The Info List - Kathy Burke

Katherine Lucy Bridget Burke (born 13 June 1964) is an English actress, comedian, playwright and theatre director. She became known for her regular appearances in the sketch shows French and Saunders (1988–99), Harry Enfield's Television Programme
Harry Enfield's Television Programme
(1990–92) and Harry Enfield
Harry Enfield
and Chums (1994–98), and for her recurring role as Magda in the BBC
sitcom Absolutely Fabulous
Absolutely Fabulous
(1992–96). For her role as Valerie in the film Nil by Mouth, she won Best Actress at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
and was nominated for the BAFTA
Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Burke made her film debut in Scrubbers
in 1983, and played Mary I in the 1998 film Elizabeth. Her other film appearances include Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), This Year's Love
This Year's Love
(1999), Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000), The Martins (2001), and Anita and Me (2002). From 1999 to 2001, she starred as Linda La Hughes
Linda La Hughes
in the BBC
sitcom Gimme Gimme Gimme, for which she received two of her five BAFTA
TV Award nominations. Having spent most of the 2000s concentrating on her work as a director, she returned to film roles in the 2010s with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Pan (2015) and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016).


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 Theatre

4.1 As director

5 Awards 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Burke was born at the Royal Free Hospital
Royal Free Hospital
in Hampstead, London, and was brought up in Islington. She has two elder brothers, John and Barry. Her mother, Bridget (Bridie),[2] died of cancer when she was two, and she was brought up by neighbours (the Galvin family) for the following few years. Subsequently, she returned to live with her Irish father, Patrick (Paddy), a builder who died of cancer in 1985. Burke attended the Maria Fidelis RC Convent School.[3][4] Burke then went on to study at the Anna Scher Theatre School. Career[edit] Burke's first role was in the controversial 1983 film Scrubbers, directed by Swedish actress Mai Zetterling
Mai Zetterling
and featuring Pam St. Clement, Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolyes, Honey Bane, Debby Bishop and Eva Mottley. The film was set in a young offenders' institute for girls and was seen as a female version of the film Scum. Burke appeared in a non-speaking role in a 1985 public information film about heroin addiction.[5] The following year she appeared in a non-speaking role as 'woman in doorway' in an award-winning advert for The Guardian's' Points of View'.[5][better source needed] 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
Dawn French
and Jennifer Saunders. Early TV work included regular appearances on the chat show "The Last Resort" hosted by Jonathan Ross
Jonathan Ross
on UK Channel 4
Channel 4
in the mid-1980s, playing the characters 'Tina Bishop' and 'Perry the Pre-pubescent Schoolboy". Bishop was a continually pregnant "expert" offering advice on household chores, always with disastrous results. Along with French and 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' look-alike band the Sugar Lumps in 1997. In real life Burke is a big fan of Morrissey
and appeared in the video for his 1989 single "Ouija Board, Ouija Board" and later in the 2002 Channel 4
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. Burke was awarded the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress, for her performance as the mute Martha in the 1993 BBC
TV series Mr. Wroe's Virgins. Burke won the Best Actress award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
for her role in the gritty drama Nil by Mouth. Burke was so convinced she would not win that she made no plans to attend the ceremony; when told shortly beforehand she had won, she found her passport was out of date. The film also earned her a BAFTA
nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[6] Since then she has appeared as Perry in Kevin & Perry Go Large, and as Linda La Hughes
Linda La Hughes
in Gimme Gimme Gimme (which she developed with writer Jonathan Harvey) where she was nominated for 3 British Comedy Awards
British Comedy Awards
(winning one), 2 BAFTA
TV Awards and a National Television Award for her performance. In 2000, she appeared in the cult film Love Honour and Obey with Ray Burdis. In 2003, she was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Beginning in 2001, she refrained from acting and threw herself into theatre directing; something she considers to be one of her true passions.[7] She said in an interview with Dawn French
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
Flushed Away
(2006). She also appeared in the 2007 Christmas Special of The Catherine Tate Show
The Catherine Tate Show
as Nan's daughter. In February 1990 she wrote and directed her first play, Mr Thomas, at the Old Red Lion Theatre. It was subsequently filmed and shown on Channel 4
Channel 4
the next year. In 2007, Burke contracted Clostridium difficile while in hospital for an operation, resulting in her having to pass directing duties on Dying for It
Dying for It
at the Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre
(which starred Charlie Condou and Sophie Stanton who she worked with on Gimme Gimme Gimme).[8] In 2009, Burke made her television directorial debut with the BBC Three sketch show series Horne & Corden, starring Mathew Horne and James Corden.[9] In 2010, Burke completed a short autobiographical film, "Better Than Christmas", for Little Crackers, a collection of comic shorts. Burke plays a nun. On 19 January 2012, it was announced that Burke's short for Little Crackers would be turned into a four-part series, "Walking and Talking", written by Burke. Burke appeared as a nun in each of the episodes. The series aired in the summer of 2012 on Sky Atlantic.[10] In 2011, Burke played Connie Sachs in the film adaptation of the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.[11] She was long-listed for a BAFTA nomination for her performance as Supporting Actress in 2012.[12] Burke appeared in the 2015 Peter Pan
Peter Pan
prequel film, Pan, as Mother Barnabas.[13] In November 2015 Burke presented the BBC
topical news panel show Have I Got News for You.[14] Filmography[edit]

