Katy Cavanagh

Kathryn Sarah Collins Jupe (born 12 December 1973),[citation needed] known professionally as Katy Cavanagh, is an English actress. She is known for portraying the role of Julie Carp in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2008 to 2015. She also had regular roles in BBC drama The Cops (1998–2001), and the ITV drama Bob & Rose (2001). In November 2017, she appeared in the feature-length comedy Murder on the Blackpool Express.

Katy Cavanagh
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Cavanagh at the 2010 Inside Soap Awards
Kathryn Sarah Collins

(1973-12-12) 12 December 1973 (age 47)
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Chris Jupe
Children3; including Noah Jupe

Early lifeEdit

Cavanagh was born in North Shields, Northumberland, the daughter of Anne, a drama teacher, and Geoff, a headmaster.[1] She grew up in Bolton, Lancashire. She was educated at Canon Slade School and trained at RADA and National Youth Theatre.[2]


Cavanagh has appeared regularly on British television since 1997. She had a regular role as Mel in the award-winning seriesThe Cops from 1998 to 2001. In 2004, she had a regular role as Sergeant Dawn "Spike" Milligan in the television series Dalziel and Pascoe. In 2006, she appeared in an episode of the Channel 4 drama Shameless as Shirley Lawson. In 2008, she joined the ITV soap opera Coronation Street as Julie Carp.

Cavanagh appeared in a stage adaptation of the serial, entitled Coronation Street: Street of Dreams in May 2012. Cavanagh filled the pivotal role of the "Angel of the North"; who guided Paul O'Grady through fifty years of storylines. Cavanagh said that the prospect of playing Julie on stage was "very exciting".

In 2013, she appeared in the short film Bradford Halifax London as Mam.

In 2014, Coronation Street was awarded the RTS Programme Awards for Soap Opera and Continuing Drama.

Since late 2013, she has voiced the advertisements for British supermarket chain Iceland.

In February 2015, it was announced that she would leave Coronation Street in order to pursue other interests. Her final episode aired on 3 July 2015.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Cavanagh is married to filmmaker and producer Chris Jupe. They have three children: Noah (born 25 February 2005), an actor, Jemima (born c. 2007), and Jacobi (born 2013).[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wycliffe Mrs. Vassie Episode: "Strangers Home"
A Dance to the Music of Time Billson Episode: "The Thirties"
1998 Sex 'n' Death Ruby Television film
1998–2001 The Cops Mel 24 episodes
2000 Holby City Lucy Harper 2 episodes
The Bill Leanne Gibbs Episode: "Nightwork"
A Likeness in Stone Cathy Television film
Peak Practice Lynee Rhodes Episode: "Hit and Run"
Blue Kenny Tania Barrett Short film
2001 Where the Heart Is Sally Merrick Episode: "Choices"
Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise Sheila Television film
Ice Cool Reception Nikki Short film
Bob & Rose Anita Kendrick 6 episodes
Judge John Deed Monika Latymer Episode: "Appropriate Response"
2002 Ted and Alice Joy
2003 Rehab Sam Television film
Burn It Kelly 2 episodes
2004 A Line in the Sand Leanne Television film
The Golden Hour Una Campbell 1 episode
2005, 2006 Bodies Harriet Hurley 3 episodes
2006 Shameless Shirley Lawson 1 episode
The Royal Carol Buxton Episode: "Seeking Refuge"
The Family Man Tina Television film
Cracker Helen Television film
The Bill Maria Clyne Episode: "436"
2007 The Street Tracy 1 episode
Blue Murder Geraldine Pettigrew Episode: "Crisis Management"
2008 The Bill Linda Johnson 2 episodes
2008–2015 Coronation Street Julie Carp Regular role; 664 episodes
2008 Wired DS Stuart 2 episodes
2013 Bradford Halifax London Mam Short film
2014 Text Santa Julie Carp Coronation Street Special
2016 Birds of a Feather Lorraine Howe 1 episode
2017 Midsomer Murders Lena Ferrera 1 episode
2017 Murder on the Blackpool Express Grace Television Film
2021 Not Going Out Karen 1 episode


  1. ^ "Coronation Street's Katy Cavanagh: My character Julie Carp is a sex symbol for older men". Daily Mirror. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Katy Cavanagh leads Coronation Street stars to victory over Emmerdale in netball tournament". The Bolton News. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Coronation Street star Katy Cavanagh quits after seven years". Heat. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  4. ^ Daniels, Colin (14 July 2013). "Coronation Street's Katy Cavanagh welcomes third child". Digital Spy. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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