Sarah Parish

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Sarah Parish
Born (1968-06-07) 7 June 1968 (age 50)
Yeovil, Somerset, England
Residence Hampshire
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s)
James Murray (m. 2007)
Children 2

Sarah Parish (born 7 June 1968) is an English actress. She is known for her work on television series including: The Pillars of the Earth, Peak Practice, Hearts and Bones, Cutting It, Doctor Who, Mistresses, Merlin, Atlantis, Monroe, Trollied, and W1A.

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 and Yeovil College. She began acting at an early age and believes her first stage appearance was aged two in a pantomime in the village of Tintinhull playing the pearl in an oyster. She later attended Yeovil Youth Theatre.[1]

A resident of Islington, Parish married James Murray on 15 December 2007 in Hampshire. It was announced in January 2008 that she was pregnant with their first child[2], due on Parish's 40th birthday. Their daughter Ella-Jayne was born with Rubinstein–Taybi syndrome and died in 2009.[3] In her memory, Parish and Murray raise funds for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital.[4] In October 2009, it was announced that she was expecting a baby in the New Year.[5] When asked about her hobbies and interests Parish cites her vegetable garden.[6] Their second daughter, Nell, was born on 21 November 2009.[7]

On 2 March 2018 Parish sustained an accident, breaking her leg when sledging in the snow.[8]With typical wit she commented: "Note to self: cheap plastic sledges are for sitting in and gently trundling down primary slopes NOT a substitute for a stand up snowboard". [9]

Career[edit]

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 three of Mistresses which was first shown on BBC One in February 2009. She played Lady Catrina in the BBC television series Merlin.[10] In November 2009 she starred in a short film to promote Somerset, commissioned by inward investment agency Into Somerset.[11]

In 2011 Parish co-starred in ITV's medical drama Monroe, alongside James Nesbitt. From 2013 to 2015 she appeared in the BBC TV series Atlantis, playing one of the main cast characters, Pasiphaë.[12] Since March 2014 she has played the role of Anna Rampton in two series of the BBC TV comedy W1A. Since November 2015 Parish has portrayed Cheryl Fairweather in Sky One sitcom Trollied.

In December 2017, she played Supt Elizabeth Bancroft in the ITV miniseries Bancroft. It will return for a second series.[13]

Co-stars[edit]

She has frequently co-starred opposite David Tennant — in the 2004 musical serial Blackpool; the Tony Marchant drama Recovery; the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special episode, "The Runaway Bride"; in the third series of the ITV crime drama Broadchurch; and in the 2017 film You, Me and Him.[14] She has joked that "We're like George and Mildred – in 20 years' time we'll probably be doing a ropey old sitcom in a terraced house in Preston."[15]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Bill Linda Pincham Episode: "Taking Stock"
1997–1999 Peak Practice Dawn Rudge
1998 Babes in the Wood Roxy One episode
2000 Beast Helen
City Central Karen Ridley
Brotherly Love Julia Empthorpe
Kiss Me Kate Liz
2000–2001 Hearts and Bones Amanda Thomas
2001 The Vice Jane Farrell
2002–2005 Cutting It Allie Henshall
2003 Unconditional Love Lydia Gray
Trust Annie Naylor
Reversals Dr Charlotte Woods
2004 Blackpool Natalie Holden
2005 Monkey Trousers Various Characters
ShakespeaRe-Told Beatrice Episode: "Much Ado About Nothing"
2006 Aftersun[16] Sue
Agatha Christie's Marple Evie Ballantine
If I Had You Sharon Myers
Doctor Who Empress of the Racnoss Episode: "The Runaway Bride"
2008–2010 Mistresses Dr. Katie Roden
2009 Merlin Lady Catrina
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 Episode: "The Big Four"
Breathless Margaret Dalton
2013–2015 Atlantis Pasiphaë
2014–2017 W1A Anna Rampton Three series
2015– Trollied Cheryl Fairweather
2016 The Collection Marjorie Stutter
2017 Broadchurch Cath Atwood Series three
2017–2018 The Keith & Paddy Picture Show Herself/Dana Barrett (Ghostbusters)/Charlie Blackwood (Top Gun) Episode(s): "Ghostbusters"
"Top Gun"
2017— Bancroft Det Supt Elizabeth Bancroft Four episodes
2018 Medici: Masters of Florence Lucrezia Tornabuoni
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Middleton's Changeling Asylum Inmate
1999 Parting Shots Ad Agency Receptionist
2005 The Wedding Date TJ
2006 The Holiday Hannah
2018 You, Me and Him Mrs. Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sarah Parish interview at Western Daily Press 19 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2015
  2. ^ "From Mistresses to Mother-to-be: Newlywed Sarah Parish's baby joy". Daily Mail. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Sarah Parish Mourning Death of Daughter" Celebrity Baby Blog, 20 January 2009
  4. ^ "Read Rosemary's story". Justgiving.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Sarah Parish's pregnancy joy following the death of her eight-month-old daughter". Daily Mail. 11 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Interview with Atlantis star and Alton resident Sarah Parish". Hampshire-life.co.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  7. ^ "rosie mitchell is fundraising for Friends of PICU".
  8. ^ "Broadchurch actress breaks leg on sledge". Bbc.co.uk. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Sarah Parish on Instagram: "Day 2 in Winchester Hospital. Looks like I'll be operated on today. They're putting a bloody great big pin right through my shin!! No sleep…"". Instagram.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Merlin: Series 2". Merlins Keep. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2009.
  11. ^ Somerset – where you and your business can grow Archived 9 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. – Into Somerset website
  12. ^ Power, Vicki (18 January 2014). "Atlantis actress Sarah Parish on dates, parties and being a noisy neighbour". Express. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  13. ^ "ITV commissions second series of Bancroft, starring Sarah Parish". Itv.com. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Who's new". Bbc.co.uk. 8 October 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2006..
  15. ^ Dempster, Sarah (21 February 2007). "Scissor sister". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Aftersun". IMDb.com. 8 September 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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