Craig Kelly (actor)
Kelly in 2012
31 October 1970 |
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
|Relatives||Dean Lennox Kelly (brother)|
Craig Kelly (born 31 October 1970) is an English actor and voice-over artist. 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. He has been training in the sport for 10 years, as of 2009.
Kelly is best known for his role as Vince Tyler in Queer as Folk, for which he won serious critical acclaim and gained a plethora of new fans.[according to whom?] 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 for murdering his father.
In November 2008, Kelly landed the role of the new underworld factory boss, Luke Strong, in ITV's Coronation Street. 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.
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 where 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.
Kelly is a prolific voiceover artist, his vocal talents 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.
|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||Spice World||Nervous Guy||Film|
|1998||Children of the New Forest||Reverend Abel Corbould||TV film|
|1999||Wing Commander||Radar Man Falk||Film|
|1999–2000||Queer as Folk||Vince Tyler||TV series|
|2000||Queer as Folk 2||Vince Tyler||TV 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||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 (Episodes: "Walking on Water: Part 1" and "Walking on Water: Part 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|
|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||A Life's Debt||Julian||Short|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Craig Kelly". IMDb.
- http://courses.csm.arts.ac.uk/drama/students.asp?level=1 Archived 12 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Corrie producers cast new factory boss". 27 November 2008.
- "Why I live where I live: Everything's gone Green for Strictly's Craig Kelly". Daily Mail.