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Born in Chelsea, London, England, UK
Birth NameJemima Diane Parish
Nickname Di
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

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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).

Trivia (18)

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).
Was in attendance at the wedding of her EastEnders (1985) co-star Samantha Womack to Mark Womack on May 17, 2009.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a daughter Kaya on December 2, 2007. Child's father is her fiancé, Sebastian.
Was 8 months pregnant with her daughter Kaya when she went on maternity leave from filming EastEnders (1985).
Returned to work 4 months after giving birth to her daughter Kaya to resume filming EastEnders (1985).
Is best friends with Lindsey Coulson and Maggie O'Neill.
Is a close friend of EastEnders (1985) co-star Rita Simons.
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).
As of 2019 she is the 9th-longest serving actress on the history of EastEnders (1985) (tied with Linda Henry, and behind only June Brown, Pam St. Clement, Letitia Dean, Wendy Richard, a tied Gillian Taylforth and Natalie Cassidy, Barbara Windsor, Laila Morse, and Gillian Wright), having played the character Denise Fox for 13 years (from 2006 onwards).
Her favourite film is The Fugitive Kind (1960).
Her EastEnders (1985) character Denise Fox became the 32nd woman on the soap opera to give birth. Denise had a son Raymond (played by an unknown baby), born on January 13, 2017.

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