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Craig Kelly
Born 31 October 1970 (1970-10-31) (age 39)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present

Craig Kelly (born 31 October 1970) is a British actor, best known for his role as Vince Tyler in the Channel 4 television series Queer as Folk and as Luke Strong in Coronation Street.

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Biography

Kelly was born on 31 October, 1970 in Lytham St Annes near Blackpool, Lancashire. He is the brother of actor Dean Lennox Kelly. Kelly has a keen interest in Kickboxing and has been training in the sport for 10 years, as of 2009.[1]

Career

Kelly moved to London and attended the Drama Centre London, where he studied the Stanislavski School of method acting alongside side John Simm and Joe Duttine.[2]

Graduating in 1992, Kelly played a minor speaking role in Titanic as Assistant Wireless Operator, Harold Bride and also as Russell Muir in the film When Saturday Comes.

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TV work

Kelly is best known for his role as Vince Tyler in Queer as Folk, for which he won serious critical acclaim and gained a plethora of new fans. He also appeared in Casualty as Daniel Perryman between 1995 and 1996. A very brief role was as the Mercedes-Benz driver in the Rabbit In Your Headlights video, who utters the line "Nice coat, mate" before speeding off. Craig also starred opposite Amanda Holden in the ITV series 'The Grimleys' as Mr Treblecock, the school lothario. He played the young father of Alison Mundy in a second series episode of afterlife in 2006.

In 2003, Kelly featured in the webcast Doctor Who adventure The Scream of the Shalka. He later guest starred in the fifth series of the BBCs Waking The Dead in which he played a cross dresser who is released from prison on appeal for murdering his father.

In November 2008, Kelly landed the role of the new UnderWorld factory boss, Luke Strong, for a year-long stint in ITV's Coronation Street.[3] His character last appeared in the episode which aired on 19 October, 2009.

On 25 August, 2009, it was announced that he would take part in Series 7 of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing partnering Flavia Cacace. Kelly was the 8th Celebrity eliminated from the competition on 7th November 2009 in a special show from Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Kelly starred alongside his brother in the ITV1 drama Collision which aired over five consecutive nights in November 2009.

Voice-over work

Kelly is a prolific voiceover artist, his vocal talents heard on many adverts, BBC idents and more recently on Channel 4 idents. As of April 2008 he is a voiceover for Channel 4's 4OD on-demand service and the ITV catchup service. He has also narrated for various television programmes, including Channel 4's Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (2006 - 2009) and ITV's Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic documentary. He can also be credited for his narration on Sally Morgan's Star Psychic Show, as well as series 6 of The Real Hustle on BBC Three. He is currently the station voice for Manchester's Key 103.

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