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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly is an award-winning stage actor and television presenter best known as the host for ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes (1993-2004). Growing up in Lancashire Matthew was part of the Urmuston Musical Theatre Company and has been president of the group since 1994. He studied at The Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and has enjoyed success both on stage and on screen.

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly Overview

Matthew Kelly is an award-winning stage actor and television presenter best known as the host for ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes (1993-2004). Growing up in Lancashire Matthew was part of the Urmuston Musical Theatre Company and has been president of the group since 1994. He studied at The Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre and has enjoyed success both on stage and on screen.

Matthew’s theatre career has comprised of a number of diverse roles including Dom Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1988) at Young Vic, the title role in The Pied Piper (1989) at the National Theatre and the lead role in a stage adaptation of silent horror film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1995). In 2004 Matthew was awarded the Olivier for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lennie in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (2003) at the Savoy Theatre. Matthew’s musical credits include portraying King Arthur in Monty Python cult classic Spamalot (2010) and as Professor Callahan in the UK touring production of smash hit Legally Blonde The Musical (2011). He has also appeared in pantomimes including Cinderella (2008) at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and in Jack and the Beanstalk (2012) at Theatre Royal, Windsor.

On television Matthew gained notoriety for appearing light entertainment game shows such as Punchlines (1981-1983), Game for a Laugh (1981-1984) and You Bet! (1990-1995), as well as portraying Fitz in Holding the Fort (1980-1982) and again in Relative Strangers (1985-1987).  Matthew began to take on more serious roles on screen, notably as Mr Turveydrop in BBC drama Bleak House, and reprised the role of serial killer Brian Wicklow in a number of episodes of Cold Blood (2005-2008) and its television movie Cold Blood 2 (2007).

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