James-Kelly in 2014
15 November 1995 (1995-11-15) (age 22)
Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Known for||Maddie Heath on Coronation Street|
Amy James-Kelly (born 15 November 1995) is a British actress best known for her role as Maddie Heath in the ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, from December 2013 to June 2015. Before landing the role in Coronation Street, she attended the Blue Coat School in Oldham.
James-Kelly’s career began when she landed her first role in Britain’s longest-running soap opera Coronation Street as troubled teenager Maddie Heath. She made her debut on 25 December 2013 when Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) began volunteering at a homeless shelter where she be-friended Maddie, much to her mother Sally‘s (Sally Dynevor) dismay. The friendship soon leads to something more and the pair fall in love. James-Kelly told reporters that she found out she had won the role on the way home from college on the bus. In February 2015, James-Kelly announced that she had decided to leave Coronation Street. On leaving, she said, “I made the decision to leave because I’m young and adventurous, and I want to gain more experience and explore and improve my craft. Acting is my passion and I’m excited to see where it takes me.” She made her final appearance on 1 June 2015 when trying to alert Sophie to danger, but was caught in an explosion in the building yard in the process from the fire at the Victoria Court flats. She was taken to hospital but died from her injuries with Sophie, Sally, Sophie’s father Kevin (Michael Le Vell), and Sally’s partner Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) by her side.
In February 2018, James-Kelly played Emma in the BBC1 drama Moving On.
Since 10 May 2018, James-Kelly began playing the role of Jenny in Netflix Original drama Safe.
Before appearing in Coronation Street, James-Kelly had starred in productions of Beauty Manifesto, Trojan Women, My Fair Lady and Frank and Ferdinand.