Dennis Kelly (born 1970 in Barnet, London) is a London-based writer for both the theatre and television. Oberon plays have published a volume of Dennis Kelly Plays; Debris, After the End, Osama the Hero and Love and Money. In television he is best known for his work on BBC Three's sitcom Pulling.
Kelly grew up in Barnet, North London, in an Irish family and was brought up a Catholic. His father was a bus conductor, and Kelly, one of five children, left school at 16.
Brought up on a council estate he said "There is a theatre version of a council estate, and it doesn't look like any council estate I've ever been on. Council estates are really diverse, especially in London. You get all sorts of people. Working-class people have the same vocabulary as anyone else. Some read the Guardian, some read the Sun, some read the Telegraph." About growing up on a council estate Kelly has said;