Kay Mellor, five-time BAFTA nominee and screenwriter of British dramas such as The syndicate and gold band, is dead. She was 71 years old.
His production company, Rollem Productions, released a statement confirming the news, saying: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely and sudden passing of our beloved friend, mentor and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday, May 15. 2022. We have lost a phenomenal talent and a true luminary.We ask that you please respect the privacy of family and friends.
Mellor was considered British television writing royalty and had hits with the BBC series The syndicatewhich was remade for ABC as Lucky 7 in 2013; and ITV dramas girlfriends and gold band. She also wrote fat friendswhich was one of the first shows to feature James Corden.
She received BAFTA’s Dennis Potter Award for Four Outstanding Television Writing in 1998.
The industry reacted with shock and compassion this morning, with many taking to social media to post tributes. A producer who has worked with Mellor on independent production initiatives told Deadline he was “devastated” and would remember her as “a champion” and “full of life.”
“I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Kay Mellor has passed away suddenly,” said Charlotte Moore, BBC content manager. “Kay was an exceptional writer and a creative force behind many of the country’s most beloved television series. She wrote with such heart, humanity, humor and passion with strong female characters occupying often center stage.
“She will be missed and our thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time.”
Actor, comedian and activist Lenny Henry added: “I was saddened to hear that Kay Mellor is dead. I had the chance to work with her on The syndicate and I found her incredibly creative, funny and instinctive. She knew what she wanted and knew how to get the best out of us as actors. She will be missed. Condolences to his family. »