Matthew Kelly


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Burn, Burn, Burn Dir: Chanya Button


The Habit of Art Dir: Phillip Franks
Original Theatre, UK Tour
The Box of Delights Dir: Justin Audibert
Wilton's Music Hall
Desire Under The Elms Dir: Sam Yates
Crucible Theatre
Pride & Prejudice Dir: Deborah Bruce
Open Air Theatre Regents Park & UK Tour
Toast Dir: Eleanor Rhode
Rose Theatre, UK Tour & 59E59 Theater New York
The Jew Of Malta Dir: Justin Audibert
Love's Sacrifice Dir: Matthew Dunster
Volpone Dir: Trevor Nunn
Toast Dir: Eleanor Rhode
Park Theatre
Kafka's Dick Dir: David Grindley
Theatre Royal Bath
Twelfth Night Dir: Gemma Bodinetz
Liverpool Everyman
To Sir, With Love Dir: Mark Babych
Royal & Derngate Theatre & UK Tour
The History Boys Dir: Michael Longhurst
Sheffield Crucible
God of Carnage Dir: Patrick Sandford
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
The Seagull DIr: Russell Bolam
Southwark Playhouse
Educating RIta Dir: Tamara Harvey
Menier Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Bath & Edinburgh
Legally Blonde Dir: Jerry Mitchell
UK Tour
Buried Child Dir: Paul Kerryson
Leicester Curve
Waiting For Godot DIr: Sean Mathias
Theatre Royal Haymarket, International Tour
Spamalot Dir: Mike Nichols
West End
Sign Of The Times Dir: Peter Wilson
Duchess Theatre
Lend Me A Tenor Dir: Ian Talbot
Gielgud Theatre
The Comedians Dir: Sean Holmes
Lyric Hammersmith
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Dir: Andrew Hall
Trafalgar Studios
Troilus & Cressida Dir: Matthew Dunster
Shakespeare's Globe
Victory Dir: Amelia Nicholson
Arcola Theatre
Amadeus Dir: John Doyle
Wilton's Music Hall
Of Mice & Men Dir: Jonathan Church
Birmingham Rep
Mirandolina Dir: Jonathan Munby
Manchester Royal Exchange
Forgotten Voices Dir: Malcolm McKay
Riverside Studios
Wizard of Oz Dir: Nigel West
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Oh What A Lovely War Dir: Mark Babych
Bolton Octagon
Endgame Dir: Lucy Pitman Wallace
Liverpool Everyman
Don Quixote Dir: Chris Bond
Birmingham Rep
Twelfth Night Dir: Patrick Mason
UK Tour
Season's Greetings Dir: Alan Ayckbourn
Birmingham Rep & UK Tour
Taming of The Shrew Dir: Peter Dayson
Stafford Festival
Kafka's Dick Dir: Damian Cruden
York Theatre Royal
Rough Crossing Dir: Joanna Read
Salibury Playhouse & Watford Palace
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari Dir: Martin Duncan
Nottingham Playhouse & Lyric Hammersmith
Waiting For Godot Oxford Playhouse
Twelfth Night Birmingham Rep
Funny Peculiar Dir: Alan Dosser
West End / Liverpool Everyman
Blue Remembered Hills Dir: Rory Baskerville
Octagon Theatre, Bolton
The Surprise Party Dir: David Taylor
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Of Mice & Men Dir: Mike Kaye
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Black Comedy & The Private Ear Dir: Kim Grant
Bill Kenwright Ltd
Babes In Arms Dir: Roger Redfearn
The Pied Piper Dir: Alan Cohen
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Dir: Ken Hill
Young Vic Theatre


Top Of The Box Channel 5
Impressions of Fame (Pilot) Dir: Ben Palmer
Happy Tramp / BBC2
M.I. High Dir: Adrian McDowall
Moving On Dir: Noreen Kershaw
Benidorm Dir: John Henderson
Tiger Aspect
Casualty Dir: Reza Moradi
Kudos / BBC
Cold Blood Dir: Stuart Orme
Granada TV
Where The Heart Is Dir: Paul Norton Walker
Miss Marple: The Sittafield Mystery Dir: Paul Unwin
Celebrate Oliver! Dir: Richard Valentine
Bleak House Dir: Susanna White
Egypt Dir: Ferdinand Fairfax
Doctors Dir: Christopher Timothy
Last Of The Summer Wine Dir: Alan J.W. Bell
Relative Strangers Dir: Nic Phillips
Channel 4
Holding The Fort Dir: Derrick Goodwin
Funny Man Dir: Alan Dossar
Thames Television


Oliver Award Winner - Best Actor 2004

Royal Television Award for Best Performer in a Drama
Silver Medal - New York International Programming Awards

MIND Media Award 2011



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“Bean’s characters are soft as baps under their tough crusts, and get superb turns…especially Matthew Kelly’s dough-spattered veteran, stumbling into his break like a yeti emerging from the flour bins” - David Jays (The Sunday Times)

“And it’s wonderful simply to watch Matthew Kelly, as the jowly slow-witted old-timer Nellie, whose wife rations him to 20 cigarettes a week, masticating his way unhurriedly through a sandwich. He a’int nothing but a hangdog” - Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“That superb actor Matthew Kelly is mesmerising as old Nellie, a broken-down employee of the factory battered into submission by years of hard graft and a wife who only allows him one packet of cigarettes a week. He movingly captures the sheer weariness and almost childlike simplicity of the man, and there are long passages when he just sits vacantly in his chair during breaks in his shift but nevertheless proves both mesmerising and poignant. With his baker’s hat and battered face, he puts one in mind of Rembrandt’s ruthlessly honest late self-portraits. You can’t take your eyes off him.” - Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph)

“In this revival, Matthew Kelly is excellent as the ponderous, shambling Walter - the old-timer who has worked at the plant since he was 14. Alone on the set at the play’s crisis point, he creates a mood of tense panic with just his wordless cries. ” - Caroline Crampton (The Arts Desk)

“And stuck in the middle is Matthew Kelly’s wonderful, docile, rubbery-featured portrait of a sad old lifer, glumly contemplating his cheese sarnies, whose idea of the other side of the world is Grimsby.” - Michael Coveney (

“That goes double for the excellent Matthew Kelly’s pitiable Nellie. A burnt-out husk of a man, he’s been working 80-hour-weeks for 40 years and it’s left him a competent bread mixer and a barely functional human being, communicating with his younger workmates in a series of vague grunts and pained expressions. The human end result of industrialisation, he’s more the group mascot than an actual person” - Andrzej Lukowski (Timeout)


Height: 6'5"
Eye Colour Blue
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