Kelly played Kev Ball as a regular character in the show’s first three series.
Speaking at the launch of his new BBC One drama Frankie in London last week, Kelly told CultBox: “I’ve just gone back for the very last episode. It’s not just a token appearance, it’s part of the main story. There was a quite a few came back, not James McAvoy – don’t think they wasted the call [laughs]. I don’t think he was asked. Lovely fella, lovely fella. It was nice to go back and bury it; nice to be at the wake [laughs]. It’s over. It’s great, amazing. But it was nice to go back.”
Channel 4 confirmed earlier this year that the finale will feature Fiona (Anne-Marie Duff), Lip (Jody Latham), Carl (Elliott Tittensor), Monica (Annabelle Apsion) and Yvonne (Kelli Hollis).
Looking back on the long-running Channel 4 drama, the actor commented: “[It was] amazing! Proud to be Shameless, as the posters said. I’m never far from it, people are always stopping me. I’m really proud to be a part of it. It gave a lot of people good careers as a result of it. I think it had a real wobble in a couple of the series in the middle, because Paul [Abbott, the show’s creator] wasn’t as much steering the ship as much as he was initially because he’s got so many other projects going on.”
Written by Lucy Gannon (Soldier Soldier) and starring Torchwood‘s Eve Myles, BBC One’s Frankie is “a modern and redemptive take on the life and work of a dedicated district nurse whose patients matter more to her than her personal life”. The six-part drama series begins next month.
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