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Fay Ripley

Fay Ripley

Jun. 28th, 1966
Born in
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
5' 4

Fay Ripley's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Cold Feet (UK) TV Show
Cold Feet (UK)
Suspects (UK) TV Show
Suspects (UK)
Reggie Perrin (UK) TV Show
Reggie Perrin (UK)
Monday Monday (UK) TV Show
Monday Monday (UK)
The Broker's Man (UK) TV Show
The Broker's Man (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Fay Ripley (born 1966) is an English actress. Born in Wimbledon, London, Ripley is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1990). Her first professional role was in the chorus of a pantomime version of Around the World in 80 Days. Ripley's early film and television appearances were limited, so she supplemented her earnings by working as a children's entertainer and by selling menswear door-to-door. After her scenes as a prostitute were cut from Frankenstein (1994), Ripley gained her first major film role playing Karen Hughes in Mute Witness (1995).
In 1996, Ripley was cast in her breakthrough role of Jenny Gifford in the ITV series Cold Feet. Initially a supporting role in the pilot episode, Ripley's character was expanded when a series was commissioned in 1998. She stayed with the show for three full series before leaving to take more varied roles and to spend more time with her family. She returned for a guest appearance in the fifth series. After leaving Cold Feet, Ripley played a succession of leading roles in comedies and dramas including Green-Eyed Monster (2001), I Saw You (2002), The Stretford Wives (2002), and Dead Gorgeous (2002). Each role won her critical acclaim. 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. Ripley returned to television in 2009, starring 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.
Ripley's first recipe book, Fay's Family Food, was published in 2009 to a warm reception. She is married to actor Daniel Lapaine, with whom she has two children—a daughter and a son—and is an advocate of several charities and causes
Early life
Ripley was born in Wimbledon, south-west London to Bev and Tina Ripley (née Forster) in 1966.Her father was a successful businessman, and brother of 1960s pop singer Twinkle, and her mother an antiques dealer.They separated when Ripley was two years old and both remarried, so Ripley spent her childhood moving around Surrey between two families. She was the only child from her parents' marriage but had several half-brothers and sisters from their new relationships. In her early life, she lived in various Surrey towns, including Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Esher and Cobham.Her father wanted her to have a good education so, despite the family's Protestant religion, sent her to various Catholic convent schools around the county.One was St Maur's convent school in Weybridge, which she attended with Liza Tarbuck. Ripley did not feel academically challenged there, and later declared the school "mediocre"
At school, Ripley enjoyed drama lessons, spurred on by the positive remarks she received from her drama teacher Susan Ford.She said of Ford, "When I was 15, one of the few people who said, 'Well done',was my drama teacher, and she was really brilliant. She was a powerful woman. Those women change your life. You always remember them. There was something about her. She basically made me feel very good about myself as a 15-year-old girl."Abandoning her childhood ambition to become a nurse, Ripley decided to go into acting.Her father wanted to send her to a finishing school in Switzerland but, in an effort to rebel from her middle-class Home Counties background, Ripley instead went to a local state college in Surrey, where she took A-levels in communication studies, art, and drama.During her time at the college,Ripley performed her own small shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, trying to "bring Brecht to the masses";she performed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the 1983 festival
After completing her A-levels, Ripley sought entry to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It took her three attempts before she was accepted onto an acting course at the age of 20.While at drama school, Ripley lived in a flat in Streatham, South London, during a time she described as "horrible and penniless".To support herself financially,she sold menswear door-to-door,timeshares on Kensington High Street and Oxford Street, worked as a receptionist at a health club, and spent five years as children's entertainer "Miss Chief the Clown".As Miss Chief,Ripley performed magic tricks and painted faces at children's parties.The work paid off when she was able to get a mortgage on her first flat,stating "clown" as her occupation

  • Boyfriend is 'Daniel Lapaine' (qv), (as of December 2000, they'd been together approx two years).
  • Has three brothers and two sisters.
  • Her father's sister was a pop singer with the stage name of 'Twinkle (III)' (qv) who had a big hit in the 1960s called 'Terry'.
  • Trained at Guildhall School of Drama in London and graduated in 1990.
  • She met UK actor 'James Purefoy' (qv) when she was just 16 and lived with him for more than a decade.
  • Expecting her first child with 'Daniel Lapaine' (qv) in October 2002.
  • It is reported that Fay was offered 500,000 pounds to stay with the series, _"Cold Feet" (1997)_ (qv).
  • Gave birth to her 2nd child, a boy called called Sonny on 4th October 2006.

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