Malandra Burrows (born Malandra Elizabeth Newman on 4 November 1965 in Woolton, Liverpool) is an English actress and singer.
She started dancing after encouragement from her mother, under the tutelage of Billy Pearce's mother Jean: she appeared on YTVs Junior Showtime at the age of six. In 1974 Malandra Newman became the youngest-ever winner of New Faces, appearing on the same "all-winners" show with Tor Smith and Victoria Wood. Her interest in music continued throughout her early adolescence and in 1978 she won the BBC Merseyside song writer of the year award, at the age of thirteen.
After deciding that she wanted to be a performer, she joined the Everyman Youth Theatre, in Liverpool, did classes at Liverpool Theatre School and also did productions with a local amateur dramatics company at St Peter's, in Woolton, whilst continuing to perform musically. After leaving school with eleven O-levels, she enrolled in a Liverpool drama school, where she remained for two years learning her future trade of acting changing her surname to Burrows for registration with Equity.
Even before leaving drama school, Burrows played several roles on television, appearing in The Practice and Fell Tiger, as well as taking two parts in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside - firstly Lucy Coflins's schoolfriend, Sue, and then Pat Hancock's girlfriend, Lisa Morrisey in 1982
Borrows as Kathy in Emmerdale.Three months after leaving drama school, she auditioned for the role of Kathy Bates in the popular ITV soap opera Emmerdale (then known as Emmerdale Farm) and got the part. The role has been her most prominent to date. She became one of the programmes longest running characters, remaining in the show from 1985 to 2001 and returning briefly in 2005. Kathy is remembered for being one of the most married characters in the soap and had a reputation for having "the kiss of death" on her men. First husband Jackie Merrick accidentally shot himself in 1989; her second marriage to wheelchair-bound Chris Tate ended in 1995 when he admitted to an affair; in 1996 Kathys third husband Dave Glover died saving a baby he thought to be his own from a house fire as he was about to elope with his mistress Kim Tate. Poor Kathy was even dumped at the altar by her fourth fiancee Biff in 1999. During her 16-year stint, Kathy was kidnapped by a diamond thieving lord, knocked down by a horse-stealing conman, targeted by a double wife murderer who tried to drive her over a cliff, trapped in the wreckage of a bus hit by a lorry, and imprisoned for protesting against the local haulage company. Reportedly one of the soap's highest paid stars of the time on a reputed £80,000pa , she paid the price of celebrity when a fanatical mental patient escaped from custody threatening to kill hershe had police protection for two months . She gave her all to the soap for seventeen years, turning down many parts including one written for her in Willy Russell's film version of Shirley Valentine, but was axed from the soap as part of ITV's revamp of the programme in the rush for ratings. Burrows returned for three episodes for Seth's funeral in 2005.