The British actress, Jennie Mcalpine is best known for playing Fiz Brown in the British soap opera "Coronation Street". Fans also know her from the British panel show, ‘Loose Women’ and as a contestant on the 17th season of the reality show, ‘I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’. As a businesswoman, Mcalpine owns a restaurant under the name Annie's in Manchester city center that is famous for its serving modern flavorful British cuisine. In 2002, Mcalpine won Best Newcomer Award at The British Soap Awards. She has also been nominated for Best Soap Actress Award at the TV Quick Awards in 2008.
Early life and Education
Jennie McAlpine was born Jennie Elizabeth McAlpine on 12th February 1984 in Bury, Greater Manchester.
She is of the mixed ethnicity of Scottish and Irish with grandparents from County Sligo and County Kerry and British by nationality. Prior rising to fame, she used to perform on the shows in patio for neighbors and do dance routines with local groups around the city.
Mcalpine was born to Garner Linda and Tom Mc Alpin, who sadly divorced when McAlpine was very young. After that Mcalpine and her brother, Thomas McAlpine started living with their father.
Mcalpine’s father was always supportive towards her career in acting and drama. Her father sadly passed away in March 2017.
At the age of 8, Jennie Mcalpine began amateur dramatics and played in different plays. She attended the Carol Godby Theatre Workshop and graduated from a local college named Holy Cross.
Jennie McAlpine unofficial career as a comedian started at the age of thirteen. She also did stand-up comedy at different charity events, Pubs, and galas. She even stood second at the Young Comedian of The Year back in 1997.
Between 1999 and 2001, Jennie McAlpine starred as "Michelle Morley" in the British soap opera, Emmerdale, alongside Elsa Chappell, Alice Bates, Mandy Dingle and others.
Soon after, McAlpine portrayed the character of "Fiz Brown" in 2001 British soap opera, Coronation Street that turned her career towards success. In 2008, she reprised her role as Fiz Brown in Coronation Street: Out of Africa, a spin-off of British shop opera Coronation Street.
The same year, McAlpine appeared on American television game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire and won £50,000 ($69035) for charity.
In 2010, McAlpine appeared as a contestant on the show The Door. She has also appeared as a guest panelist in the British panel show, Loose Women on three episodes in the years 2010, 2015, 2017 respectively.
From 2011 to 2013, Jennie McAlpine made her appearances on several game shows, including The Chase, The Cube, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars, Pointless Celebrities, All Star Family Fortunes, and All Star Mr & Mrs.
In 2016, McAlpine was also featured in two game shows Countdown and You're Back in the Room. The next year, she took part on the reality show I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, where she came as fourth.
Moreover, McAlpine has made television appearances on 8 out of 10 Cats, F***Off, I'm Ginger, Big Brother's Big Mouth, and The Xtra Factor.
Jennie McAlpine total net worth is still not public yet and it is assumed to be in six figures. She won British television game show, All Star Family Fortunes and donated $30000 to Mood Swings and The Albert Kennedy.
McAlpine also won other reality shows, which are given below;
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire - won £50,000 for charity.
- The Cube – won £1,000 for Mood Swings.
- The Chase – won £15,750 for Mood Swings.
- Tipping Point: Lucky Stars – won £6,700 for Mood Swings
- McAlpine also has a restaurant in Manchester city center, Annie's, from which she generates millions per year, as per as online sources.
Jennie McAlpine is a happily married woman, she tied the knot with Chriss Farr on January 3, 2017, at an intimate ceremony in the presence of her close friends and family. Chriss Farr is working as a restaurant manager since 2005.
The couple has a son, Albert who was born on 29 November 2014 before their wedding. In May 2014, she announced her pregnancy news via Twitter. McAlpine took maternity leave from Coronation Street (1960) and returned to the show after five months of her son birth. She is so attached to her son as she refers losing him is the only fear she has.
She belongs to Scottish and Irish ancestry and regarding her Scottish ancestry and famous red hair she said in an interview:
I'm very proud of my Scottish roots and definitely love coming up to Scotland. When I'm in England I really stand out because of my red hair but when I come up to Scotland I feel normal because there are so many people with my coloring. I definitely feel different having red hair but in a good way. Even though I may sound it, I am no way English. My granddad Alan was Scottish and my grandmother was Irish. My other granddad was born in England but his parents were Scottish.
McAlpine is active in philanthropic work too. Since the age of 17, she devoted her free time to help children in Egypt through the Thebes Project in Luxor. She also opened a restaurant, Annie's along with her then-boyfriend, Chriss Farr in Manchester city in 2012.
The specialty of the restaurant is they serve modern British Cusine. Once, the restaurant faced financial trouble but the power couple didn't lose hope. Eventually they succeed to overcome their circumstances and was able to make the best tearoom in Manchester city.