Born in Swansea, Wales, Catherine began her career on stage at an early age. She made her professional acting debut when she played the lead in Annie, a production at Swansea Grand Theatre. When she was 14, Mickey Dolenz - of Monkees fame - cast her as Tallulah in Bugsy Malone. Then, at the age of 17, she was cast as part of the chorus in The Pajama Game at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester.
After starring in a number of television films and small roles in films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment in the late 1990s. She won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for portraying Velma Kelly in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical Chicago.
In 2010 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Desiree in A Little Night Music.
Catherine is married to actor Michael Douglas who shares the same birthday.
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