Cliff Parisi

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Cliff Parisi
Born (1960-05-24) 24 May 1960 (age 56)
London, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
Television EastEnders (2002-2010)
Call the Midwife (2012-present)
Partner(s) Tara Wyer (2009–present)
Children Mandy Parisi
Dean Parisi
Jack Parisi
Arthur Parisi

Cliff Parisi (born 24 May 1960[1]) is a British actor of Italian descent, largely recognised for his performance as Rick 'Minty' Peterson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He is currently appearing in the BBC period drama Call the Midwife.


Parisi began his career in 1982 when he started touring the United Kingdom as a stand-up comedian. He continued working as a stand-up comedian for the next seven years before being offered a bit part in the film Queen of Hearts in 1989. Interested in taking up acting, Parisi changed his vocation and after a series of bit parts landed his first noticeable character: Lunchbox in the TV series Chancer. Parisi was then given bigger parts on television, most noticeably on the series Kavanagh QC, Bramwell and A Prince Among Men.

After finishing the former TV series, Parisi auditioned for what would be his most famous role: Minty Peterson in EastEnders. He was recommended for the part by close friend and EastEnders actor Steve McFadden. Since his inception into the soap opera in 2002 the public have seen his character Minty form a close friendship with Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves) and evolve from a cold-hearted landlord to a hapless unlucky-in-love mechanic and then to finding love with established characters Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison) and Manda Best (Josie Lawrence). He made his final appearance on 21 September 2010, ending eight years on the show.

In December 2010 he starred in the pantomime "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking.[citation needed]

In 2012, Parisi filmed a guest role with Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, playing the character of Walt.[2] He also starred as a guest in the BBC drama Hustle, playing the character of Arnie.

Since 2012, Parisi has starred in the BBC period drama Call the Midwife, appearing as Fred.

Parisi appeared in the 5th and final series of the British sitcom Outnumbered, as concerned parent Ed Poll.

Personal life[edit]

Parisi has four children; Mandy (born 1981), Dean (born 1987) and Jack (born 1992) were born from previous relationships. On 14 July 2009 Parisi announced that he and his girlfriend, BBC producer Tara Wyer, were expecting a baby together. Tara gave birth to Cliff's fourth child, a son named Arthur, on 28 December 2009. The couple first met in February 2009 before formally beginning a relationship in April and, since discovering the pregnancy, lived together in Parisi's home in Highgate, North London and plan to marry.



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