Date of Birth : May 12th 1968
English comedienne and actress best known for her BBC Two sketch comedy series, The Catherine Tate Show. Following its success, Tate played Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas special of Doctor Who and is now set to reprise the role to become the Doctor’s companion throughout series four in 2008. She has won numerous awards for her work on The Catherine Tate Show and has been nominated for an Emmy Award and four BAFTA Awards.
Also at that time, Tate was a guest star at the 77th Royal Variety Performance and once again appeared in the guise of Lauren Cooper. During the sketch, Tate looked up at the Royal Box and asked The Queen, “Is one bovvered? Is one’s face bovvered?”. She also commented during the sketch that Prince Phillip had fallen asleep: “she is bing, but the old fella next to her is asleep!”. He then reportedly complained to the show’s executive producer saying he had been insulted.
At the end of 2005 she appeared in the award-winning BBC television adaptation of Bleak House. She has been commissioned to write a TV drama for the BBC’s forthcoming Decades project. She also had a role in the television adaptation of the novel The Bad Mother’s Handbook, where she co-starred with Anne Reid.
Despite speculation that the third series would be the last, Tate and the BBC have not ruled out further series or episodes. In an interview on The Paul O’Grady Show on December 18, 2006 Tate indicated that a fourth series was unlikely but hoped to film a one-off special episode in 2007. This has now been confirmed and the episode will air at Christmas. She has also indicated that she would be happy to take the show on a live tour.