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‘Yellowstone’: Who Is Kelly Reilly, the Actress Who Plays the Ferocious Beth Dutton?

by Caroline Bynum
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Beth Dutton, the ferociously loyal, tell-it-like-it-is daughter of John Dutton, is a rockstar on camera. The woman who gets to deliver Beth’s fiery lines and sassy burns is English actress Kelly Reilly.

So, let’s get to know the real lady behind our no-nonsense favorite, Beth Dutton.

Who Is Kelly Reilly?

Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly was born July 18, 1977 in Surrey, England and studied drama in school. Her first professional role was granted after writing a letter to the producers of Prime Suspect asking for work. She played a role in an episode of Prime Suspect 4. Reilly went on to play multiple parts on stage in London following the TV debut.

She won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer in 2005 following her role in the film Mrs. Henderson Presents.

Reilly’s earned her first lead role in 2008 in a horror film and then, a year later, premiered on prime-time British TV in a high-profile role. The actress also appeared in Sherlock Holmes, Pride & Prejudice, Triage, and Me & Orson Welles. She is set to star in an upcoming 2021 horror movie called Eight For Silver.

The 5′ 6″ British actress hides her accent in Paramount’s Yellowstone, keeping character with an American accent the entire series.

Best Quotes From Kelly Reilly (And A Few From Beth)

We know Beth Dutton has a colorful way with words. Her foul-mouthed insults rattle even the toughest of cowboys. She delivers ominous warnings like, “You are the trailer park. I am the tornado.” While her callous personality is obviously from previous difficulties, as hinted at when she says, “I made two decisions in my life based on fear, and they cost me everything.”

Kelly Reilly, on the other hand, has personal quotes that reflect a cheerful person full of gratitude. She speaks of her love of acting in many scenarios. Here are a few of our favorites from the actress that give a glimpse into her true identity:

  • The reason I act is because I’m trying to understand why people are as they are.
  • Literally, I don’t know where life is gonna go from one day to the next, and that’s as exciting as it is tiring.
  • Acting has always been such escapism for me.
  • My family believes you should never be flashy about anything. Maybe that handicapped me a little bit, that extreme humility.
  • I’ve no wish to appear in celebrity magazines.
  • My personal life, my normal life, is so important to me. To be able to go back to my personal life and leave characters behind is important; I don’t keep them with me.

Though she may “leave (Beth) behind”, it seems the two do have one similarity: fierce family devotion and pride. Beth Dutton’s loyalty to John is unmatched and her pride in her family name is obvious. Kelly Reilly says of her own father, “My dad is such a good man, hard-working.”

Kelly Reilly Discusses Beth Dutton

Paramount gives fans a glimpse of Kelly Reilly’s analysis of her Yellowstone character in a Youtube video. The actress talks about Beth, who she says is not “a cowboy, but is of this land.”

Kelly Reilly puts it simply when explaining the hard-edge of Beth Dutton, who was raised by male ranchers: There’s no room for sentimentality.

“She is the most loyal tribe member. She will do anything for her father,” Reilly says in the video. “Beth is someone he does lean on, and he can even say it out-loud,” Kevin Costner comments on the strong father-daughter loyalty.

Speaking on her internal demons and pain that Beth pushes onto others, Reilly says, “She’s not in her own pain, she’s just projecting out.” Similarly, the actress explains Beth’s cruel attitude stems from personal struggle. She says, “She hates weakness in anybody, because she hates weakness in herself.”

Though it is important to note, the boldness of her personality does give the Dutton daughter a sense of power and independence. “There’s a certain freedom that she has,” Reilly notes. “Beth just says and does what she feels.”