|Hello Hello Hello?||2014||Actor||n/a||20147|
|This Year's Love||1999||Actor||Marey||19997|
|Anita & Me||2002||Actor||n/a||20027|
|Nil By Mouth||1998||Actor||Valerie||19987|
|Kevin and Perry Go Large||2000||Actor||Perry||20007|
|The Martins||2001||Actor||Angie Martin||20017|
|Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy||2011||Actor||Connie Sachs||20117|
|Once Upon a Time In the Midlands||2003||Actor||Carol||20037|
|Dancing At Lughnasa||1998||Actor||Maggie Mundy||19987|
|Two of Us||1992 1991 - 1992||Actor||Vera||19927|
|Mr. Wroe's Virgins||Actor||Martha||7|
|Love, Honour & Obey||2001||Actor||Kathy||20017|
|Absolutely Fabulous||1993 1993||Actor||Magda||19937|
|Flushed Away||2006||Actor||Voice of Rita's Mum||20067|
|Elizabeth||1998||Actor||Queen Mary Tudor||19987|
|Pan (Warner Bros.)||2015||Actor||Mother Barnabas||20157|
|Henry Fielding's Tom Jones||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Honour||19987|
|Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Magda||19977|
|Eat the Rich||1988||Actor||Kathy||19887|
|Sid and Nancy||1986||Actor||Brenda Windzor||19867|
|Straight to Hell||1987||Actor||Sabrina||19877|
|Love, Honour & Obey||2001||Song Performer||("Burning Love")||1|
|This Year's Love||1999||Song Performer||("Shine")||1|
|Kevin and Perry Go Large||2000||Song Performer||("Big Girl" "Big Girl (the Yomanda mix)" "Big Girl (the Shaft remix)" (featuring Harry Enfield/Precious Brats))||1|
|Breakthrough screen role in Gary Oldman's "Nil by Mouth"; played the abused wife of Ray Winstone; named Best Actress at the 50th Cannes Film Festival|
|Had supporting roles in Cox's "Straight to Hell" and "Walker"|
|After her mother's death, raised in a foster home near where he father and older brothers lived|
|Directed her stage play "Mr. Thomas"; first collaboration with Ray Winstone who played the title role|
|Co-starred with Lee Evans in "The Martins"|
|Appeared on stage in a production of "Saved" by Edward Bond; also in the cast was Gary Oldman|
|Had regular role on the British comedy series "The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross/The Last Resort" (Channel Four)|
|Co-starred in the ensemble drama "This Year's Love"|
|Had cameo as Queen Mary in the biopic "Elizabeth"|
|Feature film debut, "Scrubbers", directed by Mai Zetterling|
|Featured on the variety program "One Hour With Jonathan Ross" (Channel Four)|
|Played Maggie, the second eldest of five Irish sisters, in "Dancing at Lughnasa"|
|Directed the stage play "Boom-Bang-a-Bang" by Jonathan Harvey|
|Starred alongside James Dreyfus as a sex-starved harridan on the British sitcom "Gimme. Gimme, Gimme" (BBC-2, 1999-2001; BBC-1, 2001- ); also served as script editor; Jonathan Harey wrote episodes|
|First feature collaboration with Alex Cox, "Sid and Nancy", starring Oldman|
|Had occasional role of Magda, a magazine editor, on the British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous"|
|Had regular role on "Harry Enfield and Chums"; became known for her characters the greasy proletarian Waynetta Slob and the teenage boy Perry|
|Directed Harvey's play "Out in the Open"|
|Wrote first play "Mr. Thomas"|
|Co-starred as one of the title characters, the abused, mute, bald Martha, in "Mr. Wroe's Virgins", directed by Danny Boyle|
|Cast as the female lead in "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"|
|Teamed with Enfield for the big screen comedy "Kevin and Perry Go Large"|
Raised in Islington by her widower father and two older brothers, Burke found an escape in acting. While studying at the renowned Anna Scher Theatre School while in her teens, she was spotted by director Mai Zetterling who cast her in "Scrubbers" (1982), Around the same time, Burke penned her first play, "Mr. Thomas", about a closeted homosexual, and its 1990 professional production not only marked her own directing debut but also her first collaboration with actor Ray Winstone. By then, the actress had also appeared in three films helmed by Alex Cox: "Sid and Nancy" (1986), the nearly unwatchable "Straight to Hell" and "Walker" (both 1987).
