Kate is a popular name right now in the celebrity world — besides Winslet, Bosworth, Hudson, Beckinsale and Holmes, there are a host of others. Two of them have recently arrived Stateside from across the pond: Kate Nash and Kate Walsh, both English singer-songwriters who will be performing in New York this month. To make things more confusing, one of Walsh’s songs was featured on the “Grey’s Anatomy” episode that led into the “Private Practice” spin-off—starring the other Kate Walsh. To keep things straight, here’s WWD’s guide to everything Kate.

Kate Nash, Singer, 20
Hometown: Harrow, England
Education: BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
Hear Her / See Her: Her album, “Made of Bricks,” is out today (Geffen Records), and she performs Wednesday night at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
Before She Was Big: Worked as a shopgirl at River Island, a British high street
fashion chain.
How She Made It: Rocketed to MySpace fame after fellow Brit musician Lily Allen put Nash on her Web page’s top eight friends list.
Style: Portobello Market
And We Quote…
“You call me a b–ch and everyone we’re with will be embarrassed and I won’t give a s–t.”

Kate Walsh, Singer, 24
Hometown: Burnham-on-Crouch, England
Education: Brighton Institute of Modern Music
Hear Her / See Her: Her album, “Tim’s House,” is out now (Verve Forecast) and she performs Jan. 28 at The Living Room in New York City.
Before She Was Big: Was dumped by her first label, Kitchenware Records.
How She Made It: Put out “Tim’s House” herself last year on iTunes, where it quickly rose to number one.
Style: Topshop
And We Quote…
“I’m stuck on a boy who fills me with joy.”

This story first appeared in the January 8, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Kate Walsh, Actress, 40
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Education: University of Arizona
Hear Her / See Her: On ABC’s “Private Practice,” currently on hiatus due to the Hollywood writers’ strike.
Before She Was Big: Donned a fat suit on “The Drew Carey Show” to play Carey’s on-air girlfriend, played a transsexual on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and was Sandra Oh’s lesbian girlfriend in “Under the Tuscan Sun.”
How She Made It: Guest-starred as Ellen Pompeo’s rival, Dr. Addison Montgomery, on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Style: Dolce & Gabbana
And We Quote…
“It’s babypalooza!”

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