Sarah Parish

Sarah Parish (born 7 June 1968) is an English actress.

Parish is known for her work on such TV series as: Peak Practice, Hearts and Bones, Cutting It, Doctor Who and Mistresses.
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 January 18, 2008[1] and due on Parish's 40th Birthday, 7 June 2008. Both were reportedly "delighted" with the news. Their daughter Ella-Jayne was born with a heart defect and died at the age of eight months in January 2009.[2] In her memory, Parish and Murray are raising funds for the Children's Intensive Care unit at Southampton General Hospital.[3]

[edit] Career
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) 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 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 will play Lady Catrina in the BBC television series Merlin.[4]

[edit] Co-stars
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".[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]
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.

Sarah Parish

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