Breast can­cer sto­ry­line all too fa­mil­iar, says Cold Feet’s Fay

Daily Express - - News - By Frances Mil­lar

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.

Pic­ture: ITV

Fay Ri­p­ley’s char­ac­ter Jen has a breast can­cer scare Only clean­est stoves will be sold

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