Breast cancer storyline all too familiar, says Cold Feet’s Fay
COLD Feet star Fay Ripley said she did not need to do any research for her character’s breast cancer storyline because she knows so many women who have been affected by the disease.
The ITV drama, which returns for the eighth series tonight at 9pm, sees Fay’s down-to-earth Jen diagnosed with the condition which affects one in eight women in the UK.
More than 80 per cent of those affected are women aged over 50.
Fay, 52, said: “The sad thing is that at my age, I know a lot of women – friends, family – who have gone through it. You can’t avoid it. So I just went with what I knew. I didn’t want to do my research by sitting down with a friend and saying, ‘I’m going to be acting a breast cancer scare, can you tell me about what really happened to you?’ I would have felt very uncomfortable.”
Fay praised writer and creator Mike Bullen for the realistic way that he dealt with Jen’s distressing diagnosis.
She said: “You’d think she’d blurt it out straight away, but she doesn’t tell Pete, she doesn’t tell Karen, she keeps it a secret. She can’t bear for them to worry. That felt very honest to me.”
Co-star Hermione Norris, 51, who plays Karen, revealed she went through her own “terrifying” breast cancer scare. The actress, who starred in BBC One’s Luther, said: “I had a cancer scare myself. I found a lump and my main thought when I got the all clear was ‘thank God it’s not me’.
“I know women who are going through it now, with children. It’s terrifying.”
The Manchester-based show first aired in 1997 and charted the relationships of three couples, all best friends. It ended in 2003.
Ripley left the show in 2001 to spend more time with her husband – The Durrells actor Daniel Lapaine – and their two children, Parker, now 16, and Sonny, now 12.
She returned to the show when it was revived in 2016.
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