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Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate is an English comedian, actress, and writer, best known for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show, which was nominated for four BAFTAs including Best Comedy Performance. Her foul-mouthed grandma character Joannie 'Nan' Taylor has entered popular folklore, leading to a spin-off series Catherine Tate's Nan and a 2020 film Nan The Movie. Tate also Doctor's companion Donna Noble in series 4 of Doctor Who (2008).

Biography

Catherine Tate, born Catherine Ford, is an English comedian, actress, and writer, best known for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show, which was nominated for four BAFTAs including Best Comedy Performance.

Born in Bloomsbury, London, in 1968, she was known at school as something of a rebel, with a keen sense of humour. Thus it was no surprise that one of her most famous sketch-show characters, Lauren, should have been at least partially based on her former self. After taking A-Levels in Salesian College, Battersea, she left school without sitting her A Levels, and finally studied art and drama at The Central School of Speech and Drama having tried for four years to gain entry.

Early work involved appearances in Casualty and The Bill, and minor roles in The Harry Hill Show. In 1998, she wrote and starred in Barking, a late-night sketch show broadcast on Channel 4 that featured the then unknown comedy actors Mackenzie Crook, David Walliams, and Peter Kay, with whom she had formerly appeared on That Peter Kay Thing.

What's more, she played the part of Kate in the unaired pilot of sitcom Not Going Out, featuring Lee Mack, with whom she collaborated on a range of sketch shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. She was then offered a part in Wild West, alongside Dawn French, an idol of hers, who would comment that "Catherine Tate is far too talented and she must be destroyed."

This led the BBC to take, by her own admission, something of a gamble in offering the then relative unknown her own sketch show, The Catherine Tate Show. However, it soon proved a huge success, with many of her characters -- disaffected teenager Lauren, foul-mouthed grandma Joanne 'Nan' Taylor -- passing into popular folklore, with a gigantic following. Lauren's catchphrases 'Am I covered' and 'Are you disrespecting my family?' are immensely famous to this day. She won a British Comedy Award for best newcomer in 2004, was nominated for an International Emmy Award, and 7 BAFTA awards. She was a guest star at the 77th Royal Variety Performance and appeared in the guise of Lauren Cooper. During the sketch, Tate looked up and asked the queen, 'Is one bovvered? Is one's face bovvered?', and her co-star Niky Wardley, in character as Liese, remarked, 'That old man sitting next to her has fallen asleep'. In 2019 it was announced that a new movie, Nan The Movie, would be released in 2020, telling the backstory of the Nan character.

A hugely versatile actor, Tate has played roles in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, as well as featuring alongside David Tennant as the doctor's companion Donna Noble in series 4 (2008) of Doctor Who. Moreover, she appeared in the 2006 film comedies Starter For Ten, Sixty Six, and Scenes Of A Sexual Nature.Latterly she starred as Nellie Bertram in the US version of The Office and provided the voice of Magica de Spell in Disney's DuckTales.

Birth name
Catherine Ford
Gender
Female
Nationality
England
Born
Sunday 12th May 1968 (51 years-old)

