This Masterclass was a talk and Q & A session with the award winning writer, director and actor Kay Mellor.

About Kay Mellor


Kay attended Bretton Hall College and graduated with a BA Hons degree in 1983. After finishing her studies, she formed Yorkshire Theatre Company, where she wrote and performed in Paul, Climbing Out and Mates and performed in Brecht’s Man is Man. Kay also played Dr Baker in The Practice, PC Kershaw in Albion Market and Mrs Butterworth in All Creatures Great and Small. She then began working for Granada Television, working on their hugely popular soap opera Coronation Street, the most watched programme on the ITV network. In 1989 she also wrote many episodes for the popular Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.

Since then she has written a host of highly-acclaimed and popular television drama serials, including Band of Gold (1995), Playing the Field (1998), Fat Friends (2000), Between the Sheets (2003), Strictly Confidential (2006), The Chase (2006), A Passionate Woman (2010), The Syndicate (2012-2013) and In The Club (2014).

In her parallel career as a television actress, Kay has appeared in her own adaptation of Jane Eyre (1997) and in other series such as the comedy drama Stan the Man (2002), A Good Thief (2002) and Gifted (2003). On stage, Kay has acted in Three Girls in Blue and she wrote and starred in the one-woman show Queen at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Kay has just finished the third series of The Syndicate, which is currently being broadcast on BBC1. At the moment she is writing the second series of In The Club, again for BBC1.

Kay was appointed an OBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours.

In 2014 Kay was awarded the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution to Writing.