Catherine Tate: My mum hates Nan

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 January 2014
Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate has admitted her mother can't stand her foul-mouthed comedy creation Nan because she worries people will think her own mum also "swears too much"

Catherine Tate admits her mother hates her character Nan.

The actress has said her mum doesn't approved of her foul-mouthed creation - originally part of a sketch show but soon to have her own full series - because of her bad language.

Catherine told The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine: "My ten-year-old daughter [Erin] is a bit young for it, and my mum complains that I swear too much, but I try to use swearing as a condiment rather than the meat and potatoes.

"My mum would prefer me in court shoes and nice lipstick. She thinks all actresses should follow Joan Collins and always be glamorous. Unfortunately, the path I'm walking down doesn't allow that."

The 45-year-old star explained the character's influence comes from a number of elderly women she knew growing up - but insisted she bears no resemblance to her own grandmother.

She added: "When I was a child, I was surrounded by a generation of elderly [women] who really knew their minds ... She's nothing like my own grandmother.

"My mother berates me all the time saying, 'People will think it's my mum'. I have to stress it absolutely isn't."

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