Kathy Burke On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Kathy Burke was born in Hampstead, London in 1964 and studied at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington. Her first stage roles came in her 20s, which saw her appear at the Old Red Lion (Who’s Left and The Hungry Ghost) as well as Amongst Barbarians for the Royal Exchange (transferring to the Hampstead) and Crux for Paines Plough.
Her breakthrough, though, came when she appeared on the BBC comedy show Harry Enfield’s Television Programme in the early 1990s. She played Waynetta, one-half of the chain-smoking, working class couple "Wayne and Waynetta", alongside Enfield. The pair went on to star in the film 2000 feature Kevin and Perry Go Large, based on one of Enfield’s equally slobbish teenage characters.
In 1993, Burke won a Royal Television Society Award for Best Actress for her role in the drama Mr Wroe's Virgins. In the 00s, she starred in Gimme Gimme Gimme, written by playwright Jonathan Harvey. She played Linda alongside James Dreyfus, and she won Best Comedy Actress at the 2002 British Comedy Awards for the role.
Aside from the odd role here and there, Burke’s recent stage work has focused on directing. In 2013 she directed Once a Catholic, Mary O'Malley’s play about an all-girl Catolic school preparing for their exams, at the Tricycle Theatre. She also directed Moira Buffini’s 2007 play Dying for it at the Almeida Theatre, and Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell at the Donmar.
In November 2017, Burke directs The Retreat written by Sam Bain (Peep Show) at the Park Theatre. The play is a comedy about a man who leaves his city life for a more peaceful way of life in the Highlands. Burke is set to direct Lady Windermere's Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre in January 2018.