Matthew KELLY (1950-)

Matthew Kelly
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Matthew Kelly, actor and television presenter, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews in London's Trafalgar Square, during a festive photo shoot.

Matthew trained as an actor at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre, and after graduation, appeared regularly at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre.

His first television appearances were as a panellist on the ITV gameshow Punchlines, and the ITV sitcom, Holding the Fort, but he became best known as part of the original team on the ITV light entertainment show, Game for a Laugh.

He is the only known subject to have dropped the big red book on the tradional end of show walk down!

Matthew Kelly recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in November 2013

Screenshots of Matthew Kelly This Is Your Life

programme details...

  • Edition No: 634
  • Subject No: 627
  • Broadcast date: Wed 21 Dec 1983
  • Broadcast time: 8-8.30pm
  • Recorded: Tues 13 Dec 1983
  • Venue: Royalty Theatre
  • Series: 24
  • Edition: 9
  • Code Name: Plug

on the guest list...

  • Henry Kelly
  • Jeremy Beadle
  • Sarah Kennedy
  • Sarah – wife
  • Matthew – son
  • Ruth – daughter
  • Olive – mother
  • Ron – father
  • Ian – brother
  • Robin – brother
  • Judy Loe
  • Brenda Hyam
  • Alan Bond
  • Peter Lorenzelli
  • Fran Marsh
  • Peter Davison
  • Patricia Hodge
  • Captain Micky Munn
  • Neil Dixon
  • Jim Crawford
  • Roy Deakin
  • Shaun Day
  • Su Pollard
  • Matthew Cundall
  • Paul Chadwick
  • Long John Baldry
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Ann Sidney
  • Lorraine Chase
  • Kathy Staff
  • Bill Owen
  • Julie Walters
  • Eric Sykes
  • Children from the Winsford Hedben Green Special School
  • Alan Brindley

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production team...

  • Researchers: Claudia Horvath, Miriam O’Callaghan
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Directors: Terry Yarwood, Michael D Kent
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
  • Associate Producer: Brian Klein
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 24 subjects: John Mills > Norman Parkinson > Chaim Topol > Pat Jennings > Susannah York > Stuart Henry > George Thomas > Richard Noble > Matthew Kelly > Gloria Cameron > Geraint Evans > Matthew Lethbridge > Liza Goddard > Terry Lawless > Jim Davidson > Chris Gittins > Bob Todd > Nerys Hughes > Mike Spring > Eddie Macken > Freddie Starr > Kathy Staff > Jenny Pitman > Brian Blessed > Laddie Lucas > Danny La Rue