Last year, Kelly was seen in John Michael McDonagh’s new film ‘Calvary’, starring alongside Chris O’Dowd and Brendan Gleeson. She also starred in Cédric Klapisch’s ‘Chinese Puzzle’, playing opposite Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, the third and final film in the French trilogy. This year has also seen Kelly in the Sony Pictures drama ‘Heaven is For Real’, a film based on a New York Times bestselling book by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent; a true life account of a four year old boy who emerges from a near death experience claiming to have been to heaven. In the film, Kelly plays the young boy’s mother ‘Sonja Burpo’ and stars opposite Greg Kinnear. In 2014, Kelly was also seen in ‘Set Fire to the Stars’, directed by Andy Goddard. ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ follows the story of a New York poet (Elijah Wood), who’s life changes dramatically when he takes his first trip around New York with his icon Dylan Thomas. ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ also stars Celyn Jones, Steven Mackintosh and Shirley Henderson.
In 2013, Kelly was also seen in an adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel ‘A Single Shot’ directed by David M. Rosenthal, starring Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy. 2012 saw Kelly star in ‘Flight’, a Paramount Pictures production directed by Robert Zemeckis in which she co-starred with Denzel Washington and John Goodman. This role contributed to Kelly winning a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival and ‘Flight’ was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards.
In 2011 Kelly 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. In 2011 she was seen in the World War II drama ‘Edwin Boyd’, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. For her previous film work Kelly has received both critical and international acclaim. She garnered a ‘Best Actress’ nomination at the British Independent Film Awards, for her riveting performance in James Watkins debut thriller, ‘Eden Lake’ opposite Michael Fassbender. She also gained international acclaim playing a supporting lead role in the Stephen Frears’ directed film ‘Mrs Henderson Presents’, a role for which she won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards and a nomination as ‘Best Supporting Actress’ at the British Independent Film Awards in 2005. That same year Kelly also won the award for ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Empire Film Awards, which also recognised her performance as the haughty and manipulative ‘Miss Bingley’ in the successful Working Title re-make of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. She also appeared alongside Johnny Depp in Laurence Dunmore’s directorial debut ‘The Libertine’. It was for her roles in these three films that she was awarded the Steinmetz Award for ‘Best Breakthrough’ at the 2006 pre-BAFTA London Party.
Additionally, Kelly won the Chopard Award as the ‘Female Revelation’ at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. In 2006 Kelly gained a nomination at the prestigious Cesar Award as ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her performance in the internationally successful French film ‘Les Poupees Russes’ (Russian Dolls), directed by Cedric Klapisch; a sequel to the award-winning ‘Auberge Espanol’.
Among her other film credits are a wide range of international releases including ‘Meant to Be’, ‘Ti presento un amico’, Richard Linklater’s ‘Me and Orson Welles’, ‘Triage’, with Colin Farrell and ‘Last Orders’.
Kelly is also well known for her stage work. She became the youngest-ever Olivier Award nominee in the category of ‘Best Actress’ when she was nominated in 2004 for her performance in ‘After Miss Julie’, presented at London’s Donmar Warehouse Theatre; she was also nominated as ‘Best Actress’ at Evening Standard Theatre awards for the same role. In 2008, she received another Olivier Award nomination in the same category for the role of ‘Desdemona’ in the Donmar Warehouse production of ‘Othello’. She also received praise for her role in ‘Look Back in Anger’, opposite David Tennant at the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre and previously stole the show in The Comedy Theatre production of ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’. Other theatre credits include parts in ‘Piano/Forte’ (Royal Court), ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ (Royal National Theatre), ‘Blasted’ (Royal Court), ‘The Graduate’ (Gielgud Theatre), ‘Three Sisters’ (for which she was nominated as Actress in a Supporting Role for the Barclays TMA Awards) and ‘The London Cuckolds’ (Royal National Theatre) for which she was a finalist for an Ian Charleson Award.
Kelly is well known for her lead role in the hit series of ‘Above Suspicion’, ITV’s hugely successful adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s bestselling novels, in which she played ‘DC Anna Travis’ for three consecutive series. She has also starred on the small screen 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.
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