Caroline Catz

Caroline Catz (née Caplan) is an English film, television, narrator, theatre, and radio actress, best known for her role as Louisa Glasson in Doc Martin since 2004. Her other roles have included Detective Inspector Kate Ashurst in Murder in Suburbia, Detective Inspector Helen Morton in DCI Banks, and PC Cheryl Hutchins in The Vice.

Caroline Catz
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Catz on the set of Doc Martin in 2009
Caroline Caplan

OccupationActress and narrator
Years active1991–present
TelevisionThe Vice (TV Series) (1999–2003)
Doc Martin (2004–)
DCI Banks (2012–2016)
I Want My Wife Back (2016)
Spouse(s)Michael Higgs

Early life and educationEdit

Caroline, is a former student at Culcheth Hall School,[citation needed] Altrincham, Loreto College,[citation needed] Manchester and RADA, London.[citation needed]


Catz began acting in the early 1990s, initially playing minor roles. On registering with Equity, she discovered that an actress with the name Caroline Caplan was already registered, so she had to choose a different professional name.[citation needed]

Television and cinemaEdit

She played opposite Michael Kitchen in a TV movie, The Guilty in June 1992. In 1994 she took a lead role in the BBC's All Quiet on the Preston Front, which ran for three series. She followed this with a spell in The Bill as Rosie Fox, during which she met Michael Higgs, who later became her husband. Her part in The Bill was the first of four long-term roles in which she played police officers; in The Vice she was a PC, in Murder in Suburbia and DCI Banks she was a Detective Inspector.

Since 2004, Catz has starred in ITV's Doc Martin, where she plays primary school headmistress Louisa Ellingham, (nee Glasson).

Catz has continued to appear in one-off roles, including In Denial of Murder, in which she played real-life murder victim Wendy Sewell, and in an episode of Hotel Babylon. She also appeared in a two-part episode of Single Handed, entitled The Stolen Child, as Dr Maggie Hunter. Originally shown in Ireland in January 2008, the episode was broadcast by ITV on 9 August 2009.

From 2012 until 2016, she played Detective Inspector Helen Morton in DCI Banks. In November 2016, ITV cancelled the programme.[1][2]

In 2014, Catz directed the documentary titled A Message to the World...Whatever Happened to Jesse Hector? Also in 2014, she narrated the BBC's television documentary Ebola – The Search for a Cure.

Catz starred in the 2016 BBC One sitcom series I Want My Wife Back, playing the role of Bex.

In 2017, Catz wrote, directed, and starred in a short documentary, Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes, (2017) that was screened at the BFI London Film Festival.[3] She expanded it into a feature-length film that debuted in October 2020.[4]

In 2018, she was the narrator on Britain's Biggest Warship, a documentary series about the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08).[5]


She co-starred in Déjà Vu, a radio play broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on 4 February 2009.[6]


In November 2008 she played Anna, the puppet maker, in the stage production On Emotion.[7] She has previously appeared in the West End in the Out of Joint/Royal Court Theatre production of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking. In 2012 she played Marlene in Caryl Churchill's play Top Girls directed by Max Stafford-Clark. In 2018, Catz played Susan in Curtains at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Catz has Polish and Latvian Jewish ancestry.[citation needed] Catz is married to actor Michael Higgs, who she met on the set of The Bill. They have a son born in 2001, and a daughter born in 2006.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Guilty Nicky Lennon
1994–1997 All Quiet on the Preston Front Dawn Lomax
1998–2000 The Bill Rosie Fox
1999–2003 The Vice PC Cheryl Hutchins
2004 In Denial of Murder[10] Wendy Sewell
2004–2005 Murder in Suburbia DI Kate "Ash" Ashurst
2004–2019 Doc Martin Louisa Glasson 9 series
2008/2009 Single Handed Dr Maggie Hunter
2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Hazel "The Blue Geranium"
2012–2016 DCI Banks DI Helen Morton 5 series
2014 A Message to the World...Whatever Happened to Jesse Hector?— Director
Ebola – The Search for a Cure Narrator
2016 I Want My Wife Back Bex 1 series
2018 Britain's Biggest Warship Narrator
2020 McDonald & Dodds Alison Speirs Series 1, 1 episode
Cuba: Castro vs the World Narrator
Year Title Role Notes
2012 I, Anna Louise


  1. ^ "ITV axes DCI Banks after six years – and Brief Encounters is cancelled too". Digital Spy. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "ITV axes DCI Banks after five series". 30 June 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ ""Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes"". Retrieved 9 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes". Retrieved 9 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Britain's Biggest Warship". BBC. BBC. Retrieved 4 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "BBC - Languages - French - Déjà Vu - One Play. Two Audiences".
  7. ^ On Emotion at Soho Theatre The Telegraph, 18 November 2008
  8. ^ Treneman, Ann (1 March 2018). "Life is too short for this euthanasia black comedy". The Times (72471). p. 27. ISSN 0140-0460.
  9. ^ "DCI Banks star Caroline Catz: 'Juggling work and family life is difficult'". Daily and Sunday Express. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Dramatisation of Bakewell cemetery murder filming for BBC ONE". BBC Press Office. BBC. 29 August 2003. Retrieved 17 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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