That’s right — long before Kelly Reilly was breaking hearts across Montana as Bethany Dutton, she played the far more genteel role of Clowance Poldark in the 1996 made-for-TV Poldark movie, a spiritual predecessor to the 2015 TV series of the same name. You’d be forgiven if you didn’t make the connection, since the young Reilly almost looks like a different person. Although no sane person would argue that Reilly hasn’t aged well — she’s still a knockout at 42 cast as the 38-year-old Beth — but Beth Dutton’s bleached and straightened look is a definite change from the wavy red locks she was rocking in Poldark.
Beth Dutton is a character overly concerned with appearance. She derives much of her power from her sexuality, and revels in her ability to manipulate the googly-eyed men that surround her. When Beth Dutton enters a room, people notice. Even at her drunkest on Yellowstone, we rarely see her without a perfect patina of makeup, complete with her trademark menacing raccoon eyeliner. It’s certainly a contrast with the natural beauty the 22-year-old Reilly brought to Clowance Poldark, though no less striking.