Kay Mellor

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Kay Mellor
Kay Daniel

(1951-05-11) 11 May 1951 (age 68)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
  • Actress
  • writer
Spouse(s)Anthony Mellor (1967–present)
Children2, including Gaynor Faye

Kay Mellor, OBE (born 11 May 1951 as Kay Daniel)[1][2] is an English actress, scriptwriter, and director best known for her work on several successful television drama series.

Early life[edit]

Kay Daniel was born in Leeds to a Catholic father, George, and a Jewish mother, Dinah.[3] She has one older brother, Robert. Her parents divorced when she was young and she was brought up by her mother.[4]

She attended Bretton Hall College (now part of the University of Leeds) and graduated in 1983. She still resides in Leeds with her husband Anthony Mellor, who she married in 1967. The couple have two daughters: actress Gaynor Faye and television producer Yvonne Francas.[citation needed]


As a writer, she began working for Granada Television in the 1980s, writing for their hugely popular soap opera Coronation Street, the most-watched programme on the ITV network. In 1989, Mellor also wrote seven episodes for the popular Channel 4 soap Brookside.[citation needed]

She wrote for the anthology drama series Dramarama, before co-creating the long-running children's drama Children's Ward with her Coronation Street colleague Paul Abbott in 1988. She also created the soap opera Families, which aired from 1990 until 1993. Since then she has written a host of highly acclaimed and popular television drama serials, including Band of Gold (1995), Playing the Field (1998) for BBC One, Fat Friends (2000), Between the Sheets (2003) and Strictly Confidential (2006) for ITV.

In 1999, she both wrote and directed the feature film Fanny and Elvis, starring Ray Winstone. In her parallel career as a television actress, Mellor has appeared in her own adaptation of Jane Eyre (1997) and in other series such as the comedy drama Stan the Man (2002) and in Gifted (2003). In July 2006, another of her dramas aired on BBC One, called The Chase. She wrote and directed the two-part drama A Passionate Woman, which was based on her 1992 stage play, on BBC One in April 2010. In 2012, she wrote another BBC drama, The Syndicate. This returned for a second series in 2013 and a third series in 2015.[citation needed] In 2014, her series In the Club was first broadcast.

Mellor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[5] In 2016, Mellor was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.[6]

She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 2000 when she was surprised by Michael Aspel. She also appeared on the BBC's Desert Island Discs in 2017.

Solo writing[edit]

Year Title Channel Notes
1986 Albion Market ITV Writer and Story Editor
1987–1988 Dramarama Writer
1990–1993 Families Daytime soap opera
1992–1994 Just Us
1995–1997 Band of Gold
1998–2002 Playing the Field BBC One
1999 Fanny & Elvis ITV
2000–2005 Fat Friends
2003 Between the Sheets
2006 Strictly Confidential
2006–2007 The Chase BBC One
2010 A Passionate Woman Also directed with Antonia Bird
2012–2015 The Syndicate Also directed
2013 Lucky 7 ABC US Version of The Syndicate
2014–2016 In the Club BBC One Also directed
2017 Love, Lies and Records
2017/18 Fat Friends The Musical UK Theatre Tour Also directed
2018 Girlfriends ITV


  1. ^ Profile, ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Time of her life". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Award-winning playwright Kay Mellor believed her mother had always been faithful to her father. Then a tear-racked confession changed everything".
  5. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 12.
  6. ^ "Media Release: Royal Television Society announces new appointment – allmediascotland…media jobs, media release service and media resources for all". allmediascotland.com. Retrieved 6 April 2017.


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