Perth-born, Adelaide-raised Kate Fitzpatrick is an actor and writer who is a NIDA Bachelor of Arts graduate. She was also a NIDA Board Member for two terms.
Her films include: The Removalists, A World Apart, Heaven’s Burning, Summer of Secrets, Goodbye Paradise, By Night, The Perfectionist, Salute to the Great McCarthy, The Promised Women, The Office Picnic and Deep Water.
Television credits include Something in the Air, Players to the Gallery, Redheap, The Last Resort, Packed to the Rafters and Rake.
Her extensive theatre credits include: Arcadia (Queensland Theatre); The Recruiting Officer (Melbourne Theatre Company); Hamlet on Ice, Celluloid Heroes, The Ride Across Lake Constance, Shadows of Blood, Rooted, Beyond Mozambique, Kennedy’s Children and On the Shore of the Wide World (The Nimrod/Stables/Belvoir).
For the Old Tote Theatre Company, later the Sydney Theatre Company, her credits include: The Legend of King O’Malley, Nola Boyle in The Season at Sarsaparilla, The Misanthrope, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Country Wife, The Comedy of Errors, Les Parents Terribles, The Jungle, Hamlet, DelDel, Macbeth, The Bourgeois Wedding and Late Arrivals (which opened The Wharf Theatre). She was also Jenny Diver in Jim Sharman’s The Threepenny Opera, which opened the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre, The Comedy of Errors, Don in Don Juan, Marguerite Gautier in The Lady of the Camelias, and Mag in Big Toys, the play Patrick White wrote for her.
For the Playbox/Malthouse Theatre: Kate played Marilyn Monroe in Insignificance; a Molière Season of four plays, Britannicus, Spring Song, Unsuitable for Adults, Ghosts, Twelve Angry Men, Scapin, Singled Out, The Fat Boy and Julia 3.
Kate is also an accomplished writer, essayist and humourist, with four published books – two of these, Namedropping and Airmail, are still in print. She has worked as a feature writer/columnist for major newspapers and journals, and on TV as an interviewer/presenter.
In the summer of 1983-1984 she became the world’s first female cricket commentator on the Nine Network. Her cricket writing has been included in two volumes of Australia’s Best Sports Writing, and syndicated in India and Pakistan.
Kate is one of 50 people who wrote a piece for the recently published book Transcendence, about working in the Sydney Opera House, to celebrate its 50th birthday.
She recently completed a Renny Harlin movie, Deep Water, to be released 2024. She did her own stunts.
Kate is a grandmother and was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for services to the theatre.