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KELLY REILLY (Sonja Burpo) is perhaps best known to American
audiences for her co-starring role as Denzel Washington's love interest in
Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film was nominated for Best Original
Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards and Reilly won a Spotlight Award at the
2012 Hollywood Film Festival on behalf of her performance.
Reilly is currently in production on ABC's upcoming television drama series,
"Black Box." She takes on the lead role of 'Catherine Black,' a famed
neuroscientist who struggles with mental illness, one of the many secrets she
keeps from her fiance and family. She stars opposite Vanessa Redgrave who plays
her psychiatrist. The series will premiere in the coveted 10pm time slot on
April 24, 2014.
Reilly also appears in the Film Nation indie movie Chinese Puzzle. The film,
which also stars Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cecile De France, is the third
chapter of the Spanish Apartment trilogy directed by Cedric Klapisch after
Russian Dolls and L'Auberge Espagnole. The film will be released by Cohen Media
Group on May 16, 2014.
Also upcoming, Reilly appears alongside Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd in
Calvary. In the film, directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Guard), Reilly
plays the troubled daughter of a priest whose life is threatened during a
confession. Calvary premiered to glowing reviews at
the Sundance Film Festival this year. David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter
declared Reilly "especially affecting in the most substantial of the secondary
roles." The film was quickly acquired by Fox Searchlight and is scheduled to
release in 2014.
In 2013, Reilly was seen in the David M. Rosenthal-directed A Single Shot
Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy. The film opened in limited theatres on
September 20, 2013.
In 2011, Reilly was reunited with director Guy Ritchie for Sherlock Holmes: A
Game of Shadows, reprising the role she played in the 2009 hit Sherlock Holmes
opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. She was also seen in the World War II
drama Edwin Boyd, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Among Reilly's other film credits, including a wide range of international
releases, are Pride & Prejudice, Me and Orson Welles, Triage and Last Orders.
On the small screen, Reilly was seen revisiting her lead role of 'DC Anna
Travis' in Silent Scream, the third series of Above Suspicion, ITV's hugely
successful adaptation of Lynda La Plante's bestselling novels. She has also
starred in an adaptation of Jake Arnott's He Kills Coppers opposite Rafe Spall,
as well as in Stephen Poliakoff's Joe's Palace co-starring Rupert Penry-Jones
and Michael Gambon for BBC/HBO.
Reilly has received both critical and international acclaim throughout her
career. She has been nominated for 'Best Supporting Actress' at the British
Independent Film awards on behalf of her role in Eden Lake opposite Michael
Fassbender, she won the Empire Award for 'Best Newcomer' for her role in Mrs.
Henderson Presents, and also won 'Best Newcomer Award' at the Cannes Film
Festival for her role as 'Wendy' in The Russian Dolls.
On stage, Reilly became the youngest-ever Laurence Olivier Theatre Award
nominee in the best actress category, for her performance in the Donmar
Warehouse production of After Miss Julie. She was again nominated for another
Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for her role as Desdemona in the acclaimed Donmar
Production of Othello opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Reilly currently resides in New York City.
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