Sarah Parish

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Sarah Parish
Born (1968-06-07) 7 June 1968 (age 47)
Yeovil, Somerset, England, UK
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 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.

Early 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]


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.[2] In November 2009, she starred in a short film to promote Somerset, commissioned by inward investment agency Into Somerset.[3] 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.[4] Since March 2014 she has played the role of Anna Rampton in two series of the BBC comedy W1A. From 2015, Parish will portray Cheryl Fairweather in Sky 1 sitcom Trollied.


She has frequently co-starred opposite David Tennant — in the 2004 musical serial Blackpool; the Tony Marchant drama Recovery and the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special episode, "The Runaway Bride".[5] 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."[6]

Personal life[edit]

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[7] 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.[8] In her memory, Parish and Murray are raising funds for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital.[9] Parish later gave birth to a second daughter.[10] When asked about her hobbies and interests Parish cites her vegetable garden.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Bill Linda Pincham Episode: Taking Stock
1998 Babes in the Wood Roxy 1 Episode
Middleton's Changeling Asylum Inmate
1999 Parting Shots Ad Agency Receptionist
1997–99 Peak Practice Dawn Rudge
2000 Beast Helen
City Central Karen Ridley
Brotherly Love Julia Empthorpe
Kiss Me Kate Liz
2001 The Vice Jane Farrell
2000–01 Hearts and Bones Amanda Thomas
2002–05 Cutting It Allie Henshall
2003 Unconditional Love Lydia Gray
Trust Annie Naylor
2004 Blackpool Natalie Holden
2005 The Wedding Date TJ
Monkey Trousers Various Characters
ShakespeaRe-Told Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing
2006 Aftersun Sue
Agatha Christie's Marple Evie Ballantine
If I Had You Sharon Myers
The Holiday Hannah
Doctor Who Empress of the Racnoss Episode: "The Runaway Bride"
2009 Merlin Lady Catrina
2008–10 Mistresses Dr. Katie Roden
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Regan Hamleigh
2011–12 Monroe Jenny Bremner
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Levicy Hatfield
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Flossie Monro The Big Four
Breathless Margaret Dalton
2013–15 Atlantis Pasiphaë
2014– W1A Anna Rampton
2015– Trollied Cheryl Fairweather


  1. ^ Sarah Parish interview at Western Daily Press 19 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2015
  2. ^ "Merlin: Series 2". Merlins Keep. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Somerset - where you and your business can grow - Into Somerset website
  4. ^ Power, Vicki (18 January 2014). "Atlantis actress Sarah Parish on dates, parties and being a noisy neighbour". Express. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Who's new". 8 October 2006. Retrieved 8 October 2006. .
  6. ^ Dempster, Sarah (21 February 2007). "Scissor sister". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "From Mistresses to Mother-to-be: Newlywed Sarah Parish's baby joy". Daily Mail. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "Sarah Parish Mourning Death of Daughter" Celebrity Baby Blog, 20 January 2009
  9. ^ Ella-Jayne Murray Just Giving Page
  10. ^ "Sarah Parish's pregnancy joy following the death of her eight-month-old daughter". Daily Mail. 11 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Hampshire Life Interview. Retrieved 23 May 2015

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