Who is Trieste Kelly Dunn?

Born on 14 January 1981 under the earth sign of Capricorn, in Provo, Utah, USA, Trieste Kelly Dunn is a 38-year-old American film and television actress. Fans usually recognize her as Allison Knight in NBC’s “Blindspot”, as well as Valerie Boone in “Fringe”. Unlike most famous actresses, Trieste began her career in a series of independent student films, in which part of her career she learned how to handle freedom in both lead and supporting roles. Her breakthrough roles are considered to be in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Little Chicago”. Despite being one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood, she’s stated that she’ll always be open to acting in indie movies because of the fun and freedom she feels while doing so.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in Utah

Dunn was raised by her parents in rural Utah, about whom nothing is known – probably wise of her to keep her matters to herself, especially with incidents like the one with English cricket player Ben Stokes, whose family tragedy from over 30 years ago was revealed by a tabloid. Trieste discovered acting as a little girl by watching sitcoms with her parents. At the age of 14, she made her debut as a voice actress by lending her vocal chords to Miho in “Kekkon” (“Marriage” in English), a Japanese anime centered around romance. In 1999, she matriculated from an unspecified high school in the state of Utah. Her college education, however, required her to relocate halfway across the country, to North Carolina.

She studied Theatre at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and graduated in 2003. Afterwards, she also received training in improvisational comedy and classic drama, to prepare for what lay ahead.

Career Beginnings: Little Chicago, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Canterbury’s Law

Despite being credited as a voice actress as a 14-year-old, Trieste didn’t let this accomplishment mess with her head. Even as a child, she was responsible enough to focus on her education before pursuing her dreams of becoming a prominent name in the movie industry. Thus, in 2003 she returned with a small role in “Birth of a Rebellion, afterwards appeared in “Mortuary Blues”, “Champagne Society”, “The Tragedy of Glady”, amongst other titles.

Trieste Kelly Dunn as Ester photo by Melanie Leigh Wilbur

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However, her big break came in 2005, when she was cast as Kammy in “Little Chicago”, an independent movie despite which critics began noticing her. Thus, she landed roles in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and her first recurring part as Molly McConnel in “Canterbury’s Law”. She was then cast as Valerie Boone in “Fringe”. Around this time, she was still active in indie film circles, with FilmMaker Magazine naming her as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent. It is difficult for most actors to balance lucrative roles with independent movies, but Trieste made everything work by carefully picking all of her roles. From this period, “The Craigslist Killer” also comes to mind.

Establishing Herself

The 2010s were officially Trieste’s playground. She made two notable appearances, in “Brothers & Sisters” and “Futurestates”, before getting the role of Allie in “Loves Her Gun”. This flick depicts the life of a woman who becomes tired of all the gun violence in New York. In an effort to escape all this, she moves to Texas, but gets caught up in the gun culture there. On one occasion, she picked this as the most fun she’s ever had. ‘As an actor, some of the most fun days I’ve had on set have involved shooting blanks all day – or better yet, on a micro-budget indie shoot in Texas, shooting live ammo.’ With this role, she solidified her status as an indie legend, but she also excelled as Margot Dixon in “Golden Boy”.

Trieste Kelly Dunn

Various critics praised her versatility, as well as the sudden development of her acting skills. In the hit series “Banshee”, Dunn assumed the part of Deputy Siobhan Kelly, who is in the middle of a mystery involving murders, prison breakouts and even the Ukrainian mob. She was a part of 29 episodes, while also making an appearance in “Banshee Origin”, a mini-series which shows what happened before “Banshee”.

Recent Works: Believe, Almost There, The Good Wife

As the decade progressed, so did Trieste’s efforts to affirm herself even more. “Believe” was one of the better sci-fi shows we’ve seen in the last few years, and she contributed to its success by playing FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Ferrel. Subsequently, we could see her in “Applesauce”, “The Good Wife”, as well as in the short-lived series “Almost There”, in which she plays the love interest of the main character.

She was also in “Royal Pains”, “Bull”, “Blame” and various other titles from this period. According to both fans and critics, 2016 and 2017 were definitely her busiest years, as she had as many as ten acting credits in just 24 months. Throughout this period, she was Allison Knight in “Blindspot”, for 15 episodes. Many consider this to be her best role, but the general consensus is still divided on this subject. Her latest appearances were in “The Passage”, “Girl on the Third Floor” and “Sometime Other Than Now”.

Personal Life: Is Trieste Kelly Dunn Married? Does She Have a Boyfriend?

Details about Dunn’s love life are non-exitent, so she’s assumed to be single.

She was named after Trieste, a picturesque city in northeastern Italy, near the borders with Slovenia and Croatia. One thing about which she has been really outspoken is the subject of guns. While she loves going to gun ranges and practicing her aim, she believes gun control should be stricter because ‘they’re a lot of fun and dangerously appealing to an active imagination.’ Feminism is something she also likes discussing, as she wants women in Hollywood to have a stronger voice. It’s one of the reasons she hasn’t devoted her entire career to high-profile movies and shows. ‘It’s easier to say no when working in the independent industry. There’s no pressure to please everyone involved. Also, I don’t have to hear ‘flirt and smile more.’

Net Worth: How Rich is Trieste Kelly Dunn?

According to WikisCeleb, Trieste Kelly Dunn’s net worth is in the ballpark of $1 million, as of late-2019. The same source reports that she receives $15,000-$35,000 per episode and as much as $300,000 per movie role.

Body Measurements: What is Trieste Kelly Dunn’s Height?

Trieste Kelly Dunn is approximately 5ft 7in (170cm) tall, weighs 121lbs (55kgs) and it’s evident that she has an hourglass body shape by looking at her vital statistics of 34-24-35.

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