Lisa Faulkner

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Lisa Faulkner
Born Lisa Tamsin Faulkner
(1972-02-19) 19 February 1972 (age 44)
Merton, London, England
Occupation Actress, celebrity chef
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Chris Coghill (m. 2005–2011)
Partner(s) John Torode
Children 1
Website Official website

Lisa Tamsin Faulkner (born 19 February 1972)[1] is an English actress and celebrity chef.

Early life[edit]

Faulkner was born in Merton, London, to a civil servant and a legal secretary.[2] She was educated at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames.[3]

Faulkner was sixteen[2] when her mother, Julie, died from throat cancer. Faulkner has since then discussed this experience, along with the memories of her late mother, in a number of newspaper and magazine interviews.[4]


At the age of 16, Faulkner was approached by a modelling scout while she was waiting on the platform of a London tube station.[5]

In 1992 she made her first acting appearance in The Lover, starring Jane March. At age 23, Faulkner played the part of Alison Dangerfield in the British TV drama Dangerfield. She also starred in the 1995 British film A Feast at Midnight. In 1996 she appeared in And The Beat Goes On. Two years later, she played Louise Hope in the Channel 4 soap Brookside. Between 1999 and 2001, she played Dr Victoria Merrick on Holby City, before her character was stabbed to death in her own home by the father of a patient whose life she couldn't save.

In the TV show Spooks, her character Helen Flynn suffered a particularly gruesome fate. In only the second episode of the first series, Faulkner's character had her hand and face burnt in a deep fat fryer before being shot in the head at point-blank range, setting a precedent for later deaths in Spooks.[6]

In 2004, she starred as D.S. Emma Scribbins ("Scribbs") in Murder in Suburbia on ITV where she played a CID policewoman in company with Caroline Catz who played her gaffer, D.I. Ashurst. The show returned for a second series in 2005, with Scribbs adopting the then popular fashion style of "boho-chic". In 2006, she starred in the TV series New Street Law.

It was rumoured that Faulkner had been shortlisted to play the role of D.I. Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes, the sequel series to Life on Mars.[7] However, Faulkner's former Spooks co-star Keeley Hawes was subsequently cast in the role.

Since June 2008, Faulkner has narrated BBC1 show Heir Hunters, replacing Nadia Sawalha.[8]

She regularly teaches at Amanda Redman's Artists Theatre School.[9]

Faulkner was voted one of FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" six times between 1999 and 2004.[citation needed] She regularly contributed to Big Brother's Little Brother, a magazine programme about the reality UK TV show Big Brother on Channel 4. She is a regular contributor to the Sky1 magazine show Angela and Friends.,[10] and the Channel 5 chat show The Wright Stuff.

In 2010 she won Celebrity Masterchef, beating Christine Hamilton and Dick Strawbridge in the final.[11]

She appeared in the third season premiere of the Canadian show, Murdoch Mysteries, when the series filmed an episode in and around Bristol, England, which aired in 2010, and returned for her second guest appearance in the fourth season in 2011. She also appeared twice in the fifth season.[12]

She co-hosted Real Food Family Cook Off on Channel 5 with Matt Dawson. The series aired in 2011. In 2013, she co-hosted the daytime Channel 4 series What's Cooking? alongside Ben Shephard and in 2015 was reunited with Shephard to co-host an episode of This Morning Summer.


Her first cookery book is called 'Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter' was published[13] Her second book is called 'The Way I Cook', which was released in September 2013. On 26 February 2015, she released another book called 'Tea & Cake'

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Faulkner married Chris Coghill, her co-star from the TV series Burn It, in Richmond Park, London. The couple adopted a fifteen-month-old girl who was born in 2006;[14] however the couple separated and divorced in 2011, and Faulkner is now in a relationship with MasterChef judge John Torode.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Lover Helene Lagonelle
1994 A Feast at Midnight Miss Charlotte
1994 Le péril jeune Barbara
1995 Dangerfield Alison Dangerfield
1996 And the Beat Goes On Christine Spencer
1997–98 Brookside Louise Hope
1999–2001 Holby City Dr Victoria Merrick
2002 Spooks Helen Flynn
2003 Burn It Emma
2004-05 Murder in Suburbia DS Emma Scribbins
2006–07 New Street Law Laura Scammell
2008— Heir Hunters Narrator
2010 Celebrity MasterChef Contestant Won the series
2010–12 Murdoch Mysteries Anna Fulford Canadian television show
2011 Real Food Family Cook Off Co-presenter 1 series; with Matt Dawson
2013 What's Cooking? Co-presenter 1 series; with Ben Shephard
2015 This Morning Guest presenter 1 episode; with Ben Shephard


  1. ^ Cineplex: Filmzitate – Kalender 2012, Aachen, Germany, Sept. 2011, p.125. The Internet Movie Database, however, lists it as 19 February 1972.
  2. ^ a b Hardy, Frances. "Mummy's delicious legacy! Lisa Faulkner was just 16 when her mother - a fabulous cook - died. Now she shares her family recipes". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lisa Faulkner Plays Victoria Merrick",
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 14 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Drama faces (BBC profile)
  6. ^ Spooks: The show that is James Bond on a BBC budget The Telegraph, 4 December 2008
  7. ^ Thandie tipped for Life on Mars sequel What's on TV
  8. ^ productions/2008 Flame TV productions
  9. ^ Lisa Faulkner – Angela & Friends
  10. ^ Biography at Angela and Friends website
  11. ^ "Actress Lisa Faulkner takes MasterChef title". BBC News. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "'Murdoch' mysteries revealed". Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  14. ^ Loose Women, 2 March 2012
  15. ^ Flint, Hanna (20 February 2013). "The recipe of love! MasterChef judge John Torode and his winning girlfriend Lisa Faulkner dine out in London". Daily Mail. 

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