Sarah Parish

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Sarah Parish
Born (1968-06-07) 7 June 1968 (age 46)
Yeovil, Somerset, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) James Murray (2007–present); 2 children

Sarah Parish (born 7 June 1968) is an English actress. She is known for her work on TV series including: The Pillars of the Earth, Peak Practice, Hearts and Bones, Cutting It, Doctor Who, Mistresses, Merlin, the BBC TV series Atlantis and the ITV medical drama, Monroe.

Personal life[edit]

Parish was born in Yeovil, Somerset, to Bill and Thelma Parish; she has a sister, Julie, and a brother, musician John Parish. She was educated at the local Preston School.

Formerly a resident of Islington, Parish married James Murray on 15 December 2007 in Hampshire, where they currently reside. It was announced she was pregnant with their first child on 18 January 2008[1] and due on Parish's 40th birthday, 7 June 2008. Their daughter Ella-Jayne was born with a heart defect and died at the age of eight months in January 2009.[2] In her memory, Parish and Murray are raising funds for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital.[3] Parish later gave birth to a second daughter.[4]


After training at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, her appearance in a cult advert for Manchester-based Boddingtons bitter in 1994 (as Vera, who likes nothing better than "a good rub down with chip fat") led to a series of roles as Northern women, including Dawn Rudge in Peak Practice (1993), Allie Henshall in Cutting It (2002), Annie Naylor in Trust and Natalie Holden in Blackpool (2004). She starred alongside Debra Messing in the movie The Wedding Date, had a small role in The Holiday, which starred Jude Law, and appeared as the Empress of the Racnoss in the Christmas 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Runaway Bride".

Parish's most recent appearance was in the one-off drama Recovery. She also starred in the BBC series Shakespeare Retold in which she played Beatrice. She returned as GP Katie Roden in series two and threes of Mistresses which was first shown on BBC One in February 2009. She played Lady Catrina in the BBC television series Merlin.[5] In November 2009, she starred in a short film to promote Somerset, commissioned by inward investment agency Into Somerset.[6] In 2011, Parish co-starred in ITV's medical drama Monroe, alongside James Nesbitt. She also appears in the BBC TV series Atlantis playing one of the main cast characters, Pasiphaë.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Bill Linda Pincham Episode:Taking Stock
1998 Babes in the Wood Roxy 1 Episode
1998 Middleton's Changeling Asylum Inmate
1999 Parting Shots Ad Agency Receptionist
1997-1999 Peak Practice Dawn Rudge
2000 Beast Helen
2000 City Central Karen Ridley
2000 Brotherly Love Julia Empthorpe
2000 Kiss Me Kate Liz
2001 The Vice Jane Farrell
2000-2001 Hearts and Bones Amanda Thomas
2002-2005 Cutting It Allie Henshall
2003 Unconditional Love Lydia Gray
2003 Trust Annie Naylor
2004 Blackpool Natalie Holden
2005 The Wedding Date TJ
2005 Monkey Trousers Various Characters
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing
2006 Aftersun Sue
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Evie Ballantine
2006 If I Had You Sharon Myers
2006 The Holiday Hannah
2006 Doctor Who Empress The Runaway Bride (Doctor Who)
2009 Merlin Lady Catrina
2008-2010 Mistresses Dr. Katie Roden
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Regan Hamleigh
2011-2012 Monroe Jenny Bremner
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Levicy Hatfield
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Flossie Monro The Big Four
2013 Breathless Margaret Dalton
2013-2015 Atlantis Pasiphaë
2014 W1A Anna Rampton


  1. ^ "From Mistresses to Mother-to-be: Newlywed Sarah Parish's baby joy". Daily Mail. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Sarah Parish Mourning Death of Daughter" Celebrity Baby Blog, 20 January 2009
  3. ^ Ella-Jayne Murray Just Giving Page
  4. ^ "Sarah Parish's pregnancy joy following the death of her eight-month-old daughter". Daily Mail. 11 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Merlin: Series 2". Merlins Keep. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Somerset - where you and your business can grow - Into Somerset website
  7. ^ Power, Vicki (18 January 2014). "Atlantis actress Sarah Parish on dates, parties and being a noisy neighbour". Express. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Who's new". 8 October 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2006. .
  9. ^ Dempster, Sarah (21 February 2007). "Scissor sister". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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