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"I was a big Star Wars fan when I was younger, but I didn't watch the new ones and to be honest, I didn't want to. I wanted to take the role on in my way and find things out for myself."
―Fraser Kelly[src]

Fraser Patrick Kelly is an English actor whose on-screen career began in 2015 with the short film Synchronicity and the drama film Urban & the Shed Crew. In 2018, Kelly portrayed a scrumrat in the Star Wars Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

BiographyEdit

Career beginningsEdit

"All jokes aside, this was a very eye-opening film to me personally because I was young when I did it, and it's put a lot into me as a person."
―Fraser Kelly, on Urban & the Shed Crew[src]
Fraser Kelly Urban

Kelly in Urban & the Shed Crew

Fraser Patrick Kelly[6] was born on November 30, 2001,[1] in Scunthorpe, England, where he grew up[2] and lived with his mother, father, and younger sister.[7] He attended Frederick Gough School[4] until 2018.[2]

In November and December of 2011,[8] Kelly made a background appearance as a boy[5] in an adaptation of the play Yerma.[8] In 2014, he joined a theater tour of the comedy play The Full Monty,[7] based on the film of the same name.[9] Kelly portrayed Nathan,[10] the young son of Gaz, an unemployed steel miner behind on child support.[11] The next year, he began his film-acting career by joining the cast of the drama film Urban & the Shed Crew, in which he co-starred alongside Richard Armitage. Kelly portrayed one of the principal characters, Urban, a young illiterate boy.[4]

Fraser Kelly Synchronicity

Fraser Kelly in the short film Synchronicity

Later that year, Kelly had a part in the short film Synchronicity. His character Jim[5] had a cloyingly annoying personality, which the narrator bemoans in his quest for peace.[12] Kelly appeared in the television series Deep Cuts[5] during the premiere episode, "The First Cut is the Deepest".[13] He portrayed the young version[5] of Liam McFadden, a nine year old boy who witnesses his father's murders and subsequent suicide. His character's older version developed into a dangerous threat, and serves as the principle antagonist of the series.[14]

Star Wars and theater workEdit

"At the end of last year, I finished shooting Solo: A Star Wars Story, a short part in that, which again, was a great experience working alongside Ron Howards [sic] and Alden Ehrenreich, to hopefully produce a great film."
―Fraser Kelly[src]
Fraser Kelly TFM

Kelly in The Full Monty

In 2017, Kelly auditioned for a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but was not aware what film he was trying out for at the time. After the audition, he did not think he had landed a role, but received communication a few months later that he had been cast. Kelly then researched the film, which was then under the codename 'Redcup', and realized it was a part of the Star Wars franchise. Despite having been a Star Wars fan when he was younger, he had not seen any of the films released after Disney bought the franchise from George Lucas in 2012. Kelly opted to not watch the films he had not yet seen so that he could portray the part in his own way. He and his mother traveled to Pinewood Studios to film his speaking role,[2] and in the film's credits, he is listed as "Eager Scrumrat".[3] The film was released on May 25, 2018.[15]

Later that year,[16] Kelly joined the theater casts of Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington[7] as part of the ensemble.[5] The two productions were hosted consecutively in his hometown of Scunthorpe, the latter of which ended in January 2019.[17] Later that year, Kelly joined the cast of the United Kingdom revival of The Full Monty. He was happy to return for a second tour of the production[7] to reprise[10] the role of Nathan. The same year, Kelly began studies at John Leggott College.[7]

FilmographyEdit

Star WarsEdit

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YearTitleRole
2018Solo: A Star Wars StoryScrumrat[3]

OtherEdit

YearTitleRoleOther notes
2015Deep CutsLiam McFaddenTelevision[13]
2015SynchronicityJimShort[5]
2015Urban & the Shed CrewUrban[2]

BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 InstagramIcon Kelly's 15th birthday. amandajanekelly (November 30, 2016). Retrieved on July 19, 2018, 7:52 pm UTC. "Happy 15th birthday Fraser. Love you forever! ❤️" (archive copy created on July 19, 2018) — As Fraser Kelly's 15th birthday is November 30, 2016, it can be concluded that he was born on November 30, 2001, which is 15 years earlier.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Wilson, Charlie (2018-05-24). Scunthorpe actor has speaking role in new Solo: A Star Wars Story blockbuster. Grim's Telegraphs. Archived from the original on May 24, 2018. Retrieved on June 29, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Solo: A Star Wars Story credits
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Armitage, Richard (2015-10-24). Scunthorpe schoolboy Fraser Kelly stars with Anna Friel & Richard Armitage in major new movie Urban and the Shed Crew. Richard Armitage's blog. Archived from the original on December 6, 2016. Retrieved on June 29, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Fraser Kelly - Creative Artists Management. Creative Artists Management. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved on August 1, 2018.
  6. InstagramIcon Fraser Kelly's Instagram. Fraser Kelly (April 15, 2019). Retrieved on April 17, 2019, 2:05 am UTC. (archive copy created on April 15, 2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Cast - The Full Monty. The Full Monty. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019. Retrieved on March 26, 2019.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Gate Theatre - What's On Open Gate. Gate Theatre. Archived from the original on April 19, 2019. Retrieved on April 19, 2019.
  9. The Full Monty. The Full Monty. Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved on April 4, 2019.
  10. 10.0 10.1 O'Neill, Sammi (2015-10-06). The Full Monty Tour Review. Theatre Southeast. Archived from the original on April 22, 2019. Retrieved on April 22, 2019.
  11. The Full Monty. The Full Monty. Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved on April 4, 2019. The revival of The Full Monty is an adaptation of the film of the same name by Simon Beaufoy, who was also the film's writer. Thus, the character of Nathan would remain the same through both. STRIP PLEASE Remember Nathan from the Full Monty? Actor William Snape is all grown up and VERY hot now. The Sun (2017-04-28). Archived from the original on April 19, 2019. Retrieved on April 19, 2019.
  12. Marx, Alex (2016-07-19). Synchronicity. Vimeo. Archived from the original on April 19, 2019. Retrieved on April 19, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 IMDb favicon Fraser Kelly at the Internet Movie Database (backup link)
  14. Twenty-Nine Five Casting Deep Cuts. Twenty-Nine Five. Archived from the original on April 19, 2019. Retrieved on April 19, 2019.
  15. SWCustom-2011 Solo: A Star Wars Story on StarWars.com (backup link)
  16. Jack and the Beanstalk. What's on Stage. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019. Retrieved on March 26, 2019.
  17. Elliot, David (2019-01-03). Fun and laughter promised as Little Theatre Club stages Dick Whittington pantomime. Grim's Telegraphs. Archived from the original on March 26, 2019. Retrieved on March 26, 2019.

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