COLD Feet fans were sobbing last night when Jenny Gifford received her heartbreaking breast cancer diagnosis.
After receiving the life changing news in the eighth series of the ITV drama, Jenny sat in a car with a fellow patient and broke down into tears.
One twitter user summed up sentiments and wrote: "Not cried with the TV in ages #Cancer #ColdFeet"
While one person wrote: "@FayRipley Omg, Im in tears after watching you sobbing in the hospital car park, such a moving scene so well done Fay"
Another viewer said: "Just want to give Jenny the biggest hug right now!
@FayRipley's acting is amazing! Also how lovely is the cancer patient man she's made friends with!"
And one related to her plight, writing: "6 years ago I sat in my car doing the same after being told I had skin cancer. Incredible scene"
Jenny decided to keep her diagnosis to herself and returned home to her kids and Pete (John Thomson).
Cold Feet has been off-air since late 2017 and actress Fay Ripley, 52, was recently asked how long the show could go on for.
She told TV podcast Series Linked: "I think it's about what Mike Bullen, the creator, what he sees. He's certainly, at the end of this, there will be a lot of unanswered questions.
FAY SCARED BY CANCER STORY
FOR any actor, playing a character enduring a cancer scare is a harrowing experience – but for Fay Ripley it brought home how the ordeal could affect herself in real life.
In the new series of Cold Feet, her character Jenny’s life is turned upside down when she discovers a lump in her breast during a routine visit to the doctor.
Fay said: “I’m completely terrified with the odds as they are – I’m constantly thinking, ‘Who’s next?’
“I catastrophise. I’m not saying it’s right to live like that but I completely catastrophise and I’m scared.
“I know so many people who have breast cancer – or other kinds of cancer, but very particularly breast cancer.
“I did talk a little bit to people about it. But I have to say, again, that you have to be a bit careful as an actor – playing someone with a lump is not the same talking face to face.
“They’ve got it, it’s their life, so it’s really much more about saying, ‘Listen, I’m going to be doing this and, you know, I hope you’re OK with it?’ ”
But despite her fears, Fay did not feel sorry for herself during filming.
She said: “People say to me, ‘Was it really hard?’
“Well, no, because I don’t have breast cancer, of course.
“It wasn’t hard – what’s hard is getting it right.”
"And I think that it definitely would lead to wanting to know what happened next. Whether or not it does, hey, as usual, we are in the hands of the nation, let's say.
"But I hope so. I'd hate to think that it's gonna finish. But at the same time, I'm really grateful we've really had a great time. And hopefully it continues to be the gift that keeps on giving."
Cold Feet continues next Monday (January 28) at 9pm on ITV.
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