Catherine Tate unveiled as this year's Olivier Awards host

She takes over from last year's presenter, comedian Jason Manford.

Catherine Tate has been unveiled as the host of this year’s Olivier Awards.

The comedian and actress will present the prestigious theatre awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday April 8.

She said: “I’m delighted to be hosting this year’s Olivier Awards. Theatre has always been a big love of mine both as a performer and as an audience member.”

Catherine Tate (Matt Crockett)
Catherine Tate (Matt Crockett/PA)

“For me it’s the shared experience that can’t be beaten. The memories I have of theatre stay with me long after the show has ended – even the productions I caught as a child – such is the power of this wonderful medium.

“There is so much to celebrate within the UK theatre scene and it’s my pleasure to be involved in this exciting and inspiring event.”

Tate – who shot to fame with her BBC Two comedy series The Catherine Tate Show and starred in Doctor Who alongside David Tennant – has a number of stage credits including parts in a 2011 West End production of Much Ado About Nothing.

She takes over from last year’s presenter, comedian Jason Manford.

The announcement comes ahead of Tuesday’s nominations, which will be announced live on Facebook.

Established in 1976, the Olivier Awards celebrate the status of London theatre.

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