Katherine Parkinson

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Katherine Parkinson
Born Katherine Jane Parkinson
(1977-03-09) 9 March 1977 (age 37)
Hounslow, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Katherine Jane Parkinson (born 9 March 1977) 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 in 2014[1] (having received a 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 games Worms: Clan Wars and Worms Battlegrounds.

Early life and education[edit]

Parkinson grew up in Tolworth, Surbiton[2] and studied at Tiffin Girls' School[3] before going on to read Classics at St Hilda's College, Oxford.[4][5] She studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where she met Chris O'Dowd, later to be her co-star in The IT Crowd.[5] Parkinson left her course to star in the play The Age of Consent.

Career[edit]

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 in the UK, she appeared in a feature-length episode of Jonathan Creek entitled "The Grinning Man". In 2009, for the third series of The IT Crowd, Parkinson became one of the highest paid actresses on a Channel 4 commissioned programme. She also contributed sketch characters to Katy Brand's ITV2 show, having been friends with Brand since their time at university.[6] 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,[7] again with Katy Brand, and in The Odd Half Hour.[8] 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.[9] 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.

She 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 Honourable Woman for the BBC and SundanceTV.

Personal life[edit]

Parkinson's family are from Ulster and Devonshire. Her father is Northern Irish historian Dr. A F Parkinson. Parkinson is married to actor Harry Peacock, with whom she had a daughter in 2012. In 2014, it was announced that the couple are expecting their second child.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
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
2014 Britain Isn't Eating Marion; Sarah

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[11]
Nominated – BAFTA for Best Female Comedy Performance[12]
Winner of BAFTA award Best Female Performance In A Comedy Programme 2014[1]
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
2010 Whites Caroline[13]
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[14] Episode: "The Reichenbach Fall"
2013 Love Matters Jo Pepper Episode: "Officially Special"
2014 The Honourable Woman Rachel
2014 Inside No. 9 Rebecca Episode: "Sardines"
2014 Officially Special Jo Pepper
2014 In the Club Kim

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 A Certain Smile Catherine
Good Times Role Patient
2008 The Odd Half Hour
2008 Mouthtrap Writer / performer
2010 Sarah Millican's Support Group Kim
2011 The Lost Weekend
2011 The Drover of Clissold Common
Souvenirs Samantha
2011–2012 Don't Start Kim
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
2013 Start/Stop Alice

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 In The Club 2013 Before the Party[15][16] Laura Almeida
2012 Absent Friends[17] Diana Harold Pinter Theatre
2011 66 Books[18] Jo Bush Theatre
2011 The School for Scandal[19] Lady Teazle Barbican Theatre
2010 Season's Greetings[20] Pattie National Theatre
2009 Cock[21] W Royal Court
2007 The Seagull[22] Masha Royal Court
2006 The Lightning Play[23] Imogen Cumberbatch Almeida
2006 Other Hands[24] Lydia Soho Theatre
2004 Flush[25] Lily Soho Theatre
2004 Cigarettes and Chocolate[26] Gail King's Head Theatre
2004 The Unthinkable[27] Fran Sheffield Crucible
2003 The Riot Act[28] Antigone The Gate (London)
2003 The Increased Difficulty of Concentration Anna Balcar The Gate (London)
2003 Camille[29] Olympe Lyric Hammersmith
2002 Deep Throat Live on Stage[30] Linda Lovelace Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Festival Fat Bloke Productions
2002 Frame 312[31] Maggie / Doris / Marie Donmar Warehouse
2002 The Age of Consent[32] Stephanie Bush Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winner Katherine Parkinson The IT Crowd". BAFTA Television Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-features/9960579/Katherine-Parkinson-interview.html
  3. ^ Bruce Dessau (2007-12-28). "Big in 2008: Comedy". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Katherine Parkinson - Classics, 1996". St Hilda's College University of Oxford. University of Oxford. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Katherine Parkinson Interview". Channel 4. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Harries, Rhiannon (2009-12-20). "How We Met: Katherine Parkinson & Katy Brand". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  7. ^ "Mouth trap". BBC Radio 4. 2008-05-20. 
  8. ^ "The Odd Half Hour". BBC Radio 4. 
  9. ^ "The Great Outdoors". BBC Four. 
  10. ^ Belotti, Alex (2013-03-14). "Hollywood’s lure doesn’t work on laughter-loving Katherine Parkinson". Hampstead and Highgate Express. 
  11. ^ "The Winners - 2009". British Comedy Awards. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  12. ^ "Female Performance in a Comedy Programme 2010". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 
  13. ^ "Whites". BBC Two. 
  14. ^ "Sherlock". BBC One. 
  15. ^ "Before the Party - cast". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Dominic Cavendish (29 March 2013). "Before the Party, Almeida Theatre, review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Charles Spencer (10 February 2012). "Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre, Review". The Telegraph. 
  18. ^ "66 – Sixty Six Books". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "The School for Scandal". Barbican Centre. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  20. ^ Ian Shuttleworth (13 December 2010). "Season’s Greetings, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London". Theatre and Dance. FT.com. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Cock at the Royal Court". Royal Court. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  22. ^ Michael Billington (26 January 2007). "The Seagull, Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Lightning Play". Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  24. ^ Michael Billington. "Other Hands, Soho Theatre, London". Theatre. The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Aleks Sierz (26 April 2004). "Flush". The Stage. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "Archive for Cigarettes and Chocolate/Hang up at the Kings Head Theatre". UK Theatre Web. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  27. ^ John Highfield (1 November 2004). "The Unthinkable". The Stage. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  28. ^ "The Riot Act (play) archive". UK Theatre Web. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "Archive for Camille at Lyric Theatre Hammersmith". UK Theatre Web. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  30. ^ Johann Hari (12 August 2002). "Edinburgh festival - Sex and violence". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "Frame 312 (Play) archive". UK Theatre Web. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Age of Consent". UK Theatre Archive. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 

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