Everything you need to know about Fay Ripley

Everything you need to know about Fay Ripley
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From acting in ITV's Cold Feet to writing a series of cookbooks, Fay Ripley has had a fun and varied career. 

Who is Fay Ripley?

Fay is an English actress and recipe author. She got her first major film role playing Karen Hughes in 1995 horror film Mute Witness before getting her big break playing Jenny Gifford in the much-loved ITV series Cold Feet, following the romances of three couples in Manchester, which has now enjoyed six series and about to start a seventh. 

Fay in the movie Mute Witness

Fay in the movie Mute Witness

How old is Fay Ripley? 

Fay is 51 but didn't look it when we met her! In a recent interview with Yours she said, "Having a weekly blow-dry is my absolute number one secret to looking good. I haven't gone without one for 30 years, so there you go! I am obsessive about my hair. I wouldn't think twice about leaving the house barefaced, but not if I was having a bad hair day."

Fay Ripley in Cold Feet

Fay's character of Jenny in Cold Feet was originally a supporting role - believe it or not - in the pilot episode o but was later expanded when a series was commissioned in 1998. In 1999 she won Best TV Comedy Actress at the British Comedy Awards for her wonderful role. She stayed with the show for three full series before leaving to take more varied roles and spend time with her family. She returned for a guest appearance in the fifth series and joined the cast for the revival of the show in 2016 and 2017. 

The original Cold Feet gang having fun

The original Cold Feet gang having fun

What other TV shows and films has she been in?

After leaving Cold Feet, Fay took on a succession of leading roles in comedies and dramas including Green-Eyed Monster, I Saw You, The Stretford Wives, and Dead Gorgeous.  

In 2006, she filmed a leading role in the ITV drama Bon Voyage, before taking time away from acting after the birth of her second child. She then returned to television in 2009,  as human resources manager Christine Frances in the ITV comedy drama Monday Monday, and Nicola Perrin alongside Martin Clunes in BBC One's Reggie Perrin.

Who is Fay Ripley's husband? 

Fay is married to the Australian actor Daniel Lapaine with who she has a daughter Parker, aged 14 and a son Sonny, 10. The pair married in Tuscany, Italy in October 2001. 

Fay with her husband Daniel and two children

Fay with her husband Daniel and two children

Fay Ripley cookbooks

As well as being a busy actress, Fay has also been a cookery writer since 2009. She has since authored three delicious books:

Fay's Family Food
What's For Dinner
Fay Makes It Easy

She told Yours recently: "I'm so proud of my books - they're a bit like children to me.

"When I wrote the first book in 2009, I genuinely felt there was a gap in the market for an honest, realistic family cookbook. A book that talked about burning pans and not having enough time and yet being able to make a delicious family meal in 20 minutes. 

"Food is such a pleasure in my life that when I see people who don't enjoy food or cooking, I feel they're missing out and I can definitely help with that! I'm completely self-taught and have discovered how to cook by making mistakes."

The best buds were reunited last year for a revival of Cold Feet

The best buds were reunited last year for a revival of Cold Feet

Fay Ripley charity work

Fay is an advocate for several good causes including Women's Aid and ActionAid. In October 2008 she went to Tanzania to raise awareness of child sponsorship. 

When is Cold Feet on? 

Cold Feet starts September 8 at 9pm on ITV.