Fay Ripley
Actor, television presenter, cookbook author
Fay Ripley
Fay Ripley is an English actress and recipe author. 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.
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Win a copy of Bedtime on DVD!
The Citizen - almost 4 years
BEDTIME IS the unique and brilliantly observed neighbourhood comedy from groundbreaking writer Andy Hamilton (Outnumbered, Drop The Dead Donkey). Previously unavailable as a complete series on DVD it is finally getting a long overdue release thanks to Acorn Media and we have three copies to give away. Featuring a veritable who’s-who of great British acting talent including Shelia Hancock, Timothy West, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam, Nicholas Farrell, Sienna Miller, Claire Skinner, Fay Ripley, Meera Syal and Stephen Tompkinson, Bedtime reveals the completely different lives of neighbours in a terraced street, told from their bedrooms during the last half-hour of the day. Bedtime: The Complete Series One to Three will be available on DVD as a three-disc set on 6 May 2013. Andrew and Alice Oldfield (Timothy West and Sheila Hancock) are the couple to whom – and around whom - so much is happening; a small suburban world of car alarms, noisy lovemaking, broken windows, newborn babies and reve ...
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Laid-off man wins $1 million from lottery
Fox News - about 4 years
Laid off since May, Riley Gunn was driving his wife and kids home to their cabin in the woods in Southern Oregon after registering for computer programming classes, when he pulled off the freeway to buy corndogs for the kids.
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Cold Feet to hot dinners! How Fay Ripley reinvented herself with the homespun cookery book
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Her second cookbook, <a class="fplink fp-83726" href="/Fay+Ripley+1">Fay Ripley</a>, What’s For Dinner?, was published last week and shot straight to No 1 on the Amazon bestseller list.
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Fay Ripley couldn't make coffee until she was 17, now she has her own food show
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
You almost expect <a class="fplink fp-83726" href="/fay+ripley">Fay Ripley</a> to talk in a blunt Mancunian accent like Jenny, her character in Cold Feet. Even in her Tesco ad family she’s northern.
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BRIDPORT: Jalopy Pizza could be Olympic bound - View Online
Google News - over 5 years
Also on the judging panel are Jan Matthews, Head of Catering for London 2012, actress and cookbook author Fay Ripley, and the director of independent caterer trade association NCASS, Bob Fox. Katherine Locke, owner of Jalopy Pizza, said: “We are so
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David Nicholls, the man who made a nation cry - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
A chance meeting led to the writing of a one-off television comedy-drama, I Saw You, starring Fay Ripley, then at the height of her Cold Feet fame. &quot;And that got me on to the Cold Feet writing roster. That was my big break
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DVD Review: Reggie Perrin Set 1 - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He and his wife Nicola (Fay Ripley) love each other, but never seem to be able to find time to spend together. To complicate things, or maybe because he can&#39;t get any quality time with his wife, he has developed a crush on a new young woman at work,
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Reggie Perrin - Set 1 (The Complete Series) - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
In their announcement, the BBC curiously noted that the show&#39;s stars, 49-year-old Clunes and 45-year-old Fay Ripley, cast as Reggie&#39;s wife, attracted an undesirably middle-aged demographic, suggesting the public-financed network was more interested in
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UK donations for East Africa Crisis Appeal reach £8 million - World Vision UK
Google News - over 5 years
The DEC East Africa Appeal has been presented by actor Jason Isaacs, actor and comedian Lenny Henry, broadcaster and journalist Kate Adie, and actress Fay Ripley. To make a donation to the DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk,
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Aid Delivered In East Africa As DEC Appeals Broadcast In UK - 4RFV
Google News - over 5 years
Broadcaster and journalist Kate Adie will voice the BBC radio appeal and actress Fay Ripley will voice the commercial radio appeal. Thousands of families have been caught up in the deepening crisis, trekking for days across parched scrubland from
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Today's media stories from the papers - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
P9 Actress Fay Ripley says BBC&#39;s drive for working class TV &quot;will change again in a year&quot;. P9 Surprise that Aung San Suu Kyi is a fan of Dave Lee Travis. P20 Nokia launch fails to lift fortunes. Business, P4
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Lemurs go wild at Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party - Kidderminster Shuttle
Google News - over 5 years
TV actress and baking enthusiast Fay Ripley is supporting The Blooming Great Tea Party. She said: “I love nothing more than a good chat over a cup of tea so what better excuse to indulge than holding a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer
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James Purefoy interview - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
