I'm 50 Not out at Headingley; Why I Live Where I Live: Scriptwriter Kay Mellor Is Best Known for Her TV Drama Series, Including Band of Gold, Fat Friends and Playing the Field. Now in Her 50s, She Has Been Married to Anthony since She Was 16. They Live in Headingley, Leeds, the Home of Yorkshire Cricket, and Have a House in Languedoc, France. Later This Month, ITV1 Will Show Her New Drama Series Strictly Confidential
Byline: ROSANNA GREENSTREET
I live in Headingley, about ten minutes from where I was born in Leeds. I married the boy from the next council estate when I was 16 and he was 17. I had my daughters Yvonne at 16 and Gaynor at 19, and I needed the support of my mum and mother-in-law to bring them up.
When Yvonne and Gaynor started school there was no reason to move because Leeds was what I knew. I still love the fact that all my friends and family live here. Gaynor and Yvonne are just ten minutes away.
It's been interesting watching how Leeds has boomed over the past ten years.
We have a fantastic shopping centre with a Harvey Nichols and people come from afar to shop. If I wanted a decent shop before, I'd have to go to London.
Some of the nicest food I've ever tasted has been in restaurants in Leeds.
Anthony's, on Boar Lane, is very new. He mixes European styles and you'll have seven main and then two sweet courses, but they'll be tiny. I've tasted things there that I've never tasted before. I also love local restaurants in Headingley, such as Pietro's and The Olive Tree.
I'm often at the Playhouse in Leeds. It's great to watch the old masters - Ibsen, Chekhov and Shakespeare - as well as the new plays. I go to the cinema in Headingley where we have the Hyde Park and Cottage Road, beautiful old-fashioned cinemas that have been refurbished with velvet seats and little lanterns.
What is great about where I live is that I walk out of my door and in five minutes I'm in woodland. Being a writer is a sedentary job and it's important for me to be able to get out and walk.
Our house in France, just outside Montpelier, is also quite rural. We've had it for 14 years. We drove all round France looking for somewhere.
At that time, Peter Mayle's book A Year In Provence had come out and Provence was completely populated by English people.
Then we found the Languedoc area which the English didn't seem to have discovered. We found this beautiful village where nobody spoke English. I thought it would force me to speak French, but it doesn't because the French try hard to speak English. …