NAME: Rose Kelly
OCCUPATION: Full Time Mother, Dinnerlady
FAMILY: Earl Kelly (Son), Marley Kelly (Son), Denzil Kelly (Son), Sambuca Kelly (Daughter)
ARRIVED AT WATERLOO ROAD: Series 4, Episode 1
PORTRAYED BY: Elaine Symons
Raised in the East End of London, Rose lived and breathed the mile radius around her council flat and like most of the other girls around her, was pregnant by the age of sixteen and again not a year later. Motherless and estranged from her boyfriend, Rose started to drink heavily and got herself a reputation for being easy, both her daughter Sam and fourth child Denzil were products of one night stands.
When the council offered the family the chance to move to a bigger house in Rochdale, Rose sees it as an opportunity for a fresh start and agrees to re-locate. She loves her kids dearly and wants them to do well at Waterloo Road, but is rarely sober and abandons any attempt at discipline. However, Rose proves to be extremely clever, and Rachel knows she just needs to get through to this woman - if she can get Rose some qualifications of her own, she might just have the confidence to begin acting as a role model to her children.