Character Bios

Pauline Lamb

Played by Katherine Parkinson

Character Bio:

Pauline was a veterinary assistant before replacing her cousin Elaine as Doc Martin’s receptionist. After taking a phlebotomy course she helps the Doc with any bleeding patients. After dating Al she ends up living with him and Bert at their restaurant. At the beginning of Series 5 Pauline has moved to Bristol for a job.

Actor Bio:

Laura Katherine Parkinson 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 from series 2-4.

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. In 2010-11 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.

In 2008 Katherine played Danika Meanwhile in the Doctor Who audio "The Death Collectors", alongside Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor.

Having played the doctor's receptionist, and later phlebotomist, in Series 2-4 of Doc Martin, a March 2011 press release from ITV about Series 5 indicated that there would be a new receptionist at the doctor's surgery, confirming that Katherine Parkinson had left the program.


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