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Portrait of the artist: Sarah Parish, actor

3 August 2010 12:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'The Boddingtons ad led to a lot of roles as northern women. People didn't realise I was from Somerset'

What got you started?

Going to Yeovil College to do my A-levels, and discovering drama.

What was your big breakthrough?

An advert I did for Boddingtons Beer in 1994. It was set on an apparently very glamorous beach, with me in a bikini and a big hat; then the camera pulled back, and you saw it was actually Blackpool and my name was Vera and I had a thick Manchester accent. To me, it was just another embarrassing stunt. For another ad, I'd skied down a mountain with a yoghurt pot on my head. But it led to a lot of roles as northern women: people didn't seem to realise I was actually from Somerset.

What have you sacrificed for your art?

A lot of boyfriends have hit the dust. It wasn't »

- Laura Barnett

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Can Married Single Other restore ITV's reputation for relationship dramas?

23 February 2010 7:36 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It has much in common with Cold Feet, Sex and the City et al – and ITV will hope Single Married Other mirrors their success

ITV has recently become quite good at producing both must-see talent competitions and TV shows about Robson Green going for a bit of a swim. However, it's done so at the expense of something it used to be great at – the contemporary relationship drama.

As a way of attempting to even that up, tonight ITV premieres Married Single Other – the much-trailed new comedy drama starring Ralf Little and Lucy Davis among others. They're calling it the new Cold Feet, which would at first seem like a fair assumption, given that the show shares the same executive producer and director, and that the subject matter is exactly the same. But in reality it's a slightly unfair comparison – these types of shows are undoubtedly products of their time. »

- Stuart Heritage

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