SOUTH AFRICA'S TV WEBSITE
SIGN IN SEARCH MENU
SOUTH AFRICA'S TV WEBSITE


Amanda Holden

Full / Real Name: Amanda Louise Holden
Born: 16 February 1971 (49 years old)
Gender: Female

Rate:

7.7

Add to Actor Favourites

Bio

Amanda Holden is an English actress best known to South Africans for her role as dim-witted but likeable Mel on the television sitcom Kiss Me Kate, from 1998-2001.

Her father, Frank Vallely Holden, was a Petty officer in the Merchant Navy, from Liverpool. Her mother, Judith Mary Harrison, was a secretary from Gloucestershire.

Her father left her mother when Amanda was four. Her mother married Leslie, whom Holden regards as her real father, shortly afterwards. Her parents bought a guesthouse in Alum Chine in Bournemouth.

Holden went to school at Swanmore Secondary School in Hampshire for five years. She then studied Drama at the Jellicoe Theatre, now part of Bournemouth and Poole College. She gained two A levels, and went to the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Wood Green.

She is best known in the UK for her role as the main character, Geraldine Titley in the TV comedy The Grimleys. She is also known for starring in Wild at Heart, Kiss Me Kate and Hearts and Bones.

She made her television debut as an unsuccessful contestant on the long-running ITV series Blind Date. Her first television role was in a TV drama with Edward Woodward.

She also appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1994, and played Mia Bevan in the BAFTA Award-nominated drama series Cutting It from 2002-2004.

She has been a judge on the ITV show Britain's Got Talent for the first two seasons, alongside Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. It has been confirmed that she will return with Morgan and Cowell for Season 3 in 2009.

Amanda Holden has appeared in several stage musicals and in 2004 was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the West End production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

On November 19, 2004 she appeared on the BBC's Children in Need charity appeal singing Carol King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman". On that night also, she announced her engagement to record boss Chris Hughes.

She starred in the drama series Wild at Heart, alongside Stephen Tompkinson, for the first three seasons (2006-2008).

Amanda's other TV credits include three seasons of the comedy Kiss Me Kate alongside Caroline Quentin, three seasons of the ITV comedy series The Grimleys, Celeb with Harry Enfield, the critically-acclaimed BBC series Hearts and Bones alongside Damien Lewis, the comedy series Mad About Alice with Jamie Theakston, and a Boxing Day special Marple alongside Geraldine McEwan and John Hannah.

She also co-starred with Bill Nighy and Sir Tom Courtenay in Ready When You Are, Mr McGill, Jack Rosenthal's classic comedy drama.

Amanda met the television presenter Les Dennis (real name Leslie Heseltine) in 1993 when both were performing in neighbouring theatres, and they married in June 1995 in Bournemouth when she was 24 and he was 40.

They separated following her affair with actor Neil Morrissey. These events made her a popular target for the British tabloid press. The couple were divorced on November 18, 2003. Holden's affair was later parodied in the TV series Extras.

On 21 January 2006, Holden gave birth to her first child, Alexa "Lexi" Louise Florence Hughes. She got engaged to record producer Chris Hughes (born 1954) in November 2004 and will be marrying him in December 2008.



LATEST ARTICLES

New on TV today: Saturday 23 January

A rebooted Fear Factor premieres on e.tv as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return to Vuzu.


Ferguson Films now casting for four lead roles

A brief of the character's they're looking to cast and how to audition.


Durban Gen Teasers - February 2021

Mbali is ill and lands up needing treatment.


New on TV today: Friday 22 January

Fate: The Winx Saga drops on Netflix and cooking competish Afloskombuis begins on VIA.


New! Riona Teasers - January 2021

Introducing the first teasers for the Novela Magic's latest addition, set in pre-colonial Nigeria.


New! Enakhe Teasers - January 2021

Introducing the first teasers for Novela Magic's 20h00 Nollyvela about heiress Enakhe.


Must-watch TV show of the week: The Comey Rule

Watch THIS if you want the sordid details of what's really been going on in America.


The River 2 on Mzansi Magic Teasers - February 2021

Nomonde does a dance - two steps forward and two steps back.


New on TV today: Thursday 21 January

Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller debuts on Nat Geo and Boer Soek 'n Vrou returns to kykNET.


Gomora Teasers - February 2021

Thathi wakes up Sonto with a gun!

LATEST SITE ACTIVITY


More activity at TVSA Central



LATEST SOAPIE TEASERS



LATEST SOAPIE TEASERS






×
×

You browser doesn't have Flash, Silverlight, Gears, BrowserPlus or HTML5 support.