• Trieste Kelly Dunn is celebrated for her role in “Blindspot” and mistakenly attributed a role in “Fringe”; her career spans from teenage films to major NBC series.
  • Born on 14 January 1981, in Provo, Utah, she earned a theatre degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has unconfirmed studies in psychology and counseling.
  • Her notable works include “United 93,” “Cold Weather,” “The New Year,” “Vacation,” “Canterbury’s Law,” and “Banshee.”
  • Trieste’s awards include Best Actress – Short Film at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and Northeast Film Festival for “The Push” (2016), and Best Actress at Sidewalk Film Festival for “The Misogynists” (2017), contributing to a net worth of over $1 million.
  • Active on social media, Trieste engages with nearly 40,000 Instagram followers and 33,000 Twitter followers, sharing personal life and professional updates, and advocating against stereotyping in the industry.

If you are a fan of “Fringe” or “Blindspot”, then you know Trieste Kelly, the actress playing Valerie Boone and Allison Knight, respectively. With her talent, iconic dimples and kind voice, she has built an ascending acting career in the USA. It evolved from teenage movies to great NBC productions, having both leading and recurring roles.

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Biographical background

Not much information is known about Trieste’s childhood and early years. Born on 14 January 1981, in Provo, Utah, she is of Caucasian ethnicity and has American citizenship. She grew up in her hometown but the identity of neither her parents nor her siblings, if any, is revealed. Regarding her studies, she has a Bachelor’s degree in theatre obtained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. According to some sources, but without being confirmed, she also studied psychology at Arizona State University, and completed her postgraduate studies at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, from where she has an M.A. in Counseling.

Full NameTrieste Kelly Dunn
Known ForActing in “Blindspot” as Allison Knight; incorrect mention of playing Valerie Boone in “Fringe”
EducationBachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Allegedly studied psychology at Arizona State University and completed postgraduate studies at The Family Institute at Northwestern University with an M.A. in Counseling (unconfirmed)
Net WorthOver $1 million
Date of Birth14 January 1981
Zodiac SignCapricorn
Place of BirthProvo, Utah, USA
AwardsBest Actress – Short Film at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Northeast Film Festival for “The Push” (2016), Best Actress at Sidewalk Film Festival for “The Misogynists” (2017)
Notable Works or Awards“Blindspot”, “Banshee”, “United 93”, “Cold Weather”, “The New Year”, “Vacation”, “Canterbury’s Law”, “The Push”, “The Misogynists”


Her interest in acting is a big one even from childhood, and her first projects were some teenage movies, including the mini-series “Marriage” (1995), playing Miho, with colleagues such as Zach Clark, Aaron Katz, and Brendan McFadden. Despite not being credited, she was also part of the cast in “Mysterious Skin” in 2004.

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Ascending career – filmography, and television

Gradually she became more known in the industry, which helped her secure more roles of greater importance. Her performances in “United 93” (2006), “Cold Weather” (2010), “The New Year” (2010), and “Vacation” (2010) were highly acclaimed by fans and critics as well. Her activity is appreciable in the television industry, too. Starting with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2006, in which she played Gloria Kulhane in a single episode, she got to be in the main cast in a legal drama television series two years later; we’re talking about ‘Canterbury’s Law”, aired on Fox and produced by Sony Pictures Television. Among the stars she worked with were Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, and Ben Shenkman.

She could also be seen in ‘Cupid” (2009), “Fringe” (2009), “Bored to Death” (2009), ”Brothers & Sisters” (2011) as a guest in one episode of each production. Between 2013 and 2015 she was part of the main cast of ‘Banshee”, portraying Siobhan Kelly. Among her latest projects are “Royal Pains” (2016), “Bull” (2016), “Manhunt: Unabomber” (2018), and she is currently portraying Allison Knight in the drama TV series “Blindspot” (2015-present), a former FBI agent and Kurt’s girlfriend.


Having such a rich portfolio, she was frequently noticed by academics and specialists. Therefore, she has been nominated for and won three great awards. The first was for Best Actress – Short Film for her appearance in “The Push” (2016). After receiving this prize at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, the Northeast Film Festival from the same year gave her a similar prize – Best Actress in a Short Film. Two years later, in 2018 she was named Best Actress at the Sidewalk Film Festival for her part in “The Misogynists” (2017). These prizes made her even more appreciated in the industry and engaged her in many other successful projects.

Talking about misogyny, Trieste has frequently faced the struggle of working with different kinds of men, who treated women as if they strictly needed to fit into some limits. She has been quoted as saying that as a woman, professional actors are asked to flirt more, be warmer, and smile more. She added that these things aren’t inherently bad, but women are capable of so much more. According to her, it gets ‘old’ to adhere to stereotypes all the time.

Her latest work includes “See” and “Lousy Carter.”

Trieste’s Net Worth

Kelly began her career back in 2004 and during this 15-year acting career, she has amassed over $1 million, an impressive amount resulting from her numerous projects. At the same time, she might have had several advertising collaborations, which of course, brought some more money to her account.

Kelly’s virtual presence

Mindful of the significant impact a professional’s online presence can have on their overall success, Trieste actively engages with her audience on both Instagram and Twitter. With nearly 40,000 followers, her Instagram feed offers glimpses into her daily life, showcasing public events she attends and cherished moments with her family and friends. Among her posts are intriguing insights into her personal life, such as a heartfelt drawing shared on 19 June 2019, accompanied by the caption: “I don’t have kids, but my movie daughter drew this portrait of me and it melted my heart. Thanks @alexaswintonofficial you’re the coolest! For: Tree.”

The frequent appearances of her father in her posts hint at the depth of their bond and the closeness of their relationship.

On Twitter, her audience extends to around 33,000 followers, with her posts amassing over 40,000 likes, indicating a strong and engaged community.

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