Fay Ripley (born 1966) is an English actress. Ripley was born in Wimbledon, London and her parents separated when she was two years old. She was raised between two families and attended various convent schools in Surrey until taking her A-levels at a state technical college. At the age of 20, Ripley was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During her training she lived in a small flat in Streatham, South London. Her first professional role after graduating was in the chorus of a pantomime version of Around the World in 80 Days. Her early film and television appearances were limited, and 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 won her first major film role playing Karen Hughes in Mute Witness (1995).
In 1996, Ripley was cast in her breakout role of Jenny Gifford in ITV's Cold Feet. Initially a supporting cast member 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 quitting to take more varied roles and to spend more time with her family in the south of England. Her character appeared in two episodes of the fourth series and one in the fifth. After leaving Cold Feet, Ripley played a succession of leading roles in comedies and dramas such as 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 acting in 2009, playing human resources manager Christine Frances in the ITV comedy drama Monday Monday, and Nicola Perrin alongside Martin Clunes in BBC One's Reggie Perrin. In 2009, her first recipe book, Fay's Family Food, was published to a warm reception. Ripley is married to actor Daniel Lapaine, with whom she has a daughter and son Parker and Sonny. She is an advocate of several charities.
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