About Kay



Kay was delighted to receive an OBE for her services to drama - for writing "some of the most powerful and successful television drama series in recent years". 


Read more about it on her blog page.


For enquiries relating to Kay Mellor and her work, please contact Linda Neary through the CONTACT US  page.  


Kay started her career by forming the Yorkshire Theatre Company with two friends from Bretton Hall College in Leeds. They began touring plays which Kay had written. Since her first play for theatre, PAUL, which was entered for the N.S.D.F. and won Best New Play, Kay has written continuously for theatre and television.  Her shows over the years have won and been nominated for numerous awards, and Kay herself was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter award in 1997 for Outstanding Writing for Television.  She is currently working on a screen adaptation of her play A Passionate Woman, a new stage play, and an original six part drama for the BBC.

Career highlights:
THE SYNDICATE - writer and director
Two series (5 eps and 6 eps) from Rollem Productions for the BBC 2012 & 2013
A PASSIONATE WOMAN - writer and director
Two part drama from Rollem Productions for the BBC 2010
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL – writer and creator
Six part series from Rollem Productions for ITV1.
THE CHASE – writer and creator and executive producer
Two series (8 eps and 12 eps ) from Rollem Productions for the BBC
GIFTED – writer, actress and exec producer
One off drama from Rollem productions for ITV1 2003.
BETWEEN THE SHEETS – writer and creator
Six part series from Rollem Productions ITV 2003
A GOOD THIEF – writer and actress
Rollem Productions for GranadaFILM 2002.
FAT FRIENDS – writer and creator
Rollem’s first co-production with Tiger Aspect and Yorkshire Television. The show ran to four series, won Television and Radio Industry award and TV Quick award and was BAFTA nominated.
Recipient of The Dennis Potter Award 1988
QUEEN – writer and performer
One woman show produced by the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
FANNY & ELVIS – writer and director
Released on 19th November 1999. Won the Audience Award at Dinard and the Fort Lauderdale Festival Award.
GOLD – writer
Six part series spin off from Band of Gold for Granada Television.1997.
JANE EYRE – writer
Adaptation for LWT 1997.
Adaptation from the book “Doncaster Belles” commissioned by Tiger Aspect for the BBC 1995. The show ran to five series, and twice BAFTA nominated.
GIRLS’ NIGHT – writer
Original one-off drama commissioned by Granada Films 1995. Winner of the Gracie Allen Award.
Original one off drama commissioned by Granada Films and Screened at the London Film Festival 1995 and broadcast in August 1996 by ITV. Nominated for BAFTA and won the Prix Niki Award.
BAND OF GOLD – creator and writer
Two six part series for Granada Television 1995. The first series was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Serial and the Prix Italia Award. Won the 1996 Royal Television Society Award, ITV Programme of the Year and the 17th American Cable Ace Award.
A PASSIONATE WOMAN – original stage play
Produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse 1992. Subsequently transferred to the West End Comedy Theatre where it ran for a year followed by five national tours. Productions have also opened in Spain, France, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Austria and America and Poland. The play was recently revived at Hull Truck Theatre and will be touring in 2011 with Kay starring as Betty.
JUST US – creator and writer (and actress)
Yorkshire Television 1990. The third series won the 1993 Royal Television Society Award for Children’s Drama and the 1994 Writer’s Guild Award.
FAMILIES – creator and writer
Bi-weekly daytime soap for Granada Television.
BROOKSIDE – scriptwriter
Channel Four in 1989.
CHILDREN’S WARD – co-devised and co-written Paul Abbott
Granada Television. First broadcast in 1989, ran for twelve series.
IN ALL INNOCENCE – original stage play
Produced at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in April 1991.
CLIMBING OUT - an adaptation of original stage play for YTV (1987)
PLACE OF SAFETY original single play (1988) Nominated for Pre Italia and won the New York Film and Television Award.
Granada Television.
ALBION MARKET – script editor
Granada Television bi-weekly drama serial.