Katherine Jakeways is a British comedian, actor and writer. Her television appearances include Extras, Horrible Histories, Sherlock, Tracey Ullman's Show. Tracey Breaks The News, Episodes, Trying Again, all 3 series of BBC1's The Armstrong and Miller Show, Miranda and ‘’Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge’’. She is also notable as one of the regular cast in the radio series Deep Trouble and Look Away Now and played Mrs Pepys in Radio 4's long running Woman's Hour Drama "The Diary of Samuel Pepys". She appeared onstage as Sandy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Garrick Theatre in 2006, and was the Entire Supporting Cast in Armstrong and Miller's 2010 national tour.
Wednesday 16 June 2010 saw the first episode of her debut radio comedy, North by Northamptonshire, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The second series was broadcast from 2 December 2011 and the 3rd series was broadcast from December 2013. North by Northamptonshire stars Sheila Hancock, Penelope Wilton, Mackenzie Crook, Kevin Eldon, Geoffrey Palmer and Felicity Montagu. Katherine also plays several parts in the show and after the first series was broadcast the Radio Times said "Katherine Jakeways is the new Victoria Wood. And that’s official. Her character comedy is so acutely observed and so sharp that it’s in danger of causing permanent injury". The second series of North by Northamptonshire was nominated for a Sony Radio Award. And the third series led Matthew Parris to write in the Spectator "This brilliant serial about the lives and loves of the inhabitants of the imaginary town of Wadenbrook, Northants, is billed as comedy but it’s much deeper than that" and to ask "Is a new art form being born?"
For BBC Radio 4 Katherine went on to write 3 series of All Those Women, starring Lesley Manville, Marcia Warren, Sinead Matthews and Lucy Hutchinson; 1 series of Guilt Trip, starring Felicity Montagu and Olivia Nixon, and co-write 2 series of Ability with Lee Ridley.
In 2016, Katherine’s radio play Where This Service Will Terminate debuted on BBC Radio 4. Starring Rosie Cavaliero and Justin Edwards as strangers who sit next to each other on a train from Paddington to Penzance, the play had a huge critical and public response and led to the follow up plays Where This Service Will Continue (2017), Where This Service Will Connect (2018) and Where This Service Will Separate (2019). In her Observer review of the series (26.5.19), Miranda Sawyer said “The four-part story of a midlife love affair that began with a long railway journey from London to Penzance, this had me gripped from the start. Suzie, played by Rosie Cavaliero, and David (Justin Edwards) were perfect: attractive, funny and frustrating in equal measures. The surrounding characters were believable, in an Alan Bennett way, and, oh, Jakeways’ writing was sublime. The punchlines, the pacing, the humanity. Just lovely”.
She is married to BBC Five Live travel presenter and film reviewer Nick Duncalf. They live in North London and have a daughter and a son.
- Lawson, Mark (15 September 2016). "N for Northampton: Alan Moore celebrates his hometown with a 1,200-page fantasy". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 September 2016.