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Meet our category celebrity judges for the National Cat Awards

Russell Kane

Judge, Furr-ever Friends category

Multi-award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane presents two massively successful podcasts and will soon be back on the road in another sell-out live tour.

Winner of the Best Show in 2010 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Russell has recently been seen on The Apprentice You’re Fired, The One Show, Steph’s Packed Lunch, Live aThe Apollo, Unzipped, Celebrity Juice  and I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Now.

A social media favourite, Russell lives with three cats Terry, Donna and Roy.  

Bob Mortimer

Judge, Most Outstanding Rescue Cat category

Comedian Bob Mortimer has been part of double act Reeves and Mortimer for over 25 years, starting with Channel 4’s Vic Reeves’ Big Night In, and continuing with more hit shows including the BBC’s Shooting Stars and House of Fools.

Bob is currently starring with fellow comic Paul Whitehouse in the BBC’s much loved and multi-BAFTA-nominated show Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing.

Bob is just about to release his much anticipated autobiography and has two cats called Mavis and Goodmonson. 

Photo credit - McCrickard Photography

Tuppence Middleton

Judge, Most Caring Cat category

Actor Tuppence was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards in 2010 and since then has appeared in films such as Downton AbbeyFisherman’s Friends and The Imitation Game, plus TV shows such as War & PeaceBlack MirrorFriday Night DinnerDickensian and Sense8.

Soon to be seen in the upcoming Downton Abbey movie sequel, Tuppence lives with her cat Bibb. 

Photo credit - Rob Harper

Deborah Meaden

Announcer, Purina Better Together, People’s Choice Award

Businesswoman, mentor and entrepreneur Deborah is best known for her appearances and shrewd investments on the BBC show Dragon’s Den.

A keen philanthropist and environmental campaigner she has also appeared as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and is regularly on TV commenting on business stories.

Deborah is a big animal lover and shares her home with two cats, as well as dogs, horses, sheep and birds!  

The four finalists will then be judged by our six finalist celebrity judges - click here to meet them

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