Sacha Louise Parkinson is an English actress. She is best known for playing the role of Sian Powers in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 2009 to 2011.

Sacha Parkinson
Sacha Louise Parkinson

Salford, England
EducationWalkden High School
OccupationActress, model, musician, singer
Years active2003–present
Notable work
Sian Powers in Coronation Street (2009–2011)
TelevisionCoronation Street (2009–2011)
The Mill (2013–14)
Mr Selfridge (2015–16)

After leaving Coronation Street, she went on to play Miriam Caterall in the Channel 4 drama The Mill, and in late 2014, she appeared in The Driver playing Katie. In 2015–2016 she played Connie Hawkins, later Towler, in the third and fourth series of Mr Selfridge.

Early lifeEdit

Parkinson was born in Salford, Greater Manchester. She is the only child of Cliff, a housing officer, and Leigh Parkinson, a former social worker.[1] She was educated at Walkden High School.[2]


In one of her earliest roles, Parkinson was cast in Always and Everyone. This was followed by the 2003 Channel 4 adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's The Illustrated Mum. She later made guest appearances in The Royal, The Street and The Bill before joining CBBC's Grange Hill in 2007, in which Parkinson played schoolgirl Anna Duncan for six episodes. Parkinson appeared in minor guest roles in Waterloo Road, Doctors, Survivors and Shameless between 2007 and 2008, as well as the acclaimed drama Clay starring Imelda Staunton.

In 2009 she was cast as Natasha in the Red Union Films Awaydays,[3] and played the role of Leanne in A Boy Called Dad a Made Up North Productions which was released in March 2010.

On 15 December 2008, it was announced Parkinson was to join British soap opera Coronation Street,[4] where she would play Sian Powers. Parkinson first appeared on screen as Sian on 26 January 2009, as a friend of established character Sophie Webster, played by actress Brooke Vincent. Sian and Sophie later became the soap's first lesbian couple in the spring of 2010. Due to the popularity of the storyline, Coronation Street extended Parkinson's contract until 2011.[5] Parkinson made the decision to leave the soap, filming her last scenes on 18 November 2011. These scenes were shown in an episode on 30 December 2011. She cited a wish to work on other projects and not wanting to outstay her welcome on the show as her reasons for leaving.[6]

On 18 August 2012 Parkinson appeared as a guest star on series 27 of the BBC medical drama Casualty. Parkinson placed 63rd on the 2012 AfterEllen Hot 100 List.[7]

In March 2013, she appeared in a 2 hour long drama on BBC 3 named The Crash, previously titled One Day Like This. Co stars include Skins' Lily Loveless, Georgia Henshaw and Waterloo Road's Darcy Isa. Some of the filming took place in Kilsyth Academy in Kilsyth. She appeared in British singer Charlee Drew's music video for "Somebody Else".[citation needed]

In 2013 Parkinson appeared in Channel 4's four-part drama The Mill, portraying the role of Miriam Catterall. In October 2013, she appeared as Suzy in Truckers.

In 2014, she played Katie in the BBC One three-part drama The Driver.

She appeared in the E4 series My Mad Fat Diary, as Stacey, the most popular girl.[citation needed]

In February 2016 it was confirmed that Parkinson was joining the cast of ITV drama Safe House for its second series.[8]


Year Title Type Role Notes
2003 The Illustrated Mum TV Tasha TV film
2005 The Royal TV Polly Crunshank 1 Episode, "Everybody Needs Somebody"
2007 Grange Hill TV Anna Duncan 6 Episodes
2007 Waterloo Road TV Lisa 1 Episode, Episode 2.9
2007 The Bill TV Rose Sterling 1 Episode, "Lies That Kill"
2007 Doctors TV Cassie Sawyer 1 Episode, "Innocence Lost"
2008 Clay TV Maria TV film
2008 Shameless TV Tracey Kelvin 1 Episode, Episode 5.14
2008 Survivors TV Kate 1 Episode, Episode 1.3
2009 Awaydays TV Natasha TV film
2009 A Boy Called Dad TV Leanne TV film
2009–2011 Coronation Street TV Sian Powers Series Regular, 203 Episodes
2012 Casualty TV Laura Bellamy 1 Episode, "Kansas"
2013 The Crash TV Kate Harper TV film
2013–2014 The Mill TV Miriam Series 1; Series 2, Main Cast
2013 By Any Means TV Kimberley Brooks 1 Episode, Episode 1.2
2013 Fright Night 2: New Blood Film Amy Peterson Film
2013 Truckers TV Suzy 1 Episode, Episode 1.1
2013 Homeboys TV Janine TV film
2014 My Mad Fat Diary TV Stacey Stringfellow Series 2, 4 Episodes
2014 The Driver TV Katie McKee Main role, 3 Episodes
2015–2016 Mr Selfridge TV Connie Hawkins Main role (Series 3–4)
2017 Safe House TV Dani Series 2
2018 Apostasy Film Luisa Film


  1. ^ "(no title)".
  2. ^ "Sacha's Flying High". Manchester Evening News. 19 February 2007.
  3. ^ "Natasha played by Sacha Parkinson". Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  4. ^ Green, Kris (15 December 2008). "Two new kids for 'Coronation Street'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  5. ^ Daniels, Colin (24 October 2010). "Sacha Parkinson tipped for new Corrie deal". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Parkinson excited about life after Corrie". RTÉ News. 19 June 2011.
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  8. ^ "Safe House is returning to ITV". 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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