Reilly in Paris at the French premiere of Flight, January 2013
|Born||Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly
18 July 1977
|Spouse(s)||Kyle Baugher (m. 2012)|
Jessica Kelly Siobhán 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 Award for Best Actress of 2003.
Reilly was born and brought up in Chessington, Surrey, England, the daughter of a hospital receptionist mother, and Jack Reilly, a police officer. She attended Tolworth Girls' School in Kingston, which is a Secondary school where she studied drama for GCSE. Her grandparents are Irish.
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 of Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle, which was broadcast on ITV on 7 May 1995. Six years later, she 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 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 rerun of Sarah Kane's Blasted. The Times called her "theatrical Viagra". 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 reprised 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. The same year 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.
In 2015, Reilly starred in the second season of HBO's True Detective as Jordan Semyon, the wife of Vince Vaughn's character Frank Semyon. The same year, Reilly made her Broadway debut opposite Clive Owen and Eve Best in Harold Pinter's play Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre.
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 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.
|2001||Last Orders||Young Amy|
|2003||Dead Bodies||Viv McCormack|
|Pride & Prejudice||Caroline Bingley|
|Mrs Henderson Presents||Maureen|
|Me and Orson Welles||Muriel Brassler|
|2009||Sherlock Holmes||Mary Morstan|
|2010||Meant to Be||Amanda|
|Ti presento un amico||Sarah|
|Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows||Mary Watson|
|2013||A Single Shot||Jess|
|Heaven Is for Real||Sonja Burpo|
|Set Fire to the Stars||Caitlin|
|2016||Bastille Day||Karen Dacre|
|1995||Prime Suspect: Inner Circles||Polly Henry||TV film|
|1996||Bramwell||Kathleen Le Saux||1 episode|
|Poldark||Clowance Poldark||TV film|
|Sharman||Sophie Bright||1 episode|
|The Ruth Rendell Mysteries||Kimberly||2 episodes|
|Pie in the Sky||Tina||1 episode|
|The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling||Nancy Miller||3 episodes|
|1998||The Children of the New Forest||Patience Heatherstone||TV film|
|1999||Wonderful You||Nancy||5 episodes|
|Sex 'n' Death||Julie||TV film|
|2002||The Safe House||Fiona "Finn" MacKenzie|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Mary Gerrard||1 episode|
|2006||A for Andromeda||Christine Jones / Andromeda||TV film|
|2008||He Kills Coppers||Jeannie|
|2009||Above Suspicion||DC / DI Anna Travis||Main role; 11 episodes|
|2010||Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia|
|2011||Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent|
|2012||Above Suspicion: Silent Scream|
|2014||Black Box||Dr. Catherine Black||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2015||True Detective||Jordan Semyon||Main role; 8 episodes|
|2018||Britannia||Kerra||Main role; 10 episodes|
|TBA||Yellowstone||Beth Dutton||TV film|
Awards and nominations
|2005||César Award for Best Supporting Actress||Best Actress||
|Empire Awards||Empire Award for Best Newcomer||
|London Film Critics' Circle||London Film Critics' Circle for British Newcomer of the Year||Won|
|National Board of Review||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast||Won|
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- Review of Piano/Forte 21 September 2006, The Guardian
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- Kate Kellaway (3 September 2006). "It's good days and bad days, no rules". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
- Kate Whiting (5 January 2009). Kelly Reilly stars in Above Suspicion", Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
- Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company
- "Backstage on Broadway: Clive Owen, Kelly Reilly make debut in Old Times alongside Eve Best" by Tamsen Fadal and Kim Pestalozzi, PIX11, 8 October 2015
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