Kate Williams (actress)
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Kate Williams (born 1941 in London, England, UK) is an English actress from London who trained at London's East 15 Acting School. She has appeared in TV programmes such as Love Thy Neighbour and Birds of a Feather. Between 2006 and 2010 she appeared in EastEnders as Denise Fox's ex mother-in-law Liz Turner. In 2017 she appeared in Call The Midwife as Ivy Jackson, Mother to Down Syndrome sufferer Reggie.
Williams remains best known for three television roles: Joan Booth in the 1970s sitcom Love Thy Neighbour; Teresa in the 1971 BBC play Edna, the Inebriate Woman; and Audrey Withey in the crime drama Widows (1983). She reprised the role of Audrey in both Widows 2 (1985), and in the "ten years later" sequel She's Out (1995). Kate Williams and Ann Mitchell, as Dolly Rawlins, were the only members of the original Widows cast to return. In addition to her appearance in Holiday on the Buses where she played the Holiday Camp nurse, she had previously appeared as Wendy, a brassy conductress, in the fourth episode of the fourth television series On the Buses, the episode entitled The Other Woman.
Williams also starred in the film version of Love Thy Neighbour (1973), and played Mrs Perkins in the film Melody (1971). Her other film credits include: Poor Cow (1967), Till Death Us Do Part (1969), Holiday on the Buses (1973), What's Up Nurse! (1977), Quadrophenia (1979), Party Party (1983) and Little Dorrit (1987).
Guest roles on TV include: Dixon of Dock Green, On the Buses, Please Sir!, Minder, The Gentle Touch, Just Good Friends, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Only Fools and Horses, May to December, Murder Most Horrid, Lovejoy,Doctor At Large, Born and Bred, and The Bill.
More recently, she was a regular cast member of the Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs as Myra Costello. Williams also appeared in the BBC's popular soap opera EastEnders in 2006 playing Liz Turner. Williams returned as a regular character in 2009, reuniting her with her Love Thy Neighbour co-Star Rudolph Walker. In 2010, it was announced that the character of Liz Turner was to be axed. Williams was last seen in the role in August 2010.
In January 2016, Kate played the role of Sharon and Tracey's 'Auntie' Vera on Birds of a Feather.
Williams is currently a teacher and director on the Acting degree course at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Clapham. Williams directed the 2009 graduating acting students in Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay.
Williams directed the 2011 Italia Conti BA (Hons) Actors in Roy Williams's play, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads. This ran at the school's own Avondale Theatre from 25 May 2011 to 28 May 2011. She also directed the 2012 graduates in J. B. Priestley's When We Are Married and in 2013, she directed the 2013 graduates in Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business.
- "EastEnders to axe six popular characters". BBC News. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2010.