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Kate Hardie
Born 26 April 1969 (1969-04-26) (age 40)
Spouse(s) Rankin Waddell (div) 1xson

Kate Hardie (born 26 April 1969) is a British actress, who found success appearing 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]



Not formally trained, she auditioned for her first role, in the film 1982 Runners (written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Charles Sturridge), at the age of 14, only telling her parents she had done so when she got the part. She went on to appear in numerous films, including Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa, Cry Freedom,The Krays, and Croupier.[2]

On television there were roles in The Men's Room, Safe 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 screenwriting at the National Film and Television School.[3], writing the short film King of London. She subsequently wrote two plays in Channel 4's Coming Up series, Imprints (2007) and Little Bill Um (2008), the latter also being her directoral debut.

In 2009 she appeared in the BBC drama Criminal Justice.

Personal life

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


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