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DOCTOR WHO Icon Catherine Tate Joins Cast Of THE OFFICE!!

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“The Office” has just added another boss to replace Steve Carell.

Catherine Tate, who introduced the character of Nellie Bertram in the same season finale that introduced James Spader’s Robert California, will join the series at midseason.

As the new "special projects manager" for Dunder Mifflin Sabre, Bertram will report to friend and DMS chairman Jo Bennett -- and not to California.

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Acclaimed British Comedy Actress Catherine Tate Returns to Dunder Mifflin Sabre this Season on NBC's The Office

October 21, 2011 1:28 PM

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - October 21, 2011 - British Comedy Award winner and BAFTA nominee Catherine Tate (BBC's "The Catherine Tate Show") returns to "The Office" this season reprising her role as Nellie Bertram. Joining the second half of the current season, Tate's Bertram is hired by friend and Chairman of the Board Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates, not seen) as a misguided special projects manager working directly for the corporate office and who very much enjoys the favoritism received from Bennett.

Tate was introduced to "The Office" audience in last season's finale episode as one of the candidates interviewing for the regional manager position left vacant by Michael Scott.

"Catherine is hysterical. We introduced her briefly in last season's finale and knew she had to be a part of the show somehow. We'll meet her again as corporate's special projects manager, and her relationship with Robert California (James Spader) will be far from professional. We're thrilled that she's joining the cast," said executive producer Paul Lieberstein.

Tate's acting credits include the multi-award-winning BBC series, "The Catherine Tate Show," which showcased her chameleon-like talent for character transformation. In addition to playing Donna Noble (the Doctor's companion) in the 4th series of BBC's "Doctor Who." Tate also co-starred in the feature films "Gulliver's Travels," "Monte Carlo," "Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution," "66" and "Starter for Ten."

Theatre work includes the lead role of Belinda in the National Theatre production "Season's Greetings" and Beatrice in the West End production of "Much Ado About Nothing," David Eldridge's "Under the Blue Sky," "Some Girls" and "A Servant to Two Masters" for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Tate wrote, directed and co-starred in the acclaimed short film "My First Nativity" for the Sky "Little Cracker's" season. In addition to being the key writer for her own series, Tate has a feature script currently in development.

From Deedle-Dee Productions, Reveille and Universal Television comes the multi-award-winning comedy series "The Office," the hilarious documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 in the half-hour. A fly-on-the-wall "docu-reality" parody about modern American office life, "The Office" delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin Sabre, a paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

"The Office" is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Paul Lieberstein.

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  • Oct. 21, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Am I bovvered?

    by BroVinny

    Do I look bovvered?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I didnt think she was funny

    by Mel

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    The one person from the finale I disliked.

    by Atomike2

    Of all the guests in the finale, this was the one I hoped would not be cast.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by Truxton Spangler

    Disliked her character in the finale as well. Has the show's rudder failed? When will the flailing begin?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Her Part Has To Be Rewritten

    by MrStinger

    Catherine Tate can be VERY funny, but her part in the finale was overwritten, forced, and unfunny in the extreme. If her character is as "zany" in February as it was then, I can already hear the sound of paper sellers racing to hurdle a shark tank.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Made Season 4 unwatchable

    by jbs9200

    Christ she made season 4 unwatchable! What a harpy. I am really not interested enough to find out if she was unwatchable due to her being her, or due to the way the writers wrote her character. I had hoped never to hear about her again.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    she is very funny

    by john

    they just have to write for her

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    RE: "Made Season 4 unwatchable"

    by F-18

    Season 4 of what?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    They don't need this character.

    by OutsideChance

    She wasn't entertaining in the season finale and the current cast is gelling well.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    All this tells me is that Andy isn't being received so well.

    by cookepuss

    I mean, I know that there were always rumors that Tate was going to join anyway, but how can Andy get his sea legs if new faces keep coming in? The balance is just perfect right now. Andy is really starting to make his mark on the show and with the staff. Having yet another boss just makes it look like NBC is grasping at straws and overcompensating for Steve Carell's departure. I wasn't expecting the show to last beyond this season anyway, but this Hail Mary pass seems desperate - like the final nail in the coffin. Michael's departure should've been the series finale. Instead, it lingers on past its "sell by" date like Scrubs. Poor poor Scrubs. *ahem* What was I saying?

