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Kelly Neelan is a supporting antagonist of the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. She appeared as a supporting character in 2019 before becoming an anti-hero in 2020-2021.
She is portrayed by Millie Gibson.
Kelly Neelan first came to Weatherfield in 2019 after her father Rick Neelan, a loan shark, goes missing for unknown reasons to the public. Unbeknownst to Kelly, her father was killed by his enemy Gary Windass after trying to kill him for failing to repay his debt to him.
Overtime, Kelly begins to appear in the street more often and visits Gary to find out about her father's fate. At first Gary denies knowing the truth about Rick, but Kelly continues to pester him and he eventually reveals the truth about her father's criminal activities. Gary is later visited by Rick's henchwoman Sharon Geary, who explains that Kelly is worried about her father and makes him promise to provide for Kelly's future from then onwards. Gary agrees and begins to bond with Kelly in the process.
In 2020, Kelly stirs up trouble with fellow schoolgirl Asha Alahan by posting sexual images of her to the public. Asha's brother Aadi and their father Dev are both enraged at what happened, while Asha's best-friend Amy Barlow is equally appalled to the point where she attacks Kelly over her actions. Gary comes to Kelly's defense and this makes Kelly both thankful for Gary, but also suspicious as to why he is bonding too closely with her. Eventually, Kelly finds out that Gary is behind her father's disappearance and confronts him and his sister Faye Windass about the incident. They dismiss her and Kelly is later comforted by Amy's cousin Simon Barlow, who has begun forming a relationship with Kelly.
In 2021, Kelly witnesses Simon getting involved with drug dealer Jacob Hay and attempts to warm him off. Simon brushes off Kelly's interference, but later regrets it when he along with his mother Leanne Battersby and her lover Nick Tilsley are forced to go into hiding from Jacob's ruthless crime boss Harvey Gaskell. That same year, Kelly moves on to date Asha's old boyfriend Corey Brent and they later hassle both Amy's friend Summer Spellman alongside both cafe worker Nina Lucas and her boyfriend Seb Franklin. This continues to the point where Kelly is dared to slap Nina and she does so. Later on when Nina and Seb go home, Kelly witnesses Corey and his friends brutally attack Nina and Seb in a hate crime due to Nina's goth appearance; both are hospitalized and while Nina recovers, Seb dies from his injuries.
Following Nina's attack and Seb's death, Kelly's guilt begins to grow and she is surprised that Corey is remorseless. She is later ordered by Corey's father, Stefan Brent, to cease contact with his son and stay away from them. By then Kelly is transpired to have a poor relationship with her neglectful mother Laura Neelan and is later fostered by Leanne's sister Toyah Battersby and her boyfriend Imran Habeeb, a lawyer whose sister Rana was killed in a factory collapse caused by Gary to which he both framed his late villainous arch-nemesis Pat Phelan and then Rick as the perpetuators beforehand. Kelly is later arrested for Seb's murder after Corey incriminates her as the perpetuator, and she is remanded in custody; Imran vows to defend Kelly whilst Toyah doesn't see the point of it due to Kelly's recent rebellious attitude. It was seen in a flashback that Kelly did not kill Seb and it was all Corey.
But thanks to Stefan and Eli Higginson in a sad twist, she was found guilty and Corey was found not guilty. Kelly was then sentenced to life and met a brief friend in prison called Mia but they stopped talking once she learned from hearing Sharon that Kelly was the daughter of Rick who turns to be the cause of her mother's overdose which killed her on her birthday. Mia only had one choice and that was to deal drugs which is the cause of reason that she is in prison. She then tells Kelly that her dad is not in Spain and if he is missing then someone killed him. She phones Gary from the prison and demands to know where Rick is but he lies again and tells her he has no clue even though two years before this, he killed Rick in self defence in the woods and got rid of his body.
When more evidence came out that Corey was the one who killed Seb, he was brought in for questioning and later plead guilty to GBH and murder, Kelly was released from prison and before she left, she went to go tell Mia the good news. But for the fact of who Kelly's dad was, she ignored her and then wished her luck. When she got to Weatherfield, she apologised to Nina but she told her that she will never forgive her. Kelly was told by Toyah and Imran that they can't live with both Kelly and Elsie, a younger girl who they fostered while Kelly was in prison, so Kelly moved into a flat but then seen how hell it will be when she seen the word "murderer" painted on her wall and heard people in the other flats laughing about it.
