Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin? She played actress Katherine Parkinson

Grumpy TV GP Doc Martin has been through a lot of receptionists over the past 17 years, but why did Pauline Lamb leave Portwenn surgery?

And what has actress Katherine Parkinson been up to since then?

Here is everything you need to know!


Katherine Parkinson appeared in the popular Maltese commercial with Amanda Abbington (Source: YouTube)

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Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin?

Pauline Lamb was a popular cast on the ITV1 show for three series.

She appeared in series two, three and four from 2005 to 2009.

The character replaced former receptionist – and notoriously incompetent – Elaine Denham in the first series (played by Motherland’s brilliant Lucy Punch).

Without warning, however, Pauline didn’t return for the fifth series – 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 was apparently kidnapped by aliens when she completely disappears from the earth.

“By far the strangest and most harrowing piece of episode five was the sudden disappearance of Pauline.

“Pauline literally disappears after we had several scenes of her in series four in which her plans for new organizational systems were discussed in practice.”

Of course, receptionists come and go in real life, but Pauline was a popular character and many fans believed she deserved a goodbye!

In fact, new doctor Diana Dibbs (Joanna Scanlan) is asking her husband to replace Pauline, who had started a job in Bristol.

Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin?
Katherine and husband Harry attend the BAFTA TV Awards at the Theater Royal, London (Image: Splash)

Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin? What were Pauline’s greatest storylines?

One of Pauline’s main storylines was that the receptionist decided to quit her job.

However, she is annoyed that the reference Doc Martin gave her only describes her as “competent”.

Pauline takes revenge by staying in practice and ruling it with an iron fist!

The character who was with Al Large wasn’t just a secretary either.

Because of Doc Martin’s fear of blood, Pauline received training in phlebotomy (testing and drawing of blood), which earned her a promotion.

In season three, viewers discovered that Pauline was suffering from a gambling problem.

As a result, she owed her own mother.

Pauline’s addiction to gambling finally came to a head when she was so distracted that she messed up patient records and took possession of her scooter.

After an explosive confrontation, Martin insisted that Pauline get professional help with her addiction or be fired from his service.

In other storylines, Pauline was captured by Jonathan Crosier (Chris O’Dowd).

He captured Martin, Louisa, Terry and Pauline and told Al to collect a load of explosives so that he and Terry could carry out a planned robbery.

Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin?
Katherine Parkinson has appeared in Sherlock (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 work and barely made enough money to make a living.

She admitted that she wasn’t far from quitting and getting a “real job” when she had her stroke of luck as a receptionist.

What else did Katherine Parkinson experience?

Katherine Parkinson has been on our television screens since 2005 when she appeared in the TV movie Ahead of the Class.

That year she got her big break as Pauline in Doc Martin – a role she played until 2009.

She is perhaps best known 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.

Why did Pauline leave Doc Martin?
Katherine played Rachel Jessop in Pandemonium (Image: 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 the Northern Irish historian and author Alan Parkinson.

Does Katherine have a husband?

Katherine is married to fellow actor and comedian Harry Peacock.

They married in 2009 and have two children together – daughters Gwendolyn (6) and Dora (8).

Harry is best known for his role in Gulliver’s Travels and his recurring role as Ray Purchase in Toast of London.

The couple starred together in the TV series The Kennedys in 2015.

Doc Martin Series 10 is slated to air on ITV1 in 2022. Fans can stream series one to nine on BritBox.

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