Catherine Steadman

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Catherine Steadman
Born (1987-02-08) 8 February 1987 (age 33)
OccupationActress and author
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Ross Armstrong[1]

Catherine Steadman (born 8 February 1987) is an English actress and author, best known for playing Mabel Lane Fox in series 5 (2014) of ITV drama Downton Abbey. Her debut novel, the psychological thriller, Something in the Water was published in June 2018 by Simon & Schuster UK and Penguin Random House USA.[2][3]


Steadman trained at the Oxford School of Drama[4] and made her screen debut playing Julia Bertram in the ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park opposite Billie Piper, James D'arcy, Rory Kinnear and Michelle Ryan.[5] Since then she has appeared in television dramas such as the CBC/Showtime co-production The Tudors playing Joan Bulmer, Holby City, Law & Order: UK, Missing, Lewis, Quirke alongside Gabriel Byrne, Fearless opposite Helen McCrory, and Victoria. Most notably she played Nurse Wilson in the ITV drama Breathless, Maggie Lewis in Tutankhamun and Mabel Lane Fox in the 5th series of Downton Abbey. She has also appeared in several comedy series such as The Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat, Trying Again and Bucket.

On stage she has appeared in the West End in shows such as Polly Stenham's award winning That Face opposite Matt Smith and Felicity Jones, which was nominated for a special cast Olivier Award,[6] the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Oppenheimer, opposite John Heffernan, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and she played the titular role in the West-end revival of Witness for the Prosecution, opposite David Yelland, which was nominated for a 2018 Laurence Olivier Award for best revival.

She can also be seen in the films Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Richard Curtis About Time, Dust, Princess Kaiulani, Astral, and Outpost: Black Sun.


Film and television roles
Year Film Role Notes
2006 The Bill Jessica Bentham ITV
2007 Mansfield Park Julia Bertram ITV
Hippie Hippie Shake Petra Working Title Films
Holby City Anna Richards BBC
2009 Dust Elodie Independent Film
Princess Kaiulani Miss Barnes Matador Films
The Inbetweeners Daisy E4 (Episode: "The Duke of Edinburgh Awards")
The Tudors Joan Bulmer Season 4
Missing Helen Harper BBC
Law & Order: UK Joanne Ellis ITV
2010 An Old Fashioned Christmas Matilda Bassett Hallmark
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Ashley BBC Films
2011 Outpost 2: Black Sun Lena Lionsgate
Once & For All Woman Music video
2012 Lewis Polly Beatty ITV
The Lost Buoys Daughter Music video
About Time Tina Working Title Films
2013 Quirke Claire Stafford BBC
Fresh Meat Alison Channel 4
Breathless Angela Wilson ITV
2014 Trying Again Kate Sky
Downton Abbey Mabel Lane Fox ITV
2015 Tutankhamun Maggie Lewis ITV
2016 Midsomer Murders Corina Craven ITV episode 19.1 "The Village That Rose from the Dead"
2017 Fearless Dr Karen Buxton ITV
Bucket Gemma BBC4
Victoria Mrs. Forbes ITV
2018 Astral Claire Harmann
2019 The Rook Eliza Gestalt Main role; 8 episode miniseries


  • Steadman, Catherine (2018). Something in the water: a novel. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 9781524797188.


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