ORIGINALLY FROM SHEFFIELD, THE REVEREND KATE BOTTLEY IS A PRIEST IN NORTH NOTTINGHAMSHIRE. SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT BRINGING STORIES OF FAITH AND BELIEF TO THE WIDEST AUDIENCE POSSIBLE. KATE WAS NOT RAISED IN A CHURCH-GOING FAMILY, AND ONLY STARTED GOING TO CHURCH BECAUSE SHE FANCIED THE LOCAL VICAR’S SON. THEY HAVE BEEN MARRIED SINCE 1998 AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN.
In 2012 Kate was part of a wedding flashmob video which went viral with over 7 million hits on YouTube. This led to her being approached by Channel 4’s BAFTA and NTA winning series Gogglebox.
Kate hosts The Sunday Hour (BBC R2) a weekly show with hymns, spiritual sounds, reflections, dedications and a wide range of inspirational music. She is a frequent contributor to the Pause For Thought feature on Chris Evans' Breakfast Show, for which she was recently won a Jerusalem Award, and has also fronted the BBC Radio 2 documentary Believing in Beauty.
Kate’s presenting work includes Alone With the In-Laws (Studio Lambert/BBC 2), In The Footsteps of Judas, a flagship Easter documentary for BBC 1 and is a regular presenter on Songs of Praise (BBC 1). She has also made guest appearances on Celebrity MasterChef, Hairy Bikers Cracking Christmas, The One Show, Rip Off Britain (BBC 1) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4). In 2017, Kate journeyed to Camino de Santiago for The Pilgrimage which will be broadcast on BBC 2 next year.
Kate has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent, Saga Magazine and the Radio Times. She is currently taking a break from full-time parish ministry, but will continue to take church services and officiate at weddings and funerals as part of a wider remit which will include writing and broadcasting projects.
Kate loves telly and dancing. Her karaoke songs for choice are 9 to 5 or Ice, Ice Baby. She is owned by a 7 year old retired racing greyhound called Buster.
RELIGION & ETHICS
Songs of Praise, In The Footsteps of Judas, priest in North Nottinghamshire.