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Lisa Faulkner on adoption after IVF failed - and what dinner time is really like when your partner's a Masterchef judge

 Lisa Faulkner
Faulkner's new cookbook was published last week Credit:  Clara Molden

The past 12 months have tasted undeniably sweet for actor and cook Lisa Faulkner. She has written and produced a new cook book, From Mother to Mother, moved home with her partner, Masterchef judge and chef John Torode, in north London, and landed an exciting role as businesswoman Fi Browning in EastEnders.

But as her book, published last week, explores, there has been a tart undercurrent, too. When she turned 44 in February 2016, Faulkner had reached the age her own mother Julie was when she died of throat cancer.

“I spent my life convinced I would never get to 44 so that birthday was a massive deal,” she says today, sipping tea in the cool surroundings of the British Film Institute cafe. “I don’t think I knew exactly what would happen – maybe I would spontaneously combust or something.”

Faulkner with Torode, who she met while filming Celebrity Masterchef in 2010 Credit:  Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock

Julie had died in December 1987, just two months after her 44th birthday, when Lisa was 16. “When I got...

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