17 April 1946 |
Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
|Occupation||Television presenter, Radio DJ|
Patrick Henry Kelly (born 17 April 1946), known professionally as Henry Kelly, is a television presenter and radio DJ.
Early life and career
Kelly was born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland, and educated at Belvedere College SJ, and at University College Dublin, where he was Auditor of the Literary and Historical Society. After university he worked as a journalist and was the Belfast-based Northern Editor of The Irish Times in the 1970s. He wrote How Stormont Fell in 1972, a work still highly regarded. In 1976, he moved to London to work on Radio 4's The World Tonight and then, in a complete career change from serious journalism, in 1980 moved into television. Kelly became a household name in the UK as part of the team presenting LWT's practical-joke show Game for a Laugh in the 1980s. From 1987 to 1996 he presented Going for Gold, a lunchtime TV quiz show on BBC1, where he developed the catchphrases "What am I?" and "Now you're playing catchup".
He also appeared as himself in an episode of dinnerladies in 1999.
In 1992 Kelly was one of the launch presenters of Classic FM, initially presenting the weekday mid-morning show from 9 am to 12 noon. He then moved on to the Breakfast Show, until replaced by Simon Bates in June 2003. He returned between 2006 and 2008 to present a three-hour show on Sunday mornings.
In September 2003 he took up the Drivetime slot on London news-and-talk station LBC 97.3. Shortly afterwards, in February 2004, Kelly declared himself bankrupt thirteen years after the Inland Revenue had sued him for the non-payment during the 1980s of income tax and national insurance contributions. At the end of the year, in a new year reshuffle, Kelly and some of the station's most experienced presenters such as Brian Hayes and Angela Rippon did not have their contracts renewed. He announced that he was leaving to 'pursue his television career', but TV work proved scarce.
Kelly spent two weeks in June 2005 presenting the late (radio) show on BBC London 94.9 and in September 2005 took over the weekday mid-morning show on BBC Radio Berkshire from 10 am to 1 pm. He later presented a Saturday mid-morning show for the station until 2015 .
He also appears on Sky News TV, reviewing the Sunday morning newspapers.
Henry is a keen golfer playing off a handicap of 4. In 1994 he won the inaugural William Roache charity classic golf invitational at Woburn. In a field which included a whole host of celebrities, including Kenny Lynch, Robert Powell, Johnny Briggs, Kevin Kennedy, Leslie Grantham and Oliver Skeet, Henry won the tournament after beating former champion jockey Pat Eddery in a 4 hole playoff.