Kathy Burke was born in 1964 in Hampstead, London. Her mother died from cancer when Burke was just two years old and her childhood alternated between foster care and an alcoholic father.
She first embedded herself on the public's consciousness by appearing in Harry Enfield's TV shows as the vulgar Waynetta Slob and obsequious teenage sidekick Perry.
Other comedy work has included the lead in Gimme Gimme Gimme, a regular role in Absolutely Fabulous and Ted & Ralph.
Her tendency for in-your-face performances and a lack of self consciousness about appearing in an unflattering manner has made her one of TV's most popular performers and straight acting roles (notably her multi award winning turn in Gary Oldman’s Nil By Mouth) have proved her mettle away from the genre.
Other films include Scrubbers and Elizabeth.
She is also a writer and recently took a break from acting to concentrate on producing and directing.
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