Matthew Kelly: 'I want to be a Corrie villain'

Matthew Kelly: 'I want to be a Corrie villain'
Matthew Kelly: 'I want to be a Corrie villain' (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Matthew Kelly has revealed he would love to walk into Coronation Street - as a villain. The entertainer is no stranger to evil roles, having portrayed serial killer Brian Wicklow in ITV's Cold Blood and the deranged title character in the theatre production of The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari, and reckons he could also make his mark in soapland. "Yes, I would like to be in Corrie - I think I'd have to be a baddie... Or even in Emmerdale. I love Emmerdale!" he told This Morning. Matthew, who was given a rousing send-off by the Coronation Street cast when he left ITV talent show Stars In Their Eyes in 2004, next treads the stage boards in West End musical Lend Me A Tenor, where he plays 'mad man' Henry Saunders. "I saw the workshops for it a year ago and I asked them if I could do it! I play a mad man as per [usual] - and I sing and dance in this as well!" he added.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.