Kate was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, where she grew up in the countryside as the eldest of four siblings, after briefly living with her globe-trotting parents in Qatar and the Netherlands.
After attending co-ed comprehensive schools until A-level in Bury St Edmunds, Kate trained in acting. She first took the foundation course at Oxford School of Drama then a three-year training at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and has worked as an actor since. She is a founding ensemble member of award-winning theatre company The Faction (Peter Brook Empty Space Best Ensemble Award & Off West End Best Ensemble Award) and has performed in many classical and comedy roles, career highlights being a one-woman performance of Schiller’s Joan of Arc preceded by a panel with Eileen Atkins and Michael Billington, playing Queen Elizabeth in Mary Stuart in the Middle East and touring the UK in Out of Order, directed by legendary director and farceur Ray Cooney.
Kate established her own theatre company The Curious Room in 2007 (after Angela Carter) and was part of establishing the MADD for Brockwell Park festival producing open-air Shakespeare in the park. She has written and produced four short films, one of which, The Introduction, was developed with the help of South East Film Fund as part of London Calling Film Development and another, Not Waving, has a score from Dave Rowntree (Blur) and has guest appearances from Susie Amy (Footballer’s Wives), Sean Williamson (Eastenders), Arthur Bostrom (Allo Allo) and Sue Holderness (Only Fools & Horses).
After leaving Suffolk Kate has lived predominantly in South London but has travelled widely including Europe, North America, South America, South and East Asia. She lived for short periods in Australia and New York, where she studied Meisner Technique with Maggie Flanigan and comedy improvisation at Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Nicaragua where she trained as an Ashtanga yoga teacher. Constantly curious, alongside acting, Kate’s resting jobs have been diverse and eclectic. Soon after leaving drama school she took a part-time job as a cook in a Clapham health food shop, Dandelion whilst auditioning and subsequently became joint proprietor, running the physical shop and cafe, online store, recipe blog and events catering for seven years alongside a pretty busy acting career. In 2015 the shop fell foul to a giant rent increase and Kate and her business partner closed the business. Since then Kate has predominantly worked as an actor but also taught yoga, did a brief stint as the general manager of a restaurant (Carousel in Marylebone that hosts a different guest chef from around the world each week- chefs she worked with include Olia Hercules, Romy Gill, Niklas Ekstedt and Santiago Lastre) but most non-acting work has been producing for theatre and events including weddings, brand and PR events and parties (including book launches!).
Kate’s previous writing includes adapting a Lorca lecture into a clown performance called ‘Duende’, writing short films and plays that have been performed at the New Diorama, Pleasance and Rosemary Branch theatres. She has a place on the UEA MA in Creative Writing this September.
Kate returned to live in East Anglia before giving birth to her first child in December 2019. After several years of boring, hilarious and horrendous dating in London, decided to pursue parenthood as a solo mother by choice. It is one of the best decisions she’s ever made.