Career Girls: About The Cast

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CAREER GIRLS marks Katrin Cartlidge's second collaboration with Mike Leigh, following her appearance as Sophie in the award-winning NAKED, for which she won the Best European Feminine Hope at the 1993 Stars de Demain in Geneva. Last year, Cartlidge gave a highly-acclaimed performance in Lars von Trier's BREAKING THE WAVES, as Dodo, the devoted sister-in-law of Bess (Emily Watson).

Cartlidge joined the Royal Court Youth Theatre while still at school and worked in fringe theater both in London and Edinburgh. On the London stage she has appeared at both the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court.

Named European Actress of the year at the Geneva Film Festival in 1993 for her performance in NAKED, Cartlidge went on to appear in Milcho Manchevski's BEFORE THE RAIN (winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival) and most recently completed filming Lodge Kerrigan's (CLEAN, SHAVEN) latest film in New York with Vincent D'Onofrio. Cartlidge has also participated in Lars von Trier's experimental film DIMENSION which is being made over a number of years with various actors he has worked with including Jean-Marc Barr and Udo Kier.

Making her film debut in CAREER GIRLS, Lynda Steadman is best known to UK television audiences as one of the stars of the hit series "Thief Takers." She was also seen in the first series of the highly acclaimed "Between The Lines," as the wronged wife of Neil Pearson's protagonist, and can currently be seen in Jimmy McGovern's Channel Four series "Hearts and Minds" opposite Christopher Eccleston.

An experienced stage actress, Steadman did a one woman show of "Medea" in London and has played the title role in "Mother Courage." She wrote, directed and performed the play "From Angel to Old Street" at the Edinburgh Festival, and has made several stage appearances in her native Northern Ireland, including the role of Pegeen in "The Playboy of the Western World" at the Lyric Theater, Belfast.

CAREER GIRLS is Kate Byers' second film, following a small role in the comedy STAGGERED. She has appeared in several television productions, and in leading roles in some of the UK's most prestigious regional theaters, including Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Exchange in Manchester. She played Miranda in "The Tempest" for Michael Bogdanov and the ESC.

Mark Benton makes his feature film debut in CAREER GIRLS following extensive work in British television and appearances with some of the UK's most acclaimed theater companies, including the Royal National Theatre ("Accidental Death of an Anarchist," "Invisible Friends"), Cheek By Jowl ("As You Like It") and the Royal Shakespeare Company ("Richard Ill").

CAREER GIRLS marks Andy Serkis' first collaboration with Mike Leigh. Serkis is a highly-acclaimed stage actor in London, most notably for his performance in the awardwinning Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth's "Mojo," in which he originated the role of Potts. In autumn '96, Serkis recreated this role in Butterworth's film adaptation of the play. Serkis most recently appeared on the London stage in an acclaimed version of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly." He has also made numerous television appearances on such popular British programs as "The Bill," "The Darling Buds of May," "Pie in the Sky," and "The Chief."

Joe Tucker first worked with Mike Leigh on his last stage play, "It's a Great Big Shame!" which also featured SECRETS & LIES star Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Tucker has also appeared on stage, in films (including Angela Pope's CAPTIVES and a small part in SECRETS & LIES) and in several popular UK television series including "The Bill," "Thief Takers" and "Pie In the Sky."

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