Katherine Kelly (actress)

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Katherine Kelly
080804 24A Katherine Kelly.jpg
Kelly, pictured in 2008
Born (1979-11-19) 19 November 1979 (age 34)
Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England,
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Television Coronation Street (2006–2012)
Mr Selfridge (2013–present)
Spouse(s) Ryan Clark (married 2013)[1]

Katherine Kelly (born 19 November 1979)[2] is an English actress, best known for her role in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2001, Kelly began her career on stage. Her roles included, Eva in The Acrington Pals at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Bianca in Othello at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

In 2006, she began playing Becky McDonald in the soap opera Coronation Street. She appeared for six years until her departure in 2012. For this role, she won Best Actress at the 2009 British Soap Awards and Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2012 National Television Awards. Her next role was on stage, playing Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre.

Her other screen roles include, Lee Middleton in the BBC Four TV film Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story (2012), Lady Mae Loxley in the ITV drama series Mr Selfridge (2013-2014), Claire Reid in the ITV miniseries The Guilty (2013) and Maloney in the BBC One drama The Field of Blood (2013).

Early life and career[edit]

Kelly was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and grew up in both Barnsley and Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She attended Wakefield Girls High School. She has strong links with The Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley, established in 1998 by her father John (who is originally from Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland), and has regularly supported fund-raising events held there.[3][4][5] Kelly said in a 2012 interview: "My parents are still massively involved, and so am I. We even did a Family Fortunes to raise money because we needed a new roof. It's so special to me."[6]

She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, with fellow students Meredith MacNeill and Laurence Fox, graduating in 2001.[7][8][9] She worked at Chichester Festival Theatre in The Accrington Pals with actress Amy Robbins and at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in Othello with Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne.[10] Since then, she has worked in TV, film, radio and voice-over. She was a leading lady at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2004–2005, performing in both Stratford-Upon-Avon and the West End.[11]

On 18 April 2011 it was announced that she would be leaving Coronation Street at her own request by the end of the year.[12] She then starred as Miss Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre from 24 January 2012.[13] Kelly appeared on ITV's This Morning to discuss her departure from Coronation Street and she said "I decided to leave Coronation Street for a change". She also talked about her role in 'She Stoops To Conquer' and said that "you've got to be careful what you wish for because this couldn't be more different, really!"[14]

Kelly's first television role after leaving Coronation Street was in the ninety minute BBC4 biopic The Best Possible Taste in which she played Lee Middleton, wife of Kenny Everett.[15] In early 2013 she played socialite Lady Mae in the ten part ITV1 drama series Mr Selfridge,[16] and later signed on to appear in a second series of the show.[17]

Later in the year she joined the lead cast of The Field of Blood, based on the novel by Denise Mina. Kelly will play Maloney, an ambitious woman in the "ferociously male-dominated world of 1980s newspaper journalism".[18] In January 2013 it was announced that Kelly would star in The Last Witch - a supernatural drama written by BAFTA nominated writer Sally Wainwright, as part of the Sky Living Reckless series. In 2013 she will star in an ITV thriller, entitled The Guilty, as Claire Reid, mother to a missing five year old child.[19]

Music[edit]

In November 2010 it was revealed that Kelly would be appearing on the album, Coronation Street: Rogues, Angels, Heroes & Fools.[20]

The album, released on 29 November 2010,[21] was specially produced as part of the Coronation Street 50th Anniversary celebrations.[22] Kelly, in character as Becky McDonald, sang the lead single from the album, If It's Too Late written by Trisha Ward.[23] The single was released exclusively by Tesco on 6 December 2010.[24]

