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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 13, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Islington, England, GB Profession: actor, director, playwright, worked in a cake shop

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pan (2015)
2.
 Flushed Away (2006)
3.
 Kevin and Perry Go Large (2003) Perry
5.
 Martins, The (2001) Angie Martin
6.
 Love, Honour & Obey (2000) Kathy
7.
 This Year's Love (1999) Marey
8.
 Elizabeth (1998) Queen Mary Tudor
9.
 Dancing At Lughnasa (1998) Maggie Mundy
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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After her mother's death, raised in a foster home near where he father and older brothers lived
1982:
Feature film debut, "Scrubbers", directed by Mai Zetterling
1983:
Appeared on stage in a production of "Saved" by Edward Bond; also in the cast was Gary Oldman
1986:
First feature collaboration with Alex Cox, "Sid and Nancy", starring Oldman
1986:
Wrote first play "Mr. Thomas"
1987:
Had supporting roles in Cox's "Straight to Hell" and "Walker"
1987:
Had regular role on the British comedy series "The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross/The Last Resort" (Channel Four)
:
Featured on the variety program "One Hour With Jonathan Ross" (Channel Four)
1990:
Directed her stage play "Mr. Thomas"; first collaboration with Ray Winstone who played the title role
:
Had regular role on "Harry Enfield and Chums"; became known for her characters the greasy proletarian Waynetta Slob and the teenage boy Perry
1993:
Co-starred as one of the title characters, the abused, mute, bald Martha, in "Mr. Wroe's Virgins", directed by Danny Boyle
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Had occasional role of Magda, a magazine editor, on the British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous"
1995:
Directed the stage play "Boom-Bang-a-Bang" by Jonathan Harvey
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
1998:
Had cameo as Queen Mary in the biopic "Elizabeth"
1998:
Played Maggie, the second eldest of five Irish sisters, in "Dancing at Lughnasa"
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"
2000:
Teamed with Enfield for the big screen comedy "Kevin and Perry Go Large"
2001:
Directed Harvey's play "Out in the Open"
2001:
Co-starred with Lee Evans in "The Martins"
2003:
Cast as the female lead in "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"
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Education

Kingsway College: -
Maria Fidelis School: -
Anna Scher Theatre School: -

Notes

"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.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Paddy Burke. Builder. Irish; had been an alcoholic; died of prostate cancer in 1985.
mother:
Birdie Burke. Died of breast cancer c. 1966.
brother:
John Burke. Graphic designer. Older.
brother:
Barry Burke. Advertising executive. Older.
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