Jennie McAlpine

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Jennie McAlpine
Born (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 33)
Bury, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Television Coronation Street
Spouse(s) Chris Farr (m. 2017)
Children 1

Jennie Elizabeth McAlpine (born 12 February 1984) is a British television actress and comedian. She is best known for her role as Fiz Brown in the soap opera Coronation Street.

Early life[edit]

McAlpine was born and bred in Bury.[1] She is of Scottish and Irish descent, with a grandfather from County Kerry and a grandmother from County Sligo. As a young girl she used to put on shows on the patio for the neighbours, charging them 50 pence apiece. She did song and dance routines, copying groups like Bananarama.[2]

Her father Tom McAlpine worked in mental health and was awarded the OBE for services to mental healthcare; he passed away in March 2017. With his encouragement she took up amateur dramatics at the age of eight,[1] when father and daughter appeared together in a pantomime by the Bury Parish Players.[2] She was the fairy and he was the dame.[1] As a teenager she joined the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop.[2] McAlpine's parents separated when she was young after which she lived with her father. She has a brother, Thomas McAlpine (b. 1971).[2]

She had a difficult time at school and did not like teachers:

Career[edit]

McAlpine's big break came in 1997 when, at the age of 13, she did comedy in London and came second in a Young Comedian of the Year competition run by Fanta. At the grand final at the Comedy Store in London she met TV presenter Jonathan Ross and comedian Peter Kay, and was so inspired that she entered a second time in 1998, finishing second again.[2] She spent four years (1997–2001) doing stand-up comedy at charity nights, galas and pub nights with her father in Bury.[2]

McAlpine played Michelle Morley in Emmerdale from 1999 to 2001. After leaving school she enrolled in her local college, Holy Cross, and began studying for A-levels.[3] At the age of 17 she auditioned for the part of Fiz Brown on Coronation Street, a role she has played since 2001. McAlpine auditioned for the role with her arm in a sling, after dislocating her shoulder in a fall two days earlier. She drew inspiration for Fiz from her father's work with troubled children. She was originally hired for just five episodes,[2] and went back to studying for her A-levels and working part-time in Boots The Chemist.[1][2] However her comic timing had so impressed Coronation Street producers that they offered her a long-term contract.[2][4]

In 2008, McAlpine went to South Africa to film Coronation Street: Out of Africa.

In 2008 she appeared in a Freeview advertisement promoting its PVR service. She has been a narrator for the Royal Festival Hall.

Additionally she has made a variety of television appearances notably on Big Brother's Big Mouth, F*** Off, I'm Ginger, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Xtra Factor and The Door.

In December 2009, she appeared on the Christmas special of Podge & Rodge's Stickit Inn for RTÉ in Ireland with Johnny Vegas, where she revealed her Irish ancestry.

In November 2010, Jennie appeared as a guest panellist on ITV's flagship show Loose Women, in celebration of the 50 Years that Coronation Street has been on air.

In November and December 2016, Jennie covered for Becky Want on BBC Radio Manchester. In 2017, she will be taking part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.

Personal life[edit]

McAlpine has been in a relationship with Chris Farr, a restaurant manager, since 2005.[1] On the subject of her Scottish ancestry, and famous red hair she said:

On 21 May 2014, McAlpine stated on Twitter that she was pregnant.[citation needed] She gave birth to her first child, Albert, on 29 November 2014. She married her long-term partner Chris Farr in January 2017.[5]

Other projects[edit]

Since the age of 17, McAlpine has devoted her spare time to helping deprived children in Egypt through the Thebes Project in Luxor.[6] She has also opened a restaurant in Manchester city centre, Annie's, with her boyfriend Chris Farr. The restaurant serves modern British cuisine.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Emmerdale Michelle Morley
2001– Coronation Street Fiz Brown
2008 Coronation Street: Out of Africa Fiz Brown
2010 The Door Contestant
2010, 2015, 2017 Loose Women Guest panellist 3 episodes
2017 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Participant

Game show appearances[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2002 The British Soap Awards 'Best Newcomer' Won
2008 TV Quick Awards 'Best Soap Actress' Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Rick Fulton, 'Fiz: I'm a Flaming Scot', Scottish Daily Record (21 March 2008), p. 24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sue Crawford, 'Interview – Jennie McAlpine – Stand up and deliver', Daily Mirror (11 August 2001), p. 11.
  3. ^ Claire Donnelly, 'Fiz Is the Biz' Daily Mirror (2 February 2005)
  4. ^ Jon Peake, 'Soaper troupers', The Sun (18 May 2002), The TV Mag, p. 17.
  5. ^ "Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine marries her partner Chris Farr in a secret ceremony". The Sun. Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Crawford, Sue (27 November 2005). "People.co.uk – Archive – Other – CARE-ONATION STREET". The People. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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