IT Crowd star Katherine Parkinson has joined the cast of double act Mel and Sue’s Sky comedy Hitmen. In the new series Parkinson will play villain Kat Gaitskill, who has built up a lifestyle empire.
Gaitskill is also a murderous psychopath harbouring a strong grudge against Fran, played by Sue Perkins, whom she believes stole her childhood best friend Jamie, played by Mel Giedroyc.
Parkinson said: “It’s nice to show a female triangle where they’re fighting over the friendship of another female, I’m not sure how much I’ve seen that. There’s usually a man in the equation.
“There is a psychosexual element that I’ve been playing, but that wasn’t necessarily in the script.
“I’ve discovered that I love playing absolute bitches. I have played a total bitch before in Defending The Guilty. I like playing withering high-status characters. I like doing things that are quite heightened, I think.
“I loved doing the scenes in the dark where I’d creep up behind Mel with a slightly glazed, medicated demeanour.
“There’s a shot where I’m given a bunch of flowers and I go about trimming the stems, then chop off the heads with a sinister smile. I love all of that.”
Giedroyc said working with Parkinson has been: “an absolute treat and a joy. Mainly because she’s trained so she’s a really good, funny actress. We immediately felt like we had to raise our game. She’s phenomenal.”
Hitmen is back on Sky Comedy 29th September.