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Lisa Tamsin Faulkner (born 19 February 1972)[1] is an English actress and celebrity chef. She played the role of Fi Browning in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 2017.

Lisa Faulkner
Lisa Tamsin Faulkner

(1972-02-19) 19 February 1972 (age 47)
Merton, London, England
OccupationActress, celebrity chef, presenter
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Chris Coghill (m. 2005–2011)
WebsiteOfficial website


Early lifeEdit

Faulkner was born in Merton, London. She was educated at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames.[2]

Faulkner was sixteen 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.[3]


At the age of 16, Faulkner was approached by a modelling scout while she was waiting on the platform of a London tube station.[4] 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.[5] In 2004, she starred on ITV as D.S. Emma Scribbins ("Scribbs") in Murder in Suburbia, wherein 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.[6] However, Faulkner's former Spooks co-star Keeley Hawes was subsequently cast in the role. Since June 2008, Faulkner has narrated the BBC1 show Heir Hunters, replacing Nadia Sawalha.[7]

She regularly teaches at Amanda Redman's Artists Theatre School.[8] Faulkner was voted one of FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" six times between 1999 and 2004.[9] 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, that aired in 2010, and she 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. In March 2017, it was announced that she would be joining EastEnders as Fi Browning, a "stylish and sophisticated" businesswoman.[13] Fi was later revealed to be Sophie Wilmott-Brown, daughter of Kathy Beale's rapist James Willmott-Brown.


Her first cookery book, called 'Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter', was published in 2012.[14] Her second book, called 'The Way I Cook', was released in September 2013. On 26 February 2015, she released another book, called 'Tea & Cake'.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[15] However, the couple separated and divorced in 2011, and she is now in a relationship with Australian chef John Torode.[16]


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 2 episodes
2003 Burn It Emma
2004-05 Murder in Suburbia Det. Sgt. Emma "Scribbs" Scribbins 2 series
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 Death in Paradise Alex Owen 1 episode
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
2017 EastEnders Fi Browning Regular role


  1. ^ Cineplex: Filmzitate – Kalender 2012, Aachen, Germany, Sept. 2011, p. 125.
  2. ^ "Lisa Faulkner Plays Victoria Merrick",
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  4. ^ "BBC - Error 404 : Not Found".[dead link]
  5. ^ Spooks: The show that is James Bond on a BBC budget The Telegraph, 4 December 2008
  6. ^ Thandie tipped for Life on Mars sequel Archived 18 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine What's on TV
  7. ^ productions/2008 Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Flame TV productions
  8. ^ "Lisa Faulkner – Angela & Friends". Archived from the original on 8 November 2009.
  9. ^ "FHM All-time Sexiest Women hall of fame". Listal. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  10. ^ "Biography at Angela and Friends website". Archived from the original on 8 November 2009.
  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. ^ Harp, Justin (2 March 2017). "Celebrity MasterChef champ Lisa Faulkner joins the cast of EastEnders". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  14. ^ Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  15. ^ Loose Women, 2 March 2012
  16. ^ "John Torode roasted by BBC for saying he and fellow MasterChef host Gregg Wallace aren't friends". Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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