Kelly Reilly has been in the entertainment industry for quite some time, but it was her latest role in "Yellowstone" that she is most recognized for. Although she lives a private life, a few things are known about the actress's personal matters.
Born Jessica Kelly Siobhan Reilly on July 18, 1977, the English actress was raised in Chessington, England. Reilly was the daughter of a police officer and hospital receptionist, making her love for acting something she wanted for herself.
After attending Tolworth Girls' School in Kingston, where she studied drama, Reilly pursued an acting career, first on stage, then on screen. Now, she stars in the hit television series "Yellowstone."
Kelly Reilly at the "Yellowstone" premiere at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
REILLY'S ACTING CAREER
Reilley got her first taste of stardom thanks to acting legend Helen Mirren. In 1995, she wrote a letter to the producers of Mirren's TV drama "Prime Suspect" asking for a job and ended up getting an audition, which she passed, scoring an appearance in one episode of the series.
In 1997, she appeared in the production "Elton John's Glasses," followed by "The London Cuckolds" in 1998, "The Graduate" in 2000, and "Piano/Forte" in 2006, all of which were with Terry Johnson.
She also had the honor of working alongside Mirren in the 2001 film "Last Orders," as well as Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, and Tom Courtenay. The following year, she landed a role in Cédric Klapisch's "L'auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)."
She continued to work on similar projects with Klapisch, such as "Les Poupées russes (Russian Dolls)" and "Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle)," the sequels of "The Spanish Apartment," where she reprised her role. Her performance won her the Best Newcomer Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2008, Reilly landed her first leading role in the horror film "Eden Lake." She starred in the prime-time British series "Above Suspicion" the following year.
Reilly also appeared in major films such as "Pride & Prejudice," "Me and Orson Welles," "Triage," "Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.
ACTING IN HER THIRTIES
During her free time, she likes to cook, ride horses, and go for walks.
Years ago, as the actress approached her mid-thirties, she began to think about the pressure to look young in the industry. She said:
"I think a lot of the way we look comes from the inside. If you worry and you're angry, it shows. I love actresses who embrace aging, like Robin Wright Penn; she hasn't had anything done."
Following her success on the big screen, the 44-year-old tried her luck on the small screen again, having starred in "Black Box," "True Detective," "Britannia" and eventually "Yellowstone," where she worked alongside "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice" star Kevin Costner.
The co-stars get along on set, which is particularly important as they play father and daughter, who are always at war with other characters who want to take control of their land.
According to the actress, Costner is a "sweet" and "brilliant" man and actor, and someone very kind, humble, relaxed, and an overall "sweetheart." Reilly has spoken highly of Costner and claimed that she feels very lucky for having the opportunity to work with him since her character is deeply connected to his.
HER TAKE ON BETH
Aside from being a show that focuses on family issues, "Yellowstone" also has its fair share of drama, as well as unsolved murders and battles with the Indian reservation and greedy businessmen.
In 2018, Reilly talked about the corporate raider that has distanced herself from life on the ranch but ends up coming back to help her father. The star described Beth as "the most self-loathing character" that she has ever played and compared her to a character from a Greek tragedy or a goddess of war.
When asked if there was something off about the character, she pointed out that Beth's mother died in a riding accident that she was responsible for and that she was traumatized by her mother's last words.
Kelly Reilly at the "Flight" - Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California | Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images
Before dying, Beth's mother blamed her for the accident. She has since been carrying that guilt inside of her making her character is so dark. Reilly added:
"I think when she goes home, it's like every single pore is exposed back to that wound and to her haunted place, and she can't stand it, and it drives her insane."
As for her role as Beth in the TV show, Reilly is hopeful about her future in the upcoming fourth season, considering that she is presumed dead. Reilly recently shared that she can't tell fans whether her character is alive or not but that she is hopeful to see what becomes of Beth in season 4.
Season 4 premiered in November, and fans were excited in the days leading up to the date. With its massive success, "Yellowstone" merchandise was released before the premiere. Clothing that looked like what characters wore had fans wanting to purchase everything.
The show's marketing team may have done an excellent job with the merchandise, but Costner had even more fans excited with his rare comment on one of "Yellowstone's" promotional posts. He wrote, referring to the character Jimmy:
"Pity the man who breaks a promise to John Dutton."
BEHIND THE SCENES
When the camera stops rolling, Reilly goes home to her husband, financier Kyle Baugher, with whom she tied the knot in 2012 in Somerset, England. She also met and was engaged to Baugher the same year. Previously, Reilly was engaged to actor John Lotan from 2007 to 2009.
Although the "Yellowstone" alum is very private when it comes to her life outside of work, preferring to keep most aspects of her life away from the public eye, it is understood that she does not have any children. During her free time, she likes to cook, ride horses, and go for walks.
She also finds time to meditate as a means to calm her thoughts. "It's very important to me to stay grounded," she said. "I think when you're an actor, and you're drawing on your emotions all the time, you need to be quite steady. You need to be able to separate yourself."
WATCHING WESTERN SHOWS
Since she is British, there were some reserves on whether a western character would be up to her alley. However, Reilly claimed it made sense for her to take on roles that were based in America since she lives in New York.
When asked if she watched western shows during her younger years, Reilly admitted that she did not as she wasn't well-informed about the genre. However, she loves the countrysides of the west, such as Montana, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, places that she has traveled to ever since she was a teenager.
"It's always been where I get my head screwed back on — just being in nature and being on horses. So being in the world of Montana whilst also doing a job, I'm so, like, passionate about, it was a perfect fit for me," she said.
But while she loves the countryside, the actress has previously professed her love for the Big Apple, where she moved to after settling down in Los Angeles, California. During an interview, she claimed that she prefers New York's "vibe" but that England will always be her home.
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