Renowned TV writer, creator and producer Kay Mellor, has died aged 71.

A statement by Mellor’s Production company, Rollem Productions, said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely and sudden passing of our beloved friend, mentor and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday 15th May 2022. We have lost a phenomenal talent and a true luminary. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and friends.”

Mellor began her career in drama by forming the Yorkshire Theatre Company with two friends from Bretton Hall College in Leeds.

Since then she has written continuously for theatre and television creating shows that have, along the way, won and been nominated for numerous awards. Mellor was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter award in 1998 for Outstanding Writing for Television.

Programmes Mellor has written on and created take in Brookside, Coronation Street and Children’s Ward along with The Syndicate, Fat Friends, Playing the Field, Girls’ Night and Band of Gold.

Jon Creamer

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