Craig Kelly (actor)

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Craig Kelly
Actor Craig Kelly.png
Kelly in 2012
Born (1970-10-31) 31 October 1970 (age 50)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
OccupationActor and voice over narrator
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Camilla (2009–present)
RelativesDean Lennox Kelly (brother)

Craig Kelly (born 31 October 1970) is an English actor and voice-over narrator. He is best known for his roles as Vince Tyler in the Channel 4 television series Queer as Folk and as Luke Strong in Coronation Street.


Kelly was born on 31 October 1970 in Lytham St Annes near Blackpool, Lancashire. He is the brother of actor Dean Lennox Kelly. Kelly has a keen interest in kickboxing, in which he has a black belt.[1]


Kelly moved to London and attended the Drama Centre from 1989 to 1992,[2] where he studied the Stanislavski School of method acting alongside John Simm and Joe Duttine.[3]

Graduating in 1992, Kelly played a minor speaking role in Titanic as Assistant Wireless Operator, Harold Bride and also as Russell Muir in the film When Saturday Comes.

TV work[edit]

Kelly is best known for his role as Vince Tyler in Queer as Folk. He also appeared in Casualty as Daniel Perryman between 1995 and 1996. A very brief role was as the Mercedes-Benz driver in the Rabbit in Your Headlights video, who utters the line "Nice coat, mate" before speeding off. In the 1998 BBC series of The Children of the New Forest, Craig played Abel Courbould, the villainous puritan preacher. Craig also starred opposite Amanda Holden in the ITV series The Grimleys as Mr Treblecock, the school lothario. He played the young father of Alison Mundy in a second series episode of Afterlife in 2006.

In 2003, Kelly featured in the webcast Doctor Who adventure The Scream of the Shalka. He later guest-starred in the third series of the BBC's Waking the Dead, in which he played a cross-dresser who is released from prison on appeal after murdering his father.

In November 2008, Kelly landed the role of the new underworld factory boss, Luke Strong, in ITV's Coronation Street.[4] His character first appeared on 20 February 2009 and Kelly departed in the episode that aired on 19 October 2009.

On 25 August 2009, it was announced that he would take part in Series 7 of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, partnering Flavia Cacace. Kelly was the 8th celebrity eliminated from the competition on 7 November 2009 in a special show from Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Kelly starred alongside his brother in the ITV1 drama Collision, which aired over five consecutive nights in November 2009.

Film work[edit]

He played Cristian O'Neil in The Young Americans, with Harvey Keitel (1993). Kelly was also in James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic and played the part of radio operator Harold Sydney Bride. He appeared in Spiceworld with a minor speaking role in which he speaks to Geri (Ginger Spice). Kelly had a small role in the 1999 sci-fi film Wing Commander playing Falk, the ship's radar man.

Voice-over work[edit]

Kelly is a prolific voiceover artist; his vocal talents are heard on many adverts, BBC idents and, more recently, on Channel 4 idents. As of April 2008 he is a voiceover for Channel 4's 4OD on-demand service and the ITV catchup service. He has also narrated for various television programmes, including Channel 4's Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2006–2009), E4's Shipwrecked: The Island 2011 (2s narration on Sally Morgan's Star Psychic Show, as well as series 6 of The Real Hustle on BBC Three (a show his brother narrated for two series). He is currently the station voice for Manchester's Key 103. He also voices a 2014 advert for Nutella. He has voiced Shipping Wars UK on Channel 4.

Personal life[edit]

Kelly and his wife Camilla married in 2009. He is the brother of Dean Lennox Kelly.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Screen One uncredited TV series (Episode: "Running Late")
1993 The Good Guys Stephen Croxley TV series (Episode: "Old School Ties")
1993 The Young Americans Christian O'Neill Film
1993 Casualty Ian Wheater TV series
1994 Beyond Bedlam Matthew Hamilton Film
1994 Ellington Billy Trant TV film
1995 A Touch of Frost Paul Gower TV series (Episode: "Dead Male One")
1995 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen Anthony Fokker TV film
1995–1996 Casualty Daniel Perryman TV series
1996 When Saturday Comes Russell Muir Film
1996 Ellington Billy Trant TV series
1997 Titanic Harold Bride Film
1997 Spice World Nervous Guy Film
1998 Children of the New Forest Reverend Abel Corbould TV film
1999 Wing Commander Radar Man Falk Film
1999 Killing Joe Lead Short
1999–2000 Queer as Folk Vince Tyler TV series
2000 Queer as Folk 2 Vince Tyler TV film
2000 Undertaker's Paradise Film
2001 The Grimleys Dave Trebilcock TV series (Episode: "The Grimley Curse")
2002 Clocking Off Eddie Mackintosh TV series (Episode: "No. 3.8")
2002 Having It Off Billy Bob Rivers TV series (Episode: "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Hairdryers")
2002 Silent Cry DC Robert Mosley Film
2003 Oh Marbella! Ashley Film
2003 Helen of Troy Pollux TV miniseries
2003 3 Blind Mice Frank Film
2003 Spine Chillers Jack TV series (Episode: "The Lovegods")
2003 Waking the Dead Mark/Maria Lovell TV series (Episode: "Walking on Water" (Parts 1 and 2)"
2003 Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka Joe TV mini-series
2005 Silent Witness Connelly TV series (Episodes: "Choices: Part 1")
2006 Hotel Babylon Pete TV series (Series 1)
2006 Totally Frank Nick TV series (Series 2)
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Eddie Wilcox TV series (Episodes: "Fallen Angel: Part 1" and "Fallen Angel: Part 2")
2006 Afterlife Young Stan Mundy TV series (Episodes: "Mind the Bugs Don't Bite")
2007 Are You Ready for Love? Leo Film
2007 The Soul Rescuer Shadow Man Short
2008 The Gatekeeper Jack Video
2009 Hammered Rod Short
2009 Collision Jeffrey Rampton TV series
2009 Coronation Street Luke Strong TV soap opera
2012 Monroe Phil Indale TV series (Episodes: "No. 2.4")
2012 Circles Estate Agent Short
2012 A Life's Debt Julian Short


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Craig Kelly". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Former Students – John Simm". The Drama Centre. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  4. ^ Green, Kris (27 November 2008). "Corrie producers cast new factory boss". Digital Spy. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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