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Kelly Reilly
Reilly in Paris at the French premiere of Flight, January 2013
Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly

(1977-07-18) 18 July 1977 (age 47)[1]
Years active1995–present
Kyle Baugher
(m. 2012)

Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly (born 18 July 1977) is an English actress. She first appeared on screen in 1995 on the series The Biz. Her other television work includes starring roles in the British crime drama Above Suspicion (2009–2012), the American psychological medical drama Black Box (2014), the American anthology crime drama True Detective (2015) and the historical fantasy drama Britannia (2018). Since 2018, she has played Beth Dutton on the Paramount Network neo-Western drama series Yellowstone, opposite Kevin Costner.

Reilly's film work began in 2000 in the English comedy film Maybe Baby. She went on to have a supporting role in the romantic drama Pride & Prejudice (2005), a leading role in the horror thriller film Eden Lake (2008), the role of Mary Morstan in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and its 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a leading role in Flight with Denzel Washington (2012), and the thriller 10x10 with Luke Evans (2018).

She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse (2003–2004).

Early life


Reilly was born and brought up in Chessington, the daughter of a hospital receptionist mother and Jack Reilly, a police officer.[2] She attended Tolworth Girls' School in Tolworth, where she studied drama to obtain a GCSE.[3][4] Her grandparents are Irish.[5]



Reilly wrote to the producers of the television drama Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, to ask for work. Six months later she auditioned for a role in "Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle", which was broadcast on ITV on 7 May 1995. The following year, she appeared in an episode of the Carlton UK television period drama series Bramwell playing a disturbed young woman. She also played Tina, a tearaway, in Pie In The Sky. Six years later, she appeared alongside Mirren in the film Last Orders.[6]

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).[7] 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."[1] 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."[8]

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.[6] This was followed by a role in the Royal Court's 2001 rerun of Sarah Kane's Blasted. The Times called her "theatrical Viagra".[9] 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 (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 (née Morstan) 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 the television series 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.[10][11]

In 2016, she had a supporting role in Bastille Day. In 2017, Reilly played the Celtic Queen Kerra, confronting the Roman invasion of Britain in Sky TV's Britannia.

She was cast in the leading female role in the Western-style U.S. series Yellowstone, a Paramount Network drama that debuted on 20 June 2018. Reilly plays Beth Dutton, the daughter of John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner. Reilly's and Costner's characters are constantly at war with several outside parties who want to gain control of the Duttons' family land.[12]

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.[1] In 2005, she won Best Newcomer Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as Wendy in Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes).[1] 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.

Personal life


Reilly was engaged to actor Jonah Lotan from 2007 to 2009.[13] In 2010, Kelly met Kyle Baugher, a financier, in Marfa, Texas. They married in Somerset, England in 2012.[14]




Year Title Role Notes
2000 Maybe Baby Nimnh
Peaches Cherry
2001 Last Orders Young Amy
Starched Maid Short film
2002 The Spanish Apartment Wendy Credited as Keilly Reilly
2003 Dead Bodies Viv McCormack
2004 The Libertine Jane
2005 Russian Dolls Wendy
Pride & Prejudice Caroline Bingley
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents Maureen
2007 Puffball Liffey
2008 Eden Lake Jenny
Me and Orson Welles Muriel Brassler
2009 Sherlock Holmes Mary Morstan
Triage Diane
2010 Meant to Be Amanda
Ti presento un amico Sarah
2011 Citizen Gangster Doreen Boyd
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Mary Watson
2012 Flight Nicole Maggen
2013 A Single Shot Jess
Chinese Puzzle Wendy
Innocence Pamela Hamilton
2014 Calvary Fiona Lavelle
Heaven Is for Real Sonja Burpo
Set Fire to the Stars Caitlin
2016 Bastille Day Karen Dacre Aka The Take
2018 10x10 Cathy
2019 Eli Rose
2021 The Cursed Isabelle Laurent
Promises Laura
2023 A Haunting in Venice Rowena Drake
2024 Little Wing Maddie
Here Post-production
Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1995 The Biz Laura
Prime Suspect: Inner Circles Polly Henry TV film
Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness Polly Henry TV film
1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Kimberley 2 episodes
Bramwell Kathleen Le Saux Episode: #2.5
Poldark Clowance Poldark TV film
Sharman Sophie Bright Episode: #1.3
1997 Rebecca Clarice 2 episodes
Pie in the Sky Tina Episode: "The Apprentice"
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 TV film
2003 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
2009–2012 Above Suspicion DI Anna Travis / DC Anna Travis Main role (11 episodes)
2014 Black Box Dr. Catherine Black Main role (13 episodes); also producer
2015 True Detective Jordan Semyon Main role (8 episodes)
2018 Britannia Kerra Main role (9 episodes)
2018–present Yellowstone Beth Dutton Main role (40 episodes)
2023 Greek Salad Wendy 3 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Cannes Film Festival Trophée Chopard Won
César Awards Best Actress Russian Dolls Nominated
Empire Awards Empire Award for Best Newcomer Mrs Henderson Presents Won
British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Mrs Henderson Presents Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle London Film Critics' Circle for British Newcomer of the Year Mrs Henderson Presents Won
National Board of Review National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Mrs Henderson Presents Won
2008 British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Eden Lake Nominated
Fright Meter Awards Best Actress Eden Lake Nominated
2021 Hollywood Critics Association Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Yellowstone Nominated
2022 Hollywood Critics Association Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Yellowstone Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Actress Yellowstone Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Performance in a Show Yellowstone Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Yellowstone Nominated


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  7. ^ Review of Piano/Forte, theguardian.com, 21 September 2006.
  8. ^ Kate Kellaway (3 September 2006). "It's good days and bad days, no rules". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2008.
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  10. ^ "Old Times". roundabouttheatre.org. 13 July 2016. Archived from the original on 13 July 2016.
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