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Sarah Parish plays Cath Atwood in Broadchurch

Sarah Parish, one of ALRA's graduates, has joined the cast of ITV's hit crime drama show, Broadchurch, which returned to TV screens on Monday, 27th February. She is currently playing the role of Cath Atwood for the show's third and final series.

ALRA alumna Tanya Franks has also featured on the cast of Broadchurch in its previous two seasons.

The series, starring former Doctor Who, David Tennant, and critically acclaimed actress Olivia Colman, revolves around the mysterious death of a young boy. It was developed, according to Creator and Writer Chris Chibnall, to "explore how a death affects a small community which suddenly finds itself at the eye of the storm".

sarah parish in broadchurch

Sarah's character, Cath, is the best friend of assault victim Trish and the wife of Jim, the local mechanic. While speaking about her role to The Mirror, Sarah commented:

"She's the girl at school everyone wanted to be - good-looking, great at sport, all the boys fancied her. Everyone knows her, she’s a big fish in a little pond in Broadchurch.

She married the school jock and she has the designer clothes and the nice boots, but her so-called fairy-tale life isn’t all that it seems and underneath is a huge, deep loneliness for her, things have gone sour."

Broadchurch has been well received by viewers, winning a BAFTA award for 'Best Drama' in 2014. The current series has also received positive reviews, such as being dubbed "moreish telly" by The Independent in response to the fourth episode which aired last night.

We look forward to seeing Sarah perform in the final four episodes of the series, airing Mondays at 9pm on ITV.

If you are an ALRA alumni and would like to share your experiences / projects with us, please get in touch at alumni@alra.co.uk. You can also visit our dedicated alumni news page to see what some of our other graduates have been up to.