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    she was gut-wrenchingly awful in the season finale

    by jsfithaca

    dont know why they think this is a good idea. this show needs to be more bold, like at the beginning. its still awkward which is good, but the awkward shit needs to be more inappropriate. like rascist shit, or micheal imitating the guy who flashed phyllis in front of the whole office. thats the stuff i think everyone misses. but now their such a big hit theirbeing too main-stream. i do like the new episodes but its not what it used to be, and won't be unless they grow some balls.

  • Oct. 21, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    She is funny, in the season final she was not.

    by Charlie

    I just don't think the character worked worked when she appeared in the season final. That said she has great potential and so I won't count this out because of that.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I could see these idiots pushing Helms right out the door

    by OutsideChance

    The guy co-starred in both "Hangover" movies and, instead of exploiting that, they bring in another boss. If I were Helms I'd be looking for an out and do movies full time.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Read the article, guys.

    by Mechasheeva

    She's not going to be a new boss. She's working for Kathy Bates' character and will probably show up in a supporting role in a few episodes, just like Bates herself did.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Didn't have anything to work with in the finale

    by cymraeg_cowboy

    I used to not like Tate, but she completely won me over in season 4 of Who. Yes she can be very loud and gregarious, but she is also capable of moments of real warmth and subtlty. Since then I've seen her on stage twice, in Alan Ayckbourns 'Seasons Greestings' and 'Much Ado About Nothing' and she was absolutely brilliant in both - her comic timing is immaculate. The problem with last seasons finale that all of the guests (bar Spader) were so sketchily drawn with so little screen time that it was almost impossible to make any sort of impression, and I thought that Tate's role in particular was not well written. - Give her a chance to develop the character with some decent material and she will be teriffic in this.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Helps if you read the article or press release...

    by Andrew Coleman

    I get on this site people go quick to hate but jesus you guys... Her being added isn't replacing Andy it's to give something to take California down a notch. Right now they are playing like California is God and simply doing the Andy's nice guy attitude running up against California's odd and a little out there and ultra confident attitude. Her being added and she's great friends with Joe means she doesn't have to put up with anything California says or does. It gives him something to bitch about. I like this idea. This season is make or break. Without Michael they will need to constantly keep this balancing act going. Why? Andy isn't an ass hole who occasionally does nice things. He's a generally nice guy who gets overwhelmed. Now they could bring back his anger problems but I don't think they'll do that. They are simply trying to keep things going and so far the episodes have been really great.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    To be honest

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    I never really warmed to Tate in S4 of Who. Yes, I know she's meant to be a bit of harpy/shrew type character--which was honestly refreshing after the extremely tiring girl-goes-gaga-for-Doctor archetype--but the way the character was portrayed was just incredibly grating to me. Doesn't mean that she did a bad job though. She was very convincing as the Doc's companion. Her personality was just not very likeable, unfortunately. I wouldn't mind seeing more of her though. It'd be nice to see Tate try out more roles. Regardless of my personal feelings towards her character portrayal in Who, she does seem like a solid actress.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 6 a.m. CST

    I think I speak for most people when I say, "Who?"

    by FlandersBum

    Average person has no clue who she is, so this is kinda a non-story to most.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by kubricksnutsack

    Tate is a very good actress, but she's a bit like Marmite - you'll either love her or hate her. I quite enjoyed her stint in Doctor Who - it changed the dynamic sufficiently to make the show interesting. Her episode "Turn Left" is a great bit of Who and more interesting than any Moffatt has done since. However, her character in the Office was appallingly bad. I am hoping that they can done it down so that "Nellie" comes across a bit better. I don't know. It's a shame that they didn't give Ray Romano a shot as his underplayed performance - along with Spader - were the best two characters in that finale. If they'd have made Romano the boss - again the dynamic would have changed and made Spader his boss, that would have been truly dynamite. Don't really agree with the current choice of boss in Dunder Mifflin - I like Ed Helms, but not sure how his leadership can result in any real comedy.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    I thought she was amazing on Dr Who. But bad in the office finale

    by Rebel Scumb

    I have a feeling it has more to do with how that character was written I'm about ready to quit this show anyways. I just don't find Ed Helms funny, Andy has always been my least favorite character, and now that he's manager its worse. Why didn't they just make Robert California the manager? He's a great character, completely different than Michael (whereas the writers are just writing Andy as Michael2)

