Michael Parr (born 6 August 1986) is an English actor, known for playing the part of Ross Barton in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale.

Life and early career

Parr was born in St Helens, Merseyside. His mother is American and he holds dual US and UK nationality, enabling him to work in the US without the need of a Green Card if he so wished. He trained at the Elizabeth Hill School of Dance and Drama in St Helens, and East 15 Acting School in Essex, graduating in 2008. Prior to getting the part in Emmerdale, Parr worked between acting jobs as a Learning Support Assistant in a Special Educational Needs school. He had previously worked as a barman.

Previous television appearances include Hollyoaks, Casualty, Good Cop, Inside Men and the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors. Film roles include Queesnbury Rules, No Way Through, and Keiren in the 2011 film Territory. Parr has also appeared on stage in various roles, including Justin in Studies for A Portrait at the Oval House Theatre, Paul in The Back Room at the Cock Tavern, and Danny in Twothousandandsex at the Drill Hall in London.


Parr made his first appearance in the ITV soap Emmerdale in July 2013, playing an unnamed man who carjacked regular character Laurel Thomas (Charlotte Bellamy). It was only after his return to the show in October 2013 that his true identity was revealed. His character, Ross Barton, is one of three sons of James Barton, played by Bill Ward, and the nephew of regular character Moira Barton, played by Natalie J Robb.

During his time in Emmerdale, Parr has been involved in a number of high-profile storylines, including an affair with policewoman Donna Windsor, played by Verity Rushworth; taking part in a violent robbery at Home Farm; an illicit affair with his brother's fiancée (later wife), Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb); and secretly fathering a child with Debbie's mother Charity Macey (Emma Atkins).

On August 6, 2015, it appeared that the character of Ross Barton had been killed off after a violent confrontation with his brother Pete (Anthony Quinlan). Parr even stated on social media that he had left the show, and thanked fans for starting a petition to bring him back to Emmerdale. However, on 25 August it was revealed that Ross was still alive, having survived the attack by Pete. He later sought revenge on his brother for the attempted murder, whilst beginning another affair with Pete's now wife, Debbie.

In October 2015, Parr won awards for Best Actor, Best Bad Boy and Sexiest Male at the 2015 Inside Soap Awards. Emmerdale also won Best Soap.



2011Inside MenPC MayfairEpisode 3, Series 1
2012DoctorsKyle WestEpisode: Echo Chamber
2012Good CopAdam Riley
2012CasualtyMark SatchmoreEpisode: The Kindness of Strangers
2012HollyoaksBilly Parker
2013–EmmerdaleRoss BartonSeries regular


2009No Way ThroughSoldier
2011Queensbury RulesLiam
2011A Beautiful ImpurityGobba
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