Woman of the Year Award 2005
Kay Mellor has written some of the most successful stage and TV dramas in modern times such as Fat Friends, Band of Gold and Girls’ Night. Yorkshire – and Yorkshire life – is the inspiration for her characters whose lives are packed with the pain and drama of everyday dilemmas.
Born in 1950 in Leeds, Kay is a highly successful British actress and scriptwriter, best known for her work on several successful television drama series.
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. She also wrote for the anthology drama series Dramarama, before in 1988 co-creating the long-running children’s drama Children’s Ward with her Coronation Street colleague Paul Abbott. 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) and Fat Friends (2000) for ITV and the women’s football-based Playing The Field for BBC One.
Outside of television, 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 (1997) and in other series such as the comedy drama Stan the Man (2002) and in Gifted (2003).
Later on in 2006 another of her dramas will be shown on ITV, called The Chase.
She still lives in Leeds and has been married to her husband Anthony since 1967. She has two daughters, the actress Gaynor Faye and television producer Yvonne Mellor.