Published on February 20th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley
Tate Changes Direction?
Could former Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate be about to quit acting for a move into the director’s chair? Following a attempt at overseeing the action and pulling it all together rather than being the focus, the Donna Noble actress has spoken about an upcoming project as well as an imbalance of casting opportunities in comedy.
It’s quite clear why Tate might be thinking about stepping behind the cameras – she enjoys it and the process allows her more control.
â€œI directed for the first time at Christmas, a short film for TV. I would like to do more. I have got a project but I donâ€™t know whatâ€™s happening with that.â€
Her recent appearance in the Jack Black movie Gulliver’s Travels seems to have been more frustrating than expected for the actress and writer, who found that
“…thereâ€™s a lot of stopping and starting and for someone like me not to have anything to do with the creative processes was difficult because Iâ€™m bossy.â€
Meanwhile hard-working Catherine – a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama in London – finds that there are problems for talented newcomers in comedy who weren’t fortunate enough to go to Cambridge.
â€œThere are good actors who have trained and good actors who havenâ€™t trained, bad actors that havenâ€™t trained and bad actors that have trained. Most of the jobs go to people from Cambridge â€“ in comedy anyway.â€
Catherine can soon be seen in Much Ado About Nothing with her former Doctor Who star David Tennant.