Soon to be seen playing the lead role in Puffball directed by Nic Roeg, appearing alongside Miranda Richardson and Donald Sutherland and in Stephen Poliakoff’s new BBC drama, also starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Michael Gamble. Most recently Kelly was seen playing a lead role in the Royal Court production Piano/Forte. The part, written especially for Kelly, was written and directed by Terry Johnson and co-starred Alicia Witt. Kelly had a huge 2005, appearing in four films. She played a supporting lead role as Maureen 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 was BIFA nominated as Best Supporting Actress. The film also stars Bob Hoskins and Judi Dench. In Autumn 2005 she appeared as Johnny Depp’s whore and confidante, Jane, in Laurence Dunmore’s directorial debut The Libertine and won much attention for her performance as the haughty and manipulative Miss Bingley in the critically acclaimed Working Title re-make of Pride And Prejudice. 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. Kelly has additionally received much attention for her role as Wendy in the successful French film Les Poupees Russes (Russian Dolls), directed by Cedric Klapisch. She won the Chopard Award for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for her performance as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the prestigious Cesar Awards. Kelly is best known for her work on the stage, where she is one of Britain’s most sought after actresses. She received praise for her role in Look Back In Anger. In 2004, she was the youngest ever actress to be nominated as Best Actress at the Lawrence Olivier Awards, and was also nominated as Best Actress at Evening Standard Theatre awards for her portrayal of Miss Julie in the Donmar production After Miss Julie, directed by Michael Grandage. Previously, she stole the show in The Comedy Theatre production of Sexual Perversity In Chicago. Other films credits include Dead Bodies, Last Orders, Peaches and Maybe Baby. Television work has included the BBC TV film A For Andromeda, The Safe House (ITV), Poirot: Sad Cypress (ITV), Tom Jones (BBC), Pie In The Sky (BBC) and Prime Suspect VI (Granada).
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