Kathy Burke

Actor, Director, Playwright
While Kathy Burke seemingly came out of nowhere when she was thrust into the world spotlight upon being named the winner of the Best Actress prize at the 50th Cannes Film Festival, the petite, dark-haired, slightly ... Read more »
Born: 06/13/1964 in Islington, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

Pan 2015 (Movie)

Mother Barnabas (Actor)

Hello Hello Hello? 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 (Movie)

Connie Sachs (Actor)

Flushed Away 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Rita's Mum (Actor)

Once Upon a Time In the Midlands 2003 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Anita & Me 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

The Martins 2001 (Movie)

Angie Martin (Actor)

Kevin and Perry Go Large 2000 (Movie)

Perry (Actor)

This Year's Love 1999 (Movie)

Marey (Actor)

Dancing At Lughnasa 1998 (Movie)

Maggie Mundy (Actor)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

Queen Mary Tudor (Actor)

Henry Fielding's Tom Jones 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nil By Mouth 1998 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Last Shout 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Two of Us 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Eat the Rich 1988 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Straight to Hell 1987 (Movie)

Sabrina (Actor)

Walker 1987 (Movie)

Annie Mae (Actor)

Sid and Nancy 1986 (Movie)

Brenda Windzor (Actor)

Sacred Hearts 1983 (Movie)

Tillie (Actor)

Scrubbers 1981 (Movie)

Glennis (Actor)

Mr. Wroe's Virgins (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

("Burning Love") (Song Performer)

This Year's Love 1999 (Movie)

("Shine") (Song Performer)

Biography

While Kathy Burke seemingly came out of nowhere when she was thrust into the world spotlight upon being named the winner of the Best Actress prize at the 50th Cannes Film Festival, the petite, dark-haired, slightly zaftig actress with the working-class Cockney accent had amassed numerous TV credits in her native England.

Relationships

Paddy Burke

Father
Irish had been an alcoholic died of prostate cancer in 1985

Birdie Burke

Mother
died of breast cancer c. 1966

Barry Burke

Brother
older

John Burke

Brother
older

EDUCATION

Anna Scher Theatre School

Islington
attended as a teenager

Kingsway College

enrolled in the drama course at age 16

Maria Fidelis School

Catholic secondary school

Milestones

2003

Cast as the female lead in "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"

2001

Co-starred with Lee Evans in "The Martins"

2001

Directed Harvey's play "Out in the Open"

2000

Teamed with Enfield for the big screen comedy "Kevin and Perry Go Large"

1999

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

1999

Co-starred in the ensemble drama "This Year's Love"

1998

Played Maggie, the second eldest of five Irish sisters, in "Dancing at Lughnasa"

1998

Had cameo as Queen Mary in the biopic "Elizabeth"

1997

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

1995

Directed the stage play "Boom-Bang-a-Bang" by Jonathan Harvey

1993

Co-starred as one of the title characters, the abused, mute, bald Martha, in "Mr. Wroe's Virgins", directed by Danny Boyle

1990

Directed her stage play "Mr. Thomas"; first collaboration with Ray Winstone who played the title role

1987

Had regular role on the British comedy series "The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross/The Last Resort" (Channel Four)

1987

Had supporting roles in Cox's "Straight to Hell" and "Walker"

1986

First feature collaboration with Alex Cox, "Sid and Nancy", starring Oldman

1986

Wrote first play "Mr. Thomas"

1983

Appeared on stage in a production of "Saved" by Edward Bond; also in the cast was Gary Oldman

1982

Feature film debut, "Scrubbers", directed by Mai Zetterling

Had regular role on "Harry Enfield and Chums"; became known for her characters the greasy proletarian Waynetta Slob and the teenage boy Perry

Had occasional role of Magda, a magazine editor, on the British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous"

After her mother's death, raised in a foster home near where he father and older brothers lived

Featured on the variety program "One Hour With Jonathan Ross" (Channel Four)

Bonus Trivia

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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."

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