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27 May 1959
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Died||28 October 2010(aged 51)|
|Other names||Gerry Kelly|
Paul "Gerard" Kelly (27 May 1959 – 28 October 2010) was a Scottish actor who appeared in many comedies, most notably in City Lights, Rab C Nesbitt, and Scotch and Wry. He had more serious roles, including PC David Gallagher in Juliet Bravo (1982), villain Jimmy in EastEnders (1994) and the villainous Callum Finnegan on Brookside (1997–2000). He is perhaps best known, however, for his starring role in City Lights as the hapless would-be author Willie Melvin which ran for six series, several Christmas specials and two stage tours from 1986 to 1992.
He had a small part in the 1987 critically acclaimed film Comic Strip Presents... Mr Jolly Lives Next Door.
From 2007 to 2010 he appeared regularly as Father Henderson, a camp Doctor Who-loving priest in the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy Fags, Mags and Bags. The role has not been re-cast, with the 2011 series referring to Father Henderson's move to another parish, noting that the new priest can never replace him.
In 1994 he played Felix Ungar in a Scottish touring production of The Odd Couple, relocated to modern-day Glasgow, alongside Craig Ferguson as Oscar Madison. He reprised the role at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe, opposite his former City Lights co-star Andy Gray.
Gerard played "The Narrator" in The Rocky Horror Show in Edinburgh and Aberdeen from 21 June to 3 July 2010. He was due to revive this performance for one week at the King's Theatre, Glasgow from 8 November till 13 November 2010.
Kelly was well known for his appearances in pantomime at the King's Theatre, crowned the king of panto he headlined the show for 20 years. In 2008, he appeared in Cinderella, and the following year (2009/10), he starred in Aladdin; this was to be his last pantomime.
Death and tribute
On New Year's Eve 2010 BBC1 Scotland broadcast an hour-long tribute to the star, Gerard Kelly: A Celebration.
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- "The Rocky Horror Show | UK Tour". Rockyhorror.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
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- Isleworth star of TV and stage Gerard Kelly dies
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