Kate Saunders

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Kate Saunders (born 1960) is an English author, actress and journalist. The daughter of the early public relations advocate Basil Saunders[1] and his journalist wife Betty (née Smith),[2] Saunders has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, She and Cosmopolitan.[3]

She has also been a regular contributor to radio and television, with appearances on the Radio 4 programmes Woman's Hour, Start the Week and Kaleidoscope.[4] She was, with Sandi Toksvig, a guest on the first episode of the long-running news quiz programme Have I Got News for You.[5]

Saunders has also written multiple books for children and for adults.


She has written many books, such as "The Wild Young Bohemians" and also co-wrote Catholics and Sex (1992) with Peter Stanford[6] which resulted in Stanford's being forced to resign as Editor of the UK's Catholic Herald[7][8] Saunders and Stanford later presented a television series based on the book on Channel 4.[9]

Saunders is also an actress, appearing as a policewoman dated by Rodney Trotter in an episode of Only Fools and Horses in 1982.[10]


  1. ^ Tim Traverse-Healy Obituary:Basil Saunders, The Independent, 19 June 1998
  2. ^ Andrew Brown Obituary: Betty Saunders, The Independent, 9 April 1997
  3. ^ Author Spotlight at Random House
  4. ^ author profile at Random House
  5. ^ HIGNFY – episode 1/1 at Comedy.Co.UK
  6. ^ Cardinal Hume and the Changing Face of English Catholicism, by Peter Stanford
  7. ^ Hebblethwaite, Peter (26 February 1993). "Lorenzo's sister edits Catholic paper". National Catholic Reporter. 
  8. ^ Saunders, Kate; Stanford, Peter (1992). Catholics and Sex: From Purity to Perdition. London: William Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-67246-7. 
  9. ^ "Stanford, Peter". AP Watt. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  10. ^ Aled Jones with Good Morning Sunday, 06/12/2009 at the BBC