Kathryn Drysdale

Kathryn Drysdale (born 1 December 1981)[1][2] is an English actress known for her role as Grace Shelley in The West End show The Ruling Class opposite James McAvoy, as Taylor in the film St Trinian's, Rhoda Swartz in Mira Nair's Vanity Fair, and Louise Brooks in the BBC comedy series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 until her departure from the show in 2009. She has also starred in the fourth series of the ITV sitcom Benidorm and as Brownwell in William Boyd's award-winning Any Human Heart opposite Jim Broadbent. She previously worked with Broadbent on Mira Nair's feature adaptation of William Thackeray's Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon. She played the role of mixed-race heiress Rhoda Swartz. She is also known for her role as Lizzie in the drama series Tripping Over by Mike Bullen. She appeared in Doctor Who as Bliss in the episode "Love & Monsters". She currently plays Meghan Markle in series 2 and 3 of The Windsors.

Kathryn Drysdale
Born1 December 1981 (1981-12) (age 38)
EducationCentral School of Speech and Drama
Height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)

On stage she has appeared for The Donmar Warehouse , Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare Company in roles included Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Lady Katharine in Love's Labour's Lost opposite David Tennant. She voices the lead character of Bounce in the CBBC animation series Bottersnikes and Gumbles.


In 2006 Drysdale appeared in Catch at the Royal Court Theatre and in 2008 made her Royal Shakespeare Company debut in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Love's Labour's Lost.[3]

In 2009 she appeared in Suddenlossofdignity.com at the Bush Theatre and on tour.[3]

In 2012 Drysdale appeared in The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Born to a black father and a white mother, Drysdale was adopted when she was a week old.[5] She was bullied as a child.[6] She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[3]

Drysdale is a regular inspirational speaker at the London contemporary arts academy, 'Acting etc.'[7]

Drysdale lives in London.[8]


Year Title Role
1999 The Vice Elaine
People Like Us Shoe Shop Assistant
Holby City Gaby Burton
2000 Trial & Retribution IV Pregnant Girl
Doctors Keeley Burton
Chambers Fran James
2001–2009 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Louise Brooks
2001 Swivel on the Tip Pippi Langstrumpf
Mersey Beat Mel Turner
2002 Ultimate Force Susannah
Rockface Susie Travis
2003 Coming Up Janine
2004 Vanity Fair Rhoda Swartz
2005 Zemanovaload [pl][9] Travel Agent
2006 Doctor Who Bliss (episode "Love & Monsters")
Tripping Over Lizzie
2007 St Trinian's Taylor
2009 Girl Friday Various
2010 Any Human Heart Brownwell
In Between the Waves Sam
2011 Benidorm Natalie[10]
2013 One Chance Stage Hand
2014 Death in Paradise Simone Magon (S3 Ep4 "Ye of Little Faith")
2015 Horrible Histories Cleopatra (episode "Crafty Cleopatra")
Bottersnikes and Gumbles Bounce and Merri
2016 Zapped Lorelei (episode "Mr Charisma")
2017 Thunderbirds Are Go Kate
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! Jemima "JJ" Jones
2017– The Windsors Meghan Markle
2018 Plebs Cleo (episode "The Bath House")


  1. ^ "Kathryn's a tarty mistress". Wigan Today. 27 December 2014. The 33-year-old
  2. ^ "Kathryn Drysdale's struggles with voice on Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps". Female First. 28 April 2016. The 35—year-old actress
  3. ^ a b c "Kathryn Drysdale". United Agents. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Donmar Warehouse". Archived from the original on 19 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Landing on her feet". Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  6. ^ "BBC - Comedy - Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps - Cast Interviews - Kathryn Drysdale". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  7. ^ "actingetc". actingetc. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Creative inspiration: Kathryn Drysdale, star of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and St Trinians". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  9. ^ Zemanovaload on IMDb
  10. ^ "Bananarama and cheating love rats". 25 February 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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