Kay Mellor has died at the age of 71.
The Leeds-born scriptwriter passed away on Sunday her production company announced: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely and sudden passing of our beloved friend, mentor and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday 15th May 2022.
“We have lost a phenomenal talent and a true luminary. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and friends at this time.”
Kay was best known for having many hit TV shows under her belt, written by her as well as starring her on some occasions and even wrote a couple of episodes for soaps Coronation Street and Brookside back in the late 1980s.
Here are a few of the successful titles Kay created in her impressive career:
Fat Friends (2000-2005)
Set in Kay’s home city of Leeds, this drama centred around a group of slimming club members and focused on how their weight affected them individually and in their day-today lives.
This hit ITV show included a veteran stars Alison Steadman and the late Lynda Baron, Kay's daughter Gaynor Faye and made names out of young actresses at the time Ruth Jones and Sheridan Smith.
Fat Friends is perhaps most recognised as the show that introduced James Corden to the world who played the single male in the group, Jamie Rymner, and has since gone on to become one of the most famous chat shows hosts presenting the Late Late Show.
The hit series became quite the phenomenon in the UK during its run and went on to be turned into a musical in 2017.
After it ended, cast members Ruth and James created popular BBC Three show Gavin & Stacey in 2007 together, which focused on a couple and their families from Essex and Wales separately, becoming a success in its own right also.
The Syndicate (2012-2015)
This BBC show followed five different people who worked as service staff on an estate whose lives were turned upside down after winning the lottery.
The Syndicate starred Alison and Gaynor from Fat Friends fame, as well as Neil Morrissey , Kym Marsh and Sir Lenny Henry.
Tweeting in tribute to Kay the comedian wrote: "I was saddened to hear that Kay Mellor has died. I was lucky to work with her on the Syndicate and found her to be incredibly creative, funny and instinctive.
"She knew what she wanted and knew how to get the best from us as actors. She will be missed. Condolences to her family."
In the Club (2014-2016)
In the Club was a series about a group of expectant women who become friends after attending pre-natal classes and followed their lives in the months before they each gave birth.
This hit series starred many well known British actresses including Jill Halfpenny, Hermione Norris and Katherine Parkinson, as well as popular actors Will Mellor and Luke Thompson, who has been lately recognised for starring in Netflix's Bridgerton.
Band of Gold (1995-1997)
Set in Bradford, Band of Gold told the story of a group of sex workers who supported each other as they found ways to survive and face the dangers of working on the streets.
This was one of the more darker shows written by Kay which explored themes of misogyny, abuse and power dynamics and broke the careers of several actresses working today including Lena Headey and Hollywood star Samantha Morton.
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