Katy Cavanagh

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Katy Cavanagh
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Cavanagh at the 2010 Inside Soap Awards.
Born Kathryn Sarah Collins
(1973-12-12) 12 December 1973 (age 43)
North Shields, Northumberland, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Chris Jupe
Children 3

Kathryn Sarah Collins (born 12 December 1973), better known as Katy Cavanagh, is an English actress. She is known for playing the role of Julie Carp in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2008 to 2015. She also had regular roles in BBC drama The Cops (1998–2001), and the ITV drama Bob & Rose (2001).

Early life[edit]

Cavanagh was born in North Shields, Northumberland, and grew up in Bolton, Greater Manchester. She was educated at Canon Slade School and trained at RADA and National Youth Theatre.[1]


Cavanagh has appeared regularly on British television since 1997. She had a regular role as Mel in the award-winning seriesThe Cops from 1998 to 2001. In 2004, she had a regular role as Sergeant Dawn "Spike" Milligan in the television series Dalziel and Pascoe. In 2006, she appeared in an episode of the Channel 4 drama Shameless as Shirley Lawson. In 2008, she joined the ITV soap opera Coronation Street as Julie Carp.

Cavanagh appeared in a stage adaptation of the serial, entitled Coronation Street: Street of Dreams in May 2012. Cavanagh filled the pivotal role of the "Angel of the North"; who guided Paul O'Grady through fifty years of storylines. Cavanagh said that the prospect of playing Julie on stage was "very exciting".

In 2013, she appeared in the short film Bradford Halifax London as Mam.

Since late 2013, she has voiced the advertisements for British supermarket chain Iceland.

In February 2015, it was announced that she would leave Coronation Street in order to pursue other interests. Her final episode aired on 3 July 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Cavanagh is married to filmmaker and producer Chris Jupe. They have three children: Noah (born c. 2004), Jemima (born c. 2007), and Jacobi (born 2013).[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wycliffe Mrs. Vassie Episode: "Strangers Home"
1997 A Dance to the Music of Time Billson Episode: "The Thirties"
1998 Sex 'n' Death Ruby Television film
1998–2001 The Cops Mel 24 episodes
2000 Holby City Lucy Harper 2 episodes
2000 The Bill Leanne Gibbs Episode: "Nightwork"
2000 A Likeness in Stone Cathy Television film
2000 Peak Practice Lynee Rhodes Episode: "Hit and Run"
2000 Blue Kenny Tania Barrett Short film
2001 Where the Heart Is Sally Merrick Episode: "Choices"
2001 Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise Sheila Television film
2001 Ice Cool Reception Nikki Short film
2001 Bob & Rose Anita Kendrick 6 episodes
2001 Judge John Deed Monika Latymer Episode: "Appropriate Response"
2002 Ted and Alice Joy
2003 Rehab Sam Television film
2003 Burn It Kelly 2 episodes
2004 A Line in the Sand Leanne Television film
2004 The Golden Hour Una Campbell 1 episode
2005, 2006 Bodies Harriet Hurley 3 episodes
2006 Shameless Shirley Lawson 1 episode
2006 The Royal Carol Buxton Episode: "Seeking Refuge"
2006 The Family Man Tina Television film
2006 Cracker Helen Television film
2006 The Bill Maria Clyne Episode: "436"
2007 The Street Tracy 1 episode
2007 Blue Murder Geraldine Pettigrew Episode: "Crisis Management"
2008 The Bill Linda Johnson 2 episodes
2008 Wired DS Stuart 2 episodes
2008–2015 Coronation Street Julie Carp
2013 Bradford Halifax London Mam Short film
2014 Text Santa Julie Carp Coronation Street Special
2016 Birds of a Feather Lorraine Howe One episode


  1. ^ "Katy Cavanagh leads Coronation Street stars to victory over Emmerdale in netball tournament", Bolton News, fetched 1 December 2015. Theboltonnews.co.uk (24 September 2013). Retrieved on 2017-02-14.
  2. ^ Daniels, Colin. (14 July 2013) 'Coronation Street's Katy Cavanagh welcomes third child. Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved on 2017-02-14.

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