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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 aLaurence 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 HolmesTriage, 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.

Early life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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]

Career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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 episodePrime 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.[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 BlastedThe Times called her "theatrical Viagra".[8] In 2002, she starred alongside Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as Wendy, an English Erasmus student, in the French comedyL'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.

Her 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 the three-part police drama Above Suspicion. That year she was also in three major films.

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[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Reilly married Kyle Baugher in 2012.[9]

Filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

[1][2]Reilly in 2012.

Year Format Title Character
2014 ABC series The Black Box[10] Elizabeth Black
2014 Feature film Heaven Is for Real
2013 Feature film A Single Shot
2012 Feature film Flight Nicole
2012 TV series Above Suspicion - Silent Scream DI Anna Travis
2011 Feature film Citizen Gangster Doreen Boyd
2011 Feature film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Mary Watson
2011 TV mini-series Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent DI Anna Travis
2010 TV mini-series Above Suspicion: The Red Dahlia DC Anna Travis
2010 Feature film Meant to Be Amanda
2009 Feature film Sherlock Holmes Mary Morstan
2009 Feature film Triage Diane
2009 TV mini-series Above Suspicion DC Anna Travis
2009 Feature film Me and Orson Welles Muriel Brassler
2008 Feature film Eden Lake Jenny
2008 TV mini-series He Kills Coppers Jeannie
2007 TV film Joe's Palace Charlotte
2007 Feature film Puffball Liffey
2006 TV film A for Andromeda Christine/ Andromeda
2005 Feature film Mrs Henderson Presents Maureen
2005 Feature film Pride & Prejudice Miss Caroline Bingley
2005 Feature film The Russian Dolls Wendy
2004 Feature film The Libertine Jane
2003 TV film Sad Cypress Mary Gerrard
2003 Feature film Dead Bodies Viv
2002 Feature film L'Auberge espagnole Wendy
2001 Feature film Last Orders Young Amy
2000 Feature film Peaches Cherry
2000 Feature film Maybe Baby Nimnh
1997 TV Pie In The Sky Tina
1997 TV film The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Nancy Miller
1996 TV Ruth Rendell Mysteries "Simisola" Kimberly
1995 TV film Prime Suspect "Inner Circles" Polly Henry Carter
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