Panto favourite Kelly, who died aged 51 last October after suffering an aneurysm, left £145,000 to close friend Terry Kiely, 35, who starred as Karl Fletcher in the Sky One football drama Dream Team.
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The actor, who never married and had no children nor regular partner, left nothing to his two brothers Neil and Stephen and his sister Liz. However, there had been no ill feeling between Kelly and his relatives, who were aware of the details of the will long before the actor’s death.
“Kelly’s will was set up long before he died,” said Gary Barak, who is married to Coronation Street actress Kate Anthony, who was Kelly’s best friend.
“His family are all in complete accord with his wishes and indeed they will be coming to London in a couple of weeks when we’ll be scattering his ashes in the park where he walked every day with Kate.”
Mr Barak said there was no surprise Kelly left his estate to Terry Kiely.
“Terry starred in the Dream Team but since then nothing has happened for him and he’s currently working as a lifeguard in a local swimming pool. It’s just the way things can go in the acting business.
“However, he and Kelly were good pals for the past 15 years, in fact it was more than that – Kelly was really a father figure to him, and you can see why Kelly wanted to make sure he was OK Kelly would have worked out in his head that Terry was the most deserving cause.
“Kelly would see Katie in the mornings for a walk in the park and then Terry in the afternoons. That was pretty much his life when he wasn’t working.”
Kelly, in spite of enjoying panto payoffs that would earn him more than £10k a week, didn’t bank a great deal of money. He was extremely generous, continually giving away large sums to charities and friends in need. Kelly, who was originally from Cranhill, Glasgow, drew up his will in 2007, and stated he wanted Kiely to inherit his entire estate including his share of his flat in Glasgow, any car he owned and all his furniture and possessions.
He also left him any money due from TV repeat fees.
Plans are currently being made to stage a Gerard Kelly tribute show at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, in April.