Kate comes from a long line of writers and actors: her grandfather, Hugh Williams, was a celebrated actor and playwright and her uncles are the actor Simon Williams and the poet Hugo Williams. Kate followed her family into the theatre and has performed in repertory and in the West End. She has appeared in television productions including My Brother Jonathon and The Bill. Her career changed with the birth of her son Jack and the publication of her first novel Rebecca's Children by Barrie and Jenkins. This was followed by the publication of Always and Always, the Wartime Letters of Hugh and Margaret Williams, edited by Kate, published by John Murray and broadcast on Radio 4. In October 1998 John Murray issued Exit Through the Fireplace - The Great Days of Rep and the sequel to this, Do Not Adjust Your Set – The Early Days of Live Television, was published in 2003. Kate now broadcasts on Radios Two, Three and Four and is a regular contributor to Front Row. She teaches creative writing at Bristol University.