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    You can tell she was supposed to be awful in the finale

    by performingmonkey

    If she's coming back she couldn't have the same characterization or it would be a waste of time.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by kusanagiguy

    I have nothing against the woman personally but I really dislike all her work prior. I found her sketch show infantile and repetative. her over the top antics on Season 4 of Doctor Who turned the show into a parody (which is a shame as when she downplayed the comedy she could be likable) whiich is why I take a dislike to call her an icon in the headline. She contributed nothing to the Who mythos. I can only take Rose as an iconic companion. Her appearance in the office finale was forced and felt like one of her poorly crafted sketch characters had wandered onto the wrong set. Her style is jarring with the rest of the cast. It was a stretch to fit Gervais' character of David Brent in but her terrible. When there was a possibility she would be the new boss I would have turned off at the start of this season. This news makes me wish I had left the show when Michael left. As soon as she is on screen I'm off

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    QUESTION: How Many Actors Does It Take To Replace Steve Carell?

    by Graphix67

    ANSWER: Two and counting. (Spade and Tate.)

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    I think I speak for most people when I say, "Who?"

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    i dont post obits on here...

    by emeraldboy

    But ireland lost an utter giant. Cathal O shannon died aged 83. Sir Terry Wogan described him as irelands greatest living tv journalist. HIs documentaries on the irish soldiers who fought in World War 2 were amongst the finest pieces of tv journalism I have ever seen in Ireland in recent years. he worked up untill his 80s. and he stuck to his guns over his belief that the british shot micheal Collins. that is not true by the way. His final pieces of documentary were controversial and rte had to edit the one about albert folens, O'shannon talked to people who said that folens the founder of irelands foremost educational company was a belgian based nazi, folens family sued for libel. and rte had to edit the program accordingly. o shannon alleged that after the war that at least one senior nazi joined fianna fail. Charles Haughey almost certainly helped create the provisional. and twelve klashnikov rifles were purchased six were kept by the irish army and while the other six went up to northern Ireland and were never seen again. O' Shannon joined the RAF when he was 16 and lied about his age. He later joined rte, worked for the irish times and then later the bbc. he was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, who was truly the love of his life. A great man was cathal o shannon. he will be much missed.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    she must have one hell of an agent

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    she's not done one original thing in her whole (acting) life. She 'made it' by ripping off 'Little Britain', for fuck's sake. I heard she was passable in Dr. Who by playing herself but if she's finagled her way into a payday then maybe we don't have to see her plagiarising some other comedian in the next few years.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    office peaked in season 2......has been terrible since 4

    by Tigger Tales

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    can't stand her

    by Tikkanen

    I can't stand Catherine Tate as an actress. She is just a shrill harpy that makes me want to turn the channel.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Can't stop staring at her weird moles

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    re: kusanagiguy

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    While I'm not exactly a fan of Tate, I think that labeling Rose as an "icon" is a bit of an exaggeration. She did do a good job in the role, and it certainly landed her some credit in the industry as she went on to do other stuff, but her character in Who was simply that of a hot blonde that was there mostly for scenery purposes and not much else. Contrast that to, say, Amy Pond. Sure, Amy is there for the scenery too and get guys watching, but at least in this case her character is more appealing than the one-dimensional case of Doctor-mania obsession. She's actually smart and witty and she's able to hold her own in tight situations, whereas Rose often found herself stuck in that damsel in distress role. Just my two cents. *shrugs*

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I figure Jo will be back eventually too

    by OutsideChance

    ...given the likelihood that Harrys Law will be cancelled shortly

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I bet Romano wishes he'd taken the gig

    by OutsideChance

    ...given "men of a certain age" got cancelled

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    She's one of the WORST ever Dr Who companions


    She can act but her character Donna in Dr Who was fuckin awful and irritating.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Hmm. This turd might actually be worth watching now.

