Grouchy TV GP Doc Martin has had its fair share of receptionists over the past 17 years, but why did Pauline Lamb quit Portwenn’s surgery?
And what has actress Katherine Parkinson been up to since?
Here’s everything you need to know!
Katherine Parkinson appeared in the popular Malteser commercial with Amanda Abbington (Credit: YouTube)
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Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin?
Pauline Lamb was a beloved actor on the ITV1 show for three series.
She appeared from 2005 to 2009 in series two, three and four.
The character replaced that of former receptionist – and famously incompetent – Elaine Denham in the first series (played by the stunning Lucy Punch of Motherland).
However, without warning, Pauline did not return for series five – something some fans felt upset about!
Instead, Pauline was replaced by Jessica Ransom as the new receptionist Morwenna Newcross.
At the time, a fan wrote: “Pauline has apparently been kidnapped by aliens, as she completely disappears from the face of the earth.
“By far the strangest and most shocking piece of episode one of series five was the sudden disappearance of Pauline.
“Pauline literally disappears, after we have had several scenes of her in series four discussing her plans for new organizational systems in the cabinet.”
Of course, in real life receptionists come and go, but Pauline was a popular character and many fans thought she deserved to be sent!
Indeed, the new doctor Diana Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan) asks her husband to replace Pauline, who had moved to work in Bristol.
Katherine and her husband Harry attend the BAFTA TV Awards at the Theater Royal in London (Credit: Splash)
Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin? What were Pauline’s greatest stories?
One of Pauline’s key storylines saw the receptionist decide to quit her job.
However, she is annoyed that the reference Doc Martin gave her states that she is simply “competent”.
Pauline retaliates by staying in the cabinet and leading it with an iron fist!
The character, who was dating Al Large, wasn’t just a secretary, either.
Because of Doc Martin’s fear of blood, Pauline trained in Phlebotomy (blood tests and samples) which earned her a promotion.
In the third series, viewers discovered that Pauline was suffering from a gambling problem.
As a result, she had her own mother in debt.
Pauline’s gambling addiction finally came to a head when she was so distracted that she mixed up patient records and her scooter was taken back.
After an explosive confrontation, Martin insisted that Pauline get professional help for her addiction or be fired from her job.
Other intrigues saw Pauline taken prisoner by Jonathan Croisier (Chris O’Dowd).
He took Martin, Louisa, Terry and Pauline prisoner, demanding that Al retrieve a shipment of explosives, so that he and Terry could carry out a planned flight.
Katherine Parkinson appeared in Sherlock (Photo credit: BBC / YouTube)
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Who played Pauline in Doc Martin?
Katherine Parkinson played Pauline in Doc Martin from 2005 to 2009.
Before winning the role, the actress struggled to find a job and barely made enough money to live on.
She admitted that she was close to giving it up and getting a “real job” when she got her chance playing the receptionist.
What else has Katherine Parkinson been into?
Katherine Parkinson has been on our TV screens since 2005, when she appeared in the TV movie Ahead of the Class.
That year, she achieved her great success as Pauline in Doc Martin – a role she played until 2009.
She is perhaps most famous for her role as Jen Barber in The IT Crowd, which she played between 2006 and 2013.
Katherine has also appeared in Inside No 9, The Honorable Woman, Humans, Defending the Guilty and Pandemonium.
Katherine played Rachel Jessop in Pandemonium (Photo credit: BBC)
How old is Katherine Parkinson and where is she from?
Katherine Jane Parkinson was born on March 9, 1978 in Hounslow, London.
She is currently 43 years old.
Although her mother is English, her father is North Irish historian and author Alan Parkinson.
Does Katherine have a husband?
Katherine is married to actor and comedian Harry Peacock.
They married in 2009 and have two children together – daughters Gwendolyn, six, and Dora, eight.
Harry is best known for his role in Gulliver’s Travels and his recurring role as Ray Purchase in Toast of London.
The married couple starred together in The Kennedys TV series in 2015.
Doc Martin’s Series 10 is slated to air on ITV1 in 2022. Fans can stream Series 1-9 on BritBox.
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