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Cliff Parisi

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Cliff Parisi born 24 May 1960 is a British actor of Italian descent, largely recognised for his performance as Rick 'Minty' Peterson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders He is currently appearing in the BBC period drama Call the Midwife as handyman and gardener Fred Buckle, a role he has portrayed since 2012


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Parisi began his career in 1982 when he started touring the United Kingdom as a stand-up comedian He continued working as a stand-up comedian for the next seven years before being offered a bit part in the film Queen of Hearts in 1989

Interested in taking up acting, Parisi changed his vocation and after a series of bit parts landed his first noticeable character: Lunchbox in the TV series Chancer Parisi was then given bigger parts on television, most noticeably on the series Kavanagh QC, Bramwell and A Prince Among Men

After finishing the former TV series, Parisi auditioned for what would be his most famous role: Minty Peterson in EastEnders He was recommended for the part by close friend and EastEnders actor Steve McFadden Since his inception into the soap opera in 2002 the public have seen his character Minty form a close friendship with Garry Hobbs Ricky Groves and evolve from a cold-hearted landlord to a hapless unlucky-in-love mechanic and then to finding love with established characters Heather Trott Cheryl Fergison and Manda Best Josie Lawrence He made his final appearance on 21 September 2010, ending eight years on the show

In 2012, Parisi filmed a guest role with Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, playing the character of Walt He also starred as a guest in the BBC drama Hustle, playing the character of Arnie

Since 2012, Parisi has starred in the BBC period drama Call the Midwife, appearing as Fred

Parisi appeared in the 5th and final series of the British sitcom Outnumbered, as concerned parent Ed Poll

Personal life

Parisi has four children; Mandy born 1981, Dean born 1987 were born from previous relationships On 14 July 2009 Parisi announced that he and his girlfriend, BBC producer Tara Wyer, were expecting a baby together Tara gave birth to Cliff's fourth child, a son named Arthur, on 28 December 2009 The couple first met in February 2009 before formally beginning a relationship in April and, since discovering the pregnancy, lived together in Parisi's home in Highgate, North London and plan to marry


  • Queen of Hearts 1989 - Manager
  • A Bit of Fry & Laurie 1990
  • Can You Hear Me Thinking 1990 - Biker
  • KYTV 1990, 1993
  • Chancer 1990 - Lunchbox
  • The Pleasure Principle 1991 - Police Officer
  • Boon 1991 - John Preston
  • The Guilty 1992 - Cliff
  • Gone to Seed 1992 - Robin
  • Sean's Show 1992 - Police Officer
  • The Darling Buds of May 1993 - Bill Jackson
  • The Upper Hand 1993 - Gary
  • Bermuda Grace 1994 - Gary Foster
  • London's Burning 1994 - Mickey Wright
  • Drop the Dead Donkey 1994 - Paramedic
  • Under the Moon 1995 - Clifford
  • N7 1995 - Alvin
  • Kavanagh QC 1995–2001 - Tom Buckley
  • Bramwell & Bramwell II 1995–96 - Daniel Bentley
  • Glam Metal Detectives 1995 - Security Guard
  • Pie in the Sky 1996 - Inspector Dave Smith
  • A Prince Among Men 1997 - Dave Perry
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 - Uri
  • Our Boy 1997 - Jeff
  • The Saint 1997 - Pub Waiter
  • Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's 1997 - Sprott
  • Kiss Me Kate 1998 - Tony
  • From Hell 2001 - Bartender
  • Hot Money 2001 - Bob Hoodless
  • Casualty 2000 - Paul Farrell
  • Sunburn 2000 - Reggie Roach
  • EastEnders 2002–2010 - Richard "Minty" Peterson
  • Helen West 2002
  • Bedtime 2002
  • Waking the Dead 2003 - Tony King
  • The Bill 2003 - Anthony Spall
  • Hustle 2012 - Arnie
  • Call the Midwife 2012–present - Fred
  • Hollyoaks 2012 - Walt
  • Outnumbered 2014 - Ed Poll
  • Plebs 2014 - Fulvio


  1. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel 16 April 2012 "'Hollyoaks' guest role for ex-'EastEnders' star Cliff Parisi" Digital Spy Hearst Magazines UK Retrieved 16 April 2012 

External links

  • Cliff Parisi on IMDb

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