The people who wrote the traditional astrological textbooks had some very strong ideas about the key characteristics of each sign. They were so keen to describe and communicate these that they sometimes gave the misleading impression that these were the only attributes. Everyone, for example, talks about Cancerian tenderness. Or Piscean sensitivity. So is that supposed to mean that we should never expect to find such gentle qualities within the heart of a Taurean? This week, your softer side steps delightfully forward.
Happy Birthday Catherine Tate: click on photo to see more images
Born Catherine Ford, the actress was raised by her mother Josephine, a florist, after Catherine’s father left very early on in her life.
After studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London Catherine went on to play various roles in theatre plays including The Way of the World and The Prince’s Way before landing a role on TV programme The Big Train in 1998.
Following some years on comedy sketch shows the red headed beauty was offered her own show on BBC2; The Catherine Tate Show which ran from 2004 until 2009.
From there Catherine went on to explore the world of film and has played roles in several highly acclaimed movies including Gulliver’s Travels and Monte Carlo. However Catherine hasn’t deserted TV altogether and still stars in Big School as well as Catherine Tate’s Nan – in which she plays grandmother Joannie Taylor who is famous for constantly swearing and criticising other people.
Catherine has a ten-year-old daughter from her former partner Twig Clark but her love life was thrust into the media limelight when it was discovered that the funnywoman was dating singer Jason Orange from Take That. The couple dated in secret for months but soon split up following their romance being made public.
Not long after her split from Jason in January 2012 Catherine met TV presenter Adrian Chiles and the pair began dating. However after a year and a half together the couple called in quits in December 2013, citing heavy workloads for the reason behind the break-up.