Kate Maberly

Kate Elizabeth Cameron Maberly (born 14 March 1982) is an English actress, director, writer, producer, and musician. She has appeared in film, television, radio and theatre.

Kate Maberly
Birth nameKate Elizabeth Cameron Maberly
Born (1982-03-14) 14 March 1982 (age 39)
Reigate, Surrey, England
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, director, musician
Years active1989–present

Early lifeEdit

Maberly was born in Reigate, Surrey, England. She is the daughter of a lawyer and one of five children; her older sister Polly is also an actress.[1] She has two older brothers, Thomas and Guy, and one younger brother, Jack. Maberly attended Dunottar School, Reigate[1] where she skipped ahead a year and graduated early with A-levels in Maths, Chemistry, History and Music.

Maberly began swimming competitively at the age of 5 and was a county champion swimmer up to the age of 16. At 7 years old she completed the BT National Swimathon[2] (as the youngest individual to complete the event at the time) which she did to raise money for St Piers Lingfield (Now "Young Epilepsy"),[3] a school to help children with Epilepsy.

She represented her county in tennis from the age of 12, and from 2004-2010 she played for the Royal Parks tennis leagues in London.[1]

Maberly started playing the piano at the age of 6, and at 14 travelled to Venice, Italy, with the Dunottar Chamber Ensemble[4] to perform as the solo pianist, in a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 23 (K488). She achieved grade 8 in both Piano and Cello in school and went on to study at London's Trinity College of Music graduating in 2004 with a joint honours degree in piano and cello performance. She also composes music and sings jazz and has sung at London jazz venue Pizza on the Park.[5]


Maberly's breakthrough role came in 1993 when she starred as Mary Lennox in the feature film The Secret Garden.[6] Directed by Agnieszka Holland, the film achieved international acclaim and has gone on to become a family classic. This internationally acclaimed performance paved the way for several subsequent lead roles, including; Dinah Bellman in The Langoliers, alongside David Morse and Patricia Wettig, Glumdalclitch in Gulliver's Travels, with Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Peter O'Toole and Kristen Scott Thomas, Ira in Friendship's Field, and Vanessa in Mothertime.[citation needed]

Back in the UK Maberly continued to work on various high caliber Period Dramas for the BBC, including; the Bafta-winning "Anglo-Saxon-Attitudes" with Kate Winslet and Daniel Craig; the Bafta / Golden Globe-winning "The Last of the Blond Bombshells" with Dame Judi Dench and Ian Holm; the Emmy-winning "Victoria & Albert", the Bafta-winning "Daniel Deronda" directed by Tom Hooper, and the enchanting Hollywood blockbuster "Finding Neverland", with Johnny Depp and Dustin Hoffman. She took to the stage as Juliet in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", and then as 'Mathilde' in Christopher Hampton's "Total Eclipse" at the Royal Court Theatre in London, alongside Ben Whishaw and Matthew Macfadyen.[citation needed]

Since graduating, Maberly has appeared in the feature films Like Minds, with Eddie Redmayne and Toni Collette, Popcorn, Rites of Passage, with Christian Slater and Wes Bentley, Standing Up, with Val Kilmer and Rhada Mitchell, The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, and Boogeyman 3. She also starred in the hit HULU/FX show The Booth at the End alongside Xander Berkley.

In addition to her work on screen Maberly has performed voice-overs for Ordynek, Bringing the Pride of Poland to Texas in 2000 and for The Braniff Pages in 2001. She has completed several radio works for BBC Radio 4, including The Dorabella Variation, A Certain Smile, and National Velvet. Maberly's narration of the audiobook Catherine Called Birdy, written by Karen Cushman, received an Audie Award in 1995.

In 2007 Maberly teamed up with a London area music producer to record several of her own songs for a new mini album. Maberly demonstrated her musical abilities by playing the piano in the 1995 BBC drama Mothertime and playing the cello in the 2004 short film The Audition. She also produced and directed a music video for the Danish rock band Blooq a.k.a. Triggerbox.

