The Amazing Mrs Pritchard
Janet McTeer is Catherine Walker
A senior member of the Conservative Party, with a formidable reputation, Catherine is chosen to rip Ros to shreds on a special edition of Newsnight.
However, she dramatically jumps ship to join the Purple Alliance, moments before her scheduled appearance.
A hardline right-winger, Catherine provides the political backbone to the Purple Alliance and with Hilary Rees Benson she does the serious business of politics.
Janet McTeer – Biography
An acclaimed TV, film, stage and radio actor, Janet McTeer won the Berkeley Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the title role in Schiller's Mary Stuart at the Donmar Warehouse last year.
In America, she won a Golden Globe award and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Tumbleweeds, her first major role in an American film.
She also won a Tony award, a Laurence Olivier award and a London Critics' Circle Theatre award for her 1996 performance in Ibsen's A Doll's House.
On British TV she is well-known for her role as Helen Hewitt in Lynda La Plante's prison drama, The Governor. Other television roles include starring opposite Alan Bates in Proust fantasy drama 102 Boulevard Haussmann; with Bob Peck in Catherine Cookson adaptation The Black Velvet Gown; and she appeared alongside John Hurt in John Boorman drama, I Dreamt I Woke Up.
She starred with Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton in a pair of Nineties murder mysteries, A Masculine Ending and Don't Leave Me This Way, and in 1990 she starred as Vita Sackville West in Portrait of a Marriage.
Janet made her TV debut in an episode of Juliet Bravo in 1985, a year before she made her first appearance on the big screen opposite Sigourney Weaver in Full Moon Street.
She has also appeared in episodes of Waking the Dead, Miss Marple, and children's TV series, Jackanory.
Film credits include Terry Gilliam's Tideland, released this year; Wuthering Heights, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, in 1992; and Hawks, a bittersweet comedy starring Timothy Dalton in 1988.
After a two-year break from the screen, Janet returned in 2002 with The Intended, a period drama thriller which she also co-wrote.
Janet will also be seen in cinemas in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of As You Like It.