Kate Buffery

Kate Buffery
Born Katharine Winifred Buffery
(1957-07-23) 23 July 1957
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977present
Spouse(s) Roger Michell (19922001)
Children 2

Katharine Winifred Buffery (born 23 July 1957) is an English actress. She is known for her numerous roles on British television, including the ITV drama series Wish Me Luck (1988-1990), BBC miniseries Close Relations (1998), Channel 5 legal drama Wing and a Prayer (1997-1999) and the ITV police drama Trial and Retribution (1997-2002). Her stage work includes the 1983 original West End production of Daisy Pulls it Off, which earned her an Olivier Award nomination.


Buffery is possibly best known for her role in the British TV drama Wish Me Luck, as Liz Grainger and as DI North in Trial and Retribution. She also co-wrote an episode of the third series of Wish Me Luck. Other TV work includes The Rainbow, Catherine Cookson's The Man Who Cried, Close Relations, Poirot, Frankenstein's Baby, Circles of Deceit, The Orchid House, Wing and a Prayer, Ruth Rendell-series, PD James-series, Midsomer Murders, Boon, Heartbeat.

She was nominated for a 1983 Olivier Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Daisy Pulls It Off, losing out to Abigail McKern.[1] She has also worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company where parts included Rosalind in As You Like It, Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Sue in Golden Girls, and at the National Theatre in two David Hare premieres and in Cicely Berry's Hamlet. Her film appearances include A Long Way Home (1989 TV film), Dark River (1990 TV film), Swing Kids (1993), Goodbye Charlie Bright, (2001) and EMR (2004). She performs extensively on the radio and as a voice over artist.

She has spoken on inequality for women in the Arts and Media at several conferences including for the Federation of International Artists, for the Sphinx and for Equity. In 2009 she set up, with Equity, the 'Viewers' Petition' which has over 8,000 signatures including paper petition signatories.

She teaches extensively most notably for the National Youth Theatre where she has run Shakespeare Masterclasses, and has also mounted and directed productions for children and students.

In 2012 she gained a first class honours in law with the OU/College of Law.

On 8 October 2015 Kate Buffery was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn Field having gained VC in the BPTC (bar training course) at BPP Law School.

She has two children, Rosanna and Harry.


  1. "Olivier Winners 1983". Olivier awards. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
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