Caroline Catz

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Caroline Catz
Caroline Catz.jpg
Catz on the set of Doc Martin
Born Caroline Caplan
(1969-10-19) 19 October 1969 (age 45)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Michael Higgs (m. 1997)
Children 2

Caroline Catz (born Caroline Caplan 19 October 1969 in Manchester) is an English film, television, theatre and radio actress. She is best known for her roles as Detective Inspector Kate Ashurst in Murder in Suburbia, Louisa Glasson in Doc Martin, Detective Inspector Helen Morton in DCI Banks, and PC Cheryl Hutchins in The Vice.


Catz began acting in the early 1990s, initially playing minor roles. On registering with Equity, she discovered that an actress with the name Caroline Caplan was already registered, so she had to choose a different professional name.

She played opposite Michael Kitchen in a TV movie, The Guilty that opened in June 1992. In 1994 she took a lead role in the BBC's All Quiet on the Preston Front, which ran for three series. She followed this with a spell in The Bill as Rosie Fox, during which she met Michael Higgs, who later became her husband. Her part in The Bill was the first of four long-term roles in which she played police officers; later in The Vice she was a PC, in Murder in Suburbia she was a Detective Inspector, and again played a Detective Inspector in DCI Banks, starting in 2012. Since 2004 she has starred in ITV1's Doc Martin, where she plays primary school headmistress Louisa Glasson.

Catz has continued to appear in one-off roles, including In Denial of Murder, in which she played real-life murder victim Wendy Sewell, and in an episode of Hotel Babylon. She also appeared in a two-part episode of Single Handed entitled The Stolen Child as Dr Maggie Hunter. Originally shown in Ireland in January 2008, it was broadcast by ITV on 9 August 2009.

In November 2008 she played Anna, the puppet maker, in the stage production On Emotion.[1] She has previously appeared in the West End in the Out of Joint/Royal Court Theatre production of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking. In 2012 she played Marlene in Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

She co-starred in Déjà Vu, a radio play broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 4 February 2009.[2]

In 2014, Catz directed the documentary titled A Message to the World...Whatever Happened to Jesse Hector? Also in 2014, she narrated the BBC's television documentary Ebola - The Search for a Cure.

Personal life[edit]

Catz is married to fellow actor Michael Higgs; the couple met on the set of The Bill. They have a son born in 2001 and a daughter born in 2006.


  1. ^ On Emotion at Soho Theatre The Telegraph, 18 November 2008
  2. ^ BBC report on Déjà-Vu

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