While the 1980s had proven relatively fallow, the 90s marked her ascencion to TV stardom in England. As the decade dawned, Burke was tapped to join the variety program "Harry Enfield and Chums" and over the course of three seasons created several memorable characters, most notably the proletarian housewife Waynetta Slob, Lulu, the sniveling baby sister of Enfield's nasty toddler Harry, and the gormless male teen Perry (sidekick to Enfield's Kevin). She went on to create the recurring role of Magda, a hard-bitten magazine editor, on the popular "Absolutely Fabulous" (1994-96) and demonstrated her prodigious dramatic talents with an award-winning turn as a mute, bald woman sent to live with a Messianic preacher in the miniseries "Mr. Wroe's Virgins" (1993).
Those who were aware of the actress' gifts weren't surprised when she delivered a star-making turn as a lower-class abused housewife in Gary Oldman's semi-autobiographical directorial debut "Nil by Mouth" (1997). Teamed with Ray Winstone as her brutish husband, Burke was heartbreaking as the pregnant Val, a woman struggling to maintain her family unit despite her spouse's beatings. It was a tour de force role and the actress was more than capable of displaying the intense emotions which the role required.
Although offers from America arrived, Burke opted to remain in England. She offered a memorable cameo as Queen Mary in the biopic "Elizabeth" (1998) and held her own amidst the formidable ensemble (including Meryl Streep, Brid Brennan and Catherine McCormack) playing Maggie, the somewhat slow sister in an Irish family in "Dancing at Lughnasa" (also 1998). She followed with a turn as a romantically accommodating pub singer in "This Year's Love" (1999) and reprised her TV creation alongside Enfield in the big screen comedy "Kevin and Perry Go Large" (2000).
Burke also developed a secondary career as a stage director, helming the 1995 premiere of Jonathan Harvey's play "Boom-Bang-a-Bang". The writer was so impressed he specifically created the role of Linda, a fright-wigged woman rooming with a gay man in "Gimme, Gimme. Gimme" (1999- ). Burke further repayed him by staging his play "Out in the Open" (2001).
|Paddy Burke||Father||Irish; had been an alcoholic; died of prostate cancer in 1985|
|Birdie Burke||Mother||died of breast cancer c. 1966|
|Anna Scher Theatre School|
|Maria Fidelis School|
|"It's very nice to be greeted in the street and all that, but I actually don't care what other people think of me." --Kathy Burke quoted in The Daily Telegraph, March 13, 2001.|
|"I've never been motivated by the money, always by the work. It's all about me being challenged. If I feel things are getting easy, I get bored, then I think, 'This is bullshit. I shouldn't sit around being bored. How dare I!'" --Burke quoted in The Daily Telegraph, March 13, 2001|
|"The first time I saw myself as Perry in this film [2000's "Kevin and Perry Go Large"] I thought I looked like a 50-year-old bag-lady. Film shows up everything. Telly has got a nice sheen to it so you can sort of get away with it. But on this I could tell if I had had a drink the night before a scene.
"On a big screen, vanity really has to go out of the window - especially as far as I am concerned. I just can't worry about it too much, otherwise I would never work, especially the sorts of parts I do." --Kathy Burke to The Daily Telegraph, April 17, 2000.
|About the possibility of working in Hollywood, Burke was quoted in The Daily Telegraph (April 17, 2000): "... I'd never go out and do a romantic lead part. I don't think that Julia Roberts has got anything to worry about. But Kathy Bates - now she had better watch her back."|
|"When you're called a character actress, it's because you're too ugly to be called a leading lady." --Kathy Burke in The Daily Telegraph, May 24, 1997.|
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