Born Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly on 18 July 1977 in Chessington, London, she is an English film and stage actress. Her mother worked as a hospital receptionist, and her father was a police officer. She has Irish origins from her grandparents’ side.
Reilly started her career in 1995 with a role in the TV drama “Prime Suspect”.
They say, closed mouths do not get fed; it is true. One often does not find if they do not seek, and if you do not ask, you may never know if it would have been given unto you. Kelly Reilly acting career is one that embodies the aforementioned expressions in the actual sense. From dropping out of school to pursue her dreams, to writing the producers of a TV show requesting for a role, Reilly literally took her life by the scruff and went for what she wanted.
Looking at all she has achieved in her career both commercially and critically, one cannot but imagine how tragic it would be if she had not taken the bold step those several years back. Her story has inspired many people in different fields to take bold steps in pursuing their dreams when and where necessary.
We will look at the eventful career of the 43-year-old English film star in this piece, walking you through her journey and highlighting the famous moments therein. First, here is a list of ten facts you may not know about her.
10 need to know facts about Kelly Reilly
- She was born in Surrey, England, to a police officer father and a hospital receptionist mother.
- Kelly Reilly got married in 2012 to her lover, Kyle Baugher, who worked as a financier.
- She left home at the age of 16 to work as a waitress before her acting career started.
- Reilly got her first acting role by writing to the producers of the show “Prime Suspect” to request an acting role. She was called in to audition 6 months later.
- She won the Spotlight Award at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival for her role alongside Denzel Washington in the film “Flight”.
- In 2003 at the age of 26, she became the youngest nominee for the Laurence Oliver Theatre Awards for Best Actress.
- Late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Marvel actor Robert Downey Jnr. are her favourite actors.
- She won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film “Russian Dolls”.
- In in 2005, Kelly won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer for her role in the film “Mrs. Henderson Presents”.
- She is currently estimated to have a net worth of $5 million in 2020.
Early life and education
Kelly Reilly was born and bred in Chessington, a part of Surrey in London, England. She had her elementary and secondary education there, attending Tolworth Girls’ School in Kingston, where she studied drama for GCSE.
The actress grew up with her elder brother, Neil, who pursued a career as a professional golf player. They were both raised as Catholics, but she has leaned towed another path since becoming an adult.
Kelly’s foray into acting makes for an intriguing and awe-inspiring story. At age 16, she discontinued her education in order to focus on pursuing her acting career. She took a job as a waitress while she searched for film roles. Reilly wrote a letter to the producers of the TV show “Prime Suspect” requesting for a role, and 6 months later, she got a response. She auditioned for a role, and featured as Polly Henry in an episode of the series which aired on ITV in 1995.
Kelly Reilly started getting acting jobs in trickles, and in 1996 she appeared in an episode of Carlton UK Television period drama series “Bramwell,” where she played a young, disturbed wife, Kathleen Le Saux. Over the next five years that followed, she appeared in several small roles on TV shows like “Poldark”, “Sharman”, “Rebecca”, “Pie in the Sky”, “The Children of the New Forest”, and “Wonderful You,” amongst others.
Her first big break came in 2001 when she starred as young Amy alongside Helen Mirren in the film “Last Orders”. Prior to that time, she had been worried about being typecast in comic roles, and wanted a new challenge. It is noteworthy that she worked with Terry Johnson in four stage productions, “Elton John’s Glasses” (1997), “The London Cuckolds” (1998), “The Graduate” (2000) and “Piano/Forte” (2006). The producer once described her as, “possibly the most natural, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-in-the-bone actress” he’s ever worked with.
In 2002, Kelly starred with Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as Wendy in the French comedy film “L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)”. She reprised her role in the 2005 sequel, “Les Poupées russes (The Russian Dolls)”, and the 2003 follow-up, “Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle)”. At long last, she got her first lead role in 2008 in the horror film “Eden Lake”, where she played Jenny. This job was followed by another key role in the British television series “Above Suspicion”. She also starred in two other films, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Triage” in 2009.
She reprised her role in the 2011 Sherlock Holmes sequel. 2012 was yet another massive year in her career. The year saw her act alongside Sam Rockwell in “A Single Shot” and in a lead role opposite Denzel Washington in “Flight”. Kelly made her Broadway debut in 2015 alongside Clive Owen and Eve Best in Harold Pinter’s play “Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre”.
Kelly Reilly Yellowstone
“Yellowstone” is an American drama television series that premiered in June 2018 on the Paramount Network. The show was created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, and it stars Kelly Reilly, Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, and Gil Birmingham. The series follows the conflicts along the shared borders of a large cattle ranch, a Native reservation, and land developers.
