Cold Feet star Fay Ripley ‘relieved’ with audiences praise of Jenny’s cancer storyline

Cold Feet Pictured: Jenny Gifford [Fay Ripley].
Jenny (Fay Ripley) is putting a brave face on her troubles (Image credit: ITV)

Fay’s character was diagnosed with breast cancer

Cold Feet star Fay Ripley admitted she is ‘relieved’ with the response her character’s storyline has received from the public.

Fay, who plays Jenny in the ITV show, admitted she has had a positive response from people over her realistic portray of Jenny’s battle with breast cancer.

‘I’m so hugely relieved that I don’t appear to have let people down,’ Fay told the Mirror.

‘That was the very thing I was most nervous about. I didn’t want to let people down who were genuinely going through this.

‘What I’m playing is a story – for other people it’s their lives. A misrepresentation would be awful, people take it really seriously’.

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‘I feel such an outpouring of people’s personal stories to me,’ she added.

Fans of the series have flooded Twitter with their personal stories of cancer, thanking Fay for her honest portrayal.

One said: ‘When I was told I had breast cancer I said I just want to see my daughter in her wedding dress. You played such amazing part. Thank you for sharing how we feel.’

Another added: ‘As a breast cancer survivor all I can say is wow! You have got it spot on!’

And a third said: ‘Nearly 11 years on since my diagnosis and still so emotional to watch. You’ve played it so right.’

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Jenny was first made aware she had breast cancer after undergoing routine tests following suspicions she might be pregnant.

This series has seen her try to come to terms with her diagnosis while keeping it a secret from her loved ones.

The latest episode saw her undergo chemotherapy treatment for the first time after coming clean with her friends and family about her diagnosis.





Jenni McKnight

Jenni McKnight is a beauty, lifestyle and entertainment journalist, currently US Lifestyle Editor for HELLO! Online. She has also written for HELLO! Magazine, GoodTo, CelebsNow, Daily Mirror and Yahoo!  Her first big break came when she interned on the Guilty Pleasures showbiz desk at Metro newspaper. She has since worked on the online lifestyle team at Woman & Home and Woman and was Senior Content Editor at CelebsNow.