Best Quotes from Catherine Tate

Nothing prompts creativity like poverty, a feeling of hopelessness, and a bit of panic.

Catherine Tate

Putting TV stars in plays just to get people in is wrong. You have to have the right people in the right parts. Stunt casting and being gimmicky does the theatre a great disservice. You have to lure people by getting them excited about a theatrical experience.

Catherine Tate

Don’t take criticism personally; take from it what’s useful. Apply it and move on to something better.

Catherine Tate

I went from an unemployed actor’s life to doing stand-up comedy, and that was fortuitous. It’s not the usual way the crow flies, going from being in a TV sketch show to playing one of Shakespeare’s finest characters, but, hey, that’s the way it has happened.

Catherine Tate

I’m naturally quite lazy, and I actually think I’m lax about my career. None of my work defines who I am.

Catherine Tate

Nothing is ever going to be as important or as exciting as a baby. Everyone has their highs and lows, but if you’ve got that one constant in your life – in my case, a baby – the highs are never going to be as big, and the lows are never going to be as bad.

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By a lot of people’s standards, I lived a very privileged life. I never wanted for attention, I never wanted for material things. In some ways, I was probably spoiled because I never had to share. And I was doted on.

Catherine Tate

I used to go red when anybody spoke to me. It’s awful because you absolutely cannot control it. If you are a child that blushes, or is shy, the one thing you want in the world is to be the child who comes in and says, ‘Hi,’ to everyone and goes up and makes friends.

Catherine Tate

Because I was a shy and awkward child, I used humour to deflect attention. It was a controlling mechanism. Because I could use it to control my image.

Catherine Tate

When I realised I had a facility for humour, I latched on to it, and it gave me confidence and I built my personality around it. So I subconsciously made myself become the funny one so that would be my label rather than the ginger one or the red-faced one.

Catherine Tate

I’m not frightened of a bit of silence.

Catherine Tate

I will absolutely say that whatever job I was asked to do, whatever schedule I was asked to work, it is never going to be as hard as looking after a child.

Catherine Tate

I’ve realised I need a gnawing, nagging, anxious doubt when I wake at 4 A.M.

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Although I was a shy child, I was also a bit flamboyant.

Catherine Tate

I realised that if you get yourself labeled as the funny one, people don’t look any further. I’ve used that as I’ve got older. It’s controlling: I decide what part of my personality you’re seeing. I don’t want you to look at me, I really don’t. I don’t want you to comment on my clothes, my hair or the way I look.

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I’m an incredibly negative person, so any form of success is only ever going to be a relief to me and set my default position back to neutral.

Catherine Tate

It’s never been a point of reference to look to a man. It’s not always a good thing, I suppose, but I think independence is always preferable to dependence.

Catherine Tate

That’s the poisoned chalice: when you’re shy, people assume you’re arrogant.

Catherine Tate

I tried four times to get into the Central School of Speech and Drama before I got accepted. I started when I was 17, which was too young, in retrospect, and finally went when I was 21. I just kept plugging away. Determined? Yeah, I think I was.

Catherine Tate

I don’t know why, but people tend to look at stand-ups and think they can act, which actually isn’t the case. But never mind. I thought: if that’s the area where they’re looking, then that’s the area where I’ll put myself – even as a means to an end. And it was.

Catherine Tate

I was not a ‘Doctor Who’ fan. As a kid, I thought it was scary and for boys.

Catherine Tate

There’s no game plan when it comes to thinking up new characters; inspiration can come from anything – from a wig I’ve seen to an expression I’ve heard someone use.

Catherine Tate

I like doing both TV and live stuff, though it’s nice to mix it up.

Catherine Tate

If I hadn’t had a baby, a part of me thinks I might have turned up on the red carpets all the time and gone, ‘Hi, it’s me!’ Maybe other people do it because they haven’t got kids and they’ve nowhere else to be. But because I have, I don’t feel like that.

Catherine Tate

My mum left my dad when I was six months old, so I don’t know him at all. I had no male figures in my life, really. I had my godfather, but he’s more like a grandfather, so I was quite sheltered. I’ve never tried to find my father.

Catherine Tate

I’ve never really thought I’d get married. It’s not that I’m suspicious of it or anything like that, it’s just that I don’t have a reference for it because my mum wasn’t.

Catherine Tate

How nice it would be to breeze through life and just brush things off. I never read reviews because I hate to lose more than I like to win; I experience negative emotions far greater than positive ones.

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At my core, the glass isn’t half-empty – it’s not even what I ordered in the first place.

Catherine Tate

Any degree of success or achievement for me is only ever a relief. My version of getting carried away is: ‘Mmm, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.’

Catherine Tate

I don’t like tea! Never have, never drunk it.

Catherine Tate

Writing comedy is an exposing thing because you’re putting yourself on the line with every joke you write, and although you can’t second-guess an audience, if you want to be successful, you have to write stuff people like.

Catherine Tate

‘Writing’ always means ‘not writing’ to me because I will do anything to put it off. I think this is mainly because writing anything down and then handing it over to a third party – especially in comedy – is such an exposing act that you naturally want to delay the process.

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Few things focus the mind like fear.

Catherine Tate

No one got anywhere by being too scared to open their mouth in case nobody laughed.

Catherine Tate