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Q&A: Steven Kelly

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Q&A: Steven Kelly

Q&A: Steven Kelly

Take every day as it comes and believe it will get better.

Steven Kelly had worked as an actor, musician, poet and comedian for the majority of his life. But following his brain injury, he worried that he’d lose his creative ability altogether.

Steven, 50 and from Manchester, said: “It was a real worry for me. I feared I’d lose my creative side and all that hard work and perseverance would’ve been for nothing.”

In November 2019, Steven was crossing the road on his way home from work when he was knocked down by a pushbike.

He suffered a haematoma and fractured skull which left him with balance problems, dizziness, bouts of confusion and sensory impairment.

In this Q&A feature, Steven discusses the challenges he’s faced following a brain injury, his love for acting and the advice he’d give others in the same situation.

What makes you happy?

Just the simple things. A cup of tea. I also love going to the golf club of which I’m a member.

What is your proudest moment?

Becoming a dad for the first time.

Why is it so important to you to carry on being creative following your brain injury?

It’s important because it makes me see that I’ve got a purpose in life.

What’s your favourite part of being an actor?

That’s a great question and one that I’ve never really asked myself. If I do have a favourite part, it’s when I get to see the finished film and my performance on screen.

What is the most frustrating thing about your brain injury?

Not being able to go back to work and Universal Credit.

What has been the most positive aspect of your brain injury?

Seeing things differently and realising who your friends are.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?

Life has taught me that if you are not happy then address the issue. Don’t be bitter, be honest and truthful.

If you could give one piece of advice to others in the same situation as yourself, what would it be?

Listen to advice on recovering, it’s important. Take every day as it comes and believe it will get better.


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