseries
1998 Children of the New Forest Patience Heatherstone TV film
1999 Wonderful You Nancy TV miniseries
1999 Sex 'n' Death Julie TV film
2002 Safe House, TheThe Safe House Fiona "Finn" MacKenzie TV film
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Mary Gerrard Episode: "Sad Cypress"
2006 A for Andromeda Christine Jones / Andromeda TV film
2007 Joe's Palace Charlotte TV film
2008 He Kills Coppers Jeannie TV film
2009 Above Suspicion DC Anna Travis Main role
2010 Above Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia DC Anna Travis Main role
2011 Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent DI Anna Travis Main role
2012 Above Suspicion: Silent Scream DI Anna Travis Main role
2014 Black Box Doctor Catherine Black Main role (13 episodes)
2015 True Detective Jordan Main role; Season 2[10]


  1. ^ Kelly Reilly interview. Telegraph. Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
  2. ^ Kelly Reilly stars in ITV's Above Suspicion. This is Nottingham (2008-12-29). Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
  3. ^ The life of Reilly - News. Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
  4. ^ a b Stephen Applebaum (2002). Interview with Kelly Reilly Netribution. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  5. ^ Review of Piano/Forte 21 September 2006, The Guardian
  6. ^ a b c Chloe Fox (, October 20, 2007). "Kelly Reilly: from the heart", Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  7. ^ Kate Kellaway (3 September 2006). "It's good days and bad days, no rules". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  8. ^ Kate Whiting (January 5, 2009). Kelly Reilly stars in Above Suspicion”, Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  9. ^ Tracy, Nancy (November 19, 2012). "Five Things You Should Know About ‘Flight’s’ Kelly Reilly".  
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 30, 2014). "‘True Detective': Kelly Reilly, Michael Irby, Abigail Spencer, Leven Rambin Eye Roles". Retrieved October 30, 2014. 

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