Year Programme Role

1983 Scrubbers Glennis

1986 A Very Peculiar Practice Alice

1986 Sid and Nancy Brenda Windzor

1987 Straight to Hell Sabrina

1987 Walker Annie Mae

1987 Two of Us Vera

1988–1999 French and Saunders Various

1989 Work Experience Sally

1990–1992 Harry Enfield's Television Programme Various

1992 The Fat Slags[15] Sandra

1992–1996 Absolutely Fabulous Magda

1993 Mr. Wroe's Virgins Martha

1994-1998 Harry Enfield
Harry Enfield
and Chums Various

1997 Nil by Mouth Valerie

1997 The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling Honour

1998 Elizabeth Mary I of England

1998 Rex the Runt Mrs Mandelbrotska

1998 Dancing at Lughnasa Maggie Mundy

1999–2001 Gimme Gimme Gimme Linda La Hughes

1999 Let Them Eat Cake Cecile

1999 This Year's Love Marey

2000 Love, Honour and Obey Kathy

2000 Kevin & Perry Go Large Perry

2001 The Martins Angie

2002 Anita and Me Deirdre Rutter

2002 Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Carol

2006 Dawn French's Girls Who Do Comedy Herself

2006 Flushed Away Voiceover

2007 The Catherine Tate Show Diane

2010 Little Crackers Writer and director

2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Connie Sachs

2011 The Antics Roadshow Narrator

2012 Walking and Talking Nun

2012 Never Mind The Buzzcocks Guest Host

2012, 2013, 2015 Have I Got News for You Guest Host

2013 Psychobitches Mona Lisa, The Queen Mother

2014 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Herself

2014 Celebrity Gogglebox Herself

2015 Pan Mother Barnabas

2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Magda

2017 School of Roars Ms. Grizzlesniff (voice)


Lilli in Amongst Barbarians by Michael Wall at the Royal Exchange, Manchester (1989) It's a Great Big Shame! by Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(Theatre Royal Stratford East, 1993)

As director[edit]

Mr Thomas (1990) by Kathy Burke at the Old Red Lion, also shown on Channel 4 Boom Bang-a-Bang (1995) by Jonathan Harvey at the Bush Theatre. Out in the Open (2001) by Jonathan Harvey at the Hampstead
Theatre. Betty (2002) by Karen McLachlan at the Vaudeville Theatre. Kosher Harry (2002) by Nick Grosso at the Royal Court Theatre. Born Bad (2003) by Debbie Tucker Green at the Hampstead
Theatre. The Quare Fellow (2004) by Brendan Behan
Brendan Behan
for Oxford Stage Company. Love Me Tonight (2004) by Nick Stafford at the Hampstead
Theatre.[16] Blue/Orange (2005) by Joe Penhall
Joe Penhall
at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. The God of Hell (2005) by Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard
at the Donmar Warehouse. Smaller (2006) by Carmel Morgan at the Lyric Theatre, London. Once a Catholic (2014) by Mary O'Malley at the Tricycle Theatre. Lady Windermere's Fan
Lady Windermere's Fan
(2018) by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
at the Vaudeville Theatre, West End, London.[17]


