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Kelly Marcel (born 10 January 1974) is a British writer and actress, best known as the writer and executive producer of the television series Terra Nova, for which she wrote a 15 page treatment and the pilot.
In the past[when?], Marcel has played minor roles in television series such as The Bill, Holby City, and Casualty. She had a largely non-speaking role as Young Vera in the 1994 television film adaptation of A Dark-Adapted Eye.
Marcel eventually quit acting to pursue writing, while working part time in a video rental shop. Her first writing job to appear in public was doing uncredited re-rewrites of the 2009 Bronson, she knew Tom Hardy because he was running an acting workshop at a pub around the corner and the two have remained friends (one of his tattoos says "Skribe", a tribute to Marcel). Marcel was writing for five years before Terra Nova was picked up after an extensive bidding war between production companies.
Marcel is credited for the screenplay of the 2013 drama film Saving Mr. Banks, "a behind-the-scenes look at how the popular Disney film "Mary Poppins" came to be," starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers.
- Collins, Scott (2011-09-11). "Fall TV: 'Terra Nova'". Los Angeles Times, 11 September 2011. Retrieved on 2011-09-13 from http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/11/entertainment/la-ca-terra-nova-201109111.
- Leigh, Danny (21 November 2013). "Kelly Marcel: 'Someone from Disney's going to come and kill me'". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Kelly's heroics: How the British writer behind TV's most expensive drama cracked LA - Features - TV & Radio - The Independent
- Holby City to Spielberg: How bit-part actress Kelly Marcel conquered Hollywood | Mail Online
- "LOS ANGELES: “Saving Mr. Banks” Begins Production in Los Angeles | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online". Heraldonline.com. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-02.
- Kelly Marcel at the Internet Movie Database
- Evening Standard article on Marcel
- Screen International
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