English actress, comedienne, singer and songwriter who came to prominence after scorring a hit on the UK Charts with the song ‘More Than in Love’.
Kate Robbins‘s first released recording came in 1978 with the song ‘Tomorrow’, owned by Paul McCartney’s music publishing company. Her first chart appearance was as a backing singer, along with her sister Jane, on the minor Top 75 hit ‘Lines’ by Liverpool group the Planets. Her profile was raised soon afterwards when both she and Jane represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 as part of the group Prima Donna.
The following year she joined the cast of the ITV soap opera Crossroads, playing the part of a pop singer who was recording a single in the fictional motel’s basement recording studio. The song, ‘More Than in Love’, was released commercially in the UK and gave Robbins a major hit single, reaching number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
Kate Robbins participated in the 1989 Children’s Royal Variety Performance on BBC TV, singing her own comic songs at the piano, and featured in the original series of Dead Ringers (also starring Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, and Phil Cornwell) on BBC Radio 4 in 2000.
She was named Best Supporting Actress at the Angel Awards of the Monaco International Film Festival, for her role as Kathleen in the low-budget British film, Fated. In 2005, she played Joan alongside Johnny Vegas in Sex Lives of the Potato Men and, in the following year, appeared with James Franco and Jean Reno in the film Flyboys.
Robbins has worked on many comedy TV shows including Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat, The Harry Enfield Show, Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and Shooting Stars. She also worked on Soapington Way in 2010, which was written by Harry Hill.
Kate wrote the first theme tune to Surprise, Surprise and provided almost all of the female voices on the television show Spitting Image in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
From 1995 to 1998, Robbins did all of the voices, including the male ones, on the children’s television series Caribou Kitchen.
She also provided the English language dubbing for Europeans, featured on the Channel 4 series Eurotrash and, in 2006, made two appearances on the BBC Radio 4 programme Just a Minute.
Kate Robbins has worked extensively in the advertising arena and can be heard as a voice over artist on many TV and radio commercials. She was the Edith Piaf soundalike on a lager advert and the ‘Doris Day’ voice on a Waitrose supermarket commercial. Her singing can be heard on TV advertisements for Clover, Debenhams, First Choice Holidays and many more. She also recorded the Capital Radio jingle package for Sue Manning Productions.