Who is Sarah Parish?
British actress Sarah Parish was born under the zodiac sign Gemini on 7 June 1968, in Yeovil, Somerset, England. She has 58 acting credits, but is perhaps still known best for playing TJ in the 2005 romantic comedy movie “The Wedding Date”, which starred Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, and was directed by Clare Kilner; it follows Kat Ellis who’s hired a male escort to pretend to be her boyfriend at her sister’s wedding.
Sarah’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “Geek Girl”, set to be released in 2024.
Education and early life
Sarah was raised in Yeovil alongside her brother John Parish and sister Julie, by their father Bill Parish and mother Thelma; not many details have been shared about Sarah’s family because she respects their privacy, but it’s known that her brother’s today a famous musician and songwriter.
Sarah studied at Preston School, and was passionate about several activities during her four years there, as she took singing lessons, appeared in a number of school plays and ran track. She matriculated in 1986 and then enrolled at Yeovil College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1990.
Sarah then went on to hone her acting skills at Yeovil Youth Theatre.
Roles in TV series
Sarah’s debut TV series role was playing Linda Fincham in the 1994 episode “Taking Stock” of the crime drama “The Bill”, and from 1997 through 1999, she portrayed Dawn Rudge in 33 episodes of the drama “Peak Practice”, which starred Simon Shepherd and Gary Mavers, and follows the lives of doctors Will Preston, Beth Glover and Jack; the series aired from 1993 through 2002 and won one of its two award nominations.
Sarah could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the crime drama “City Central”, the drama “Brotherly Love” and the comedy “Kiss Me Kate”. In 2004, she starred as Natalie Holden in all six episodes of the crime comedy mini-series “Blackpool”, which also starred Thomas Morrison and David Morrissey, and follows entrepreneur Ripley Holden who’s opened an arcade in his hometown; the mini-series won two of its 11 award nominations. The remainder of the 2000s saw Sarah star in all 25 episodes of the romantic drama “Cutting It”, and all 16 episodes of the drama “Mistresses”.
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In 2011 and 2012, she played the lead character Jenny Bremner in all 12 episodes of the medical drama “Monroe”, which also starred Tom Riley and James Nesbitt, and follows the life of neurosurgeon Gabriel; the series was nominated for a 2012 Broadcasting Press Guild Writer’s Award.
In 2017, Sarah played Cath Atwood in eight episodes of the critically acclaimed crime mystery “Broadchurch”, which starred Olivia Colman and David Tennant, and was created by Chris Chibnall. It follows the murder of a boy in a small coastal town, the series aired its 24 episodes from 2013 through 2017, and won 29 of its 62 award nominations.
Some of Sarah’s most recent TV series roles have been in seven episodes of the 2021 comedy “The Cockfields”, eight episodes of the 2021 crime mystery mini-series “Stay Close”, and 10 episodes of the 2022 drama “Industry”.
Roles in movies
Sarah’s debut film role was playing Ad Agency Receptionist in the 1998 romantic comedy “Parting Shots”, and some of her following roles were in the 1998 drama “Middleton’s Changeling”, the 2001 comedy “Smoke”, and the 2002 crime thriller “Sirens”.
The year 2003 saw her star as Lydia Gray in the crime drama “Unconditional Love”, which also starred Robson Green and Kaye Wragg, and was directed by Ferdinand Fairfax; it follows a criminal who’s kidnapped a boy and is now blackmailing his parents into committing a crime. Some of Sarah’s notable performances in the remainder of the 2000s were in the 2005 drama “Our Hidden Lives”, the 2006 thriller “If I Had You”, and the 2007 drama “Sex, the City and Me”.
In 2016, she starred as Joanna in the short thriller “Dunroamin”, which also starred Robert Emms and was written and directed by Oliver Milburn. It follows Joanna who’s about to sell her country home to Steven, and the movie won a Discover Film London Festival Award for Best Drama.
Sarah’s since appeared in only two movies: the 2016 short drama “Present” and the 2017 comedy “You, Me and Him”.
Sarah sang various songs in six episodes of the 2004 series “Blackpool”.
She directed the 2007 episode “Baby Boom” of the drama series “Director’s Debut”.
Some of Sarah’s most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh”, “The One Show” and “Good Morning Britain”.
Awards and nominations
Sarah’s been nominated for two awards: a 2003 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress, for her performance in “Cutting It”, and a 2006 Gold Derby TV Award for TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “Blackpool”.
Marriage and daughters
Sarah can rarely be heard speaking about her husband and daughters in interviews, but some details about her love life are still known. She and British actor James ‘Jim’ Murray exchanged vows in a private ceremony in Hampshire, England on 15 December 2007; he has 40 acting credits, and is perhaps known best for portraying Prince Andrew in seven episodes of the 2022 biographical historical series “The Crown”.
Sarah revealed that she was pregnant in January 2008, however, their daughter Ella-Jayne was born five weeks premature with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, and died in 2009. Sarah gave birth to their second daughter Nell on 21 November 2009.
Since Ella-Jayne’s death, Sarah and her husband have been raising money for the Southampton General Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, and had raised more than £5 million by the end of the year 2020.
There are no other men whom Sarah’s perhaps dated, that we know about; she’s married to James Murray as of September 2023, and they have a daughter together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Sarah’s a huge lover of animals and because of this avoids eating meat; she has a large vegetable garden, and has revealed that her favorite hobby is maintaining it.
She broke her leg in a sledging accident on 2 March 2018.
Sarah and Irish actress and producer Dervla Kirwan are owners of the production company Aphra Productions.
She and popular British actor David Tennant have appeared alongside in three movies and TV series: the 2004 “Blackpool”, the 2006 “Doctor Who” and the 2007 “Recovery”.
Sarah’s followed by more than 100,000 people on Instagram, and has posted over 700 pictures and videos, with most showing her spending time with her friends.
One of her favorite actresses is Marion Cotillard, and some of her favorite movies include “La Vie en Rose”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception”.
Appearance and net worth
Sarah’s age is 55. She has brown eyes and hair, weighs around 130lbs (60kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.74m) tall.
Sarah’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2.5 million, as of September 2023.