Gerard Kelly

(Paul Kelly)

1959 - 2010

Actor and comedian. Born and brought up in Cranhill (Glasgow), the son of a fish and chip shop owner, Kelly was destined for the stage from the time a teacher suggested "we have an actor amongst us". He first came to public attention in 1978 on the BBC television comedy Scotch and Wry starring Rikki Fulton (1924 - 2004) and went on to play Jack Milroy opposite Tony Roper's Fulton in Rikki and Me in 2006, which he also directed.

Known for his versatility, Kelly also starred in the pilot of the tough Glasgow detective series Taggart (1983), in Rab C. Nesbitt (1988-93), Juliet Bravo (1991) and Extras (2005-07), together with soaps such as City Lights (1984-91), Eastenders (1994) and Brookside (1997 - 2000).

On stage he found success in John Byrne's The Slab Boys (1982), was praised for his role in Much Ado About Nothing in London's West End (1993) and was a regular in pantomime at Glasgow's King's Theatre.

Kelly collapsed at his home in London and died in a nearby hospital some days later. His funeral was held at St Aloysius' Church in Glasgow with the cortege passing the King's Theatre, where he was due to perform at the time of his death, on its way to a committal at Daldowie Crematorium.

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