|Portrayed by||Dean Lennox Kelly|
|Created by||Paul Abbott|
|Introduced by||George Faber (2004, 2011, 2013)|
|Duration||2004–07, 2011, 2013)|
|First appearance||13 January 2004|
|Last appearance||27 September 2011 (Channel 4)|
|Date of birth||(1974-01-31) 31 January 1974 (age 39)|
|Home||Chasworth Estate (2004–2007, 2013)
Construction site worker (2011—Present)
Kevin Alan "Kev" Ball (born 31 January 1974) worked in the local public house, The Jockey, and was the next door neighbour of the Gallagher family.
He is also the brother of Kelly Maguire (née Ball).
Kev's marriage to Veronica is legally invalid because he never got a divorce from his first wife, Roxy, who Kevin left because of spousal abuse. He told Veronica the situation prior to their wedding. However, having discovered that Veronica's late father had left £5,000 to pay for his daughter's wedding, Veronica and Kev decided to go through with a sham wedding in order to get the wedding money. Their plan was to use the money to buy their council house. Following the sham ceremony, the reception venue was set alight by Veronica's pyromaniac brother Marty. Kev and Veronica had to use the £5,000 to compensate the owners of the venue for the fire damage caused by Marty.
Kev is illiterate. And despite having lessons on and off over the years, has had limited success, until Veronica agreed to help him out once she learned that the instructor from his adult literacy class was sexually harassing him.
Kev has also taken boxing lessons from his late father during childhood; a skill he attempts to pass onto his foster child (Eric) in Series 2, Episode 2. He is also referred to several times in the same episode as "Kelvin Ball".
Kev and Veronica appeared briefly in the first episode of the fourth series. They were shown being brought into a Romanian courthouse. They had been arrested after attempting to buy an orphan.
He returned in Series 8 for the 100th episode as a guest character. He and Veronica are still together and seem to have been released by the Romanian authorities at some unspecified date. Both Kev and Veronica now reside in Nottingham, where Kev works in construction. Returning to Chatsworth temporarily, he helps Carl, Kelly and the Maguires to prove Frank's innocent in a violent attack on an elderly lady. After this, he returns to Nottingham.
On 9th January 2013, it was revealed that Kev would be returning to Shameless as a regular cast member in the 14-part eleventh and final series of the show.
Famous quotes containing the word ball:
“Throw down the ball, ye Jews daughter,
Throw down the ball to me!
Never a bit, says the Jews daughter,
Till up to me come ye.”
—Unknown. Hugh of Lincoln (l. 1316)