ONE of her most famous characters would probably say she wasn’t that ‘bovvered’ about charity.
But comedian Catherine Tate clearly is ‘bovvered’ about backing the Huddersfield-based Laura Crane Trust where she is patron.
The comedian, actress and writer joined forces with the Huddersfield Giants for the Trust’s charity calendar.
She modelled a silky blue gown to appear in a shot for the calendar, which raises money for the Huddersfield-based teenage cancer charity.
Catherine, who made a name for herself as sulky schoolgirl Lauren Cooper with the catchphrase ‘Am I bovvered?’ took part in eight separate calendar shots.
One of the shots included an improvised scene from a James Bond movie with several of the Huddersfield Giants players
Looking very glamorous, Catherine posed with Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Michael Lawrence, Luke Robinson and Andy Raleigh as they were photographed near the Trust’s offices in Huddersfield.
And, of course, it would not have been complete without an Aston Martin or two – 007’s favourite motor.
Pam Thornes, manager of the Laura Crane Trust, said: "We were absolutely delighted when Catherine called to say she would be in Yorkshire over the weekend and was available for the photo shoot.
"Catherine was keen to be involved in this year’s calendar which has a theme of the movies.
"With only days to sort the shoot and Catherine being available for nearly six hours, we had to call on many supporters to help us.
"Our dear friends at the Aston Martin Owners Club ensured we had the 007 cars and they certainly did not let us down with the appearance of the Aston Martin 1984 V8 Vantage, DB9, DBS and a beautiful DBS Volante for the extra glamour.
"Catherine was more than happy to take part in a number of shots on the theme of Top Gun, the Full Monty and a tongue-in-cheek Dr Who with our Youth Ambassador, Huddersfield Giants’ Andy Raleigh."
Catherine appeared in a Christmas special of Dr Who in 2006 and reprised her role in 2007, so she was able to offer some advice for that photograph.
The calendar follows on from last year’s Giants charity calendar which featured some of the players in the buff.
It raised more than £8,000 for the trust, which supports young people with cancer.
Andy Raleigh – or should that be James Bond? – said the shoot was great fun.
The Giants player, who is also the Trust’s Youth Ambassador, said: "It was brilliant for Catherine to be willing to get involved with this year’s calendar. It will certainly help make it a little different and I am sure fans will be delighted with the final product.
"She is an amazing lady who continually works hard in the background for the charity.
"It was great fun during the photo sessions. We had plenty of laughs and Catherine worked extremely hard as she was in every one of the eight shots we covered that day – it was great she was prepared to front this year’s calendar.
"All those who helped on the day gave their services free of any charge to ensure we raised as much money as possible for the young cancer patients we support at the Laura Crane Trust and we are extremely grateful to everyone who made the day such a success, especially players from the Giants who made themselves available at such short notice."
Catherine contacted the Laura Crane Trust in 2006 while filming in the Yorkshire region and having read about their work wanted to get involved.
The Trust was established in memory of Laura Crane in 1996 after the Huddersfield A-level student died age 17.
If you want to see Catherine’s starring role you’re going to have to be quick – there are only 2,000 copies of the calendar available, costing £7 each.
Visit www.lauracranetrust.org/store for more information.