|Born||Laura Katherine Parkinson
9 March 1978
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England 
|Alma mater||St Hilda's College, University of Oxford|
Laura Katherine Parkinson (born 9 March 1978 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) is an English actress and comedienne, who is known for playing the part of Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd for which she received a BAFTA TV Award nomination in 2011. Parkinson was also a main cast member of the UK series Doc Martin, playing his receptionist, Pauline, from series 2-4. She is also starring in the 'Malteaster advert' 2013.
Parkinson has also contributed sketches for Katy Brand, her friend since studying at Oxford.
Katherine 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 where she met Chris O'Dowd, fellow The IT Crowd lead, for the first time.
During her studies she left the course to star in the play The Age of Consent. Her subsequent career has seen her star alongside British actors such as Martin Clunes in Doc Martin and Julie Walters. In 2007, she appeared in a new translation of Chekhov's The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre in London, 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 Oxford. At the end of 2009 she appeared in the acclaimed 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 Royal 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.
Personal life 
Parkinson is married to comedian 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||Series 19, Episode 41: "The Long Goodbye"|
|2005||Extras||Woman in queue||Series 1, Episode 2: "Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones"|
|2005–2009||Doc Martin||Pauline Lamb||Series 2–4|
|2006–2010||The IT Crowd||Jen Barber||British Comedy Award for Best Television Comedy Actress
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance
|2007||Fear, Stress & Anger||Gemma|
|2007–2009||Katy Brand's Big Ass Show||Various characters||Series 1–3|
|2009||Jonathan Creek||Nicola||Episode: "The Grinning Man"|
|2009||The Old Guys||Amber|
|2010||The 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||Series 2, Episode 3: "The Reichenbach Fall"|
|2013||Love Matters||Jo Pepper||Series 1, Episode 2: Officially Special|
|2012||Diary of a Nobody||Carrie Pooter|
|2012||Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully||Katrina|
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