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Cliff Parisi is a British actor known among other things as playing Fred Buckle on Call the Midwife and has done since the beginning of the shows run. He has also acted on East Enders and participated on I'm a celebrity.... get me out of here!

Early Life[]

Parisi was born in London, his family struggled with homelessness when he was just a baby after their landlady suggested that his parents, who were teenagers at the time, sold her their child in lieu of rent, and kicked them out when they refused. After sleeping rough in Victoria Park, Cliff and his sister were placed in foster care, but were eventually returned to their parents.


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 a further seven years before being cast in the 1989 film Queen of Hearts. Parisi then appeared in television series such as The Bill, Chancer, Kavanagh QC, Bramwell and A Prince Among Men. He then auditioned for the role of Minty Peterson in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. His storylines in the series involved forming a close friendship with Garry Hobbs (Ricky Groves) and finding love with established characters Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison) and Manda Best (Josie Lawrence). He made his final appearance on 21 September 2010.

In 2012, Parisi filmed a guest role in the 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 Buckle. In 2014, he appeared in the fifth and final series of the British sitcom Outnumbered, as Ed Poll. In 2019, he participated in the nineteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! and was the third contestant to leave.

Personal Life[]

Parisi has five children: Indie and Patrick with his wife, BBC producer Tara Wyer, and three from previous relationships called Mandy, Dean and Jack.