Katherine Kelly (actress)

Katherine Kelly

Kelly, pictured in 2008
Born (1979-11-19) 19 November 1979
Barnsley South Yorkshire, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Clark (2013–)
Children 1

Katherine Kelly (born 19 November 1979)[1] is an English actress. A 2001 graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she played Becky McDonald in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2006 to 2012, for which she won Best Actress at the 2009 British Soap Awards and Best Serial Drama Performance at the 2012 National Television Awards. Since 2013, she has starred as Mae, Lady Loxley in the ITV drama series Mr Selfridge.

Kelly's theatre includes Othello at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Kate Hardcastle in the 2012 National Theatre revival of She Stoops to Conquer and Alura in City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014. In 2012, she also starred in the BBC Four Kenny Everett biopic Best Possible Taste. Her other television credits include The Guilty (2013), The Field of Blood (2013), Happy Valley (2016) and The Night Manager (2016). Kelly appears in BBC Three's Doctor Who spin-off series Class.

Early life and career

Kelly was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and grew up in both Barnsley and Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She attended Wakefield Girls' High School. She has strong links with The Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley, established in 1998 by her father John (who is originally from Castleisland, County Kerry, Ireland), and has regularly supported fund-raising events held there.[2][3]

She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, with fellow students Meredith MacNeill and Laurence Fox, graduating in 2001.[2][4]

After she left Coronation Street in 2011, she starred as Miss Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre from 24 January 2012.[5]

Kelly's first television role after leaving Coronation Street was in the 90-minute BBC4 biopic The Best Possible Taste, in which she played Lee Middleton, wife of Kenny Everett.[6] In early 2013 she played socialite Lady Loxley in the ten part ITV1 drama series Mr Selfridge,[7] later signing on to appear in the second series of the show in 2014[8] and its final series in 2016.

Later in 2013 she joined the lead cast of The Field of Blood, based on the novel by Denise Mina. Kelly played Maloney, an ambitious woman in the "ferociously male-dominated world of 1980s newspaper journalism".[9] Also that year she starred in the three part ITV thriller, The Guilty, as Claire Reid, mother to a missing five-year-old child.[10]

In August 2015 it was announced that Kelly would join the cast of Happy Valley, which aired the following year.[11] In the series Kelly portrays DI Jodie Shackleton, a part that was written for her by series creator Sally Wainwright. Kelly enjoyed the opportunity to play a character in her native Yorkshire accent, and prepared for the role by shadowing police detectives in Halifax.[12] Also in 2016 she appeared as the Permanent Secretary in four episodes of The Night Manager.

On 4 April 2016, it was announced that Kelly would star in the BBC Three Doctor Who spin-off series Class written by Patrick Ness, airing from October 2016.[13]


Kelly appeared on the 2010 album, Coronation Street: Rogues, Angels, Heroes & Fools. Kelly, in character as Becky McDonald, sang the lead single from the album, If It's Too Late, which was remixed by former PWL and Stock Aitken Waterman "Mixmaster", Pete Hammond as a "surprise present" for Kelly after she announced she was leaving Coronation Street.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Last of the Summer Wine Sharlene Episode: "Ancient Eastern Wisdom — An Introduction"
2003 Silent Witness Tina Allen Episode: "Running on Empty"
2004 The Royal Tina Binnington Episode: "Holding on Tight"
2005 Bodies Sally Campbell Series 2: Episode 7
2006 No Angels Annie Series 3: Episode 2
2006–2012 Coronation Street Becky Granger / McDonald Guest character (2006); Main cast regular (2006–2012)
British Soap Award for Best Actress (2009)
British Soap Award for Best Exit (2012)
National Television Award for Best Serial Drama Performance (2012)
2007 Life on Mars Auntie Heather Series 2: Episode 4
2007 New Street Law Rebecca Series 2: Episode 3
2007 The Visit Julie Episode One
2012 The Best Possible Taste Lee Middleton Ninety minute biopic
2013–2014, 2016 Mr Selfridge Mae, Lady Loxley Series one; series two; series four
2013 The Field of Blood Maloney TV Series, 2 episodes
2013 The Guilty Claire Reid Three part series
2015 The Sound of Music Live! Baroness Elsa Schraeder UK version of The Sound of Music Live! broadcast 20 December 2015
2016 Happy Valley DI Jodie Shackleton Series two — Regular
2016 The Night Manager The Permanent Secretary TV mini-series
2016 HIM Hannah TV mini-series
2016– Class Miss Quill Series regular


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Sons and Lovers Emily / Suffragette
2006 Mischief Night Junkie Jane
2008 Coronation Street: Out of Africa Becky Granger Third Coronation Street direct to video movie, Cameo
2009 Coronation Street: Romanian Holiday Becky McDonald Fourth Coronation Street direct to video movie, Principal character

Awards & nominations

National Television Awards

British Soap Awards



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