Kathryn Drysdale is a screen and stage actress, best known for her role as Louise in the BBC comedy series Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from 2001 until 2009. She has most recently appeared in The Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse in Josie Rourke’s inaugaral production as Artistic Director.
Drysdale made her professional stage debut at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre. Before returning there for productions of Fen and Far Away, she appeared in Billy and the Crab Lady with Soho Theatre Company, and at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Eliza’s House. Subsequent to this, she gained the part of Maya in Catch at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Polly Teale.
Between 2008 and 2009, she appeared in two of Gregory Doran’s RSC productions, as Katherine and Moth in Love’s Labour’s Lost and as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (the latter of which toured from the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre to the Novello Theatre in the West End). In 2009, she appeared in A Sudden Loss of Dignity at the Bush Theatre, and in 2011 played Mistress Hairbrain in a RSC studio project, A Mad World, My Masters.
Drysdale’s film credits include The Hypnotist, Dirty Money, Zemanovaload, Vanity Fair, Night Vision and the part of Taylor in St Trinian’s. She featured in David Frankel's Golden Globe nominated One Chance, in 2012 and has since featured in Urban & The Shed Crewe, alongside Richard Armitage.
Television roles include Gabby Burton in Holby City, Louise in Two Pints of Lager (series 1-8), Bliss in Dr Who, Lizzie in Tripping Over, various roles in Girl Friday, Natalie in Benidorm, and Brownwell in Any Human Heart. Other television appearances include parts in Chambers, People Like Us, Trial and Retribution IV, Swivel on the Tip, The Glass, The Vice V, Rockface 2 and Ultimate Force.