Kate Hardie

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Kate Hardie
Born Kate Oddie
(1969-04-26) 26 April 1969 (age 47)
Years active Actress
Spouse(s) Rankin Waddell (divorced)
Children 1

Kate Hardie (born Kate Oddie; 26 April 1969) is an English actress, who has appeared in a number of film and television roles.


Hardie's stage name is derived from those of both her parents: Jean Hart and comedian turned naturalist Bill Oddie.[1]


With no formal training, she auditioned for her first role, in the 1983 film Runners (written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Charles Sturridge), at the age of 14, telling her parents she had done so only when she got the part. She went on to appear in numerous films, including Revolution (1985), Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa (1986), Cry Freedom (1987), The Krays (1990), Jack and Sarah (1995), and Croupier (1998).[2]

On television her roles include The Men's Room, Safe in which she was nominated for the RTS best TV performer, and Beyond Reason. She spent five months in Hollywood, before returning to the UK to play her most notable role in playing student nurse Karen O'Malley in the BBC drama series Casualty. In 1998, she starred in Croupier.[2]

In 2006 she graduated in screen writing at the National Film and Television School.[3] She wrote the short film King of London during her time there. She subsequently wrote two plays in Channel 4's Coming Up series, Imprints (2007) and Little Bill Um (2008), the latter also being her directorial debut. In 2011 she wrote and directed a short film called Shoot Me starring Claire Skinner and Paul Andrew Williams and produced by Rankin.

In 2009 she appeared in the BBC drama Criminal Justice.

Personal life[edit]

Hardie left school and home in Hampstead, North London to live with a boy when she was 14. She later lived with actor Dorian Healy for six years. She met well-known portrait and fashion photographer Rankin Waddell on a photo shoot, and married him in 1995. After their son was born, she moved in with fellow actor David Thewlis, and divorced Waddell in 1998.[2] Her relationship with Thewlis subsequently ended.


  1. ^ "Kate Hardie". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Waterman, Ivan (1999-05-23). "The Interview: I learnt a lot from mum and dad's break-up". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  3. ^ National Film and Television School: Latest Graduates

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