Meet the overall winner judges - National Cat Awards

The judges for the overall 'Cat of the Year' for this year's National Cat Awards have been announced. Find out more about our celebrities below.

Andrew Collins

Author, critic, scriptwriter and broadcaster Andrew Collins is Film Editor of Radio Times and presents Saturday Night at the Movies on Classic FM. He hosted shows on BBC Radio 6 Music for over 10 years and co-wrote BBC1 comedy Not Going Out with Lee Mack. Andrew has judged the awards twice before and helped launch our call for entries in 2017 and 2018.

Andrew Collins

Paul Copley

Paul has appeared in ITV’s Downton Abbey as Mr Mason and Doc Martin as Walter O’Donnell. He played Harry in the BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax and the eccentric father in the Radio 4 series Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups. Paul has judged three times before. He and his wife Natasha used to have a black cat called Chea who was their much-loved companion for 18 years.

Paul Copley
Sarah Fisher and Anthony Head
Sarah is a Tellington TTouch instructor and runs the TTouch Centre for the UK. TTouch is a specialised approach to the care, handling and training of animal companions. She has made numerous television appearances including BBC1’s Nightmare Pets SOS and ITV’s For the Love of Dogs. Sarah is also an author having written and co-written six books and is a contributor to many animal magazines and publications. Anthony is an actor whose TV appearances include playing Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Uther Pendragon in Merlin and the Prime Minister in Little Britain. His extensive film roles include playing Chiron in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Nigel in A Streetcat Named Bob. On radio, Anthony played Herc Shipwright in the BBC comedy Cabin Pressure, working alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam. Sarah and Anthony have judged at four previous National Cat Awards.

Sarah Fisher and Antony Head
Carley Stenson and Danny Mac

Cat-loving couple Carley and Danny made their names in Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks, with Carley playing Steph Cunningham from 2000 to 2011, and Danny playing Mark ‘Dodger’ Savage from 2011 to 2015. Carley is currently appearing as Fantine in the West End production of Les Miserables and also played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical and the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. Danny reached the final of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 and played Craig in Sky One’s Trollied. His stage appearances include Les Miserables, Wicked, On The Town and the UK and European tour of Sunset Boulevard, for which Danny received a Best Actor award at the Manchester Theatre Awards. This is the third time Carley and Danny have judged for the National Cat Awards.

Carley Stenson danny mac

Jessica-Jane Stafford

Jessica presented BBC3’s The Real Hustle and E4’s The Body Shocking Show and she was also a contestant in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Her film appearances include Two Persons Max, for which she won best supporting actress at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Jessica-Jane used to own two cats called Suzy and Sally.


Peter Egan, Overall winner judging panel

Peter EganPeter is an actor who played Hugh ‘Shrimpie’ MacClare in ITV’s Downton Abbey and Martin Hughes in ITV crime drama Unforgotten. On stage, he has appeared in People, Art and Young Chekhov. Peter is also honorary vice-president for the RSPCA and a UK ambassador for Animals Asia, helping to raise awareness of unwanted cats in the UK and endangered big cats overseas.

Lucy Pinder, Facebook Live video host

Model and actress Lucy started her modelling career in 2003 with the Daily Star, before appearing on the front cover of magazines including Nuts and Loaded. She also featured in advertisement campaigns for The National Lottery and Lynx. Lucy used to own three cats and this is her fourth National Cat Awards.

Lucy Pinder