Catherine was born in 1969 to a Irish
mother and Welsh father. She has two brothers. She started singing and
dancing at the age of 4 and was a member of a local church drama group.
At age 10 she starred in the play Annie and was featured in a theatrical
production of Bugsy Malone.
In 1983 her on-stage career really began to take off. While performing
in a musical featuring Monkees star Mickey Dolenz she impressed the
show's producers so much that they offered her the lead part in the
London production of The Pyjama Game. She moved to London full time in
1984 and later won a roll in the musical 42nd Street. Originally cast as
the 2nd understudy to the lead actress, good fortune gave her the chance
to play the character on-stage. Once again her talents impressed the
producer so much that she began playing the lead 8 shows a week.
In 1990, when the 3 year run of 42nd street ended, she moved to France.
It was here that she made her film debut in Philip de Broca's 'Scheherazade'.
She moved back to Britain the following year to take up an offer of a
part in the TV series 'The Darling Buds of May'. The comedy-drama series
was an enormous success and threw Catherine into the limelight as never
before. Although the show only produced 12 episodes over a 3 year run
the media attention Catherine faced was so extreme that it was one of
the main reasons she left Britain for L.A. The move also coincided with
the release of her first Hollywood movie, The Phantom. Although the film
was not a great success Catherine continued to work in the States and
had a part in the TV mini-series Titanic. It was her performance here
which caught the eye of executive producer Steven Spielberg. Spielberg
asked to meet with her and then took her to Mexico to screen test for
the movie The Mask of Zorro. She won the part and the movie went on to
be a great success.
Date of Birth
- 25 September 1969
- Swansea, Wales, UK
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