Stephanie Louise Waring was born 19 February 1978 in Urmston, Greater Manchester and is an English actress, best known for portraying Cindy Cunningham in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. She has also had roles in soap opera Coronation Street, day time soap opera Doctors and medical drama Holby City. She also appeared in Crash Palace, Nice Guy Eddie and Merseybeat.
She has also acted overseas, playing the lead in the Australian television drama series, Crash Palace in 2001. Waring auditioned for the characters of Tracy Barlow and Claire Peacock, both of Coronation Street, but lost out to Kate Ford and Julia Haworth respectively. Waring appeared in Coronation Street as Emma, a character who had given birth to Jason Grimshaw’s child after a one night stand, initially on Christmas Day in 2006 and then the following Easter when the character discovered the child’s father was actually the late Charlie Stubbs.
She is best known for portraying Cindy Cunningham in Hollyoaks, taking over the role from Laura Crossley in 1996. She initially played the role until 2001 and returned briefly in both 2002 and 2004. In May 2008 it was announced Waring would return to the serial on a regular basis after executive producer Bryan Kirkwood felt the serial needed to bring back some established characters. Cindy’s return aired on 9 June 2008. She appeared as her character in the second series of Hollyoaks Later. In March 2010 it was announced she would leave the role temporarily for maternity leave, her exit aired on 24 September 2010 and she returned to the serial 9th March 2011.