    by Cash907

    If only for Catherine's enormous tits. Too bad her weird moles are almost just as big.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    The Office does NOT need more characters

    by daggor

    The show is going to drown in wacky people. The show has already devolved into a group of wacky people all doing wacky things together.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I love Cathernie Tate so much . .

    by Lazerman21

    I want to MARRY that hot woman!!! CONGRATS girl! Can't wait to see you on the show! and that lovely red hair , , . . drooling. . :D

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Oh well. I'll stop watching the Office then.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    I cannot stand Tate. Not one bit. Can't stand anything related to the Tennant Dr Who years, nor can I stand her in her own solo work. She's awful. So, that's it for me. The show's over the episode before she arrives full time. Shame, I love this show.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST


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  • Oct. 22, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Concur with Smeg

    by deathraycharles

    Goodbye Office.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Steve Carell... so fucking overrated.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    The guys a fucking douche.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Just what The Office didn't need - I'm probly done too

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    She was awful in last year's finale. I already have stopped watching The Office some weeks (was a HUGE fan for years) and will probably stop for good when she joins.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I understand why they are doing this though:

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    With Jan and then later Jo, the show always had at least one token powerful woman and they don't now. The show is much more male dominated than it used to be in terms of the relative power the characters have on the series. So the solution is either promote Pam - which most here would call jumping the shark - or bring in an outside woman. So while I think Tate is a big mistake, I think that' why they are doing it. They realized they need a strong woman pronto, for appearances sake.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I think she's hot. There. I said it.

    by The Transformed Man

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    what a fucking cunt.

    by JAMF

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Ugh. The WORST person from last years finale!

    by fanboy71

    She was just god awful. I was so glad when Spader was cast, because it had been leaked that this woman was the front runner for awhile, but then the backlash from fans swayed them to cast Spader. Now they have added yet another unneeded actor to an already overfilled (I'm looking at you Gabe) lineup. Who is this b*tch f*cking?

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Was just thinking:

    by Nick

    If they ever did another version of Taming of the Shrew, she would be perfect for Katherine.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST


    by kusanagiguy

    No I totally agree on the Rose point my previous post was a bit rushed as it was getting a bit long and I wanted to get as much across as possible. What I meant was that she was more of an icon to the series than the Donna character. I don't think any of the companions in new Who have delivered anything to be considered icons tothe series especially not Tate.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    I've dropped The Office from my Tivo

    by SifoDyasJr

    It has become more and more of a lame soap opera and less of being about inappropriate moments and the hilarious awkward silences that result, which is why it was so brilliant for so long. It's not unwatchable as it currently exists, but it is a sad shadow of what once was, so, like I did with 30 Rock a couple of seasons ago, I'm giving up the ghost early on the further adventures of Dunder Mifflin.

  • Oct. 22, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    I don't ever watch the Office

    by oisin5199

    but I will say Tate was the best companion during the David Tennant years, hands down. I don't know if "most fans" of Doctor Who feel that way - I think you'd get a very mixed reaction. But I thought her story was the most well-developed, the most well-executed, and the most poignant of any of the companions. So fuck all y'all with your 'shrill harpy' bullshit. Of course her character in the Office could suck. Just defending my Donna.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    If you don't like Catherine Tate then you dont like Poon.

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    Fucking idiot talkbackers.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    This show loses credibility as it goes on, because...

    by Alan_Moore

    In real life, people don't stay at shit jobs forever! This show has been on for what, 7 years, and everyone is still there? Even characters who "go away" (as they would in real life) like Ryan and Toby come back soon afterwards. And they also expect us to believe that every employee shows up for every event, be it wedding, baptism, garden party? Give me a break! Most people who work in real offices try desperately NOT to see their co-workers outside the office. The brilliance of the original Gervais/Merchant show was that it was like a snapshot in the lives of the characters - a brief time they spent together that, for better or worse, they'd always remember. When it was over, it was over. David Brent was fired after 2 years and that was it. On the American Office, we're going to eventually have a 40 year old Jim Halpert and his wife still working for the same lame compnay with all the people who were there on day one, 10 years ago. I realize this show is a cash cow for NBC and they don't want to let it go, but the longer it goes on, the more unrealistic it is! Oh, and they're playing the "touching, heartfelt ending" card WAY too often. Fuck that. Gervais and Merchant only played that card once, at the very end, when it counted.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    this is why british tv works...

