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Kay Mellow: Actress and Fat Friends creator dies at age 71

London — Actress, screenwriter and director Kay Mellor died at the age of 71 and was announced.

A spokesman for her television production company, Rollem Productions, confirmed “in deep sorrow” that she died on Sunday.

She is known for creating and writing Fat Friends in the ITV series and helped launch James Corden’s career.

Mellor has also written comedy and drama series such as The Syndicate, Girlfriends and Band of Gold.

A Rollem Productions spokesman said:

“We have lost tremendous talent and true celebrities. Please respect the privacy of your family and friends at this time.”

Meller began writing plays and worked on Coronation Street to create the award-winning children’s drama Children’s Ward.

She also wrote the BBC One women’s soccer series Playing The Field and was awarded the OBE in 2010.

Fat Friends aired between 2000 and 2005, giving the young Corden his first major acting role. Ruth Jones, Sheridan Smith and Alison Steadman also appeared.

Charlotte Moore, BBC’s chief content officer, paid tribute to her after Kay Mellor’s death, saying she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the news.

“Kay was a great writer and the creativity behind many of America’s most beloved TV dramas,” Moore said. “She wrote with such a heart, humanity, humor, and passion, with strong female characters often taking the lead.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin praised her on Twitter, writing:

“Our northern voice, she put the working class character at the center of her illustrious, compassionate, inspiring and entertaining story. Such a loss.”

Broadcast from 1995 to 1997, the ITV Band of Gold was considered a breakthrough drama, and a group of Bradford sex workers tried to take on police and gangsters to run their street business. Sometimes it came to life. ..

It gave Hollywood actress Samantha Morton one of her first major roles and later starred in films such as the Minority Report on the other side of Tom Cruise. She also played Alpha in The Walking Dead.

BBC One’s Drama Machines are about five members of the jackpot lottery syndicate. Each of the four series featured different groups of people and the environment, such as supermarkets and hospitals.

Meller was urged to write a drama for “the times when we live, where people are desperate and have the dream of winning the lottery as the only solution available.” Told.

The first series aired in 2012, starring Timothy Spall and Gavin & Stacey actress Joanna Page. Series 4 was released last year.

When asked about the setting that the first series was Leeds, “I think it’s important that Northern England is represented not only in soap opera but also in mainstream dramas. For me, these are the northern dramas. I have a different feeling to me because it feels like my people, this is the world I know, this is the world I grew up in.

“That doesn’t mean I don’t watch or enjoy British dramas set in southern England. I need to be geographically equal and I think England is outside London.”

Mellor starred on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2017 and chose The Beautiful South’s Perfect 10, Fat Friends theme tune as one of her soundtracks.

“It was a very nice time in my life. It was a really important drama for me because I wanted to say something about my weight and body image,” she explained. — BBC

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