Kathy Burke

Biography

Kathy Burke (born June 13, 1964) is an English actress and theatre director. Born at The Royal Free Hospital in London to Irish immigrant parents, Burke attended the Maria Fidelis RC Convent School. Burke's first role was in the controversial film Scrubbers, directed by Swedish actress Mai Zetterling and featuring Pam St. Clement, Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolyes, Honey Bane, Debby Bishop and Eva Mottley. The movie was set in a young offenders' institute for girls and was seen as a female version of the infamous Scum. Burke first became familiar to television audiences as a player of minor roles in sketches by better-known performers such as Harry Enfield, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Along with French & Saunders, she has contributed to two Comic Relief charity singles. She first appeared as a member of Bananarama parody band Lananeeneenoonoo in 1989, and then as a member of Spice Girls' lookalike band 'The Sugar Lumps' in 1997. In real life Kathy is a big fan of Morrissey and appeared in the video for his 1989 single "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" and latterly in the 2002 Channel 4 documentary "The Importance Of Being Morrissey". She quickly became successful in her own right and although mainly associated with comedy, she has played several serious roles including that of Queen Mary I of England in Elizabeth. In 1997 Burke won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the gritty drama Nil by Mouth. Since then she has appeared as Perry in Kevin and Perry Go Large, and as Linda La Hughes in Gimme Gimme Gimme. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Since 2001 she has concentrated on her career as a theatre director. [1] She said in an interview with Dawn French in "Dawn French's girls who do comedy" that she no longer felt the same creative energy associated with acting that she used to (she described it as a "feeling in my belly") and that this was the reason she had stopped acting. However, she has done some voiceover work in the past few years, including adverts for Ski yoghurt (in the UK) as well as Flushed Away (2006).

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Kevin & Perry Go Large

Perry

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Nil by Mouth

Valerie

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Straight to Hell

Sabrina

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This Year's Love

Marey

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Dancing at Lughnasa

Maggie Mundy

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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Carol

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The Sea Beast

(voice)

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The Martins

Angie MartIn

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Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute

Herself / Various Characters

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The Two of Us

Vera

Starring In
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The Sea Beast

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Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Magda

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Pan

Mother Barnabas

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Connie Sachs

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Flushed Away

Rita's Mum (voice)

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Anita & Me

Mrs. Rutter

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Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

Carol

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Spike Milligan: I Told You I Was Ill... - A Live Tribute

Herself / Various Characters

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The Martins

Angie MartIn

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Love, Honour & Obey

Kathy

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Kevin & Perry Go Large

Perry

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This Year's Love

Marey

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Dancing at Lughnasa

Maggie Mundy

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Elizabeth

Queen Mary Tudor

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Nil by Mouth

Valerie

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Absolutely Fabulous - White Box

Magda (5 episodes, 1992-1996)

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Walker

Annie Mae

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Straight to Hell

Sabrina

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Eat the Rich

Kathy

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The Two of Us

Vera

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Sid and Nancy

Brenda Windzor

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Scrubbers

Glennis

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