    by emeraldboy

    endless seasons means that eventually people give up watching. which doesnt explain my family. I mean why the hell is that show even on the air, in the uk. I started to watch not going out, there recently on the bbc, I had avoided watching it. thought It was absolutely hilarious , the same goes for outnumbered. Outnumbered is a work of genius and those child god......the scene with the pta was one of the funniest things i have seen in years were the scenes where all of them are been tucked into bed and the stuff the kids came out with about what they wanted to be when they grew made me laugh so hard.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I find her talented and attractive.

    by Tom

    So, there.

  • Its practically the formula this year so far. Andy struggles to get respect from the others...something embarrassing happens to show Andy is earnest/pathetic...employees rally behind Andy to show they really do like him/respect him...awww.

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    They just need a PERMANENT new boss

    by SLC

    Honestly, the formula is having a douche of a boss run a company. That's it. Why are they trying to change the formula that has worked for 50 billion remakes of the show? Find one actor be the new boss and stick with it. Spader and Tate won't cut it in these newly assigned roles and taking turns being the focal point for that week's episode. We need a constant character. Ed Helms will forever be seen as an employee of Dunder Mifflin and not a boss of it. It's weird on that level. Bring in Will Arnett or something and stick with them in Scott's old role!!!

  • Oct. 23, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Stanley naked

    by Fat and Curious

    I'd like to set you up with my daughter.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    I love her, but don't think Americans get her humor.

    by AnnoyYou

    She's one of those very particularly British comedians, someone who doesn't translate very well over here (I think Miranda Hart and French & Saunders are like that, too). She was terrific in Doctor Who, and some of her sketch comedy was hysterical - but you have to be a rabid Anglophile to appreciate her. American audiences will just find her weird (don't really get Gervais or Eddie Izzard, either). I'm surprised that that producers of The Office had even heard of her or think she'd make a good fit in the cast. We'll see, but I don't have a lot of confidence in this.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Shes an annoying c*nt

    by Mr_P

    and will play the same shouty, bolshy, pain in the arse type character that she always does. Goodbye Office - Community and Parks and Recreation will have to do from now on.

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Tate was surprisingly great as DOCTOR WHO's Donna Noble

    by SpyGuy

    I oriignally hated Tate with a passion in her first DOCTOR WHO appearance in "The Runaway Bride" and dreaded the idea of her as a full-fledged companion, but she won me over with her anti-Rose Tyler lack of romance and powerfully sad ending "Journey's End."

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Why hire Tate? Was it the universal scream of NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    by riskebiz

    Honestly, they should have hired Will Arnett. The fact is that Spader's character was the most interesting and had the best dynamic with the rest of the cast, but it's like they forgot all that and this season and pretty much made him as useful as Kathy Bates. Where is that great dynamic with Dwight? Where is ANY of it? Tate...she was universally loathed...and yet they make room for her?!!!!? B.S. They should have just moved heaven and earth to bring on Will Arnett.

  • I'm guessing you mean the producers who aren't Ricky Gervais or Stephen Merchant

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Only seen "The Office" a few times

    by Peter David

    Never really did much for me. Then again, I don't like any of the pseudo-documentary sitcoms. I've never cared for that format. That said, if Tate coming's on board, I'll give it another look. She's brilliant. And I am also not bovvered. PAD

  • Oct. 24, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Oy! Watch It Spaceboy. (Who Spoliery)

    by rbottoms

    Donna Noble, the one companion who didn't fall madly in love with The Doctor? The only woman put him in his place, on more than one occasion then saved the universe, and after all her growth as a woman "died"? Yeah, who needs that noise. Catherine Tate is Carol Burnett to the British, funny, moving, and sexy without being a 20-something bimbo. Who gives a damn about The Office, or at least the U.S. weak tea version of the show.

  • Oct. 25, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by Mr_P

    "Catherine Tate is Carol Burnett to the British, funny, moving, and sexy without being a 20-something bimbo." ehhhh to you maybe, not to ANYONE else in the UK