Catherine Tyldesley was born in Salford in 1983. After leaving school, she trained as an actress and singer at the Birmingham School of Acting during which she played stage parts in Little Me, Blood Wedding, The Guid Sisters and Half a Sixpence. After graduating, she gained parts in Holby City and Sorted before gaining the leading role in the short-lived BBC serial Lillies. Since then she has played in a variety of series including Emmerdale (as Abi Peterson for two months in 2010), Shameless, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Drop Dead Gorgeous. Her film roles are in Human Nature and The Book Collector. As well as being an actress, she is an accomplished singer and has been a model.