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Kate Williams (actress)

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Kate Williams
Born1941 (age 76–77)
London, England, UK
Years active1960s–Present

Kate Williams (born 1941 in London, England, UK) is an English actress from London who trained at London's East 15 Acting School.

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Chrissy Metz has gained worldwide fame since starring in This Is Us as Kate Pearson, a 30-something struggling with her body image. Since the series' debut in 2016, the character has been a fan-favorite that many viewers have found incredibly relatable. "Here I am a 37 year old woman and you still make me feel like a stupid, fat little kid." But to achieve her on-screen success, the actress had to suffer through a string of real-life tragedies. From family drama and heartbreaking issues related to her weight, to a failed marriage and financial strain, Metz has gone through a lot over the years. But it's all made her into the stunningly inspirational woman she is today. Here's her real life story. An absent father When Metz was just 8 years old, her father, Mark, reportedly left her and her mother, according to the Daily Mail. In January 2018, Metz revealed to People that she touches on her relationship with her father, in her memoir, This Is Me. She said, "There is a chapter about our lack of relationship and trying to establish one. But [I realized] that you can only hope that people will want to have a relationship with you." She told Today that she's not currently in touch with her father, saying, "I would love to have a relationship him. He's really a great guy, but just because he's my father doesn't mean I have to have a relationship with him." "You tried." An abusive stepfather After Metz's parents split, her mother eventually married Crayton Hodge, a man Metz called "Trigger." While Trigger was reportedly loving to his biological children, he kept Metz at a distance, allegedly criticizing her weight at every turn. Metz wrote in her memoir, "My body seemed to offend him, but he couldn't help but stare, especially when I was eating." Metz — who grew up poor — attributed her eating habits to her family's previous lack of food. She explained, "We had lived with a lack of food for so long that when it was there, I felt like I had to eat it before it disappeared. [...] Food was my only happiness." Unfortunately, Trigger's alleged behavior went beyond hurtful stares. In her book, Metz claimed he physically harmed her, writing, "[Trigger] never punched my face. Just my body, the thing that offended him so much. He shoved me, slapped me, punched my arm. He would hit me if he thought I looked at him wrong. I remember being on the kitchen floor after he knocked me over, and I was begging to know what I did. He just shoved me hard with his foot." According to Metz, Trigger was emotionally abusive, as well, claiming that when she was 14 years old, he started making her weigh herself in front of him. She wrote, "He'd get the scale from the bathroom and clang it hard on the kitchen floor. 'Well, get on the damn thing!' Trigger would yell. 'This is what you need to know.'" Her failed marriage Before she gained celebrity status on This Is Us, Metz endured a tough divorce. She married British screenwriter Martyn Eaden, but, according to Radar Online, after five years of marriage, the couple called it quits in 2013. "Just because we got married, doesn't mean that we had to be miserable, trying to fix it, if it just wasn't. Either you grow together, or you grow apart." Eaden reportedly filed for divorce in November 2014, citing "irreconcilable differences," but Metz allegedly didn't respond to the court filing. Instead, the actress is said to have ignored the filing altogether. It was then that Eaden asked the court to declare that his divorce was uncontested — and in December 2015, the split became official. "I know what I want, now and there's no reason to settle for anything less." Broke before the big bucks Metz revealed to Glamour in 2017 that she was broke before she snagged the gig on This Is Us. Despite having booked a recurring role as Ima "Barbara" Wiggles in American Horror Story's fourth season, she couldn't find much work in Hollywood. She said, "I kept auditioning, with no savings and no money, credit card debt gaining interest. I went on unemployment. I bought ramen noodles at dollar stores." Recalling her financial situation before This Is Us, Metz told Jimmy Fallon, "You had 81 cents in your bank account?" "81 cents when I booked the show." Since raking in some serious cash with her acting career, Metz has since paid back all her debts. Losing her close friend While Metz has famously coped with the loss of her TV father on the small screen, the actress also grieved the passing of a loved one in real life. During an appearance on E!'s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, Metz revealed that the life of one of her friends had been cut short, and was under investigation. "It's basically a feeling of it's not fair that my life's taken from me, when it is." "That's exactly right" According to Henry, Metz will find peace after the loss of her friend. He said, "When he came through, there was this feeling of understanding [...] And I think justice will be served. I think there will be closure to this." Learning to love herself Despite the hardships, Metz has been able to move on with her life, and look toward to the future. She told People, "I've found a lot of freedom in speaking my truth. [...] I think the past two years of my life have been so well-received because [the way I play Kate Pearson] and the way that I try to live my life is through vulnerability." Metz is also happy to be able to portray a woman of her size on the small screen, telling Glamour, "It seems so silly that it's taken this long, but people are finally getting to see themselves through these beautiful projects." Thanks for watching! Click the Nicki Swift icon to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Plus check out all this cool stuff we know you'll love, too!

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Biography

She remains best known for three television roles: Joan Booth in the 1970s sitcom Love Thy Neighbour; Teresa in the 1971 BBC play Edna, the Inebriate Woman; and Audrey Withey in the crime drama Widows (1983). She reprised the role of Audrey in both Widows 2 (1985), and in the "ten years later" sequel She's Out (1995). Kate Williams and Ann Mitchell, as Dolly Rawlins, were the only members of the original Widows cast to return. In addition to her appearance in Holiday on the Buses where she played the Holiday Camp nurse, she had previously appeared as Wendy, a brassy conductress, in the fourth episode of the fourth television series On the Buses, the episode entitled The Other Woman.

Williams also starred in the film version of Love Thy Neighbour (1973), and played Mrs Perkins in the film Melody (1971). Her other film credits include: Poor Cow (1967), Till Death Us Do Part (1969), Holiday on the Buses (1973), What's Up Nurse! (1977), Quadrophenia (1979), Party Party (1983) and Little Dorrit (1987).

Guest roles on TV include: Dixon of Dock Green, On the Buses, Please Sir!, Minder, The Gentle Touch, Just Good Friends, C.A.T.S. Eyes, Only Fools and Horses, May to December, Murder Most Horrid, Lovejoy,Doctor At Large, Born and Bred, and The Bill.

More recently, she was a regular cast member of the Channel 5 soap opera Family Affairs as Myra Costello. Williams also appeared in the BBC's popular soap opera EastEnders in 2006 playing Liz Turner. Williams returned as a regular character in 2009, reuniting her with her Love Thy Neighbour co-Star Rudolph Walker. In 2010, it was announced that the character of Liz Turner was to be axed.[1] Williams was last seen in the role in August 2010.

In January 2016, Kate played the role of Sharon and Tracey's 'Auntie' Vera on Birds of a Feather.

Direction

Williams is currently a teacher and director on the Acting degree course at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in Clapham. She directed the 2009 graduating acting students in Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay.

She directed the 2011 Italia Conti BA (Hons) Actors in Roy Williams's play, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads. This ran at the school's own Avondale Theatre from 25 May 2011 to 28 May 2011. She also directed the 2012 graduates in J. B. Priestley's When We Are Married and in 2013, she directed the 2013 graduates in Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business.

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