"All the funny stuff's down to Catherine Tate. I'm just her bitch."Catherine Tate
, born in 1968 as Catherine Ford, is a British comedienne. Having played guest roles in The Bill
(who hasn't in the UK?
), her big break came with The Catherine Tate Show
. Her most notable character from that was schoolgirl Lauren, with her Catch Phrase
"Am I bovvered?"
Her next well-known role was playing Donna Noble in a well-received Doctor Who Christmas Special
in 2006. She was brought back in 2008 as a full-time companion of the Doctor, and ended up becoming a fan-favorite character thanks to her truly excellent performance and her character's much-needed Character Development
She had a similar experience with the American version of The Office,
first making a guest appearance in the final episode of season 7 then returning in season 8 as a major character.
Tropes associated with this actress include:
- Adorkable: Can come across in interviews as this, and oh so much when doing the "Fake That" video.
- Base Breaker: She seems to be either adored or despised, without much middle ground to speak of.
- Catch Phrase
- Christmas Cake: Donna in Doctor Who.
- Fiery Redhead: Plays a lot of these — see Donna Noble and Beatrice for starters.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: It is quite possible that she provided the only recorded silent example of this trope, courtesy of soundproof glass.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Managed one of the most magnificent in the history of television as Donna Noble, and had her own popularity skyrocket as a result.
- She Really Can Act: Got a lot of this with her turn as Donna Noble in Doctor Who.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Any time she's sharing a scene with David Tennant (and they have quite a bit), they're almost always on the opposite ends of a snark-off. Then they got to do it onstage as Benedick and Beatrice, in the RSC's Much Ado About Nothing (which was, in fact, their idea.) Underneath the snark, however, the two are very close friends in real life, with Tennant stating outright that she's one of his "best mates".