21 December 1969 |
Boston, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
One of four children born in Lincolnshire, Amanda Drew's mother was a nurse and Father was a Vicar. When her parents moved to Leicestershire for work, Drew was educated at Beauchamp College in Oadby where she joined a youth theatre, playing Charity in Sweet Charity. She later attended King's School Ottery St Mary when her family moved to Devon.
After graduating from RADA in 1992, Drew made her name on stage at the Royal Court Theatre and various other West End productions in both drama and comedy roles. At the age of 32, in 2001, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In March 2009 she starred in the UK premiere of Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre. In July 2009 she took the role of Claudia Roe, a fictional amalgamation of female executives of the failed Enron Corporation, in ENRON at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, transferring to Royal Court Theatre in October 2009 and the West End in January 2010.
Between September 2006 and June 2007, Amanda played Dr. May Wright in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders. Amanda was involved in one of largest storylines of the year, a love triangle between May, her husband Rob Minter, and Dawn Swann.
May's personality has earned her the nickname "Mad May" and "Psycho Doctor" from the media. Drew has described the role as "a gift of a role for any actor because of her complexity." Of her return to EastEnders, she has stated: "I'm so excited to be playing her again. It'd be a shame to give too much away, but she has changed in many ways." Executive producer Diederick Santer has said: "It's great to have Amanda back. May is a hugely popular character. I'm sure viewers will be keen to see what she gets up to and how she's changed."
In May 2007, it was decided that the ending of a current storyline featuring characters of Dawn Swann, Dr. May Wright and Rob Minter would be substantially rewritten due to the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann. The storyline would have seen May ran off with Dawn and Rob's baby shortly after it had been born. The move has attracted some criticism as to how it relates directly to the disappearance of the toddler, but the BBC has defended its actions by stating that "In the current circumstances it was felt any storyline that included a child abduction would be inappropriate and could cause distress to our viewers." In Amanda's final episodes, May holds Dawn hostage, intending to steal her baby by performing a caesarean section. May is arrested and Drew left the series.
Trailers for Drew's return to EastEnders, had been shown in the weeks running up to her return on BBC channels; on the 6 June 2008. She reprised her role as Dr. May Wright, under the assumed name of 'Jenny'. She was seen smoking a cigarette and drinking Alcohol, two new activities for the character. Her character was killed off in an explosion at the Miller's house on June 18.
She also appeared in these films
- The Memory of Water
- The Good Times Are Coming (1994)
- The Libertine (1994)
- The Man of Mode (1994)
- The Way of the World (1995)
- John Gabriel Borkman (1996)
- Dona Rosita, The Spinster (1997)
- Taking Sides (1997)
- Tamagotchi Heaven (1998)
- The School of Night (1999)
- The House of Bernarda Alba (1999)
- Top Girls (2000)
- Mr.Kolpert (2000)
- Love in a Wood (2001)
- Jubilee (2001)
- Eastward Ho! (2002)
- The Island Princess (2002)
- 100 (2002)
- Roman Actor (2002)
- The Malcontentant (2002)
- Madame Bovery - Breakfast with Emma (2003)
- Damages (2004)
- Blithe Spirit (2004)
- Play/Not I (2005)
- Otherwise Engaged (2005)
- Enemies (2006)
- The Ugly One (2007 & 2008)
- Chronic (2008)
- Chain Play II (2008)
- Faces In The Crowd (2008)
- After the Accident (2008)
- Parlour Song (2009)
- The Stone (2009)
- The Hotel Play (2009)
- Enron (2009 & 2010)
- House of Games (2010)
- Butley (2011)
- Twelfth Night (2011)
- A Streetcar Named Desire (2012)
- Between The Lines 1992
- Full Stretch 1993
- Performance 1993
- Paul Calf's Video Diary 1993
- Soldier Soldier 1994
- Degree's Of Love 1995
- Men Behaving Badly 1998-(Wendy)
- Tough Love 2000
- Spooks 2002
- The Bill 1995. 2003
- M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team 2003
- No Angels 2004
- The Golden Hour 2005
- Holby Blue 2008
- EastEnders 2006–2007, 2008
- Midsomer Murders 2010
- Switch 2012
- Silent Witness 2013
- Amanda Drew's profile on EastEnders' BBC site
- "The Big Interview: Amanda Drew". officiallondontheatre.co.uk. 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
- "Amanda Drew's doctor dream". FemaleFirst.com. 2008-06-06. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
- "20 Questions With … Amanda Drew". whatsonstage.com. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
- A Dictionary of the RSC by Simon Trowbridge
- "Amanda: I've never felt broody". Metro. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
- "May's mad comeback!". Inside Soap (England). 22 April 2008. p. 11
- "'EastEnders' axe baby abduction plot", Digital Spy. URL last accessed 2007-05-25.
- "Enders cancel Maddie plot", The Sun. URL last accessed 2007-05-25.
- Mad May returns to EastEnders
- May's on her way back