Catherine Tate

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Catherine Tate
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Catherine Tate
BornCatherine Ford
(1968-05-12) 12 May 1968 (age 46)
Bloomsbury, England
ResidenceRichmond upon Thames, London, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress
Writer
Comedienne
Years active1990–present
Height5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)[1]
TelevisionThe Office
Big Train
Wild West
The Catherine Tate Show
Doctor Who
Big School
Partner(s)Twig Clark (until 2011)
Children1
 
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Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate Jo Glover Charity.jpg
Catherine Tate
BornCatherine Ford
(1968-05-12) 12 May 1968 (age 46)
Bloomsbury, England
ResidenceRichmond upon Thames, London, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationActress
Writer
Comedienne
Years active1990–present
Height5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)[1]
TelevisionThe Office
Big Train
Wild West
The Catherine Tate Show
Doctor Who
Big School
Partner(s)Twig Clark (until 2011)
Children1

Catherine Tate (born Catherine Ford on 12 May 1968)[2] is an English comedian, actress and writer. She has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and seven BAFTA Awards. Following the success of The Catherine Tate Show, Tate played Donna Noble in Doctor Who, and continued the role until 2010. In late 2009, The Catherine Tate Show was renewed for another series. In 2011, she began a recurring role as Nellie Bertram in the US version of The Office and was a series regular until the series ended.[3] Tate has also starred in BBC's new comedy drama, Big School. In early 2014, Tate wrote a spin-off from The Catherine Tate Show, titled Catherine Tate's Nan.

Early Life & Education[edit]

Tate was born in Bloomsbury and brought up in the Brunswick Centre.[2] Her mother, Josephine, was a florist,[4] and Tate has said that the character of Margaret in The Catherine Tate Show, who shrieks at the slightest of disturbances, is based largely on Josephine.[2] Tate never knew her father as he left very early on in her life[2] and, consequently, she was brought up in a female-dominated environment, being cared for by her mother, grandmother and her godparents.[4] As a child, Tate suffered from an obsessive-compulsive disorder which centred on word association. For example, Tate was not able to leave a jumper on the floor or it might have brought misfortune to her mother whose name began with the letter "J" like jumper.[2]

She attended St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, Macklin Street, Holborn and Notre Dame High School, Southwark, a south London convent secondary school for girls.[2] By the time Tate was a teenager, she knew she wanted to follow a professional acting career and, following the abolition of the sixth form at her secondary school, was sent to a boys' Roman Catholic school, Salesian College in Battersea at the age of 16 for sixth form as it had the necessary facilities for drama.[4] Tate left school without sitting her A-Levels.[5] She then tried for four years to get a place in the Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), succeeding on her fourth attempt.[5] She studied there for three years,[4][5] and until the age of 26, lived in Holborn and Bloomsbury.[4] Prior to getting a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Tate went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, but left after a week; "Even at that age, I realised I wasn't Bonnie Langford. It was very competitive", she stated. [6]


Personal Life[edit]

Tate's former partner is stage manager Twig Clark. They have a daughter, Erin [7] (born at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in January 2003), delivered following an emergency caesarean section.[2] The family had a home in Richmond-upon-Thames, London. The family had both a cat and a dog, the latter of which was given to her by Jonathan Ross. Tate and Clark split before summer 2011.Tate is the patron for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, supporting the charity since August 2006. In 2011 she took part in the charity's 2011 Charity Calendar[8] Tate suffered from post-natal depression,[4] from which she only recovered after the filming of the second series of The Catherine Tate Show.[2] She also suffers from occasional panic attacks.[2] Regarding her personal outlook, Tate has said "I'm an incredibly negative person, so any form of success is only ever going to be a relief to me and set my default position back to neutral."[4]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Mainly For The Catherine Tate Show:

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television & Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1998–2002Big TrainVarious Roles
1999That Peter Kay ThingValerie Sharples (Leonard episode)
2002–2004Wild WestAngela Phillips
2004–2007, 2009The Catherine Tate ShowVarious Roles
2006Starter for 10Julie Jackson
Sixty SixAunt Lila
2006-2010Doctor WhoDonna Noble
2010Little CrackersJosephine
Gulliver's TravelsQueen of Lilliput
2011Monte CarloAlicia
2011–2013The OfficeNellie Bertram
2013–presentBig SchoolMs. Sarah Postern
2014-presentCatherine Tate's NanJoannie Taylor
2014UnityNarrator

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleTheatre/Company
1995The Way of the WorldBackground CharacterRoyal National Theatre
1996The Prince’s PlayBarmaidRoyal National Theatre
2000New BitsVarious RolesEdinburgh Festival
A Servant to Two MastersSmeraldinaRoyal Shakespeare Company
2005Some GirlsSamGielgud Theatre
Royal Variety PerformanceLauren CooperWales Millennium Centre
2006The ExoneratedSunny JacobsRiverside Studios
2008Under The Blue SkyMichelleDuke of York's Theatre
2010–2011Season's GreetingsBelindaRoyal National Theatre
2011Much Ado About NothingBeatriceWyndham's Theatre
Sixty Six BooksGodBush Theatre
201224 Hour PlaysVarious RolesAmerican Airlines Theatre, Broadway

Radio & CD Audio Drama[edit]

YearTitleRoleBroadcaster
2008The Forever TrapNarratorBBC Audio
2009The Nemonite InvasionNarratorBBC Audio
2009–10Jonathan RossPresenterBBC Radio 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGZaCuavUfI
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Viner, Brian. "Catherine Tate: The shy star". The Independent, 23 December 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2007.
  3. ^ Ng, Philiana (1 June 2012). "The Office Promotes Catherine Tate to Series Regular". TV Guide. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Sawyer, Miranda. "Catherine the Great". The Guardian, 15 October 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "I'm a lazy control freak". The Guardian, 12 July 2005. Retrieved 19 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Catherine Tate: Multiple personality". The Independent, 23 March 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2008.
  7. ^ Miss Tate, who has a nine-year-old daughter, Erin, with her ex-partner, was photographed on the back of Adrian Chiles’s motorbike in London
  8. ^ "The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust". Official website. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Doctor Who big winner at TV awards". The Press Association, 8 September 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008.
  10. ^ "ITV admits comedy award deception". BBC News, 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  11. ^ "ITV rigged comedy award phone vote because Robbie Williams wanted Ant and Dec to win". The Daily Mail, 8 May 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  12. ^ Salem, Rob. "British sketch comedy's Catherine the great". Toronto Star, 19 January 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2008.

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