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Kathy Burke

Kirsty Young's castaway is actor and director Kathy Burke.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actor and director Kathy Burke.

She became a household name for her comedy performances, working with Harry Enfield to create the characters Kevin and Perry. She won critical acclaim for serious roles and picked up the Best Actress award at Cannes for her portrayal of an abused wife in the film "Nil By Mouth".

Her early life had been tumultuous - her mother died before she was two and her father was often drunk, leaving her older brother ran the family home. She was a teenager when she discovered acting and, she says, it was the saving of her.

Producer: Leanne Buckle

Record: Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.
Book: The Complete works of Graham Linehan.
Luxury: A life size laminated photo of James Caan from Dragon's Den.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 20 Aug 2010 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Lady Gaga

      Bad Romance

      • The Fame Monster [Deluxe Edition].
      • Polydor.
  • The Specials

    Gangsters

    • The Specials: BBC Sessions.
    • EMI.
  • Joy Division

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

    • Substance.
    • Centredate.
  • Sex Pistols

    Pretty Vacant

    • Best Rock Anthems in the World.
    • Virgin.
  • T. Rex

    Ride a White Swan

    • Baby Boomer Classics/Electric Seventies.
    • TRAX.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

    • A Man and His Music.
    • Reprise.
  • Gorillaz

    Clint Eastwood

    • Kiss Hitlist 2002.
    • Universal.
  • Missy Elliott

    Get Ur Freak On

    • Get UR Freak On- CD Single.
    • The Gold Mind.
  • Book Choice

    • The complete works - Graham Linehan

  • Luxury Choice

    • Life-size laminated photo of James Caan from Dragons' Den

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Kathy Burke

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