Faith Ford

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Faith Ford
Faith Ford (1994).jpg
Ford at the Emmy Awards, September 1994
BornAlexis Ford
(1964-09-14) September 14, 1964 (age 50)
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1983–present
  • Robert Nottingham (1989–1996) divorced
  • Campion Murphy (1998–present)
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Faith Ford
Faith Ford (1994).jpg
Ford at the Emmy Awards, September 1994
BornAlexis Ford
(1964-09-14) September 14, 1964 (age 50)
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1983–present
  • Robert Nottingham (1989–1996) divorced
  • Campion Murphy (1998–present)

Faith Ford (born September 14, 1964) is an American actress, known for her roles as Corky Sherwood in the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown and Hope Fairfield-Shanowski on ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. She was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for her role in Murphy Brown.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ford was born as Alexis Ford in Alexandria, Louisiana, the younger daughter of Pat, a schoolteacher, and Charles Ford, an insurance agent.[2] Ford lived in nearby Pineville and began acting while attending Pineville High School. She moved to Manhattan at the age of 17 and began to model and find commercial work.


Ford with her former husband Robert Nottingham at 1990 Emmy Awards

In 1983, Ford gained 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.[3] 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, a five-episode appearance on thirtysomething and later her role on Murphy Brown. After a ten-year run, the 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 Shanowski, a homemaker who lives a peaceful life until her sister, an actress and Hollywood star, moves to live with her and complicates her life in a variety of wild and surreal situations, where she managed a catering business; the sitcom lasted three seasons. The show was pulled from the ABC lineup in May 2006 after a decline in ratings following a switch from Fridays to Tuesdays.

In 2004, she published her own cookbook, Cooking with Faith, and credited her mother and two grandmothers for having taught her how to cook.[1] Ford played the mother of a family whose husband had died in Disney's film The Pacifier, which 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.[4] In 2011, Ford appeared in the teen film Prom made by Walt Disney. Ford played the role of Kitty Prescott, the mother of main character Nova Prescott, played by Aimee Teegarden.

Personal life[edit]

Ford was married to Robert Nottingham from 1989 until 1996 and has been married to personal trainer/screenwriter Campion Murphy since 1998.[1] Ford's sister, Devon O'Day, hosts country radio programs, owns a media company, and is an author. Ford and Murphy co-produced an original short film, entitled Citation of Merit, which appeared in numerous film festivals across the U.S. Ford was diagnosed with Graves’ disease.[5]



1987You Talkin' to Me?Dana Archer
1993For Goodness SakeShort film
1994NorthDonna Nelson
1998Sometimes They Come Back... for MoreDr. Jennifer Wells
2003Beethoven's 5thJulie Dempsey
2005Pacifier, TheThe PacifierJulie Plummer
2011PromKitty Prescott
2011EscapeeDet. Alison Jensen


1983One Life to LiveMuffy CritchlowSeries regular
1983–1984Another WorldJulia ShearerSeries regular
1985Hardcastle and McCormickTina CutlerEpisode: "The Career Breaker"
1986WebsterTerry BermanEpisode: "Almost Home"
1986Scarecrow and Mrs. KingTina CutlerEpisode: "All the World's a Stage"
1986Cagney & LaceyKaren PriceEpisode: "Rites of Passage"
1987The Popcorn KidLynn Holly BrickhouseSeries regular, 6 episodes
1987If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be BelgiumKalin BrewsterTV movie
1987–1988thirtysomethingJanine5 episodes
1988–1998Murphy BrownCorky SherwoodSeries regular, 247 episodes
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1990, 1996)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1991-1992)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1989-1992, 1994)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1990Murder, She WroteSunny AlbertsonEpisode: "Good-Bye Charlie"
1993Poisoned by Love: The Kern County MurdersJoyce CatlinTV movie
1993Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden RoomIris / RuthEpisode: "The Third Option"
1996Weekend in the Country, AA Weekend in the CountrySusan KayeTV movie
1996Her Desperate ChoiceJody MurdockTV movie
1996Night VisitorsKelly WellsTV movie
1998–1999Maggie WintersMaggie WintersSeries regular, 16 episodes
1999–2001Norm Show, TheThe Norm ShowShelly KilmartinSeries regular, 32 episodes
2000Family GuyVarious2 episodes
2002Mom's on StrikePam HarrisTV movie
2003–2006Hope & FaithHope ShanowskiSeries regular, 73 episodes
2007–2008CarpoolersLeila BrookerSeries regular, 13 episodes
2008Criminal MindsVanessa HillEpisode: "Normal"
2008Kiss at Midnight, AA Kiss at MidnightSusan FlowersTV movie
2009Fish Tank, TheThe Fish TankAnnTV pilot
2009My Name Is EarlRachel McGannEpisode: "Got the Babysitter Pregnant"
2009Sorority WarsSummerTV movie
2011Field of VisionJody McFarlandTV movie
2011Trading ChristmasEmilyTV movie


  1. ^ a b c "Faith Ford Biography". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Biodata". Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Faith Ford | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  4. ^ "MediaPost Publications Just An Online Minute... Green Beer And Faith Butter At The Newfronts 06/05/2009". Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Bryan. "Have Faith: Actress Faith Ford’s Struggle with Graves' Disease". Empower. 

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