The series currently has three seasons, and has been confirmed for the fourth season, due to be released this year. Kelly is part of the main cast of the series, she plays Beth Dutton, the daughter of the lead character played by Kevin Costner.
Beth Dutton is the role Kelly Reilly plays in the TV series “Yellowstone”. She is a financier, and John (Kevin Costner) and Evelyn’s daughter. Although well educated, highly intelligent, and a master manipulator, Beth is bitter, emotionally unstable, and suffers from a substance abuse problem. She is loyal to her father and was in love with Rip Wheeler, who is her father’s right-hand man.
The series has gained popularity among film lovers, and Kelly’s role is one of the most talked about. Her portrayal of the sharp mouthed and fierce Beth Dutton has been lauded and is one of the most interesting to watch. Speaking about filming the show and how hard it could get sometimes, Kelly described a particular day on set in a scene where her character was to run towards a pack of wolves.
“They were real wolves, they were tamed, but they were still real wolves. They had like invisible fishing line on them with two people lying in the grass, so if they had have charged me… I kept saying to them, ‘You really think that that’s going to stop them?’ And they were like, ‘Well, we can’t do anything else,'” Reilly said in an interview with Parade.
“10×10” (pronounced 10 by 10) is a British-American thriller film released in 2018. It starred Kelly Reilly and Luke Evans side by side in the lead roles. It follows the story of Lewis (Evans), a widower who kidnaps Cathy (Reilly), the owner of a flower shop, with the determination to extract a secret from her past that she has kept well-hidden.
In the film, Kelly’s character is kidnapped and locked up in a 10×10 room where her abductor questions her about her past life, which she is adamant to say nothing about. The ensuing drama is full of suspense and just the right amount of violence and bloodshed.
Yet another one of Kelly’s topical roles in the past decade. “Flight” is a 2012 American drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It stars Denzel Washington as William “Whip” Whitaker Sr., an alcoholic airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mechanical failure, saving nearly everyone on board. William is hailed a hero by all and sundry, but an investigation soon leads to questions that casts the captain in a different light. This film is loosely inspired by the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261.
Reilly acted opposite Denzel in the supporting role as Nicole Maggen, a h----n addict recovering from a recent overdose in the same hospital where William was admitted after passing out from crash landing the plane. The film was both a commercial and critical success, receiving praise for the directing and acting. “Flight” had two nominations at the 85th Academy Awards.
Kelly had her share of ups and downs in relationships before eventually finding “the one”.
In 2000, she started dating British-American actor, JJ Field. The pair parted ways in 2002 for reasons unknown to the public. Kelly and Israeli actor, Jonah Lotan sparked relationship rumours sometime in 2006. They then dated for a while and even got engaged. The intending couple, however, broke things off before a wedding could happen.
Rumours surfaced yet again in 2008 linking her to British filmmaker Guy Ritchie. Kelly denied them, claiming that they were simply two professionals who were working together.
Kyle Baugher is Kelly Reilly husband of 9 years. He is a financier who hails from Southampton, New York. Kyle leads a very private life. Not much is known about his personal life as he is hardly ever in the spotlight, nor has a social media presence. Kyle and Kelly met in 2012 and got married the same year in a ceremony in Somerset, England. They both live in New York City. The couple have no known children as at the time of this article.
Kelly Reilly nude
Sometimes, it is demanded of actors to lose some clothing and show a little bit of skin. Other times, they are required to go even further than “losing some clothing”. While some actors won’t sign such contracts, some have no problem with getting out of clothes on set. Kelly Reilly has shown a number of times that nudity is not an issue for her. She has appeared in a couple of steamy scenes where a fine degree of her topless body is shown.
In the 2008 film “Bikini lake” she appeared in a romantic scene where she had just her bikini on. In the “Russian Dolls”, there are some flashes of Kelly Reilly topless. She takes it a notch higher in “Ms. Henderson Presents”, going completely topless, and in “Puffball” she goes nearly completely nude in a sex scene. In the films, “Dead Bodies” and “Joe’s Palace”, there are full blown sex scenes where she also goes almost fully nude.
Kelly Reilly is estimated to have a net worth of about $5 million in 2020. Her career is over two decades old, and she has appeared in TV, live-action, and stage productions. She has been stacking up the paper over the years, even before her big role in the “Yellowstone” series came along.
Kelly has had a productive career that seems to be on a steady climb. She has remained on the periphery of a breakthrough for so long and seems to now be enjoying the most successful run in her 26-year-old career. She leads a quiet and private life off the screen, and seems to be in a stable marriage with her husband, Kyle. Surely there is more to come from the versatile and talented screen diva. Long may her success last.
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