The talented teen acquired her first actor's guild card at the age of 15. When Catherine was 16 she took over the lead in David Merrick's 4.

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Still, neither fishing nor candy-making were the life for her, and she developed a passion for acting while still very young.

She began singing and dancing at the age of four, largely as a result of her involvement with the local Catholic congregation's amateur performing troupe.

Her dance background was invaluable for her fencing training but she had nothing, except her backside to fall back on when it came to learning to ride.

Her exotic appeal was recently played up for her role opposite Sean Connery in Entrapment, a sexy jewel thief caper.

The show was a big hit in the United Kingdom, and Catherine was becoming a first class star.

During the series' enormously successful three-year run, its star made her first inroads into Hollywood with a prominent role in an episode of ABC's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Next was France, where she made her film debut in French director Philip de Broca's 1990 film Scheherazade.

She returned home a year later after being offered a role in a TV series called The Darling Buds of May.

She began acting at age 11, playing the lean in a production of Annie and at 13 starred in a West End production of the musical Bugsy Malone.