Multi award winning, Kate has received two BAFTA Scotland Best Actress Awards (RED ROAD 2006 & COUPLE IN A HOLE 2016) as well as BIFA Best Actress for RED ROAD and a BIFA Best Actress nomination for COUPLE IN A HOLE. In international recognition she received the UK Shooting Star at the Berlin Film Festival and Best Actress award Festival Nouveau Cinema Montréal as well a nomination for 2016 Spirit USA.
In 2013 Kate received the Spirit of Scotland Screen Award for her Career Achievement.
Feature Film credits include other leading roles in TELL IT TO THE BEES, BOYZ IN THE WOODS and THE WITCH with acclaimed supporting roles in THE SILENT STORM, FOR THOSE IN PERIL, FILTH and Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. Kate has featured in many other full length movies such as SHELL, NOW IS GOOD, OUTCAST, DONKEYS, SOMERS TOWN and SUMMER. Her numerous short film appearances include OPERATOR which won BAFTA Best British Short Film Award 2016.
Her distinguished television work includes Lysa Arryn in GAME OF THRONES, THE ALIENIST, THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH and the award winning BBC drama FIVE DAUGHTERS. Kate has also played leading and featured roles in amongst many others, VERA, ONE OF US, THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES, MIDWINTER OF THE SPIRIT, BY ANY MEANS, THE ESCAPE ARTIST, INJUSTICE, DIVE, NEW TRICKS, GARROW'S LAW, HE KILLS COPPERS, and THE VICE. Kate was nominated for a Best Actress award BAFTA (Scotland) for the BBC drama TINSEL TOWN in 2000.
Highlights in her stage career include BAD ROADS at the Royal Court, directed by Vicky Featherstone, the London production of David Cromer's award winning OUR TOWN at the Almeida Theatre, AALST (at the Soho, London, touring Australia and UK with National Theatre of Scotland) for which she was nominated for the Best Actress award by UK Theatre Managers’ Association, ANY GIVEN DAY, nominated Best Actress Critics Theatre Scotland and ELECTRA for which she was nominated Best Actress in The Stage awards.
In 2020, Kate will be appearing in THE NEST (BBC), action thriller KNUCKLEDUST and as Sister Codron in Michael Caton – Jones's OUR LADIES.