In 2015, Maberly wrote, directed, and produced a short film, Charlie's Supersonic Glider, which opened the Hollywood Film Festival.[7] With producing partner Doug Liman, Maberly is writing, producing, and directing The Forest of Hands and Teeth, adapted from the best-selling Young Adult series by Carrie Ryan.[8]

Maberly was named one of Variety's "10 Brits to Watch in 2017".[9]



Year Title Writer Director Producer Actor Role Notes
1993 The Secret Garden Yes Mary Lennox
1995 Friendship's Field Yes Ira
1998 Mysteries of Egypt Yes Granddaughter Short film (IMAX)
1999 Gooseberries Don't Dance Yes Short film
2002 Deserter Yes Jennifer
2004 The Audition Yes Lucy Carrington Short film
2004 Finding Neverland Yes Wendy Darling
2006 Like Minds Yes Susan Mueller
2007 Popcorn Yes Annie
2008 Boogeyman 3 Yes Jennifer Video
2011 In the Eyes Yes Jessica Short film
2012 Rites of Passage Yes Dani
2012 The Ghastly Love of Johnny X Yes Dandi Conners
2013 Standing Up Yes Margo Cutter
2015 Charlie's Supersonic Glider Yes Yes Yes
2021 The Forest of Hands and Teeth Yes Yes Yes Pre-Production


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Screen One Christine "Ex"
1992 Anglo Saxon Attitudes Young Kay TV miniseries
1995 The Langoliers Dinah Bellman TV miniseries
1996 Gulliver's Travels Glumdalclitch TV miniseries
1997 Gobble Pippa Worsfold TV film
1997 Screen Two Vanessa "Mothertime"
2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Young Madeleine TV film
2001 Victoria & Albert Princess Alice TV film
2001 Midsomer Murders Holly Reid "Dark Autumn"
2002 A Touch of Frost Melanie Monkton "Mistaken Identity: Parts 1 & 2"
2002 Daniel Deronda Kate Meyrick TV miniseries
2010 The Booth at the End Jenny Recurring role




Year Information Tracks contributed Artist(s)
1993 The Secret Garden
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 1993
Mistress Mary Quite Contrary (unlisted) Andrew Knott
2012 The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
  • Artist: Various
  • Released: 20 November 2012
21. "Here We Go" Will Keenan, De Anna Joy Brooks, Reggie Bannister, Heather R. Provost (as Heather Provost), Les Williams, Sara Grigsby, Rebecca Burchett, Morris Everett, David Slaughter



  • Catherine Called Birdie (audiobook narrator)
  • Braniff International Airways promotion for "The Braniff Pages" – braniffpages.com (commercial voiceover)
  • A voiceover for horse documentary The Origins of the Arabian
  • Ordynek, Bringing The Pride of Poland to Texas (commercial voiceover, 2000)


  • Article Factory Magazine (USA) April 2007, Iss. Spring, pg. 54–62, "British Young Guns"
  • Pictorial Factory Magazine (USA) April 2007, Iss. Spring, pg. 54–64, "British Young Guns"
  • Variety Magazine (USA) February 2017, Iss. Winter "10 Brits to Watch in 2017"


Maberly has won two professional awards:


  1. ^ a b c Seymour, Jenny (24 November 2015). "Reigate Woman Set to Direct Hollywood Zombie Movie". Surrey Mirror. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Our History". SwimathonFoundation.org. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. ^ "About Us". YoungEpilepsy.org.uk. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Fond Farewells to Founder of Dunottar Chamber Ensemble, who retires after 27 Years". DunottarSchool.com. 3 July 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  5. ^ "In praise of… Pizza on the Park". The Guardian. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Kate Maberly". TV Guide.
  7. ^ "Charlie's Supersonic Glider". HollywoodFilmFestival.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017.
  8. ^ Busch, Anita (22 September 2015). "Kate Maberly Adapting, Directing 'The Forest Of Hands And Teeth' With 'Game Of Thrones' Actress Attached". Deadline.
  9. ^ "10 Brits to Watch in 2017". Variety. 7 February 2017.

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