|Born||Laura Katherine Parkinson
9 March 1978
Hounslow, Middlesex, England
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
Parkinson studied at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames, London and then read Classics at St Hilda's College, Oxford before moving to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Parkinson left the course to star in the play The Age of Consent.
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. 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, again with Brand, and in The Odd Half Hour. 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. 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.
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.
Parkinson is married to actor Harry Peacock, and gave birth to a daughter in 2012.
|2006||Hard to Swallow||Katie|
|2007||Christmas at the Riviera||Vanessa|
|2008||Easy Virtue||Marion Whittaker|
|2008||How to Lose Friends & Alienate People||PR woman|
|2009||The Boat That Rocked||Felicity|
|2009||St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold||Physics teacher|
|2005||Ahead of the Class||Vicky Foley|
|2005||Casualty||Helen Gibbons||Episode: "The Long Goodbye"|
|2005||Extras||Woman in queue||Episode: "Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones"|
|2005–2009||Doc Martin||Pauline Lamb||Series 2–4|
|2006–2013||IT Crowd, TheThe IT Crowd||Jen Barber||British Comedy Award for Best Television Comedy Actress
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance
|2007||Fear, Stress & Anger||Gemma|
|2007||Christmas at the Riviera||Vanessa|
|2007–2009||Katy Brand's Big Ass Show||Various characters||Series 1–3|
|2009||Jonathan Creek||Nicola||Episode: "The Grinning Man"|
|2009||Old Guys, TheThe Old Guys||Amber|
|2010||Great Outdoors, TheThe Great Outdoors||Sophie|
|2011||Psychoville||Fiona||Series 2, Episode 5|
|2011||Comedy Showcase: Coma Girl||Pip||Series 3, Episode 2|
|2011||The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff||Conceptiva|
|2012||Sherlock||Kitty Riley||Episode: "The Reichenbach Fall"|
|2013||Love Matters||Jo Pepper||Episode: "Officially Special"|
|2014||The Honourable Woman||Rachel|
|2014||Inside No. 9: Sardines||Rebecca|
|2014||Officially Special||Jo Pepper|
|2014||In the Club||Kim|
|2004||A Certain Smile||Catherine|
|Good Times Role||Patient|
|2008||The Odd Half Hour|
|2008||Mouthtrap||Writer / performer|
|2011||The Lost Weekend|
|2011||The Drover of Clissold Common|
|2011||The One and Only||Layla|
|2012||Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully||Katrina|
|2012||Diary of a Nobody||Carrie Pooter|
|2012||The Bat Man||Colette|
|The Lady from the Sea||Bolette|
|Before the Party||Laura||Almeda|
|Absent Friends||Diana||Harold Pinter Theatre|
|66 Books||Jo||Bush Theatre|
|School for Scandal||Lady Teazle||Barbican Theatre|
|Season's Greeting||Pattie||National Theatre|
|The Seagull||Masha||Royal Court|
|The Lightning Play||Imoden||Almeida|
|Other Hands||Lydia||Soho Theatre|
|Cigarettes and Chocolate||Gail||Kings Head Theatre|
|The Unthinkable||Fran||Sheffield Crucible|
|The Increased Difficulty of Concentration||Anna Balcar||The Gate|
|Deep Throat Live on Stage||Linda Lovelace||Fat Bloke Productions|
|Frame 312||Maggie / Doris / Marie||Donmar Warehouse|
|The Age of Consent||Stephanie||The Bush|
- Bruce Dessau (2007-12-28). "Big in 2008: Comedy". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- St Hilda's College - Annual Report 2008-9
- Harries, Rhiannon (2009-12-20). "How We Met: Katherine Parkinson & Katy Brand". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "Mouth trap". BBC Radio 4. 2008-05-20.
- "The Odd Half Hour". BBC Radio 4.
- "The Great Outdoors". BBC Four.
- Belotti, Alex (2013-03-14). "Hollywood’s lure doesn’t work on laughter-loving Katherine Parkinson". Hampstead and Highgate Express.
- "The Winners - 2009". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "Female Performance in a Comedy Programme 2010". British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
- "Whites". BBC Two.
- "Sherlock". BBC One.
- Katherine Parkinson at the Internet Movie Database
- Dan Collacott & Imran Mirza (2010-08-22). "Interview with comedy siren Katherine Parkinson". liberationfrequency.co.uk.
- "Agency profile: Katherine Parkinson". curtisbrown.co.uk.