School Days: 1995-2001
A real individual, Kelly was a fun-loving member of her
year group. An only child, she lived above the shop that
was the family business. She was independent, funny and
confident; the best way to express herself was by performing
so it's no surprise she took part in the school production
of Grease. By the sixth form, her wise-cracking caught
the attention of classmates and following Mr Hankin's
advice she joined classes in stand-up comedy.
Kelly had little expectations from life and took things
as they come. At Grange Hill this brought her into a
variety of situations, but whatever she faced she made
the best of things.
Webster, Poppy Silver, Judi Jeffreys, James Arnold, Evelyn
Wright, Simon Watson, Colin Brown, Jeff Hankin.
ROMANCE: Originally joined
the school hockey team with her sights set on Arnie. But he
was already going out with Dill; and Kelly threatened to quit
the team. A fling with Colin in the sixth form never came
Probably dividing her time between the family business and
touring the local comedy clubs...
7 Kelly is the butt of Wayne's practical jokes. She
joins her classmates on the trip to the Science Museum.
Year 8 Mrs Maguire tells Kelly she's pregnant
when she finds her in pain. As a result Kelly is late
for English. Miss Carver refuses to believe her excuse
and gives her detention. Kelly finds Poppy's poem about
being bullied by Wayne - she is worried but Sarah-Jane
refuses to act. Kelly plays "Jan" in the school
Year 9 Kelly joins the school roller hockey team.
She fancies Arnie and bets Sarah-Jane and Poppy that he'll
go out with her - but he refuses (he's already going out
with Dill) and she quits the team. Arnie is forced to
take Kelly out to ger her to stay.
Year 10 Kelly was involved in the kidnapping
of Year 8's flour babies and remained in goal for the
Year 11 At Judi's memorial service, Kelly reads
a poem. She notices Sarah-Jane deteriorating emotionally;
Kelly helps calm her friend down when she suffers a panic
attack on the outward bound trip. She doesn't know Sarah-Jane
has become addicted to temazepam.
Year 12 Evelyn uses Kelly as cover when she
spends torrid nights with her older lover, Simon. Kelly
doesn't know how to react when Evie announces she is
pregnant. A wedge is driven between the friends, until
Colin sneakily gets them together for Alec's homelessness
Year 13 Lost without Evelyn and Sarah-Jane, Kelly
feels an outcast until Mr Hankin persuades her to join
his comedy class. She becomes good friends with a girl,
Alex, who she later discovers is gay. Rumours spread through
the school about Kelly's sexuality; Kelly is left questioning
herself but at the talent show she wows the audience with
a stand-up routine about prejudice.