Sarah Parish

Sarah Parish

Jun. 7th, 1968
Born in
Yeovil, Somerset, England, UK
5' 9

Sarah Parish's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Merlin (UK) TV Show
Merlin (UK)
Atlantis TV Show
The Pillars Of The Earth TV Show
The Pillars Of The Earth
Hatfields and McCoys TV Show
Hatfields and McCoys
Mistresses (UK) TV Show
Mistresses (UK)
Bancroft TV Show
Monroe (UK) TV Show
Monroe (UK)
Blackpool (UK) TV Show
Blackpool (UK)
W1A (UK) TV Show
W1A (UK)
Peak Practice (UK) TV Show
Peak Practice (UK)
Cutting It (UK) TV Show
Cutting It (UK)
Babes in the Wood (UK) TV Show
Babes in the Wood (UK)
Hearts and Bones (UK) TV Show
Hearts and Bones (UK)
Trust (UK) TV Show
Trust (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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

Formerly a resident of Islington, Parish married James Murray on December 15, 2007 in Hampshire, England where they currently reside.

It was announced she was pregnant with their first child on 18 January 2008 and due on Parish's 40th birthday, June 7, 2008. Their daughter Ella-Jayne was born with a heart defect 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 gave birth to a 2nd daughter, Nell, on November 21, 2009.

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 with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Kate Winslet, and appeared as the Empress of the Racnoss in the Christmas 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Runaway Bride". Her most recent appearance was in the one-off drama Recovery. She also starred in the BBC series Shakespeare Retold in which she played Beatrice.

Parish returned as GP Katie Roden in series two 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, Parish 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.

She has frequently co-starred opposite the Scottish actor David Tennant — in the 2004 musical serial Blackpool; the Tony Marchant drama Recovery and the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special episode "The Runaway Bride". 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."She also has frequently co-starred with Amanda Holden on Hearts and Bones and Cutting It and Damien Lewis on Hearts and Bones and Much Ado About Nothing.

  • Daughter, Ella-Jayne Murray, was born five weeks prematurely in May, 2008.
  • Although Sarah was born and brought up in Yeovil in Somerset, an 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 (Dawn Rudge in _"Peak Practice" (1993)_ (qv), Allie Henshall in _"Cutting It" (2002)_ (qv) and Natalie Holden in _"Blackpool" (2004)_ (qv)), causing many people to believe that she is a native of the north-west.
  • In mid-January 2009 her then 8 month old daughter Ella-Jayne Murray with James Murray died at their home after succumbing to complications from a congenital heart defect.The couple knew about her condition and she had already been operated twice to try to solve it.
  • Trained at The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. Co-owns the production company Aphra Productions with actress 'Dervla Kirwan' (qv).

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