Diane Parish was born on November 1, 1969 in Chelsea, London, England as Jemima Diane Parish. She is an actress, known for Babyfather (2001), The Bill (1984) and Alive and Kicking (1996).
Was raised by her mother Lynne, a teacher from Monsterrat, after her father, from Dominica, walked out on the family when Parish was 8-years-old. She did not see nor speak to her father for a further 20 years.
Has 2 older brothers.
Trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Starred in London's West End production of "The Vagina Monologues" (2005).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 35, a daughter Kenya in September 2005. Child's father is her boyfriend [now fiancé], Sebastian.
Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her daughter Kenya in order to begin filming EastEnders (1985).
Her partner Sebastian, whom she has been in a relationship with since 2001, proposed to her on her 38th birthday (November 2007).
Both she and Tameka Empson have played Leah Russell in different productions of "Beautiful Thing"; Parish in the 1994 West End production and Empson in the 1996 film version (Beautiful Thing (1996)). Parish and Empson play sisters on the soap opera EastEnders (1985).
Ranked #40 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Denise Fox (2015).