Lisa Faulkner: Facts About The British Host And Actress

Lisa Faulkner

English actress and celebrity chef, Lisa Faulkner, has had a tough life growing up. Yet she amassed a lot of success with her modeling gig which helped her get into acting. 

Here are all the facts you need to know about the Masterchef contestant and radio host if you love her:

Lisa Faulkner: Interesting Things To Know About The Presenter


She was born on February 19, 1972 and her birthplace is England in Merton, London, to a civil servant and a legal secretary. 


She was educated at Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston. 

Before Fame: 

At the age of 16, Faulkner was approached by a modelling scout while she was waiting on the platform of a London tube station.


Lisa Faulkner regularly teaches at Amanda Redman’s Artists Theatre School.


Her first cookery book is called ‘Recipes from my Mother for my Daughter’. Her second book was also published called ‘The Way I Cook’, which was released in September 2013. 

On 26 February 2015, she released another book called ‘Tea & Cake’.

Full Name:

Her birth name is “Lisa Tamsin Faulkner”.

Before Fame:

When she was only 16 years old, Faulkner lost her mother, Julie, to cancer. Around this time, she began modeling and, at age twenty, made her screen acting debut in the Jane March film The Lover.

Personal Life:

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  • Before divorcing in 2011, she and her husband and Burn It co-star, Chris Coghill, adopted a daughter. 
  • Faulkner later began a long-term relationship with fellow chef and television personality John Torode.


In 2010, she became the champion of the Celebrity Masterchef reality cooking contest.

Faulkner was voted one of FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” six times between 1999 and 2004. 


  • Lisa Faulkner is a famous TV Show Host of the British television culinary program What’s Cooking? From the Sainsbury’s Kitchen. 
  • Lisa Faulkner made her first acting appearance in The Lover, starring Jane March. 
  • At age 23, Lisa 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. 
  • In 1997, 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.
  • This TV personality and celebrity chef is equally well known as an actress, with credits that include New Street Law, Murder in Suburbia, Burn It, Dangerfield and Holby City.
  • Between 2010 and 2012, she appeared with Yannick Bisson in four episodes of the Canadian series Murdoch Mysteries.
  • Since June 2008, Faulkner has narrated the BBC1 show Heir Hunters, replacing Nadia Sawalha.
  • In 2004, she starred as D.S. Emma Scribbins (“Scribbs”) in Murder in Suburbia on ITV where 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.
  • 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.

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