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 Catchphrase "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.
After playing bit parts for the Royal Shakespeare Company in her younger years, she returned as a leading lady in 2011, playing Much Ado About Nothing's Beatrice opposite longtime friend and former Doctor Who co-star David Tennant. She's also joined the cast of DuckTales as iconic villainess Magica De Spell, once again playing opposite Tennant.
Tropes associated with this actress include:
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Catherine occasionally guests on panel shows and similar (allegedly) "real life" appearences. It's hard to tell whether or not she's playing a character, but she regularly comes across as this or The Ditz - see her appear on Nevermind the Buzzcocks or 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown for prime examples.
- Fiery Redhead: Plays a lot of these — see Donna Noble and Beatrice for starters.
- Large Ham: A staple of her acting style, with this being how she spends most of Donna's debut in "The Runaway Bride".
- Those Two Actors: With David Tennant, first in Doctor Who, Big Finish Doctor Who, followed by Much Ado About Nothing, Comic Relief, The Catherine Tate Show, other Shakespeare adaptations, DuckTales and many other shows.