His ex-girlfriends include Fay Ripley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Piper Perabo. He now lives with art historian and television producer Jessica Adams and has a 14-year-old son from his relationship with the actress Holly Aird
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Brittihuumoria tuplana peräkkäin - Keskisuomalainen
Google News - over 5 years
Keski-ikäinen Reggie Perrin (Martin Clunes) viettää tylsää elämää, inhoaa työtään ja on etääntynyt vaimostaan (Fay Ripley). Uusi työtoveri, nuori ja kaunis Jasmine (Lucy Liemann) saa Reggien viisarin värähtämään ensimmäistä kertaa aikoihin
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Las sugerencias del Diario - El Diario de Yucatán
Google News - over 5 years
Sus invitados incluyen a Fay Ripley ya Hardeep Singh Kohli. FoxLife (214). 8, &quot;Aeon Flux&quot;. Un desastre industrial ha eliminado al 99% de la población del planeta. Los que sobrevivieron viven en una aislada ciudad. Pero esta vida necesita una revolución
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Welcome to 'my ship!' Dame Shirley Bassey christens new P&O Adonia in Southampton - Daily Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
Other celebrities onboard included former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, actress Fay Ripley and Loose Women presenter Andrea Mclean. The Adonia will begin sailings this month and is the smallest ship in the P&amp;O fleet, with a maximum of just 710
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SHIRLEY BASSEY AND OTHER STARS PUSH THE BOAT OUT - Express.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
After Dame Shirley, 74, cracked a bottle of champagne on the vessel&#39;s side they were joined by guests including Coronation Street&#39;s Helen Worth, Sue Jenkins from Brookside and Cold Feet&#39;s Fay Ripley
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My life in travel: Fay Ripley, actress and cookery writer - The Independent
Google News - almost 6 years
Vila Vita Parc in the Algarve on a family holiday – the kids are really excited about going – and apparently the food is fantastic. It appears to tick all of the boxes for us. Fay Ripley narrates &#39;Perfect...&#39; on the Good Food channel,
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My life in recipes: Fay Ripley remembers the South of France for Jean-Paul the ... - Daily Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
By Daily Mail Reporter My most vivid childhood memories are of annual summer holidays with my dad and stepmother near Port Grimaud in the South of France. I remember lizards whose tails came off, sea urchin spines stuck in uncles&#39; bottoms and Jean-Paul
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fay Ripley
    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 45
    Ripley's second book, entitled What's For Dinner, was published in April 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    She reprised the role in the second series in 2010, after which the series was cancelled. 2009 also saw the broadcast of Monday Monday, an ITV comedy drama series in which Ripley plays Christine Frances, an alcoholic human resources manager at a supermarket head office that moves from London to Leeds.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    Fay's Family Food was published by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, in April 2009 and was selected by Marie-Claire Digby of The Irish Times as a "summer read".
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    In 2009, she returned to television screens as Nicola Perrin alongside Martin Clunes' eponymous character in the BBC One sitcom Reggie Perrin.
    More Details Hide Details She took the role because she had previously worked with Clunes and the writer Simon Nye. As the series was Ripley's first studio sitcom, she approached the role with apprehension; she told The Independent on Sunday, "I basically just hung off Martin's coat-tails and hoped for the best." Ripley compared Nicola to Reggie's house-bound wife Elizabeth in the original series, noting that the modern character needed a job and independence from her husband because of changes in society.
    Bon Voyage marked Ripley's last television acting appearance until 2009.
    More Details Hide Details During that time she appeared as a guest on panel shows and talk shows.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2009, Ripley has authored two recipe books; Fay's Family Food in 2009 and What's For Dinner? in 2012. 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.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    Ripley also fronted a "Climate Action Now" protest with novelist Rebecca Frayn and actress Rula Lenska in 2008, opposing government support of the then planned third runway at Heathrow Airport.
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    She visited Tanzania with ActionAid in October 2008 to raise awareness of child sponsorship.
    More Details Hide Details While in the country, Ripley visited community projects set up by ActionAid in Bagamoyo and Mkuranga. Ripley was already sponsoring a child and had been asked by ActionAid to participate in a visit but had always declined because of conflicts with her work.
    In 2008, she appeared alongside Martin Clunes in a series of advertisements for Tesco Direct and, since 2009, has starred with Mark Addy in a series of adverts for Tesco's various brands.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Ripley announced that she would be writing a cookbook about family food. She said, "I want to help people prepare good food for their kids, really practical stuff that's easy, quick, healthy and you can whizz up in the blender for the baby."
