Fay Ripley, Star of Cold Feet, Opens Up About Her Concerns and Disappointment Over Her Daughter’s Acting Career Aspirations

Fay Ripley, Star of Cold Feet, Opens Up About Her Concerns and Disappointment Over Her Daughter’s Acting Career Aspirations

Fay Ripley is fearful of her daughter Parker following in her footsteps and launching a career in show business.

Parker, 21, is a budding actress signed to talent agency Curtis Brown, whose clients also include Florence Pugh, Adjoa Andoh and new Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa.

Cold Feet star Fay insists a career in the arts can be hard work and feels attitudes within the business are not progressing as quickly as she’d like. 

She explained to the Mirror: ‘To be honest, I am disappointed and still fearful for [Parker]. 

‘That’s just me, as a woman, having come through this industry. I think there’s quite a lot of pretending and it’s not as good as the poster says. 

Fay Ripley is fearful of her daughter Parker following in her footsteps and launching a career in show business (Fay pictured in June last year)

Fay Ripley is fearful of her daughter Parker following in her footsteps and launching a career in show business (Fay pictured in June last year)

Parker, 21, is a budding actress signed to talent agency Curtis Brown, whose clients also include Florence Pugh , Adjoa Andoh and new Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa (Parker, left, and her mother Fay, right, pictured in 2021)

Parker, 21, is a budding actress signed to talent agency Curtis Brown, whose clients also include Florence Pugh , Adjoa Andoh and new Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa (Parker, left, and her mother Fay, right, pictured in 2021)

‘There’s a lot of talk of change and how marvellous things are but I went to see a film at the weekend. Watching a young actress naked for most of the film just depressed me as I have a young daughter going into the industry and I thought, “Really, are we still there?”

‘And the film is being held up as a sort of feminist piece and I thought, “Not to this female it isn’t.” 

‘I could be describing any number of films or TV series, so you can wrap it up and pretend it’s a new Golden Age, but I would encourage more change.’

Fay shares her two children – Parker and 17-year-old Sonny – with her husband, Australian actor Daniel Lapaine, 52.

It comes after Fay admitted to struggling with the ‘second half’ of motherhood now her children are growing up.

She said she is aware she is being ‘claustrophobic’ with them but can’t resist helping them around the house.

Fay said on the White Wine Question Time podcast: ‘I think maybe I’m taking it a bit far. Like I still do a turn-down service. Like literally I do a fold-down.

‘I’m putting a flipping pointy thing on the loo roll for when they have their next poo. That’s because I think ‘Ah, that’ll be nice for them’. And I fill a glass of water. At 20 and 16, what am I doing?

Fay shares her two children with her husband, Australian actor Daniel Lapaine, 51 (picturedin April last year)

Fay shares her two children with her husband, Australian actor Daniel Lapaine, 51 (picturedin April last year)

‘I think if they were on here they’d say it’s quite claustrophobic. So, I’m clearly not getting it all right. But I really have felt that to this point it’s been a privilege. I don’t know what will happen. 

‘I feel like I’ve kept them alive to this point and I’m proud of that, and now ‘Hey, kids, got to keep me alive now!’

She said she was grateful for the time she got to spend with them during lockdown as it meant they weren’t out ‘taking drugs and abusing alcohol’.

‘I think they would tell a different story,’ she said. ‘But I was able to cook for them… They were forced into a relationship with me that they would have, and have, long since bunged in the bin.’

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