Mar. 9th, 1978
Hounslow, England, UK
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Katherine Jane Parkinson (born March 9 1978) is an English actress.
Parkinson 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 (having received a nomination in 2011). She was also a main cast member of the series Doc Martin for three seasons, and performed the voiceovers for the games Worms: Clan Wars and Worms Battlegrounds. She currently co-stars in Humans, an eight part sci-fi drama on AMC/Channel 4, which premiered in June 2015.
Born in Hounslow, London, the daughter of historian A. F. Parkinson. Her family are from Northern Ireland and Devon. She grew up in Tolworth and Surbiton, and studied at Tiffin Girls' School before going on to read Classics at St Hilda's College, Oxford. 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. She left her course to star in the play The Age of Consent.
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 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. At the end of 2009 she appeared in the play Cock at the Royal Court Theatre.
In 2008 Parkinson played Danika Meanwhile in the Doctor Who audio The Death Collectors alongside Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor.
She has appeared several times on BBC Radio 4, including on Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking, Mouth Trap, again with Katy 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 July 28, 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.
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 (December 19, 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.
In 2014, she co-starred in TV advertisements for Kit-Kat.
Parkinson is married to actor 'Harry Peacock', with whom she had a daughter in 2012. In 2014, it was announced that the couple were expecting their second child.
- Trained on the two year post-grad course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), but left in her second year when she was offered a role in a professional play.
- Studied Classics at Oxford University.
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