  • 2007
    Age 40
    Ripley is a patron of several charities and causes. In 2007 she took part in What's it going to take?, a campaign by Women's Aid to raise awareness of domestic abuse against women.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 39
    She gave birth to a son in October 2006.
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    Ripley said of the relationship in 2006, "We were just kids when we met and, therefore, the relationship had more than run its course." She was single for five years, before being introduced to Australian actor Daniel Lapaine at a party hosted by mutual friends. Neither of them thought the other was interested in dating and they drifted apart. After meeting again on separate holidays in New York, they began dating and married in October 2001 in a ceremony in Tuscany, Italy.
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    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 37
    In 2004, she appeared on the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment of Top Gear, where she discussed her car history with presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
    More Details Hide Details On her celebrity lap of the Top Gear test track, she achieved a lap time of 1:53, making her 38th on the Suzuki Liana leader board. The same year, she participated in a major advertising venture by The National Lottery, playing "Lady Luck" alongside a unicorn voiced by Graham Norton.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    In 2003, she presented a short film advocating Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the BBC's Big Read series and in 2009, she presented an episode of the Blighty documentary series My Brilliant Britain.
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    The following year, she provided the voice of Meg in the ITV adaptation of the Meg and Mog children's books, before playing Jill in the third series of the BBC One sitcom Bedtime at the end of 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Ripley had her first of three on-screen partnerships with Martin Clunes, playing Jane White in the CBBC adaptation of Fungus the Bogeyman. The following year, she played the guest role of corrupt police inspector Sam Phillips in the BBC TV series Hustle, a role that received praise from The Times and The Sun newspapers. In 2006, Ripley played the role of child abductor Linda Holder in the two-part ITV drama Bon Voyage, starring alongside Ben Miles, Rachael Blake and Daniel Ryan. She was offered the part without having to audition, and took it because she wanted the opportunity to play an antagonist. She liked the style of Canadian director John Fawcett in making the thriller, as it differed to that of other British thrillers, which she believed were poorly filmed. Ripley filmed the role in Canada during the later weeks of her second pregnancy, so her character was dressed in baggy clothes to hide her bump. Her pregnancy also caused changes to the script; originally her character was to run through a forest, fall off a cliff and "die a gruesome death". Reviewing, Thomas Sutcliffe of The Independent and Gareth McLean of The Guardian noted that Ripley's pregnancy was poorly disguised. In complimenting the performance of the whole cast, Brian McIver of the Daily Record praised Ripley's portrayal of Linda as "scary but sympathetic".
  • 2002
    Age 35
    Ripley gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, in October 2002.
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    Also in 2002, Ripley played Rose Bell in the ITV post-war period drama Dead Gorgeous, alongside Helen McCrory.
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    In 2002, she played domestic abuse victim Donna Massey in Danny Brocklehurst's The Stretford Wives.
    More Details Hide Details Ripley was initially not eager to play another character from around Manchester so soon after leaving Cold Feet, but she changed her mind after reading the script. She did not research spousal abuse to play her character, a woman struggling to bring up her two children in a run-down house while her husband is imprisoned, because she did not find it difficult to "work out what it's like to be scared and want to protect your kids".
  • 2001
    Age 34
    Having left Cold Feet, Ripley began to take on more leading roles; her first role was as housewife Deanna in the BBC thriller Green-Eyed Monster, which was broadcast in September 2001.
    More Details Hide Details She researched her character, a murderer, by visiting a coroner. Guardian critic Gareth McLean wrote of her performance, "Ripley did a good job of exorcising the ghost of Jenny Gifford by coolly cranking up the insane desperation and needy malevolence to an impressive degree."
  • 2000
    Age 33
    In 2000, Ripley appeared in the British dogme film The Announcement, as well as playing lead female character Grace Bingley—opposite Paul Rhys—in the Granada television pilot I Saw You, which used many of the same production staff as Cold Feet.
    More Details Hide Details David Belcher of The Herald called Ripley "perfectly scatty, tousled and self-sufficient" in the role, and Joe Joseph of The Times complimented her comic timing. Ripley returned to I Saw You for a three-episode miniseries in 2002. She considers I Saw You, in which she acted alongside her husband Daniel Lapaine, the television show she is most proud to have worked on.
