Sarah Parish is left doubled over in pain as she sports a nasty cut on her hand after attempting to put away her folding bicycle

She starred in W1A, which featured a running joke about hapless Hugh Bonneville cutting his hands on his folding bicycle.

And it was a case of life imitating art for Sarah Parish on Sunday, as she fell foul to the tricky mechanics of her own two-wheeler. 

Coincidentally, the actress was outside the BBC studios - where the sitcom is set - when she injured herself. 

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Ouch: She starred in W1A, which featured a running joke about hapless Hugh Bonneville cutting his hands on his folding bicycle. And it was a case of life imitating art for Sarah Parish on Sunday, as she fell foul to the tricky mechanics of her own two-wheeler

Ouch: She starred in W1A, which featured a running joke about hapless Hugh Bonneville cutting his hands on his folding bicycle. And it was a case of life imitating art for Sarah Parish on Sunday, as she fell foul to the tricky mechanics of her own two-wheeler

Taking it in her stride, Sarah dealt with the pain by bringing her hands between her legs and grimacing as she applied pressure, but she was soon back up and on the move. 

Dressed for the occasion, she donned a pair of black cycling tights teamed with a grey padded gilet. 

Ensuring safety first, she also wore a black helmet, although it was unable to protect her from injury on the day.

Moving on: Taking it in her stride, Sarah dealt with the pain by bringing her hands between her legs and grimacing as she applied pressure, but she was soon back up and on the move

Moving on: Taking it in her stride, Sarah dealt with the pain by bringing her hands between her legs and grimacing as she applied pressure, but she was soon back up and on the move

Taking tips from Hugh? In W1A it is Hugh Bonneville who is often injured by his bicycle 

Taking tips from Hugh? In W1A it is Hugh Bonneville who is often injured by his bicycle 

Sarah's outing came after she recalled the devastating loss of her first born in a column for the Daily Mail.

The actress and her husband Jim lost daughter Ella-Jayne at the age of just eight months to a rare heart condition called Rubinstein-Taybi in 2009 - a devastating incident that nearly caused the couple to split.

Bravely recalling the death, Sarah explained:  'Though she was very, very poorly, we never gave up hope, that longing for a miracle. The day she died she took a bottle for the first time; she held our gaze and smiled into our eyes. 

'For Jim and I, it was very, very difficult. It left a huge hole in our lives. I now know that losing a child is the hardest thing to happen to anyone; that we had never experienced tragedy before she died. We had never truly understood grief or loss.

Painful: Ensuring safety first, she also wore a black helmet, although it was unable to protect her from injury on the day - as her knuckles were left grazed and raw 

Painful: Ensuring safety first, she also wore a black helmet, although it was unable to protect her from injury on the day - as her knuckles were left grazed and raw 

Discussing the strain it put on her marriage, she revealed: 'When you lose a child, you are in such a desperate place you cling on to hope, and you cling on to optimism. When my husband, the actor James Murray, and I lost Ella-Jayne, we tried to do both. But such an incredible loss inevitably puts an enormous strain on a relationship because people grieve in different ways.

'It would take the most emotionally mature people to be able to cope in that situation, and to comfort one another in the correct way.

'I can only say now, eight years later, that I'm not sure we were able to do that at the time.'

Brave: Sarah's outing came after she recalled the devastating loss of her first born and the effect it had on her marriage with husband Jim 

Brave: Sarah's outing came after she recalled the devastating loss of her first born and the effect it had on her marriage with husband Jim 

 

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