Katherine Parkinson

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Katherine Parkinson
BornLaura Katherine Parkinson
(1978-03-09) 9 March 1978 (age 36)
Hounslow, Middlesex, England
Years active2001–present
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Katherine Parkinson
BornLaura Katherine Parkinson
(1978-03-09) 9 March 1978 (age 36)
Hounslow, Middlesex, England
Years active2001–present

Laura Katherine Parkinson (born 9 March 1978) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd, for which she received a British Comedy Best TV Actress Award in 2009 and a BAFTA TV Award nomination in 2011. She was also a main cast member of the series Doc Martin from series 2 to 4. She also performed the voiceovers for the game Worms: Clan Wars.

Early life and education[edit]

Parkinson studied at Tiffin Girls' School[1] in Kingston upon Thames, London and then read Classics at St Hilda's College, Oxford[2] before moving to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Parkinson left the course to star in the play The Age of Consent.


In 2007, she appeared in a new production of Chekhov's The Seagull at London's Royal Court Theatre, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Mackenzie Crook.

On New Year's Day 2009, she appeared in a feature-length episode of Jonathan Creek, called "The Grinning Man", which was broadcast in the UK. In 2009, for the third series of The IT Crowd, Parkinson became one of the highest paid actresses on Channel 4. She also contributed sketch characters to Katy Brand's ITV2 show, having been friends with Brand since their time at university.[3] At the end of 2009 she appeared in the play Cock at the Royal Court Theatre.

She has appeared several times on BBC Radio 4, including on Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking, Mouth Trap,[4] again with Brand, and in The Odd Half Hour.[5] She also starred in a television advertisement for Maltesers alongside fellow actress and comedian Amanda Abbington, and provided her voice for a Herbal Essences shampoo advertising campaign in 2010.

Parkinson is one of the main cast in BBC Four's three-part comedy series The Great Outdoors, which first aired on 28 July 2010.[6] In 2010–2011 she appeared in Season's Greetings at the National Theatre and in 2011 as Lady Teazle in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre.

Having played the doctor's receptionist, and later phlebotomist, in series 2-4 of Doc Martin, while in series 5 her character was replaced by a new receptionist.

Parkinson starred in The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, a four-part BBC comedy series which premiered on BBC Two on 19 December 2011. Parkinson next appeared in series 2 episode 3 of Sherlock, "The Reichenbach Fall", as journalist Kitty Riley in January 2012.

In 2013, she filmed The Honorable Woman for HBO.

Personal life[edit]

Parkinson is married to actor Harry Peacock, and gave birth to a daughter in 2012.[7]



2006Hard to SwallowKatie
2007Christmas at the RivieraVanessa
2008Easy VirtueMarion Whittaker
2008How to Lose Friends & Alienate PeoplePR woman
2009The Boat That RockedFelicity
2009St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's GoldPhysics teacher


2005Ahead of the ClassVicky Foley
2005CasualtyHelen GibbonsEpisode: "The Long Goodbye"
2005ExtrasWoman in queueEpisode: "Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones"
2005–2009Doc MartinPauline LambSeries 2–4
2006–2013IT Crowd, TheThe IT CrowdJen BarberBritish Comedy Award for Best Television Comedy Actress[8]
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance[9]
2007Fear, Stress & AngerGemma
2007Christmas at the RivieraVanessa
2007–2009Katy Brand's Big Ass ShowVarious charactersSeries 1–3
2009Jonathan CreekNicolaEpisode: "The Grinning Man"
2009Old Guys, TheThe Old GuysAmber
2010Great Outdoors, TheThe Great OutdoorsSophie
2011PsychovilleFionaSeries 2, Episode 5
2011Comedy Showcase: Coma GirlPipSeries 3, Episode 2
2011The Bleak Old Shop of StuffConceptiva
2012SherlockKitty Riley[11]Episode: "The Reichenbach Fall"
2013Love MattersJo PepperEpisode: "Officially Special"
2014The Honourable WomanRachel
2014Inside No. 9RebeccaEpisode: "Sardines"
2014Officially SpecialJo Pepper
2014In the ClubKim


2004A Certain SmileCatherine
Good Times RolePatient
2008The Odd Half Hour
2008MouthtrapWriter / performer
2010Sarah Millican's Support GroupKim
2011The Lost Weekend
2011The Drover of Clissold Common
2011–2012Don't StartKim
2011The One and OnlyLayla
2012Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade CarefullyKatrina
2012Diary of a NobodyCarrie Pooter
2012The Bat ManColette
The Lady from the SeaBolette


Before the PartyLauraAlmeda
Absent FriendsDianaHarold Pinter Theatre
66 BooksJoBush Theatre
School for ScandalLady TeazleBarbican Theatre
Season's GreetingPattieNational Theatre
CockWRoyal Court
The SeagullMashaRoyal Court
The Lightning PlayImodenAlmeida
Other HandsLydiaSoho Theatre
FlushLilySoho Theatre
Cigarettes and ChocolateGailKings Head Theatre
The UnthinkableFranSheffield Crucible
AntigoneAntigoneThe Gate
The Increased Difficulty of ConcentrationAnna BalcarThe Gate
CamilleOlympeLyric Hammersmith
Deep Throat Live on StageLinda LovelaceFat Bloke Productions
Frame 312Maggie / Doris / MarieDonmar Warehouse
The Age of ConsentStephanieThe Bush


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