FAY Ripley is currently starring in ITV drama Cold Feet after making her way up the acting ladder.
With the seventh series of the rebooted drama up and running, we take a look at Fay’s career and her personal life. Here’s her story so far…
Who is Fay Ripley and how did she come to star in Cold Feet?
Fay Ripley, 51, graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1990 and initially struggled to make an impact in the world of television.
Through the early 90s, Fay worked as a children’s entertainer and door to door saleswoman in a bid to make a living, before landing her life-changing role in Cold Feet in 1996 (the first series didn’t air until 1998).
Originally destined to be a supporting role, Fay’s character Jenny Gifford was expanded for the debut series.
What other TV shows has she starred in?
She starred in Cold Feet for the first three series before departing to pursue other career opportunities such as critically-acclaimed roles in Green-Eyed Monster, I Saw You and The Stretford Wives.
Fay has also starred alongside Martin Clunes in Fungus the Bogeyman for CBBC and BBC drama Reggie Perrin.
A keen cook, Fay has also released two recipe books entitled Fay’s Family Food and What’s For Dinner?
She reunited with her Cold Feet castmates for last year’s return and reprises her role for the new series.
Is she in a relationship?
Fay is married to actor Daniel Lapaine. The couple married in Tuscany in 2001 and have two children.
Aged 16, Fay began an 11-year relationship with The Following star James Purefoy. Five years later she met future husband Lapaine.
What is Cold Feet, what is it about and who is in it?
Cold Feet is a comedy-drama series about a group of British couples living in Manchester, which began airing in a one-hour format on ITV in 1997, a whopping 20 years ago.
The original run featured five series and ended in 2003, but it came back last year.
Almost all of the main cast members returned – James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, John Thomson, Faye Ripley and Bathurst.
Helen Baxendale – also known for playing Ross’s girlfriend Emily in Friends – chose not to return, which is just as well as her character Rachel is technically dead.
In August 2017 it was revealed that Benidorm and The Loch actress Siobhan Finneran is joining the cast as Cheshire housewife Nikki Kirkbright.
The soap-like show follows the divorces, affairs, parenting and personal problems of six people involved in three couples who happen to be friends.
It’s written by screenwriter Mike Bullen and it’s won over 20 top awards, mostly in comedy categories.