Actress Kelly Reilly arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Yellowstone' at Paramount Studios on June 11, 2018 in Hollywood / Kelly Reilly attends the World Premiere of Sherlock Holmes at Empire Leicester Square on December 14, 2009 in London, England /
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Kelly Reilly's Life in Photos: See the 'Yellowstone' Star Before & After Beth Dutton


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Kelly Reilly has developed quite a fan base during her four seasons starring as Beth Dutton on Yellowstone. Many fans didn't even realize she was British because she does such a convincing job playing a Montana native on the show. But long before the English actress appeared on the Paramount Network, she was getting her start in England in various plays, TV shows, and films that would eventually take her overseas to build a name for herself in Hollywood.

Growing up as the daughter of a police officer and a hospital receptionist, Reilly didn't necessarily jump right into "the biz" when she decided to become an actress. Just like Beth Dutton would do, she paved her own path and made it happen for herself. In honor of one of our favorite leading ladies of television, let's take a trip down memory lane to see Kelly Reilly throughout her career from the very beginning to today on Yellowstone.

1996 - Poldark

Kelly Reilly in TV film 'Poldark'

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When Kelly Reilly decided she wanted to be on television, she took some serious initiative that probably was a pleasant surprise to the producers of ITV's TV show, Prime Suspect. She wrote them a letter asking for work and 6 months later, auditioned and appeared on Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle as Polly Henry. The following year she appeared in an episode of Bramwell followed by the TV film Poldark, where she played the role of Clowance Poldark.

2001 - Rising star

JJ Feild and Kelly Reilly at I Am Sam screening at AOL/Time Warner Screening Room

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So, this throwback photo isn't from a notable moment in Reilly's career, it's just a screening of the Sean Penn film I Am Sam. But let's all take a moment to enjoy a young Kelly Reilly! Presumably sometime around when this was taken, Reilly landed the role of Young Amy in the Helen Mirren film Last Order.

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2003- Theater career

Hank Azaria, Kelly Reilly and Matthew Perry during Matthew Perry In The Theatrical Production OF "Sexual Perversity In Chicago" at Comedy Theatre in London, Great Britain

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Early in her career, it wasn't necessarily the onscreen roles that showed the world that Kelly Reilly was a powerhouse...it was her stage career. Her performance in After Miss Julie made her a star on the London Stage and even landed her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003, making her one of the youngest ever to receive that honor. This particular photo was from a different production though, Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Hank Azaria and Matthew Perry.

2005 - Mrs. Henderson Presents

Kelly Reilly during "Mrs. Henderson Presents" London Premiere at Vue West End in London, Great Britain

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We're now 10 years into Reilly's acting career! This year she made a splash in the Judi Dench film Mrs. Henderson Presents as Maureen and also played the small but memorable role of Caroline Bingley in the Kiera Knightly film Pride & Prejudice.

Around this time though she caught the notice of the Cannes Film Festival where she won Best Newcomer Award for playing Wendy in Russian Dolls, the sequel to Pot Luck (L'Auberge Espagnole) which she also appeared in as well as the third subsequent film Chinese Puzzle.

2007 - Othello

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kelly Reilly and Ewan McGregor attend the after party following the press night of "Othello" at One Aldwych on December 4, 2007 in London, England

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Another notable moment from Reilly's stage career was her performance as Desdemona in Othello, which landed her another Olivier award nomination. She starred in the highly praised production opposite fellow Brits Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor.

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2008- Eden Lake

Kelly Reilly in 'Eden Lake'

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Reilly's first leading role came with the horror film Eden Lake with Michael Fassbender. She also had a smaller role in the more mainstream Zac Efron film Me and Orson Welles.

2009 - Sherlock Holmes

Kelly Reilly attends the World Premiere of Sherlock Holmes at Empire Leicester Square on December 14, 2009 in London, England

Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic

One of Reilly's most recognizable film roles is Mary Morstan (eventually Mary Watson) in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. She plays the onscreen love of Jude Law's Dr. John Watson.

2010- Above Suspicion

Kelly Reilly in 'Above Suspicion'

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If you love true crime or Law & Order, consider checking out this British series where Reilly plays rookie detective Anna Travis who is tasked with investigating a series of murders. She appeared in this series, based on the Anna Travis crime novels, for four seasons 2009-2012.

2012 - Flight

Kelly Reilly at the "Flight" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2012

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2012 landed Reilly opposite Sam Rockwell in A Single Shot, but everyone probably best remembers her opposite Denzel Washington in his Oscar nominated performance in Flight.

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2014- Black Box

Kelly Reilly in 'Black Box'

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The same year Reilly appeared in Heaven Is For Real and Calvary, she led her own ABC series for one season. She played Catherine Black, a neurologist who solves difficult cases while dealing with her own secret bipolar disorder. This is one I need to check out!

2015 - True Detective

Kelly Reilly in HBO's 'True Detective'

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In season 2 of HBO's popular series True Detective, Reilly played Jordan Semyon, the onscreen wife of one of the season's leads, Vince Vaughn.

2018 - Britannia

Kelly Reilly in 'Brittania'

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In another series led by Reilly, we have Britannia, a co-production between Sky and Amazon Prime Video. Though the series released its third season in 2021, Reilly only appeared as Kerra for one season. And thank goodness because that freed up her schedule to land Beth Dutton!

2021 - Yellowstone

Actress Kelly Reilly arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Yellowstone' at Paramount Studios on June 11, 2018 in Hollywood

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Which brings us to today! Reilly became a fast favorite in the role of Beth Dutton, Kevin Costner's onscreen daughter in Paramount Network's modern western. Not only is she one of the toughest women on television, but her onscreen romance with Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser) will definitely go down as one of the best TV love stories of all time.

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READ MORE: Yellowstone's Kelly Reilly and Husband Kyle Baugher's Private Relationship Is As Sweet as Beth and Rip

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