Actress Kelly Reilly grew up in a working-class neighborhood in London. Too timid to voice her desires to study drama, she learned about acting the hard way, plunging into a professional career and picking up as much as she could along the way. She began picking up small roles on British television and regularly worked throughout the next decade before she began snatching up roles in higher profile projects like 2005's Pride & Prejudice and Mrs. Henderson Presents.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Dropped out of school at the age of 16 and moved to London to pursue an acting career.
- Became the youngest person ever nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress when she was nominated for her role in After Miss Julie in 2003.
- Appeared in Sexual Perversity in Chicago in the 2003 West End production with Matthew Perry, Minnie Driver and Hank Azaria.
- Played Desdemona opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor and Tom Hiddleston in the 2007 Donmar Warehouse production of Othello.