Kerry Kathleen "Kate" Fitzpatrick (born 1 October 1947) is an Australian television, film, and theatre actress.
1 October 1947
Nedlands, Perth, Western Australia
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.
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. 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.
Fitzpatrick has a son named Joe Fitzpatrick (Joseph Baillieu Albertini Fitzpatrick), with French architect José Albertini. Joe is well known in Sydney social circles.
|1972||The Office Picnic||Mara|
|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|
|1988||A World Apart||June Abelson|
|1997||Emmerdale: The Dingles Down Under||Sylvia Gibson||Video|
|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"|
- 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.
- Interview with Margaret Throsby, broadcast Radio National 11 May 2014
- Ugra, Sharda (June 2016). "Girls aloud". The Cricket Monthly. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 August 2016.