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Catherine Tate

Highest Rated:   90% Starter for 10 (2006)
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Birthplace:   Bloomsbury, London, England, UK
Recalling two of her forerunners, Dawn French and Tracey Ullman, the auburn-haired and rubber-faced British comedienne Catherine Tate scored hugely in her native England for The Catherine Tate Show, a compendium of irreverent, off-the-wall sketches in which she played a broad array of nutty characters, often with the added element of elaborate makeup. Favorite recurring portrayals included the Cockney nag Lauren Cooper (famous for her catchphrase "Am I bovvered?"), upper middle class Briton The Aga Saga Woman (an absurdly perfectionist housewife and mother given to fits of anxiety), and Derek Faye, a bald and overtly homosexual gentleman with a falsetto voice who repeatedly draws accusations of being gay but responds with, "How very dare you." Unlike, say, the work of Sacha Baron Cohen, Tate's sketches were invariably scripted, even one in which Tony Blair made a cameo appearance.Raised as an only child by her florist mother, her grandmother, and her godmother in the Brunswick Council Estate of Central London, Tate reportedly struggled with shyness from early on, but also claimed a streak of flamboyancy that prompted a life-changing discovery: when she acted humorously, people habitually examined her with much less scrutiny. As an adolescent, she attended a Catholic convent school, but was forced out at the age of 16 when the nuns couldn't provide her with the resources to develop her acting abilities; in the years to follow, she trained as an actress at the University of London's famed Central School of Speech and Drama, then, after accepting a series of minor "straight" roles, decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. Her success in that venue is of course well-known (The Catherine Tate Show evolved into a minor institution on British television), but it ultimately left her dissatisfied and she wanted to be taken seriously as a non-comedic actress. That dream materialized with plum roles in features including the Jewish-themed coming-of-age seriocomedy Sixty Six (2006) (as Aunty Lila), director Edward Blum's ensemble-driven romantic comedy Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006), and Billie Eltringham's period political comedy Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution (2007). She did a stint on the cult favorite series Dr. Who, and in 2010 she played Queen Isabelle in the Jack Black vehicle Gulliver's Travels. In 2011 she joined the cast of The Office for a brief period, and appeared as the mother of a socialite in the teen rom-com Monte Carlo.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Happy Family
  • Baba Yaga
2017
No Score Yet Billionaire Boy
  • Sapphire Diamond
2016
86% SuperBob
  • Actor
2015
16% Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?
  • Sophie O'Donnell
$5.9M 2014
44% Khumba
  • Nora
$91k 2013
39% Monte Carlo
  • Alicia Winthrop Scott
$22.6M 2011
No Score Yet The Itch of the Golden Nit
  • Actor
2011
20% Gulliver's Travels
  • Queen Isabelle
$42.8M 2010
80% Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Bad Mother's Handbook
  • Karen
2007
40% Scenes of a Sexual Nature
  • Actor
2006
64% Sixty Six
  • Aunt Lila
2006
20% Love and Other Disasters
  • Talullah Wentworth
2006
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Empty Child
  • Actor
2006
90% Starter for 10
  • Julie Jackson
$0.2M 2006

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Nellie Bertram
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Doctor Who Confidential
2005
  • Guest
  • 2009
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • Donna Noble The Bride
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006

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