Brian (Ned) Kelly

(1934 - 2014)


Brian Kelly died peacefully after an illness lasting sixteen months. During his National Service, Brian served in Malaya with the Intelligence Corps. He was a member of the successful 1950’s Old Camdenians cricket club 1st Xl along with Dennis Steel, Paul Yates, Gordon Wing, Charles Simpson, George Robb, Alan Kirby, Bill Wraight, Mick Larner, Alan Cornelius, Bert Weedall, Richard Brown, Brian Collins, Sid Brittin and others. In 1951, Brian was part of the first OC’s cricket club touring side after the war. He was also a member of the OC’s Dramatic Society where he performed a number of leading roles.

In 1958 he was joined by Alan Cornelius and Richard Brown trekking the summit of Mount Pilatus. It was there that Brian first had the feel and passion for mountains and mountain climbing. He later joined TWW (ITV) in Bristol, as a cameraman (including Outside Broadcasts) and in1968 joined the BBC Natural History Unit where he acquired his professional name of ‘Ned Kelly’ and stayed for a long and successful career as a documentary maker and later a producer. He was a television photographer for several of the BBC documentaries of Mount Everest expeditions. Ned was co- producer of the David Attenborough series ‘Life in the Freezer’ and ‘The Living Planet’ . He retired from the BBC to pursue his career as a freelance producer and mountain guide. He led many trekking parties in the Himalayas and the Kingdom of Bhutan. Brian was godfather to my son. He married Suzanne and his two children, Hugo and Zoe both graduated. Hugo is now with the Foreign and Commonwealth office and Zoe is a graphic designer in Stockholm. Brian (Ned) Kelly was intelligent, interesting, modest, kind and possessed a great sense of humour.

He died in 2014. At his memorial service the dress code was walking boots and wellies.

We extend our sympathy and condolences to Suzanne and family.