Faith Ford

Faith Ford Biography

Faith Ford (born September 14, 1964) is an American television and film actress, known for having played the roles of Corky Sherwood on Murphy Brown and Hope Fairfield-Shanowski on 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. Ford lived in nearby Pineville and began acting while attending Pineville High School. She moved to New York City at the age of 17 and began to model and find commercial work.


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.

Ford was let go by the producers and soon moved to Hollywood, where she gained 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. She also began to focus on additional TV movies at this time.

Ford was married to Robert Nottingham from 1989 until 1996 and has been married to personal trainer/screenwriter Campion Murphy since 1998. 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 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. 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.

At the moment, she currently hosts and stars in Mind Body Balance, a web series on MSN. 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 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.


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 Video
2003 Beethoven's 5th Julie Dempsey Video
2005 ' Julie Plummer
2011 Sorority Wars Kitty Prescott
2011 Escapee Det. Alison Jensen
Year Title Role Notes
1983 One Life to Live Muffy Critchlow TV series
1983 Another World Julia Shearer 1 episode
1984 Another World Julia Shearer 1 episode
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 6 episodes
1987 If It's Tuesday, It Still
Must Be Belgium
Kalin Brewster TV movie
1987-1988 thirtysomething Janine 5 episodes
1988-1998 Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood 121 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
1990 Murder, She Wrote Sunny Albertson Episode: "Good-Bye Charlie"
1993 Poisoned by Love:
The Kern County Murders
Joyce Catlin TV movie
1993 ' Iris / Ruth Episode: "The Third Option"
1996 ' Susan Kaye TV movie
1996 Her Desperate Choice Jody Murdock TV movie
1996 Night Visitors Kelly Wells TV movie
1998-1999 Maggie Winters Maggie Winters 16 episodes
1999-2001 ' Shelly Kilmartin 32 episodes
2000 Family Guy Various 2 episodes
2002 Mom's on Strike Pam Harris TV movie
2003-2006 Hope & Faith Hope Shanowski 74 episodes
2007-2008 Carpoolers Leila Brooker 13 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Vanessa Hill Episode: "Normal"
2008 ' Susan Flowers TV movie
2009 ' Ann TV movie
2009 My Name Is Earl Rachel McGann Episode: "Got the Babysitter Pregnant"
2009 Sorority Wars Summer TV movie
2011 Field of Vision Jody McFarland TV movie
2011 Trading Christmas Emily TV movie



  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1989 (Murphy Brown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1990 (Murphy Brown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1991 (Murphy Brown)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Golden Globe Awards 1991 (Murphy Brown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1992 (Murphy Brown)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV - Golden Globe Awards 1992 (Murphy Brown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Emmy Awards 1994 (Murphy Brown)
  • Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series - American Comedy Awards 1996 (Murphy Brown)
  • Favorite Star of a New Series - TV Guide Awards 1999 (Maggie Winters)
  • Broadcaster(s) of the Year - TV Land Awards 2008 (Murphy Brown)

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