Faith Ford

Faith Ford

Ford at the 1994 Emmy Awards
Born Alexis Ford
(1964-09-14) September 14, 1964
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Children 1 son

Faith Ford (born Alexis Ford; 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,[1] and as Hope Shanowski on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith.

Early life

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 in with her and complicates her life in a variety of wild and surreal situations. The sitcom lasted three seasons before it 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 Disney teen film Prom. Ford played the role of Kitty Prescott, the mother of main character Nova Prescott, played by Aimee Teegarden.

Personal life

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]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 You Talkin' to Me? Dana Archer
1993 For Goodness Sake Short film
1994 North Donna Nelson
1998 Sometimes They Come Back... for More Dr. Jennifer Wells
2003 Beethoven's 5th Julie Dempsey
2005 Pacifier, TheThe Pacifier Julie Plummer
2011 Prom Kitty Prescott
2011 Escapee Det. Alison Jensen


Year Title Role Notes
1983 One Life to Live Muffy Critchlow Series regular
19831984 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
19871988 thirtysomething Janine 5 episodes
19881998 Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood Main role (247 episodes)
Nominated – 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 Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room Iris / Ruth Episode: "The Third Option"
1996 Weekend in the Country, AA Weekend in the Country Susan Kaye Movie
1996 Her Desperate Choice Jody Murdock Movie
1996 Night Visitors Kelly Wells Movie
19981999 Maggie Winters Maggie Winters Series regular (16 episodes)
19992001 Norm Show, TheThe Norm Show Shelly Kilmartin Series regular (29 episodes)
2000 Family Guy Various 2 episodes
2002 Mom's on Strike Pam Harris Movie
20032006 Hope & Faith Hope Shanowski Lead role (73 episodes)
20072008 Carpoolers Leila Brooker Series regular (13 episodes)
2008 Criminal Minds Vanessa Hill Episode: "Normal"
2008 Kiss at Midnight, AA Kiss at Midnight Susan Flowers Movie
2009 Fish Tank, TheThe Fish Tank Ann Pilot
2009 My Name Is Earl Rachel McGann Episode: "Got the Babysitter Pregnant"
2009 Sorority Wars Summer Movie
2011 Field of Vision Jody McFarland Movie
2011 Trading Christmas Emily Movie
2015 The Middle Sheila Episode: "Thanksgiving VII" (season 7)


  1. 1 2 3 "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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