Kay Mellor - Hit TV Series Writer Dies Age 71Kay Mellor was a British drama writer who was born in Leeds in 1943. Born in a broken family‚ her father ran away when Kay was a young child. Her mother raised her two brothers‚ and later had two daughters‚ one of whom became an actress. Sadly‚ Kay died at age 71 after a long battle with cancer. Read on to learn about her life and work.
Kay Mellor was a TV series writerKay Mellor was a prolific TV writer. Her most recent show‚ Girlfriends‚ was produced in 2018. She is also known for writing screenplays for feature films‚ such as Girls' Night and Fanny and Elvis. In addition to writing television series‚ Mellor also directed films‚ including The Syndicate and Girls' Night. She is survived by her husband Anthony Mellor and two daughters‚ who both worked on her series. Mellor's television writing credits include the highly-acclaimed ITV series Fat Friends‚ which focused on a group of slimmers. The show was a BAFTA-nominated hit and starred Freddie Flintoff‚ James Corden‚ Ruth Jones‚ and Mellor's daughter‚ Gaynor Faye. Mellor also wrote the award-winning children's series Children's Ward and created the soap opera Families. In addition‚ her writing credits include the popular BBC One drama series Band of Gold. Kay Mellor's life began with a love triangle. She attended West Park School in Leeds‚ where she studied drama. During her time at Park Lane College‚ she was called upon to read for the role of Viola in Twelfth Night. This encouraged her to pursue acting as a career. Mellor also wrote her first play while at Bretton Hall drama college‚ near Wakefield‚ where she worked with Sue Johnston and Alun Armstrong.
She wrote many of Britain's best-loved dramasA brilliant writer‚ Kay Mellor's works have been produced on some of Britain's most popular television shows. Known for writing the highly-acclaimed drama The Syndicate‚ she also helped bring many of the most successful British TV shows to the stage. She has been described as a big-hearted person by the likes of Lisa Riley and Ruth Jones. In the aftermath of her death‚ both actresses have expressed their condolences and the fact that they felt she was taken too soon. After a successful career in film and television‚ Mellor first wrote for Granada Television. Her early television work included soap operas such as Coronation Street and Brookside‚ as well as anthology dramas like Dramarama. In addition to writing for television‚ Mellor also starred in a number of films‚ including her own adaptation of Jane Eyre in 1997. Another success was the British television series Gifted‚ which starred Mellor. She also penned a children's drama based on the story of her mother's love affair with a Polish fairground worker. The drama was adapted for television as a two-part BBC drama‚ and Mellor starred in the first two series. Kay Mellor has won many awards for her writing. In 1997‚ she was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Award for her work. In 2009‚ she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 2016‚ she became a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. In addition to writing television dramas‚ Mellor also wrote screenplays for feature films‚ and her latest work‚ Fat Friends‚ was adapted into a musical starring Freddie Flintoff.
She was also an actressKay Mellor started her career in television in the 1980s‚ writing for Coronation Street. She co-wrote the soap opera Brookside and went on to work on the drama series Children's Ward with Paul Abbott. Mellor also worked on her own adaptation of Jane Eyre‚ starring Geraldine James‚ and co-wrote a series called The Ward with Paul Abbott. She was also an actress and co-created the children's drama Children's Ward‚ which won a Bafa for best children's drama in 1997. She also starred in three series of Just Us‚ which lasted five seasons. Before becoming a writer‚ Mellor had a fringe theatre career. She had children when she began studying for her O-levels and A-levels. After the birth of her first child‚ she continued her education by attending Bretton Hall College‚ part of the University of Leeds. She received a BA Hons degree in 1983 and went on to become a screenwriter. Her work as a screenwriter made her a highly successful writer‚ and her role in Band of Gold has earned her a spot in the history of British television. Aside from writing‚ Mellor also appeared in several films‚ including Jane Eyre and Stan the Man. She also wrote a novel called A Passionate Woman‚ which was inspired by her parents' relationship. She also wrote several TV series‚ including In the Club‚ The Syndicate‚ and Fat Friends. She also directed a stage musical‚ Girlfriends‚ which premiered in the UK in 2018.