Year Award Category Work Result

1994 Royal Television Society Award Best Actress Mr Wroe's Virgins Won

1997 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Nil By Mouth Won

1997 British Independent Film Award Best Actress Nil by Mouth Won

1998 Bafta
Film Awards Best Actress Nil By Mouth Nominated

1998 Bafta
TV Awards Best Actress Tom Jones Nominated

1998 Bafta
TV Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Harry Enfield
Harry Enfield
and Chums Nominated

1999 BAFTA
TV Awards Best Light Entertainment Performance Harry Enfield's Yule log Chums Nominated

2001 BAFTA
TV Awards Best Comedy Performance Gimme Gimme Gimme Nominated

2002 BAFTA
TV Awards Best Comedy Performance Gimme Gimme Gimme Nominated

2002 British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Actress Gimme Gimme Gimme Won


^ "Kathy Burke". Desert Island Discs. 15 August 2010. BBC
Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ [1] Archived 27 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Biography". kathyburke.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2012.  ^ " Kathy Burke Biography (1964-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 6 November 2015.  ^ a b Herring, Richard (8 February 2018). "Kathy Burke". Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. Episode 165. YouTube. Retrieved 9 February 2018.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Nil by Mouth". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 23 September 2009.  ^ "My acting days are over". The Daily Telegraph. London. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2010.  ^ "I almost died from superbug, says actress Kathy Burke". Daily Mail. London. 10 January 2008.  ^ " BBC
- Press Office - Horne and Corden come up trumps for BBC Three". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  ^ Powder Blue Internet Business Solutions. " Kathy Burke writes her first TV comedy". chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  ^ Bamigboye, Baz (22 October 2010). "BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Why Kathy Burke is coming in from the cold". Daily Mail. London.  ^ "'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' and 'My Week With Marilyn' Top BAFTA Longlists". TheWrap. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  ^ "PETER PAN Prequel, PAN, Adds Amanda Seyfried and More". Collider. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  ^ " BBC
One - Have I Got News for You, Series 50, Episode 6". Bbc.co.uk. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.  ^ "Viz: Oh, Lordy! It's The Fat Slags [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2015.  ^ "Nick Stafford". The Agency. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.  ^ Gardner, Lyn (22 January 2018). " Lady Windermere's Fan
Lady Windermere's Fan
review – Saunders simmers at Wilde's West End party". the Guardian. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 

External links[edit]

KathyBurke.co.uk Kathy Burke on IMDb

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BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film

Kathy Burke (1998) Emily Watson
Emily Watson
(1999) Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson
(2000) Kate Ashfield (2001) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2002) Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Kate Dickie
Kate Dickie
(2006) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2007) Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga
(2008) Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan
(2009) Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan
(2010) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2011) Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough
(2012) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2013) Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
(2014) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
(2015) Sasha Lane
Sasha Lane
(2016) Florence Pugh (2017)

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Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Award for Best Actress


Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1946) Isa Miranda
Isa Miranda
(1949) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1951) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
(1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1956) Giulietta Masina
Giulietta Masina
(1957) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
/ Eva Dahlbeck
Eva Dahlbeck
/ Barbro Hiort af Ornäs / Ingrid Thulin (1958) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1959) Melina Mercouri
Melina Mercouri
/ Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1960) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1961) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
/ Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1962) Marina Vlady
Marina Vlady
(1963) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
/ Barbara Barrie
Barbara Barrie
(1964) Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(1965) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1966) Pia Degermark
Pia Degermark
(1967) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1969) Ottavia Piccolo
Ottavia Piccolo
(1970) Kitty Winn (1971) Susannah York
Susannah York
(1972) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1973) Marie-José Nat
Marie-José Nat
(1974) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine


Dominique Sanda
Dominique Sanda
/ Mari Törőcsik
Mari Törőcsik
(1976) Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
/ Monique Mercure (1977) Jill Clayburgh
Jill Clayburgh
/ Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(1980) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1981) Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
(1982) Hanna Schygulla
Hanna Schygulla
(1983) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1984) Norma Aleandro
Norma Aleandro
/ Cher
(1985) Barbara Sukowa
Barbara Sukowa
/ Fernanda Torres
Fernanda Torres
(1986) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1987) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
/ Jodhi May / Linda Mvusi
Linda Mvusi
(1988) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1989) Krystyna Janda
Krystyna Janda
(1990) Irène Jacob
Irène Jacob
(1991) Pernilla August
Pernilla August
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi
(1994) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Kathy Burke (1997) Élodie Bouchez
Élodie Bouchez
/ Natacha Régnier
Natacha Régnier
(1998) Séverine Caneele
Séverine Caneele
/ Émilie Dequenne
Émilie Dequenne
(1999) Björk


Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2001) Kati Outinen (2002) Marie-Josée Croze
Marie-Josée Croze
(2003) Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
(2004) Hana Laszlo
Hana Laszlo
(2005) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
/ Carmen Maura
Carmen Maura
/ Lola Dueñas
Lola Dueñas
/ Chus Lampreave
Chus Lampreave
/ Blanca Portillo / Yohana Cobo
Yohana Cobo
(2006) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(2007) Sandra Corveloni (2008) Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
(2009) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(2010) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(2011) Cristina Flutur / Cosmina Stratan (2012) Bérénice Bejo
Bérénice Bejo
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Emmanuelle Bercot
Emmanuelle Bercot
/ Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
(2015) Jaclyn Jose (2016) Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger

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