You do develop a taste as an actress: Chekhov, Ayckbourn: it’s the combination of comedy and human drama. I would never want to do anything without comedy.
People don't realise what a nice thing it is for an actor to go to a job where they know or like everybody, because you're so often having to do new beginnings, starting off on set with people you don't know, having to introduce yourself and make friends.
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When I was at school studying biology, I wanted to be a medical researcher. I did work experience at St Mary’s Hospital in London, and I begged them to let me see the post mortems. So the first time I saw a naked male was at 15, when I saw an 89 year old man who had died of a brain hemorrhage.
I did a lot of serious plays, and I did the Oxford Review as well, which is supposed to be funny, but I’m not sure how funny we were when we did it. Then, when I finished my course, it was only then that I decided to go to drama school and try and do acting because I was enjoying it so much and so on.
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Laura Katherine Parkinson 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 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 game Worms: Clan Wars.
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