On 20 April 2011, the Daily Mirror reported that If It's Too Late had been specially remixed by former PWL and Stock Aitken Waterman "Mixmaster", Pete Hammond[25] as a "surprise present" for Kelly after she announced she was leaving Coronation Street.[26][27] No release date has been given for the Pete Hammond single, although the Daily Mirror stated that it had been released in the US under the name "Angel K".[28]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Last of the Summer Wine Sharlene Episode: "Ancient Eastern Wisdom - An Introduction"
Silent Witness Tina Allen Episode: "Running on Empty"
2004 The Royal Tina Binnington Episode: "Holding on Tight"
2005 Bodies Sally Campbell Series 2: Episode 7
2006 No Angels Annie Series 3: Episode 2
2006–2012 Coronation Street Becky Granger / McDonald Guest character (2006); Main cast regular (2006–2012)
British Soap Award for Best Actress (2009)
British Soap Award for Best Exit (2012)
National Television Award for Best Serial Drama Performance (2012)
2007 Life on Mars Auntie Heather Series 2: Episode 4
New Street Law Rebecca Series 2: Episode 3
The Visit Julie Episode One
2012 The Best Possible Taste Lee Middleton Ninety minute biopic
2013–– Mr Selfridge Lady Mae Loxley Series one; series two
2013 The Field of Blood Maloney TV Series, 2 episodes
2013 The Guilty Claire Reid Three part series

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Sons and Lovers Emily / Suffragette
2006 Mischief Night Junkie Jane
2008 Coronation Street: Out of Africa Becky Granger Third Coronation Street direct to video movie, Cameo
2009 Coronation Street: Romanian Holiday Becky McDonald Fourth Coronation Street direct to video movie, Principal character

Commercials[edit]

Awards & nominations[edit]

National Television Awards[edit]

  • Best Serial Drama Performance 2008 - nominated
  • Best Serial Drama Performance 2010 - nominated
  • Best Serial Drama Performance 2011 - nominated
  • Best Serial Drama Performance - 2012 - won

British Soap Awards[edit]

  • Best Actress 2008 - nominated[29]
  • Best Comedy Performance 2008 - nominated
  • Best On-Screen Partnership 2008 (shared with David Neilson) - nominated
  • Best Actress 2009 - won[30]
  • Best On-Screen Partnership 2009 (shared with Simon Gregson) - nominated
  • Sexiest Female 2009 - nominated
  • Best Actress 2010 - nominated[31]
  • Best On-Screen Partnership 2010 (shared with Simon Gregson) - nominated
  • Best Actress 2011 - nominated[32]
  • Best On-Screen Partnership 2011 (shared with Simon Gregson) - nominated
  • Best Exit 2012 - won[33]

Other[edit]

  • Royal Television Society North West Awards 2008 - 'Best Performance in a Continuing Drama' - nominated[34]
  • TV Times Awards 2008 - 'Editors Choice' - won
  • TRIC Awards 2009 - 'Best Soap Personality' - won[35]
  • TV Now Awards 2009 - 'Favourite Soap Female' - won[36]
  • TV Now Awards 2009 - 'Favourite Soap Couple' - (shared with Simon Gregson) - won
  • TV Quick & TV Choice Awards 2009 - 'Best Soap Actress' - won[37]
  • TV Times Awards 2009 - 'Favourite Soap Star' - nominated[38]
  • Royal Television Society North West Awards 2009 - 'Best Performance in a Continuing Drama' - nominated[39]
  • TV Times Awards 2009 - 'Favourite Double Act' - (shared with Simon Gregson) - nominated[40]
  • All About Soap Bubble Awards 2010 - 'Bride and Doom' (shared with Simon Gregson) - won[41]
  • All About Soap Bubble Awards 2010 - 'Celeb Style' - nominated[42]
  • TV Now Awards 2010 - 'Favourite Soap Female' - won[43]
  • TV Quick Awards 2010 - 'Best Soap Actress' - shortlisted[44]
  • TV Times Awards 2010 - 'Favourite Soap Star' - nominated[45]
  • Inside Soap Awards 2010 - 'Best Actress' - shortlisted[46]
  • Inside Soap Awards 2010 - 'Best Wedding' (shared with Simon Gregson) - shortlisted
  • All About Soap Bubble Awards 2011 - 'Best Actress' - nominated[47]
  • TV Quick Awards 2011 - 'Best Soap Actress' - shortlisted[48]
  • Inside Soap Awards 2011 - 'Best Actress' - shortlisted[49]
  • Inside Soap Awards 2011 - 'Best Dramatic Performance' - nominated[50]
  • Inside Soap Awards 2011 - 'Best Wedding' (shared with Simon Gregson) - nominated
  • Shorty Awards 2012 - 'Best Actress' - nominated[51]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Bye-bye Becky" 18 April 2011, ITV
  13. ^ She Stoops to Conquer Cast credits
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