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50 facts about English actress Kelly Reilly: became recognized for performance in Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes film series

50 things you missed about down to earth actress Kelly Reilly.

1. Her performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse made her a star of the London stage and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003.

2. Was born and brought up in Surrey, England.

3. Her mother was a hospital receptionist.

4. Her father Jack Reilly was a police officer.

5. Her grandparents were Irish.

6. Reilly left home at age 16 to waitress until gaining professional roles.

7. Was previously engaged to actor Jonah Lotan.

8. Wrote to the producers of the television drama Prime Suspect to ask for work, and six months later she auditioned for a role in an episode Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle.

9. She worked with Terry Johnson in four productions: Elton John's Glasses (1997), The London Cuckolds (1998), The Graduate (2000) and Piano/Forte (2006).

10. Stated that she learned the most as an actor from Karel Reisz, who directed her in The Yalta Game in Dublin in 2001.

11. Felt she was being typecast in comedy roles.

12. Was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003. Aged 26, she was the youngest person ever nominated for that award.

13. In 2005, she won Best Newcomer Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as Wendy in The Russian Dolls.

14. Won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer for her role in the British comedy film, Mrs Henderson Presents.

15. Reilly married Kyle Baugher, a financier, in 2012.

16. The couple married in a private ceremony in Somerset, England.

17. She thinks auditioning is a horrible experience because you are being absolutely scrutinized and judged.

18. Her mother was a house-wife and had lots of part-time secretarial jobs in factories and hospitals and worked hard for the family.

19. Loves to work with actors who make you laugh and smile.

20. Acting has been a great escapism for her.

21. Doesn't want to be doing fashion shoots and doesn't like to be interviewed about where she shops because who cares?

22. She acts because she wants to find out if she can do it or not. That's what drives her and excites her.

23. Loves actresses who are brave and don't do what's expected of them or don't play off how they look or take risks.

24. She loves rehearsals when playing at the theater.

25. She has no wish to appear in celebrity magazines.

26. Loves strong women in films that are allowed to play women and not male fantasies.

27. Would love to work on a real girl piece with some fabulous actresses because she feels she has worked with so many men.

28. Her heart in in the theater. That's where she can do her work the best.

29. Won the Spotlight award at the 2012 Hollywood Film festival, for her performance as Nicole in Flight.

30. Her personal, normal life is important to her. She doens't keep the characters with her.

31. She has twice worked with Rupert Penry-Jones, both times playing lovers.

32. Regards Vanessa Redgrave as down to earth and inspiring.

33. Gets very embarrassed when noticed in public. She still goes red.

34. Robert Downey Jr. is her favorite actor as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman.

35. If they would make a movie about her life she would choose Jessic aLange to play her.

36. Loves a halloumi sandwich.

37. Enjoyed to read Virginia Woolf.

38. Reilly grew up in a working-class neighborhood in London.

39. She became recognized for her performance as Mary Watson in director Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes film series.

40. Became a cast member on the second season of HBO's crime series True Detective.

41. She starred as Miss Bingley opposite Keira Knightley in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice.

42. For her the hardest part working as an actor is working on your self-doubt.

43. What made her fall in love with her husband was his kindness, that he made her laugh and intelligence.

44. She is a big fan of fresh baguettes with fresh tomatoes and cheese.

45. Tiramisu is her favorite dessert.

46. Said most tedious scenes to shoot are eating scenes because it has to repeat many times and with different setups.

47. Her favorable memories from working on Pride and Prejudice were beautiful dress and locations in England.

48. Her father is a man of few words.

49. She likes actresses who embrace ageing, like Robin Wright Penn.

50. In her spare time she rides horses, cook for friends and go for long walks.

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