Kate Fitzpatrick

Kerry Kathleen "Kate" Fitzpatrick (born 1 October 1947) is an Australian television, film, and theatre actress.

Kate Fitzpatrick
Kerry Kathleen Fitzpatrick[1]

(1947-10-01) 1 October 1947
Nedlands, Perth, Western Australia
Years active1967–present

Early years

Kate grew up in the Adelaide suburb of Dover Gardens, and it was in Adelaide that her love for classical music, art and cricket developed. A highlight of her early years was being selected by Jeffrey Smart ("Phidias" of the Argonauts Club) for a travelling art scholarship to Japan. At the age of 18 she was accepted as a drama student by NIDA and moved to Sydney.[2]


Theatre roles include The Lady of the Camellias, Hamlet, Celluloid Heroes, The Ride Across Lake Constance, Shadows of Blood, Rooted, Kennedy's Children. With the Old Tote Theatre Company she acted in The Legend of King O'Malley, The Season at Sarsparilla, The Misanthrope, The Threepenny Opera, and Big Toys by Patrick White, who wrote the play for Fitzpatrick. She acted in Visions for the Paris Theatre Company, and in The Recruiting Officer for the Melbourne Theatre Company. She played Magenta in the original Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show in 1974. Her latest appearance (May 2014) was with Sydney's Ensemble Theatre in the David Williamson play Cruise Control.

Fitzpatrick's film roles included appearances in Homesdale (1971), The Office Picnic (1972), Promised Woman (1975), The Great Macarthy (1975), The Removalists (1975), The Night Nurse (1977), Goodbye Paradise (1983), The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) and A World Apart (1988). Her television series appearances include Serpent in the Rainbow, Birds in the Bush, Boney, Something in the Air, Scooter: Secret Agent, Blue Heelers, Marshall Law, Always Greener, and All Saints. In 2006, Fitzpatrick briefly joined the cast of soap opera Neighbours in the role of Loris Timmins. In 2009, Fitzpatrick appeared in Packed to the Rafters in a reprising guest role. In 2010, Fitzpatrick did a short film called Stay Awake and also appeared on Satisfaction.

In 1983, Fitzpatrick became the world's first female cricketing commentator on television, when she joined the Nine Network cricket commentating team, a gamble by Channel Nine to add a more female approach to the game and attract a larger audience. Allegedly, Fitzpatrick was not welcomed with open arms by the (until then) male bastion of cricket commentators, according to Angela Pippos.[3] Nine's tactical move, in placing a female in a cricket commentator role, was not successful and Fitzpatrick didn't return for the following season.

Fitzpatrick is a published author, essayist, and humourist whose work has appeared in numerous major newspapers and journals over the last 30 years. Fitzpatrick has also worked as a political speech writer during the 1990s.


She also has been awarded the Queen's "Silver Jubilee Medal" for services to the theatre on the Britannia and has recently completed an Arts degree from National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Personal life

Fitzpatrick has a son named Joe Fitzpatrick (Joseph Baillieu Albertini Fitzpatrick), with French architect José Albertini. Joe is well known in Sydney social circles.



Year Title Role Notes
1971 Homesdale Miss Greenoak
1972 The Office Picnic Mara
1975 Promised Woman Marge
1975 The Great MacArthy Andrea
1975 The Removalists Kate Mason
1976 Summer of Secrets Rachel
1983 Goodbye Paradise Mrs. McCreadie
1983 The Return of Captain Invincible Patty Patria
1987 The Perfectionist Su
1988 A World Apart June Abelson
1997 Heaven's Burning Gloria
1997 Emmerdale: The Dingles Down Under Sylvia Gibson Video
2017 Serving Joy Sue Short


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Rovers Connie Episode: "My Millions for a Meal"
1970, 1973, 1976 Homicide Rachel Hayes-Manning / Chris Green / Bunny Rogers Episodes: "Peter's Party", "The Adventurer", "Bunny"
1970–71, 1972 Division 4 Suzanne Potter / Elaine / Lorraine Hunt Episodes: "Marvels of Reproduction", "The Monkey Chased the Weasel", "Voice of the Gun"
1971 The Comedy Game Airy Fairy Episode: "Aunty Jack's Travelling Show"
1972 Behind the Legend Nellie Melba TV series
1972 The Virgin Fellas Michelle TV series
1973 Boney Const. Alice McGorr Main role (series 2)
1973 Serpent in the Rainbow Helen Quigg TV miniseries
1973 Certain Women Paula Coburn TV series
1976 Luke's Kingdom Emily Episode: "The Dam and the Damned"
1976 The Bushranger Jane TV film
1978 The Night Nurse Prudence Simpson TV film
1980 Players in the Gallery Kate Harris TV film
1982 Runaway Island Elene Costard TV film
1983 Skin Deep Maggie Peters TV film
1986 Call Me Mister Ingrid Episode: "Long Shot"
1986 The Three Musketeers Milady (voice) TV film
1996 Twisted Elizabeth Bishop Episode: "Directly from My Heart to You"
1998 Murder Call Madeleine Gault Episode: "Many Unhappy Returns"
1998 House Gang Astra Episode: "Ambition"
1998 Bullpitt! Helga Episode: "Too Many Teds"
1998, 2008 All Saints Natasha Reece / Margaret Coolage Episodes: "Heart to Heart", "When Tomorrow Comes"
1998-99 Ketchup: Cats Who Cook Madame Courgette (voice) Main role
1999 Dog's Head Bay Trish Fairweather Episode: "Fairweather Friends"
1999 The Lost World Garza Episode: "Creatures of the Dark"
1999 Mumbo Jumbo Dorothy TV film
2000–2002 Something in the Air Julia Rutherford Main role
2001 Blue Heelers Naomi Burke Episodes: "The Blame Game: Parts 1 & 2"
2002 Marshall Law Susan Episodes: "Mother's Day", "The Samovar"
2002 Always Greener Chantal Wilkinson Episodes: "In the Beginning, I Was Afraid", "Opening Gambit"
2005 Scooter: Secret Agent Taipan Main role
2005–06 Neighbours Loris Timmins Recurring role
2006 Mortified Mayor Episode: "Mother in the Nude"
2006 H2O: Just Add Water Dr. Holt Episode: "Under the Weather"
2008 Double the Fist Birgit Episode: "Fist Furniture"
2008–09 Packed to the Rafters Marjorie Stevens Recurring role (series 1–2)
2010 Satisfaction Fran Episode: "Non Standard Package"
2010 Cops L.A.C. Meg Sinclair Episodes: "The Killer Wore Sneakers", "Ghost House", "Life Is a Rodio"
2015 Heidi Barble (voice) Episodes: "First Day in the Mountains", "For a Loaf of Bread"
2016 Rake Judith Episode: "4.2"


  • Kate Fitzpatrick (2004). Name dropping : an incomplete memoir. Pymble, N.S.W. : HarperCollins. ISBN 0-7322-7468-0.
  • Kate Fitzpatrick (2005). Air Mail : Three women Letters from five continents. John Wiley & sons Australia LTD.


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