Laura's world was broken apart by her husband Joe's decision to buy "Anita," the domestic Synth. Suspicious of perfect Anita, and the feelings the machine produced in her family, the hardworking lawyer gradually came to understand Anita was more than just a machine. As Laura's own tragic past spilled out into the light, so did Mia — Anita's true, conscious self. But having formed a deep bond, Mia and the other Synths had to move on to escape danger. Now Laura is trying to move on too, get back to normal – and rebuild her marriage.
Katherine Parkinson is a BAFTA award-winning actress. She read Classics at Oxford and then trained at LAMDA.
She is perhaps best known for her role as Jen Barber in The IT Crowd, for which she received the comedy award for Best Television Comic Actress in both 2009 and 2014 and a BAFTA for Best Female Performance in a Comedy in 2014.
Her television credits also include The Honourable Woman, Inside No. 9, Sherlock, Doc Martin, In the Club and Whites.
Parkinson has also appeared in numerous feature films, such as The Boat That Rocked (or Pirate Radio, as the film was titled in North America), a British comedy directed by Richard Curtis and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman; Easy Virtue with Jessica Biel and Colin Firth; How to Lose Friends and Alienate People starring Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst; and St. Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold.
Parkinson also boasts extensive theater credits, including Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party; Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends; 66 Books at the Bush Theatre; School for Scandal, Season’s Greetings; Cock; Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull; The Lightning Play; Other Hands; Flush; Cigarettes and Chocolate; The Unthinkable; Antigone; The Increased Difficulty of Concentration; Camille; Deep Throat Live On Stage; Frame 312; and The Age of Consent.