Actress Sarah Parish has revealed she is pregnant, just months after the tragic death of her eight-month-old daughter Ella-Jayne. Ther 41-year-old Mistresses star and husband James Murray are said to be "delighted", but plan to keep further details under wraps until after the baby is born. And BBC bosses are said to have delayed filming of the next series of the hit show, in order to allow Parish a stress-free pregnancy. "Sarah's thrilled to be pregnant and wants to make sure she does everything in her power to deliver a happy, healthy baby," a source told the Sunday Mirror. Parish was pregnant with Ella-Jayne when doctors told her their unborn baby had a hole in her heart. She was born five weeks premature and spent the next four months in intensive care after two emergency operations. Tragically she died in January of this year. The actress spoke about her loss for the first time three months ago. "It is terrifying when you have a baby and she is taken away ill. You were expecting cards and balloons and suddenly you are dropped into a nightmare," she said. Parish's spokeswoman told the paper, "Sarah and James are delighted to be able to let you know that they are expecting a baby early in the New Year. I hope you will understand their desire to keep any further details private until after the birth."
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.