She had a battle with cancerFamous for her work on TV shows such as Band Of Gold‚ Fat Friends and The Syndicate‚ Kay Mellor fought a courageous battle with cancer. The writer was a great talent‚ with her work infused with humanity‚ humour and passion. She was married to Anthony Mellor‚ and they had two daughters. The couple were also the proud parents of five grandchildren. The Syndicate was her most recent project‚ but she had a long list of other works‚ including a series that ran for seven years. Despite the difficult circumstances of her death‚ her talent and creativity were still evident as tributes poured in. Her writing was brilliant and she had a rare gift for expressing the emotions of women. Her 2010 series‚ A Passionate Woman‚ starred Theo James in his first television role‚ and Billie Piper and Sue Johnston. Besides directing‚ she also wrote the popular BBC vet drama The Chase with her daughter Gaynor Faye. Upon her death‚ the BBC's dramas have also paid tribute to Mellor's legacy. A prolific writer‚ Kay Mellor began her career in theatre‚ gaining recognition for her work in the late 80s. Her most notable television roles included the role of Judy Mallett in Coronation Street from 1995 to 1999 and Megan Macey in Emmerdale from 2012 to 2019. In 2010‚ she won the Dancing on Ice competition and received an OBE. She returned to education when her daughters were in school. She then went on to create award-winning dramas for Granada Television‚ including Children's Ward.
She died of natural causesActress and writer Kay Mellor died on Sunday at the age of 71. She was the brains behind many hit TV shows including Fat Friends‚ which gave Samantha Morton her breakthrough role‚ and the BBC's Children's Ward. The actress also received an OBE from Prince Charles in 2010. Following her death‚ tributes have flooded in. Her life and work were remembered in the following tributes. The actress had an equally successful career in television. She starred in such popular shows as Jane Eyre (1997)‚ Stan the Man (1998)‚ A Good Thief‚ and Gifted) among others. Kay Mellor married Anthony Mellor in 1967. The couple had two daughters: Yvonne Francas and Gaynor Faye. She also wrote the one-woman show Queen for the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Her work in television spanned a wide range of genres. Her work with Coronation Street and Girlfriends was especially acclaimed. She was also a collaborator with actresses Kym Marsh and Chris Fountain. Her work in the arts was also acknowledged by the Leeds Civic Trust. The writer had received an OBE in 2010. After marriage‚ Kay Mellor returned to school to get her degree. She married Anthony Mellor‚ a successful screenwriter. They had two daughters and four grandchildren. Her mother‚ Dinah‚ had made her promise that she would return to school as soon as she became pregnant. She continued her education and completed her O and A levels while her children were still in school. She also attended Bretton Hall College‚ where she graduated with honors in 1983.
She was 71In a sad announcement‚ hit TV series writer Kay Mellor has passed away aged 71. She won the BAFTA Dennis Potter Award for Outstanding Writing for Television in 1997‚ and was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. She was also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. Her many credits include writing the screenplays for numerous feature films‚ including Girls' Night and Fanny and Elvis. The series was acclaimed for its complex plots and characters and she was a major part of its success. The Yorkshire-born Kay Mellor wrote several successful television series‚ including Brookside‚ The Syndicate‚ Band of Gold‚ and The Syndicate. She began her career writing for plays and then turned to television‚ creating award-winning dramas such as Brookside‚ Girls' Night‚ and Fat Friends. She also wrote a children's TV series called Children's Ward. Her work was lauded in several other countries‚ and her death is a sad loss for her country. She also had a successful acting career‚ appearing in many movies including Jane Eyre adaptations‚ Stan the Man‚ A Good Thief‚ Gifted‚ and A Passionate Woman. Kay had a long and productive career as a TV series writer‚ writing two BBC dramas and a comedy called Playing the Field. Her most recent series‚ Girlfriends‚ debuted this year.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely and sudden passing of our beloved friend, mentor and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday 15th May 2022. We have lost a phenomenal talent and a true luminary. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and friends. pic.twitter.com/hMyPd84jF2 — Rollem Productions (@RollemProdCo) May 17, 2022
Devastated to hear of the passing of one of Britains finest female writers.I admired & respected #KayMellor immensely. I remember how comfortable she made me feel when I worked with her, so clever and witty. From the iconic Band of Gold to present day she truly championed women♥️ — sunetra sarker (@sarker) May 17, 2022