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