Cathryn Bradshaw

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Cathryn Bradshaw
Born Cathryn Ann Bradshaw
13 January 1964
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present

Mark Strong (divorced)

Charlie Newman

Cathryn Bradshaw (born in Blackpool) is an English actress, perhaps best known for her role in Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.


Cathryn Bradshaw was born in Blackpool in 1964 and brought up in Lancashire, England. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, alongside Louise Plowright and Mark Strong, and graduated in 1987.[1] She married actor Mark Strong in Lancashire in 1989 but the marriage ended in divorce after only a few years.


Bradshaw's first television role came in 1988 when she played the Princess in an episode of The Storyteller. The following year she appeared in an episide of Inspector Morse and also in the 1989 comedy musical film, Bert Rigby, You're a Fool alngside Robert Lindsay and Robbie Coltrane.

Then in 1990 she played Melanie in the acclaimed BBC television drama Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit opposite Charlotte Coleman. She also appeared in four episodes of the ITV crime drama Chancer. She made a number of television appearances throughout the 1990s,.[2] In 1996, Bradshaw appeared at the National Theatre in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, and from 1997 to 1999 she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company[citation needed] She has also appeared in Down to Earth and Midsomer Murders.[2]

In 2003 she played Paula in romantic drama film, The Mother opposite Daniel Craig. And in 2004 she played Mary Webb in the BBC musical drama Blackpool.[2]

She appeared in two films in 2006. Firstly, the romantic comedy Venus, as Jillian, which starred Peter O'Toole and won two awards and received sixteen further nominations. She also appeared in the psychological thriller Like Minds as Helen Colbie. She played Margaret Littlefair in the satirical black comedy television series Suburban Shootout which aired on Five and Paramount Comedy in the United Kingdom. In 2007 she appeared in an episode of the BBC sitcom Lead Balloon.[2] Cathryn has worked extensively in theatre. Cathryn lives in Dorset with her husband Charlie Newman.



Year Title Role
1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Laurel Pennington
2003 The Mother Paula
2006 Venus Jillian
2006 Like Minds Helen Colbie


Year Title Role
1988 The Storyteller Princess
1989 Inspector Morse Janice
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Melanie
1990 Chancer Sonya Morris
1990 Portrait of a Marriage Chambermaid
1991 Boon Meia
1991 Casualty Monica Larwood
1992 Agatha Christie's Poirot Mary Drower
1993 Black Daisies for the Bride Young Kathleen
1993 Frank Stubbs Promotes Joanne
1995 The Bill Anna Fox
1999 People Like Us
2000 The Tree with the Golden Apples Marieke (voice)
2003 Down to Earth Jude
2004 Midsomer Murders Anne Marr
2004 Peep Show Dance class leader
2004 Blackpool Mary Webb
2005 The Last Detective Vicky Kingwell
2005 The Golden Hour Beth Stanley
2005 Look at Me I'm Beautiful Emma Westerly
2006–2007 Suburban Shootout Margaret Littlefair
2007 Lead Balloon Sheryl
2009 Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Various roles


  1. ^ "The Ridings Arts Centre and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School". The Ridings Arts Centre. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Cathryn Bradshaw". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 November 2008. 

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