Lorraine Kelly is finally putting her acting experience to use by playing herself on Amazon Prime’s new comedy Ten Percent.
The new series is a British remake of popular French comedy Call My Agent, and features a cameo from Lorraine as herself.
The original show, which has been a hit on Netflix, follows the employees of a Parisian talent agency as they hustle to keep their famous clients happy and the business afloat after the death of its founder.
The British remake stars Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, Prasanna Puwanarajah and Jim Broadbent in the cast, as well as boasting celebrity cameos from the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West, Emma Corrin, David Oyelowo and Himesh Patel, as well as ITV’s Lorraine.
In the very first episode, dropping on Amazon Prime tomorrow (Thursday), Lorraine has a cameo pretending to be Lorraine Kelly on her daytime chat show interviewing Line of Duty actress Kelly Macdonald, who also plays herself.
This isn’t the first time Lorraine’s had a big acting break starring as herself, as the Scottish TV presenter landed a cameo role in Coronation Street a few years ago.
She featured in a storyline with the Platt family on the ITV soap, putting her performance skills to use months after winning a tax battle over a £1.2million bill by arguing that every morning when she appears on our screens she’s actually adopting a persona called ‘Lorraine Kelly.’
‘We did not accept that Ms Kelly simply appeared as herself; we were satisfied that Ms Kelly presents a persona of herself,’ Judge Jennifer Dean ruled during the tax tribunal in 2019.
‘We should make clear we do not doubt that Ms Kelly is an entertaining lady, but the point is that for the time Ms Kelly is contracted to perform live on air she is public “Lorraine Kelly,”’ Judge Dean added.
‘She may not like the guest she interviews, she may not like the food she eats, she may not like the film she viewed but that is where the performance lies.’
Lorraine had been hit with a £1.2million tax and national insurance bill from HMRC amid a crackdown by the revenue which argued TV presenters are employees of broadcasters, and should be subject to income tax and national insurance contributions.
However, the host appealed the case, claiming that as she was not a direct employee of ITV as she was not entitled to benefits such as sick pay and pension; ITV’s contract is instead with a personal services company for which Lorraine and her husband are the directors and shareholders.
HMRC argued that if the contract had been between Lorraine and ITV directly then in the 2016 tax year she would have paid £899,912 in taxes and £312,615 in NICs and so billed her for those sums.
But in response, Lorraine told the court how she chose her own working hours for her self-titled talk show, revealing she turned down an interview with Sir Elton John which required a live link from Australia at 4am, and how she also worked for other broadcasters and Avon as an ambassador.
All eight episodes of Ten Percent air on Amazon Prime Video from tomorrow.