Catherine Tate

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Catherine Tate

Born

5/12/1968, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Catherine Ford

Gender

Female
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Catherine grew up in Bloomsbury's iconic Brunswick Centre. Growing up without a father, her mother Josephine provided for Catherine as best she could. After attending such acting schools as the central School of Speech and Drama and climbing to where she is now in her career, Catherine is…more

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    • Catherine: (on getting Greatest Contribution from Doctor Who Magazine): I am delighted with the award and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted. I loved my time on Doctor Who and to be appreciated in this way is the icing on the cake. Thank you very much.

    • Catherine: (Giving advice for writers and comedy performers) Trust yourself. You have to start with what you think is funny before you can have the confidence to write to anyone else's brief. Give a gag three chances to work, if after three (separate) attempts they're still not laughing, bin it. It's not them. It's you. Don't take criticism personally, take from it what's useful. Apply it and move on to something better. And be brave. No one got anywhere by being too scared to open their mouth in case nobody laughed. Good luck! Oh and this for the writer-performers: never cancel your previews.

    • Catherine: (On the process of writing) "Writing" always means "not writing" to me, because I will do anything to put it off. I think this is mainly because writing anything down and then handing it over to a third party - especially in comedy - is such an exposing act that you naturally want to delay the process.

    • Catherine: (On how she would have liked to continue as Donna Noble in "Doctor Who") I knew that there would definitely be an end to Donna, at the end of the series, but had that not been the case, had it been open-ended, had there been potential for Donna to stay for another series, I must confess that I'd have said 'yes' like a shot. Could Donna come back? Well, in science fiction anything is possible.

    • Catherine: (On Stage fright) I don't suffer from stage fright luckily. I think that's because I'm actually a bit of a coward. I do know a lot of actors, a lot of my friends, who get very nervous. I don't think I could push on and do the show if I was that nervous every night. It would take too much from me. I think I would have to turn it in. Perhaps one of the reasons why I don't get stage fright is that I did stand-up comedy early on in my career and that takes your nerves away. I did get what I suppose is akin to stage fright the first time I ever did stand-up, because I actually thought "what am I doing this for? Why would I put myself through this?" But then I did it and I thought, "anything else I do will never be as frightening as that". For example, a play, which somebody else has written, where I'm on stage with other people and other people have been there to direct me, is never going to be as frightening as going out on stage to a crowd of drunk people and firstly, presuming they're going to be quiet, and secondly presuming they're going to listen, and thirdly presuming people are going to laugh.

    • Catherine Tate: (on playing Donna Noble in Doctor Who) Playing Donna was one of the best experiences of my professional life. There was no down point.

    • Catherine: (On how being a stay at home mom wasn't an option for her) I don't think that would have been the choice for me because I like to work. Especially if you're lucky enough to do something you love. I will absolutely say that whatever job I was asked to do, whatever schedule I was asked to work, it is never going to be as hard as looking after a child.

    • Catherine: (On how she is grateful to Russell T. Davies for taking a chance on her by giving her the role of Donna) Oh gosh, I can't thank Russell enough for just making that possible. For many people, I'm sure, what a gamble to take on someone like me who is known, by the vast majority of people, for wearing wigs and comedy teeth.

    • Catherine: (On why she thinks a woman as The Doctor is not an option for "Doctor Who") I don't think there will ever be a female doctor, you would lose too many young boys as viewers.

    • Catherine: (On why the theater is not something enjoyed by everyone) What we have to do is stop making theatre a bit of a lah-di-dah thing to do … What needs to be addressed, and I have to say this even though I am in a play: the theatre is too expensive … That's why it's become a pursuit of people who can afford it. And that's what makes it elitist. You have to make theatre inclusive, and at the moment the prices are exclusive.

    • Catherine: (On how television actors shouldn't be the reason for going to the theater) I think you have to lure people into the theatre not by saying, 'here's a person you'll recognise off the television', it's to get them excited about the theatrical experience – this is really exciting, this is a great play, these are great actors, this story is fantastic, and you will have a fantastic time.

    • Catherine: (On how even in her darkest hour, she finds inspiration for her comedy) I'm a very negative person, maybe a bit manic, but one thing that gets you through even the darkest hour is a tiny voice which puts it through a filter and turns it out as a sketch at the other end. In any situation - awful, good, or average - there's always part of me thinking, 'That would be a good two-shot there.'

    • Catherine: (Commenting on the controversy started by the airing of her Christmas Special of The Catherine Tate Show in 2007) I don't know how this Christmas special got so depraved because it isn't what I set out to do.

    • Catherine: (On what attracted her to her character - Dorothy Ratcliffe - in Mrs Ratcliffe's Revolution) She does begin the story as a fairly insignficant character. I think the fact that she does have a good transformation, a proper journey, is what drew me in. That and the script.

    • Catherine: (How she perceives herself concerning her career) I'm really not ambitious, I'm naturally quite lazy and I actually think I'm lax about my career. None of my work defines who I am.

    • Catherine: (On her reaction when she was asked to reprise her role of Donna on Doctor Who) I couldn't have been more surprised. I went out to lunch with Julie Gardner and I thought we were just there to chat. When people say, "My jaw hit the floor", I know what they mean! I made my decision as soon as they suggested it - it just took a while to work out the logistics.

    • Catherine: (On accepting her new position as the Doctor Who companion) I am delighted to be returning to Doctor Who. I had a blast last Christmas and look forward to traveling again through time and space with that nice man from Gallifrey.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An amazing woman...

    10
    ...and a bit of a nutter too and that's why I've given her 10/10. She makes me laugh a lot and the latest seies of her hit "Catherine Tate" show was still strong unlike other comedies that have gone downhill on their 3rd series such as Little Britain. She has prooved that she can do serious as well, like in her role in Doctor Who and Bleak House and the film "1966".



    She's an incredable woman and can pull of anything from a very old woman to a teenager and it's hard to believe that it's all the same woman.



    Well done Catherine.moreless
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