Amanda Burton

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Amanda Burton
Born (1956-10-10) 10 October 1956 (age 57)
Derry, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Jonathan Hartley (1976-1982)
Sven Arnstein (1989-2006)
Awards National Television Award
TV Quick Award

Amanda Burton (born 10 October 1956) is an award-winning actress, active from 1981. During her career, Burton was best known for her television roles as Heather Black in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, Beth Glover in Peak Practice, Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness, Clare Blake in The Commander and Karen Fisher in Waterloo Road.

Early years[edit]

Burton was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She is the youngest of four girls. Her father was a primary school headmaster.[1] After attending the Foyle and Derry College, a co-educational voluntary grammar school in the city of Derry, (now rebranded Foyle College) she moved to England at 18 where she spent three years studying drama at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.[1] Whilst there she met theatre technician Jonathan Hartley, whom she married when she was 20.

Career[edit]

Although best known for her television roles, Burton had worked almost exclusively in the theatre prior to landing the role of Heather Black in Channel 4's Liverpool-based flagship drama series Brookside. After nearly four years in the role, during which time Heather had become one of the show's most-popular residents of Brookside Close, she began to lose sympathy with her character and decided to leave. Following her departure her television work consisted mainly of guest appearances, with parts in a number of peak-time drama series including Minder, Inspector Morse, Boon, Medics, Van Der Valk, Stay Lucky and Lovejoy.

In 1993 Burton starred alongside Kevin Whately in Peak Practice. She played the role of Doctor Beth Glover in the medical drama series, based in Derbyshire's Peak District, for three series until her departure in 1995. In 1996 she then took the main role of Professor Sam Ryan in the highly acclaimed BBC drama Silent Witness, she held this role until 2004.

After Silent Witness, Burton also took on the role of Prosecutor Helen West in a series based on Frances Fyfield's novels. She also played Aunt Polly in a 2003 remake of Pollyanna. One of her most recent roles is as Commander Clare Blake in Lynda La Plante's drama The Commander.

In 2010, Burton appeared in the sixth series of BBC drama Waterloo Road as new head teacher, Karen Fisher,[2] and departed in 2011.[3]

Notable roles[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1998 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Won
1999 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Won
1999 TV Quick Award Best Actress Silent Witness Won
2001 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Won
2003 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Nominated
2004 IFTA Award Best Actress in a TV Drama Silent Witness Nominated
2011 TV Quick Award Best Actress Waterloo Road Nominated

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