Biography - Catherine Tate
A graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama and Royal
National Theatre, London-born Catherine Tate spent a year with the
Royal Shakespeare Company before turning her hand to stand-up
She appeared in the Channel 4 sketch show Barking, That Peter Kay Thing and The Harry Hill Show before becoming part of Lee Macks Perrier-nominated New Bits show at Edinburgh in 2000. She returned to the festival the following year with her own, one-woman show. Parts in Big Train, Attention Scum and the television version of the satirical website TVGoHome soon followed.
After being spotting by a casting director at Edinburgh, Tate was offered the co-starring role of Angela in the Dawn French vehicle Wild West and, soon after filming wrapped, her own sketch show on BBC2, The Catherine Tate Show, was commissioned. In it she revives the character-based comedy that brought her such acclaim at Edinburgh.
The series was a sleeper hit in 2004 and spawned several memorable characters, including the hypocritical grandmother and the schoolgirl forever protesting that she's not 'bovvered'. The show earned Catherine a British Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2004 and a BAFTA nomination in 2005.
She has since appeared in a second series of both Wild West and her own show, and also made her mark in two serious dramas, the BBC's critically acclaimed 2005 adaptation of Charles Dickens Bleak House, adapted by Andrew Davies (Catherine played Mrs Chadband) and ITV's Marple: A Murder Is Announced. She also appeared in the Christmas 2006 Doctor Who.
Her TV writing credits are Barking, Big Train, Attention Scum and The Catherine Tate Show.