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Humans' Katherine Parkinson: ‘If I could only do one job it would be comedy’

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Katherine Parkinson has revealed that, if push came to shove and she could only do one job for the rest of her life, she’d choose comedy over drama every time.

Despite her success on mainstream dramas, such as The Honourable Woman and In the Club, Katherine remains true to her comedy roots on The IT Crowd.

“If I was told I could only ever do either drama or comedy, I’m afraid I would go for comedy," said Katherine. "But that’s just because I like to laugh.”

She added: “I think every job requires different skills. Sometimes to the viewer it’ll just look like you’re doing a different accent or something, but it’s more subtle than that. It’s a different tone, a different mood, a different genre. I think it’s about knowing the show you’re in, and what is required."

Katherine’s latest role sees her playing working mum Laura Hawkins in C4’s sci-fi thriller Humans (opens in new tab). In Sunday’s episode  viewers will see Laura become convinced the family’s new synthetic robot, Anita, has developed a mind of her own.

Katherine said: “Laura and Anita’s dynamic reminds me of The Hand that Rocks the Cradle. I love that psychological thriller element to Humans!

The cuckoo in the nest element is brilliant – the feeling of being usurped by this perfect synthetic being who’s good at all the stuff she’s not.

“Laura finds Anita (Gemma Chan (opens in new tab)) frightening because its difficult to know what’s going on in [her mind]. Laura’s suspicious Anita’s more than a synthetic because she says and does things that feel too human. Laura feels threatened and vulnerable. Having a synthetic isn’t as straightforward as having a machine to do your chores!”

She also revealed that Laura isn’t all she seems either: “Laura’s got a complicated past that she hasn’t revealed to husband Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill (opens in new tab)), even though she’s been with him for a long time. She’s troubled and unable to come clean about it.”


Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.