She met a guy named Cole at the flats and when she went onto the street, Dev didn't let her in his shop after the whole ordeal. She and Cole then went into town because Nina had lost the ring that Seb gave her on the day that Corey killed him, she bought a new one and tried to tell Nina she found the original one but she straight away knew the difference and threw it on the floor yelling at her. Later when she was doing nothing, the police took her in to question her over Dev's car being keyed and the window being smashed, she told them it was not her and gave the police Cole's phone number so he can tell them they were in town but he said they were not.
Aadi confessed to vandalising the car so Kelly was let go. She was annoyed a little when he told her it was him but they had a talk over how bad their lives are like she mentioned how everyone hates her dad and he mentioned how his mum was killed when he was 8 (after Karl Munro murdered Sunita in hospital after he set the Rovers on fire). They decided to go to Kelly's flat where Cole pushes Aadi on the bed and then grabs Kelly against the door and is angry that she gave his number to the police because while in town, he had a lot of stolen phones on him. He then threatens her as he storms off.
Cole forced Kelly to steal phones and when she met up with Amy, she stole her phone. When Imran found out, she gave it to him and when he returned it, Tracy Barlow knew it was Kelly. Aadi told Imran about Cole and his crimes and when he bumped into Cole at Roy's Rolls, he told him to leave Kelly alone and threatened to call the police. Cole kicked Kelly out the flat making her go homeless.
She tucked her stuff behind a bin and snuck into a hotel to charge her phone, the hotel manager was going to kick her out but then a man told her that Kelly was his daughter. She joined him in a meal where he made some snarky comments and she left. She returned to see him and he gave her some champagne even though she is only sixteen. He then tried to kiss her but he decided to go for a shower. While he ran it and got into a dressing gown, Kelly took all his money and then got caught. He grabbed her but she kicked him in the groin and managed to get away. She then found out that her stuff behind the bin had been stolen leading her to have a panic attack. When Dev said that she could live with them till Imran and Toyah get the flat sorted, she heard Asha and Aadi talking and decided to tell Aadi she is staying with Laura. When he told Imran and Toyah, they were worried for Kelly.
Imran confronts Laura to ask about Kelly as he thinks she is staying with her. She tells imran she has not had contact with her since the trial. While Kelly is living on the streets, she runs into Stu Carpenter, the homeless man who had the clothes that got Corey arrested. After he makes a promise to her that he will teach her how to live a good homeless life, he tells her the story on how he was able to expose Corey's murderous ways. Kelly pretends she has no clue about it and later tells him the truth that she was there on that night but didn't touch Seb and he tells her even if she did kill him, he would still care for her because they got to stick together. Later that night, a drug dealer comes up to Kelly and offers her free weed. She declines the offer.
He appears the next morning and tells Kelly she can still have free spice. He then gives his phone number to her by writing it on an empty packet of cigarettes. Jacob walks over and tells the dealer to leave which he does. Jacob tells her he is still dealing after the situation with Simon and Harvey and then leaves. She later phones the dealer and Stu ends up finding her high, he takes the packet with the drug dealers number on it and tells Kelly to wait there. After he leaves, she gets up and asks some teenagers if they have any change. They laughed at her as she walks off and followed her while pouring a can of beer all over Kelly. Nina watches and it triggers flashbacks to the night when Corey killed Seb and she was attacked by Eli and Jay Dowling. She sticks up for Kelly and tells the group to leave her alone. After they leave, Kelly and Nina phoned the police. Kelly ends up staying with Asha, Aadi and Dev but later that night, Nina calls Asha as she suffers a panic attack after having yet another flashback to the night of the attack.
Eventually Kelly ended up staying with Gary, Maria and Liam Connor. Although she believed they hated her, she always helped in the best way she can. All was going well until Laura showed up out of the blue again to tell Kelly she is dying of cancer. Kelly started sneaking out at night to visit her mum but Gary and Maria assume that she was taking drugs again. She didn't tell them the truth and chose to instead say she had taking up running.
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- Kelly was born on 22nd May 2005.
- Kelly has an unnamed brother.