Kate Robbins

Kate Robbins
Catherine Kate Robbins (born 21 August 1960, Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English actress and impressionist. Robbins first came to prominence whilst representing United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 with the group Prima Donna.

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Catherine Kate Robbins (born 21 August 1960, Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English actress and impressionist.

Robbins first came to prominence whilst representing United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 with the group Prima Donna. They finished third.

A second cousin of Paul McCartney, she got her first big break in the ITV soap opera Crossroads in 1981. As part of the storyline, she recorded a single in the Motel's studio called "More Than in Love", written by Simon May. Robbins, with male group Beyond (themselves a failed Eurovision act) reached number two in the UK singles chart. It was included on May's 1994 compilation album New Vintage: The Best of Simon May. Robbins dubbed the singing for Jaye Davidson in the 1992 film The Crying Game.

Robbins wrote the first theme tune to Surprise, Surprise and provided almost all of the female voices on the television show Spitting Image in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The 1986 Granada TV sketch show Robbins featured Kate, her brother comedian Ted Robbins and sisters Amy Robbins, Jane Robbins and Emma Robbins, the latter now best known as one of the singers with The Sheilas.

She featured in the original series of Dead Ringers on BBC Radio 4 in 2000. Robbins also provided the English language dubbing for the many semi-nude Europeans, featured on the Channel 4 series Eurotrash and, in 2006, made two appearances on the BBC Radio 4 programme Just a Minute.

Robbins has recently taken to acting in feature films. She was named Best Supporting Actress at the Angel Awards of the Monaco International Film Festival, for her role as Kathleen in the low-budget British film, Fated. She has been cast in the comedy film Lunchbox as a man-hungry teacher called Suzanne. She is also the co-founder of Snowfall Films, together with Suzanne Lyons.

Robbins appeared in two episodes of the BBC Television comedy series dinnerladies, playing the character 'Babs' a friend of 'Petula Gordino' played by Julie Walters. The sitcom was written by Victoria Wood. Robbins later appeared with Wood in the BBC TV special Victoria Wood with All The Trimmings.

Robbins is separated from the composer Keith Atack, her husband of nineteen years, by whom she has three children.

She can also be heard as a voice-over artist on many commercials. She also recorded the Capital Radio jingle package in 1982 for Sue Manning Productions.

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