Catherine Tate looks unrecognisable in first look at Netflix comedy comeback Hard Cell

CATHERINE Tate looks unrecognisable in a first look at her Netflix comedy comeback Hard Cell.

Hard Cell is a documentary style comedy set in the fictional female prison, HMP Woldsley.

Writer and creator Catherine, 53, plays multiple characters from Laura Willis, the Governor who believes creativity leads to rehabilitation, to Big Viv, the psychopath lifer.

The series is set over a six-week period during which the inmates rehearse a musical directed by ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison.

Rehearsals draw together an oddball collection of women as they find their voices, grow in confidence and strengthen their friendships.

While most of Catherine's characters are women, the star also transforms into Marco, one of the guards.

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The Essex lad is described as someone who "got down to the last 32 on Love Island so he’s got nothing to prove.

"More committed to his appearance than his job, which he only took because he can get to work without changing tubes."

It sees Catherine swap her long red hair for a short, dark crop, fake tan and designer stubble.

Meanwhile Ange is a timid first timer, and her character description reads: "An innocent, struggling to adapt to her new environment, her meekness making her easy prey.

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"But she lives by her mantra “People are inherently good” and despite her misfortune, she overcomes her fears, settles in and even finds her prison walk."

Elsewhere, Catherine plays Ros, a "bouncy inmate who idolises her mother" and the woman in question, mum Anne-Marie who is "a tough, mean, ex-con, who visits her daughter whenever she has run out of money.

"Contemptuous and scathing, she takes full advantage of her daughter’s unconditional love."

The comedy marks Catherine's return to TV comedy, with it being her first series since Nan finished on the BBC in 2015.

Since then she has continued to appear on the small screen as herself or providing her voice to shows including DuckTales and Tom Gates.

Hard Cell premieres on Netflix on April 12.

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