Dennis Kelly

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Award-winning writer Dennis Kelly received an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths in 2017.

Dennis Kelly is a writer for theatre, television, and film. He grew up in Barnet, North London, and after leaving school at 16 to work at a market he became interested in theatre.

Aged 30, he graduated from Goldsmiths with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts and went on to write plays such as Debris (2003), Osama the Hero (2005), Love and Money (2006), and Taking Care of Baby (2007).

He co-wrote Matilda the Musical (2010), which has won numerous awards including seven Olivier Awards and five Tony awards. Kelly won a Tony Award for 'Best Book of a Musical' for his role writing the book for Matilda the Musical.

He also co-wrote BBC Three's BAFTA-nominated sitcom Pulling and wrote Channel 4 thriller Utopia.

In 2017, Goldsmiths awarded Dennis Kelly an honorary fellowship.