Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate is probably best known for her portrayal of Lauren 'Am I bovvered?' in her BBC Two sketch show.

After graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama, she spent a year with the RSC before focusing on her TV acting career. She has appeared in dramas such as The Bill and Casualty, amongst others.

In 1996, she began stand-up comedy, and it was when appearing at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2001 that she was noticed and offered a role in the comedy Wild West alongside Dawn French.

The BBC gave her her very own sketch show in 2004, which she co-wrote with Derren Litten, and The Catherine Tate Show was born. Following its success, Catherine has been offered roles in many TV programmes, including Doctor Who. She has also been commissioned to write her own TV drama for the BBC's forthcoming Decades project.

Her casting in Doctor Who was both welcomed and criticised by the British press, but her portrayal of the Doctor's companion in the series has proved that she is not only a fantastic comedienne, but also a very talented and versatile actress.