|Born||(1968-06-07) 7 June 1968
Yeovil, Somerset, England
|Spouse(s)||James Murray (m. 2007)|
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 and Trollied.
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.
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. In November 2009 she starred in a short film to promote Somerset, commissioned by inward investment agency Into Somerset.
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. 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.
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“; and most recently in the third series of the ITV crime drama Broadchurch. 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.”
Formerly a resident of Islington, Parish married James Murray on 15 December 2007 in Hampshire, where they currently live. It was announced thst she was pregnant with their first child on 18 January 2008 and due on Parish’s 40th birthday, 7 June 2008. Their daughter Ella-Jayne was born with Rubinstein–Taybi syndrome and died at the age of eight months in January 2009.
In her memory, Parish and Murray are raising funds for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton General Hospital. Parish later gave birth to a second daughter, Nell. When asked about her hobbies and interests Parish cites her vegetable garden.
|1994||The Bill||Linda Pincham||Episode: “Taking Stock“|
|1997–1999||Peak Practice||Dawn Rudge|
|1998||Babes in the Wood||Roxy||One episode|
|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|
|Reversals||Dr Charlotte Woods|
|2005||Monkey Trousers||Various Characters|
|ShakespeaRe-Told||Beatrice||Episode: “Much Ado About Nothing”|
|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|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Regan Hamleigh|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Levicy Hatfield|
|2013||Agatha Christie’s Poirot||Flossie Monro||Episode: “The Big Four”|
|2014–2017||W1A||Anna Rampton||Three series|
|2016||The Collection||Marjorie Stutter|
|2017||Broadchurch||Cath Atwood||Series three|
|The Keith & Paddy Picture Show||Herself/Dana Barrett||Episode: “Ghostbusters”|
|Bancroft||Det Supt Elizabeth Bancroft||Four episodes|
|2018||Medici: Masters of Florence||Lucrezia Tornabuoni|
|1998||Middleton’s Changeling||Asylum Inmate|
|1999||Parting Shots||Ad Agency Receptionist|
|2005||The Wedding Date||TJ|
|2018||You, Me and Him||Mrs. Jones|