Kate Tilley

Gender: Female



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Kate Tilley is a South African actress best known for her role as Jess Webster in the SABC3 soap opera Isidingo.

Kate was born into a close-knit family of five and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa.

As a child, she naturally gravitated towards acting. Her acting training began at the tender age of 6 at Delia Sainbury's acting school.

While schooling at Rosebank Convent she sailed through the SA drama guild exams with numerous gold awards. After school she went on to study Drama at WITS University for a year. Simultaneously she obtained an ATCL diploma in Drama through Trinity College London.

Kate's natural talent, tenacity, ambition (and charm) have enabled her to professionally explore various avenues of acting from theatre and puppetry to television series, soap operas, film and radio.

Soon after her first year of studies her face was launched in major television commercials including Macdonalds and Fanta. She landed her first major role as Joy in the soapie Backstage.

Leading roles in local TV series soon followed such as One Way, Angel's Song and Jozi Streets.

Kate's passion lies in film and has been rewarded with appearances in a few international features including in Stander starring Thomas Jane and in Ask the Dust alongside Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell.

Kate is also known for her work on the local Indie film circuit, to name a few, she starred in the cult movie Crazy Monkey directed by Trevor Clarence, and The List directed by Ziggy Hofmeyer.

Kate continued to hone her theatre skills at the Actors centre and particularly shone in her role as Cecile De Volanges in Dangerous Liasons.

Kate also braved the British industry for a few successful months which included a swift procurement of an agent and roles in two short films. However she decided to return home.

In her private life Kate is an active individual with an affinity for fashion, art and design. She has a particular love of oil painting and is a commissioned portrait painter.

Kate is "green" - that is she is environmentally aware and a vegan. Her motto in life is to find the colour in everything.

In 2011 she played the role of Marian in the British thriller series Kidnap and Ransom.

Television Roles


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