Reilly in Paris at the French premiere of Flight, January 2013.
18 July 1977
|Other names||Keilly Reilly|
|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. Reilly's performance in the 2005 British comedy film, Mrs Henderson Presents, won her the Empire Award for Best Newcomer in 2006. Her first lead role came in 2008 in the critically acclaimed British horror film, Eden Lake, and in 2009, she had a high-profile role on prime time British television in the three-part police drama Above Suspicion. That year she also appeared in three major films, Sherlock Holmes, Triage, and Me and Orson Welles. In 2011, she reprised her role as Mary Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In 2012, Reilly starred opposite Denzel Washington in the Robert Zemeckis film Flight, and in 2013, she will star in the John Michael McDonagh film Calvary.
Inspired to seek acting work beyond school, she wrote to the producers of the television drama Prime Suspect and six months later was granted and won the audition, for a role in an episode Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle, which aired on ITV on 7 May 7, 1995. Six years later, she once again appeared alongside Helen Mirren in the film Last Orders.
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). 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." 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."
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. 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". In 2002, she 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"). Also in 2005, she had a series of roles in such films as Mrs. Henderson Presents and Pride & Prejudice.
In 2012, she appeared opposite Sam Rockwell in A Single Shot, played Brendan Gleeson's character's daughter in John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, and had a leading role in Robert Zemeckis' Flight, opposite Denzel Washington.
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. In 2005, she won Best Newcomer Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as Wendy in The Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes). 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.
Reilly married Kyle Baugher in 2012.
|2001||Last Orders||Young Amy|
|2002||L'Auberge Espagnole||Wendy||AKA, Pot Luck or The Spanish Apartment|
|2003||Dead Bodies||Viv McCormack|
|2004||Libertine, TheThe Libertine||Jane|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Caroline Bingley|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Maureen|
|2008||Me and Orson Welles||Muriel Brassler|
|2009||Sherlock Holmes||Mary Morstan|
|2010||Meant to Be||Amanda|
|2010||Ti present un amico||Sarah|
|2011||Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster||Doreen Boyd|
|2011||Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Mary Watson|
|2013||Single Shot, AA Single Shot||Moira|
|2013||Casse-tête chinois||Wendy||AKA, Chinese Puzzle|
|2014||Heaven Is for Real||Sonja Burpo||Post-production|
|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||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, TheThe Black Box||Elizabeth Black||Main role (14 episodes)|
- Kelly Reilly interview. Telegraph. Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
- Kelly Reilly stars in ITV's Above Suspicion. This is Nottingham (2008-12-29). Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
- The life of Reilly - News. Scotsman.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-13.
- Stephen Applebaum (2002). Interview with Kelly Reilly Netribution. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- Review of Piano/Forte 21 September 2006, The Guardian
- Chloe Fox (, October 20, 2007). "Kelly Reilly: from the heart", Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- Kate Kellaway (3 September 2006). "It's good days and bad days, no rules". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
- Kate Whiting (January 5, 2009). Kelly Reilly stars in Above Suspicion”, Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- Tracy, Nancy (November 19, 2012). "Five Things You Should Know About ‘Flight’s’ Kelly Reilly". omg!. Yahoo!. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
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