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Birthday: Jan 05, 1959
Place of Birth: West Ham, London, England, UK

Kate Duchêne

Kate Duchêne (born Catherine Anne Purves Duchêne, 5 July 1959) is an English actress best known for her role as the teacher Miss Hardbroom in the adaptation of the children's books The Worst Witch. Duchêne started to act at the age of 14. She studied French and Spanish at Trinity College, Cambridge in the 1980s, where she became a member of the Footlights theatre group, writing and performing her own material. She also acted with the Cambridge Mummers, appearing in such plays as Measure For Measure (as Isabella) in Cambridge and the Edinburgh Fringe. In the 1980s she joined the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, appearing in the premiere productions of Losing Venice and The White Rose. Since 2000 she has appeared frequently at the National Theatre in London, frequently working with director Katie Mitchell. She briefly went to Spain, teaching English to children, and returned in 1986. Duchêne is best known for her work as Miss Constance Hardbroom, the strict "deputy head and potions teacher" on the popular TV series The Worst Witch. She stayed with the programme for its three-year run, and appeared in the first episode of its 2001 spinoff Weirdsister College but did not return for the second spinoff, The New Worst Witch (2005–2006). Later projects included Afterlife, a paranormal drama series, and extensive theatre work. Radio From October 1987 to July 1991, Duchêne played Alex Parker in BBC Radio 4's drama series Citizens. In 2013 she guest-starred in the final Series 4 episode of Cabin Pressure, playing a captain in the service of a Zurich-based airline. Duchêne spent her infancy in France, and was brought back to England permanently in 1962, residing in the seaside town of Brighton. Her partner is Robert Hickson. As of 2010, they have 2 children. Source: Article "Kate Duchêne" from Wikipedia in English, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Filmography
Movie Cast Year
An Education Latin Teacher 2009
All Good Children Lynne 2010
National Theatre Live: Everyman God / Good Deeds 2015
Henry VIII - Live at Shakespeare's Globe Queen Katherine 2010
National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler Juliana 2017
The Tall Guy Old Girlfriend 1989
Roxane Wendy 2019
National Theatre Live: Henry V Exeter / Constable of France 2022
Monsieur N. Madame Balcombe 2003
Series Cast Year
The Worst Witch 1998
Afterlife Barbara Sinyard 2005
The Worst Witch Miss Constance Hardbroom 1998
Midsomer Murders Jane Bennett 1997
Peak Practice Jenny Ryan 1993
Avenue 5 Curtis 2020
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