Caroline Catz she has starred in almost all episodes of Doc Martin, where she plays pretty primary school teacher/headmistress Louisa Ellingham.
Born in Manchester in 1970, Caroline began acting in the early 1990s, initially playing minor roles. She attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and graduated in 1991. On registering with Equity (a trade union for actors), she discovered that an actress with the name Caroline Caplan was already registered, so she had to choose a different professional name switching from Caplan to Catz.
Caroline has two children with her husband, actor Michael Higgs.
In 1992, Caroline’s first real break was starring opposite Michael Kitchen and Sean Gallagher in two-part TV movie, “The Guilty”. In 1994, she took a lead role in the BBC’s “All Quiet on the Preston Front”, which ran for three series. Following this in 1998 – 2000, she played Rosie Fox in Britain’s long running police drama “The Bill”. This was the start of many police type characters for Caroline. For five series she acted in a much darker role as PC Cheryl Hutchins in “The Vice” (1999). In “Murder in Suburbia” (2004) she played one half of a female detective duo, and in 2012, she again depicted a Detective Inspector, this time in ITV’s “DCI Banks”. “DCI Banks” has just been commissioned for a third series.
Catz has also been seen in numerous guest appearances or one-off roles including “In Denial of Murder” (2004)(in which she played real-life murder victim Wendy Sewell), “Hotel Babylon” (2009), and “Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Blue Geranium” (2010). She also appeared in an ITV two-parter “Single Handed” entitled “The Stolen Child” as Dr Maggie Hunter. Originally shown in Ireland in January 2008, it was broadcast by ITV on 9 August 2009.
Apart from televisionappearances, in November 2008, Caroline played Anna (the puppet maker), in the stage production “On Emotion”. She has previously appeared in the West End in the Out of Joint/Royal Court Theatre production of Mark Ravenhill’s “Shopping and F**king”. She co-starred in “Déjà Vu”, a radio play broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday, 4 February 2009.
What you may not know about Caroline Catz:
- She plays in a folk band called Sapphire.
- She met her to be husband Michael Higgs on the set of ITV’s “The Bill”.
- She came up with the last name after seeing a doodle of a cat but ironically she is extremely allergic to cats.
On the reaction of furious Doc Martin fans at the series three finale:
“Viewers were cross that Louisa and the doc didn’t get married. People at my son’s school told me how disappointed they were that the wedding didn’t go ahead. Quite a few people were upset. They were saying, ‘Why can’t they get together? It’s so disappointing. It took us right there to the edge and then they took it all away.’ They felt really cheated.”
On motherhood and her work-life balance:
“Well being an actor is always a juggle. But you can’t do it otherwise. And I am always mindful of how a job will affect everyone else and whether we can all manage it, but that’s probably the same with any freelance job. Put it this way, I’m very lucky to have such a supportive family and husband.”
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