Rose Kelly
Portrayed by Elaine Symons
First Appearance Series 4 Ep 01
Last Appearance Series 7 Ep 7
Cause/Reason Left after Sambuca’s death
Occupation Canteen Assistant
Romances Tom Clarkson (Deceased)
Reynold Kelly
Sons Marley Kelly (1992)
Earl Kelly (1993)
Denzil Kelly (1997) (Deceased)
Prince Kelly (2007)
Daughters Sambuca Kelly (1995) (Deceased)
Grandsons Unnamed

Rose Kelly is the mother of Marley Kelly, Earl Kelly, Sambuca Kelly, Denzil Kelly and Prince Kelly and the former partner of Tom Clarkson.

Rose didn’t know the countryside existed until she was in her early teens. She 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

She lost two of her children in 2012, Sambuca died of brain cancer and Denzil was hit by a truck about a year after the first tragedy.

Earl Kelly was charged in 2009 for murdering his then-girlfriend Maxine Barlow after they had an argument and Earl could not deal with Maxine dumping him. Earl was given a life sentence.

Rose was introduced in series four as an anti-social alcoholic, but with the encouragement and support of Rachel Mason and Tom Clarkson, Rose finally cleaned up her act, getting sober and landing a job in the school kitchens. Rose loved her children dearly and wanted them to do well at Waterloo Road. Despite this, she was unable to parent them effectively; struggling with disciplining her offspring which eventually lead to her children being taken into care for a short time  

Rose had a brief relationship with Clarence Charles the father of Donte, but it ended because she caught him cheating on her at her house party.

With Marley at University and Earl serving a long sentence in a young offenders institution, Rose grew incredibly close to her middle children Sam and Denzil.

Rose was devastated when Sam was diagnosed with cancer but knew she needed to be strong for her son and daughter.

Sam passed away; and Denzil died in an accident ( killed by a lorry ) when the school moved to Scotland not long afterwards, which was agonizing for Rose as she had only lost Sambuca a few months earlier and oldest son was away with girlfriend .