  • 1999
    Age 32
    Ripley's performance in the first series won her a nomination for Best TV Comedy Actress at the British Comedy Awards 1999.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance in the third series (2000), in which her character separates from her husband and dates another man (played by Ben Miles), she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. During pre-production of the fourth series (2001), Ripley announced to the producers that she would be leaving the show, partly because she did not want to spend five months living in Manchester away from her home in London and wanted to spend more time with her husband, and partly to take other roles which she would otherwise not be able to do. She asked the writer Mike Bullen to either kill off Jenny or have her lose a limb. Bullen refused and instead wrote a plot in which Jenny moves to New York. Ripley returned to the series for a guest appearance in the final episode (2003). She had originally planned not to return to the show, but reprised the role so she could have an on-screen record of the final stages of her pregnancy with her first child.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    An Independent review of the first series in November 1998 noted, "Fay Ripley has a range of quirky mannerisms that are more reminiscent of Elaine in Seinfeld than of any other Brit-com woman."
    More Details Hide Details The character also gained Ripley public recognition; after being noticed by a member of staff in Marks & Spencer, she was so pleased that she invited the woman to dinner.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    In 1996, Ripley auditioned for Granada Television's Cold Feet, a television pilot about the romances of three couples living in Manchester.
    More Details Hide Details She believed she was reading for the role of Rachel, the "young, pretty one", and was surprised to discover that she was wanted for Jenny, the "northern housewife". In the audition, she performed with an inelegant approximation of a local Manchester accent. The producers found her approach to the role refreshing from other actresses, who were seen as too "finger-wagging". Ripley won the role, and appeared opposite John Thomson and James Nesbitt in the programme. After the pilot won an award, ITV's director of programmes commissioned a series of Cold Feet, so Ripley worked on improving her character's accent by speaking to locals and mimicking their speech. Her supporting character from the pilot episode was given a bigger role in the series; in the first episode (broadcast in 1998), Jenny gives birth to her first child. At that time, Ripley had never experienced childbirth, so copied birth scenes she had seen in other television series.
    In 1996, she had a role in Stephen Poliakoff's Frontiers, and played a club barmaid in Dennis Potter's penultimate television series Karaoke.
    More Details Hide Details The following year she had roles in the comedy film Roseanna's Grave (Paul Weiland, 1997), an episode of The Bill—as a woman whose nanny is accused of stealing from her—and a two-part episode of the Kevin Whately series The Broker's Man as a police officer. Her role in The Broker's Man was one of the few occasions on which Ripley played a police officer; she has frequently declined offers of similar roles because she does not want to "summon up the misery" to play a character that performs post-mortem examinations or investigates murders when she could be starring in more true to life and funny programmes.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In 1995, she appeared in an episode of Channel 4's Alan Davies vehicle One for the Road and made her last theatre appearance as a cast member in the Bush Theatre's Two Lips, Indifferent Red.
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  • 1990
    Age 23
    Her first role afterwards was playing Osatko in the chorus of Around the World in 80 Days at the Liverpool Playhouse during the 1990–91 pantomime season.
    More Details Hide Details She had ten lines in Japanese. Her next role came at the end of the year in the Manchester Royal Exchange's production of Medea. Ripley recalled, "It was only my second job, and I took it all very seriously, in my Greek sarong and my torch of fire, having to burble in tongues." Ripley's early television and film career was characterised by minor roles as prostitutes or mistresses; in what was to be her film debut, she filmed two scenes as a prostitute in the film Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh, 1994). In the first scene, her character was strangled by the creature (played by Robert De Niro's stand-in). The second scene featured De Niro himself, though Ripley's character was lying dead in a mortuary throughout. Pleased with what looked like her breakout role, Ripley bought a dress for the premiere, though she was distraught when Branagh sent her a card apologising for cutting her scenes from the finished film. The same year, she filmed the role of Karen Hughes, the sister of a mute character who believes she sees a murder, in the low-budget film Mute Witness (Anthony Waller, 1995). After Mute Witnesss British television premiere in 1999, a Daily Record critic wrote that Ripley's dramatic scenes were not as good as her comic ones.
    Ripley graduated from drama school in 1990.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 16
    In an effort to "bring Brecht to the masses", she performed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the 1983 festival.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Ripley was born in Wimbledon, south-west London to Bev(erley) William Deacon Ripley and Tina Ripley (née Forster) on 26 February 1966.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was a successful businessman- the son of Sydney William Leonard Ripley J.P., D.L., a member of Greater London Council, whose father had owned a printing company that produced movie posters- 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.
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