Known for

Credits

 
Year Production Role
2020 Nan The Movie Brand New Nan
2020 Nan The Movie Brand New Writer
2019 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 17
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2019 Date Night Teri
2018 Americons In Development Actor
2018 Americons In Development Writer
2018 The Graham Norton Show - Series 24
  1. Special - Olivia Colman, Nicholas Hoult, Keira Knightley, Guy Pearce, Rita Ora
Guest
2018 Monster Family Baba Yaga (Voice)
2017 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 13
  1. Special - Christmas Special
Guest
2017 The Last Leg - Series 11
  1. Special - Re-United Kingdom
Self
2017 The Nightly Show
  1. E16 - Episode Sixteen
Guest
2017 Room 101 - Series 6
  1. Special - Bonus Bellyaches
  2. E1 - Catherine Tate, Rylan Clark-Neal, Nigel Havers
Guest
2016 Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Series 2
  1. Special - Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show
Nan
2016 Catherine Tate Show Live Self
2016 The Graham Norton Show - Series 20
  1. Special - Highlights Special
  2. E4 - Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Jude Law, Catherine Tate, Kings Of Leon
Guest
2016 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown - Series 10
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled - Series 4
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Duck Quacks Don't Echo - Series 4
  1. E7 - Episode Seven
Guest
2016 Very British Problems - Series 2 Self
2016 Much Ado About Comedy Self
2016 Drunk History - Series 2
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Elsie Wright
2016 The Last Leg - Series 7
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2016 Drunk History - Series 2
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Mary Wilson
2016 Do Not Disturb Anna Wilson
2016 The Jonathan Ross Show - Series 10
  1. E3 - Catherine Tate, John Krasinski, Kevin Bridges, Will Poulter, Rudimental
Guest
2016 Billionaire Boy Sapphire Diamond
2015 Catherine Tate's Nan - 2015 Specials Nan
2015 Catherine Tate's Nan - 2015 Specials Writer
2015 Catherine Tate's Nan - 2015 Specials Executive Producer
2015 The Bed-Sitting Room Penelope
2015 Very British Problems - Very British Problems At Christmas Self
2015 Crackanory - Series 3
  1. E2 - The Catchment Area & The Frogbeast Of Pontfidd
Host / Presenter
2015 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Series 15
  1. E6 - Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan, Adam Lambert, Catherine Tate, Roisin Murphy
Guest
2015 SuperBob Theresa
2015 The Vote Kirsty Henderson
2015 Michael McIntyre's Easter Night At The Coliseum Nan
2015 Little Britain - Comic Relief 2015
  1. Comic Relief Special
Sister
2014 Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! Sophie
2014 The Graham Norton Show - Series 16
  1. E7 - Dame Shirley Bassey, David Walliams, Catherine Tate, Richard Ayoade, Annie Lennox
Guest
2014 Big School - Series 2 Miss Postern
2014 Psychobitches - Psychobitches Compilations
  1. Special - Part Two
Edith Piaf
2014 Psychobitches - Psychobitches Compilations
  1. Special - Part One
Eva Braun
2014 50 Years Of BBC 2 Comedy Self
2014 Catherine Tate's Nan - Nan Nan
2014 Catherine Tate's Nan - Nan Writer
2014 Catherine Tate's Nan - Nan Executive Producer
2013 Big School - Series 1 Miss Postern
2013 Frost On Sketch Shows Self
2012 Psychobitches - Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches
  1. Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches
Eva Braun
2012 Psychobitches - Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches
  1. Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches
Edith Piaf
2012 The Secret Policeman's Ball Self
2011 The Graham Norton Show - Series 10
  1. Special - Highlights Special
Guest
2011 Catherine Tate: Laughing At The Noughties Host / Presenter
2011 This Is Jinsy - Series 1
  1. E3 - Beardboy
Roopina Crale
2011 The Graham Norton Show - Series 9
  1. Special - Compilation Show
  2. E1 - David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Jon Richardson, Josh Groban
Guest
2011 That Sunday Night Show - Series 1
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2010 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Series 5
  1. Special - Chris Evans, Mickey Rourke, Catherine Tate, The Wanted
Guest
2010 The One...
  1. The One Ronnie
Ensemble Actor
2010 Being Ronnie Corbett Self
2010 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2010 Josephine
2010 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2010 Writer
2010 Little Crackers - Little Crackers 2010
  1. E3 - Catherine Tate's Little Cracker
Director
2010 The Royle Family Portraits Self
2010 Royle Exclusive: Behind The Sofa Self
2010 The Graham Norton Show - Series 8
  1. E3 - Joan Rivers, Johnny Knoxville, Catherine Tate, Pet Shop Boys
Guest
2010 Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 24
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Host / Presenter
2010 Channel 4's Comedy Gala
  1. E1 - Channel 4's Comedy Gala 2010
Guest
2010 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 5
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2010 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 18
  1. E1 - Ray Winstone, Arlene Phillips, Catherine Tate, Pixie Lott
Guest
2009 Alan Carr: Chatty Man - Series 2
  1. Special - Chatty Man New Year's Special
Guest
2009 The Catherine Tate Show - Nan's Christmas Carol Various
2009 Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off - Series 4 Arabella
2009 Never Mind The Buzzcocks - Series 23
  1. Special - The Doctor Who Special
Guest
2009 The Graham Norton Show - Series 6
  1. E10 - Episode Ten
Guest
2009 Genius With Dave Gorman - Series 1
  1. E1 - Catherine Tate
Guest
2009 The Justin Lee Collins Show
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2008 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 14
  1. E12 - John Hurt, Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Nigel Marven, Radiohead
Guest
2008 Chain Reaction - Series 4
  1. E1 - Catherine Tate interviews David Tennant
Host / Presenter
2007 The Catherine Tate Show - The Catherine Tate Christmas Show Various
2007 The Catherine Tate Show - The Catherine Tate Christmas Show Writer
2007 Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off - Glastonbury Special Arabella
2006 The Catherine Tate Show - Series 3 Various
2006 The Catherine Tate Show - Series 3 Writer
2006 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 11
  1. E7 - Catherine Tate, Michael Ball, Billie Piper, Jack Dee, Kasabian
Guest
2005 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross - Series 9
  1. E3 - Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Tate, Ricky Martin, Simple Minds
Guest
2005 The Catherine Tate Show - Series 2 Various
2005 The Catherine Tate Show - Series 2 Writer
2005 Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off - Series 3 Arabella
2004 Wild West - Series 2 Angela Phillips
2004 The Catherine Tate Show - Series 1 Various
2004 The Catherine Tate Show - Series 1 Writer
2003 Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off - Series 2 Arabella
2002 Wild West - Series 1 Angela Phillips
2002 Big Train - Series 2 Various
2002 Big Train - Series 2 Writer
2000 Hey Hey We're The Monks DSS Officer
1999 Quando, Quando, Quando Ensemble Actor
1998 Barking
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E2 - Episode Two
  4. E1 - Episode One
Various
1998 Barking
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E3 - Episode Three
  3. E2 - Episode Two
  4. E1 - Episode One
Writer
1994 Men Behaving Badly - Series 3
  1. E3 - Casualties
Young Woman
1988 Comic Relief Various

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