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The IT Crowd, Doc Martin
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Katherine Parkinson (born March 9th, 1978) in England) is an English actress, known for playing the part of Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedu series The IT Crowd and for her role as Practice Receptionist Pauline Lamb in Doc Martin.
Parkinson studied Tiffin` Girls` School in Kingston upon Thames, London and then read Classicsat 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. Both she and O`Dowd left LAMDA without completing their studies after becoming disillusioned with the prevailing ethos there.
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 and Julie Walters. In 2007, she appeared in a new translation of Chekhov`s The Seagull at the Royal Court in London, alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Mackenzie Crook.
She recently contributed sketch characters to Katy Brand`s ITV2 show, having been friends with Brand since Oxford. She has also appeared several times on BBC Radio 4, including on Talking and Not Talking, Mouth Trap, agai with Brand, and in The Odd Half Hour.
She also stars in a television advertiserment for Maltesers alongside fellow actress and comedienne Amanda Abbington. Her mother teaches English at James Allen`s Girls` School. 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 2007, Parkinson announced her engagement for fellow comedian Harry Peacock.
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Laura Katherine Parkinson
Katherine Jane Parkinson (born 9 March 1977 in Hounslow, London) 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 (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.
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