Catherine Tate and the Pop Star She Dates

Fake That (Catherine third from left) vs Take That (Jason third from right)

Before we start, let me just say this: elements of this story are a little odd. If you stop to think about them, you’ll get left behind and no one is going to come back and get you, so please, please try and stick together people, OK?

Right, so it’s all across the Sun today that Catherine Tate is dating Jason Orange, the singer in the band Take That. He’s 41 and single, she’s 43 and separated from her partner Twig Clark, what could possibly be strange about that?

Well, how about the way they met? Catherine signed up to be part of this year’s Comic Relief fundraiser, and one of the skits on the night was a spoof of Take That, an all-star recasting of the band as Fake That (clever wording, eh?) starring James Corden as Gary Barlow, and David Walliams as Howard Donald… and Catherine Tate… as Jason Orange.

The end of the skit is a meeting between the two bands, and that’s how Catherine met Jason. So he’s effectively dating himself?

Here’s a clip:

Since then, the two have kept in touch, and even went to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stratford-upon-Avon together.

A ‘friend’ told the Sun: “It’s a very unlikely pairing but they have really hit it off.  They’ve been on a number of dates to the theatre and the cinema. They really enjoy each other’s company.

“Catherine deserves someone nice and she has landed on her feet with Jason. But they have both been desperate to keep their romance secret.”

And now it is not. Well done everyone.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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