Faith Alexis Ford (born September 14, 1964) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Corky Sherwood on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, for which she received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and as Hope Shanowski on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith.
Faith Alexis Ford
September 14, 1964
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Ford was born as Faith Alexis Ford in Alexandria, Louisiana, the younger daughter of Patricia Walker, a schoolteacher, and Charles Ford, an insurance agent. Ford lived in nearby Pineville and began acting while attending Pineville High School. She moved to Manhattan at the age of 17 where she began to model and find commercial work.
In 1983, Ford landed her first television role on ABC's One Life to Live; her first major role was on the NBC soap opera Another World, where she played Julia Shearer (a role previously played by Kyra Sedgwick) for several years. Ford was let go by the producers and soon moved to Hollywood, where she got a regular role on the short-lived sitcom The Popcorn Kid, had a five-episode appearance on thirtysomething, played a homeless woman on Family Ties, and, later, had her role on Murphy Brown. After a 10-year run, the Murphy Brown series ended, and Ford immediately pursued other TV endeavors. In 1998, she executive-produced her own short-lived sitcom, Maggie Winters. Ford also appeared on The Norm Show with Norm Macdonald, Laurie Metcalf, and Artie Lange from 1999 to 2001.
Ford starred with Kelly Ripa in Hope & Faith as Hope Fairfield-Shanowski, a homemaker who lives a peaceful life until her sister, an actress and Hollywood star, moves in with her and complicates her life in a variety of wild and surreal situations. The sitcom ran for three seasons.
In 2004, she published her own cookbook, Cooking with Faith, and credited her mother and two grandmothers for having taught her how to cook. In Disney's film The Pacifier, Ford played the mother of a family whose husband had died. The film was released in early 2005. In 2007, she appeared in the sitcom Carpoolers. In June 2009, she spoke about her series and the future of digital programming at the Digital Content NewFront. In 2011, Ford appeared in the Disney teen film Prom, playing the role of Kitty Prescott, the mother of main character Nova Prescott, played by Aimee Teegarden.
On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Ford would return to a revival series of Murphy Brown along with former costars Candice Bergen, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud. She appeared on all 13 episodes of the revival.
Ford was married to Robert Nottingham from 1989 until 1996 and has been married to writer/director Campion Murphy since 1998. Ford's sister, Devon O'Day, is also in the entertainment industry. Ford and Murphy coproduced an original short film entitled Citation of Merit, which appeared in numerous film festivals across the United States. Ford was diagnosed with Graves' disease.
|1987||You Talkin' to Me?||Dana Archer|
|1993||For Goodness Sake||Short film|
|1998||Sometimes They Come Back... for More||Dr. Jennifer Wells|
|2003||Beethoven's 5th||Sheriff Julie Dempsey|
|2005||The Pacifier||Julie Plummer|
|2011||Escapee||Det. Alison Jensen|
|2013||The Day I Finally Decided to Kill Myself||Sally||Short film|
|2019||Jake and Kyle Get Wedding Dates||Holly Westen (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1983||One Life to Live||Muffy Critchlow||Series regular|
|1983–1984||Another World||Julia Shearer||Series regular|
|1985||Hardcastle and McCormick||Tina Cutler||Episode: "The Career Breaker"|
|1986||Webster||Terry Berman||Episode: "Almost Home"|
|1986||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Tina Cutler||Episode: "All the World's a Stage"|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Karen Price||Episode: "Rites of Passage"|
|1987||The Popcorn Kid||Lynn Holly Brickhouse||Series regular (6 episodes)|
|1987||If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium||Kalin Brewster||Movie|
|Murphy Brown||Corky Sherwood||Main role (250 episodes)|
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1990, 1996)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1991–92)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1989–92, 1994)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|1990||Murder, She Wrote||Sunny Albertson||Episode: "Good-Bye Charlie"|
|1993||Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders||Joyce Catlin||Movie|
|1993||The Hidden Room||Iris / Ruth||Episode: "The Third Option"|
|1996||A Weekend in the Country||Susan Kaye||Movie|
|1996||Her Desperate Choice||Jody Murdock||Movie|
|1996||Night Visitors||Kelly Wells||Movie|
|1998–1999||Maggie Winters||Maggie Winters||Series regular (16 episodes)|
|1999–2001||The Norm Show||Shelly Kilmartin||Series regular (29 episodes)|
|2000||Family Guy||Corky Sherwood/Sarah Bennett||Episodes: "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Bucks"|
"I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar"
|2002||Mom's on Strike||Pam Harris||Movie|
|2003–2006||Hope & Faith||Hope Shanowski||Lead role (73 episodes)|
|2007–2008||Carpoolers||Leila Brooker||Series regular (13 episodes)|
|2008||Criminal Minds||Vanessa Hill||Episode: "Normal"|
|2008||A Kiss at Midnight||Susan Flowers||Movie|
|2009||The Fish Tank||Ann||Pilot|
|2009||My Name Is Earl||Rachel McGann||Episode: "Got the Babysitter Pregnant"|
|2011||Field of Vision||Jody McFarland||Movie|
|2015||The Middle||Sheila||Episode: "Thanksgiving VII" (season 7)|
|2015||The Bridge||Donna Bartons||Movie|
|2016||The Bridge Part 2||Movie|
|2017||Christmas in Mississippi||Caroline Logan||Movie|
|2022||Killing It||Angelica||2 episodes|
|TBD||We Have a Ghost||Netflix, pre-production|
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- Alexandria Daily Town Talk, September 28, 1964, page 18
- "Faith Ford | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
- "MediaPost Publications Just An Online Minute... Green Beer And Faith Butter At The Newfronts 06/05/2009". Mediapost.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2018). "'Murphy Brown': Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto & Grant Shaud To Reprise Roles On CBS Revival; Charles Kimbrough May Appear". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
- Campbell, Bryan. "Have Faith: Actress Faith Ford's Struggle with Graves' Disease". Empower.
- Galuppo, Mia (July 20, 2021). "Anthony Mackie, David Harbour to Star in Netflix Film 'We Have a Ghost'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 20, 2022.