Amanda Holden

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Amanda Holden
Born Amanda Louise Holden
(1971-02-16) 16 February 1971 (age 43)
Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England
Residence Richmond, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Education Swanmore College
Occupation Actress, Presenter
Years active 1991–present
Television Wild at Heart (2006-08)
Britain's Got Talent (2007—)
Spouse(s) Les Dennis (m. 1995–2003; divorced)
Chris Hughes (m. 2008)
Children daughters Alexandra, Hollie
Parents Frank Holden
Judith Holden (née Harrison)
Relatives Jan Holden (Great Aunt)
Official website

Amanda Louise Holden (born 16 February 1971) is an English actress, singer and presenter, best known as a judge on the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent since the show began in 2007.

Among her acting roles are Mia Bevan in Cutting It, Sarah Trevanion in Wild at Heart, the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, and most recently as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical.

Holden has presented a number of programmes for ITV including the reality series The Door in 2010 and talent show Superstar in 2012.

She is married to record producer Chris Hughes. Her marriage to Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis ended in divorce in 2003. She is heavily involved with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and became an ambassador for the charity in 2013.



Amanda's first television appearance was as a contestant on the UK game show Blind Date in 1991. After that she became a familiar face on British television.

Holden appeared in the ITV drama Wild at Heart, playing Sarah Trevanian and co-starring alongside Stephen Tompkinson. The first series aired in 2006 and a second series followed in early 2007. Series three ran from 20 January to 9 March 2008, after which Holden left the programme.

She is currently a judge on Britain's Got Talent alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon and previously Piers Morgan, Kelly Brook, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff.

She has appeared on various British comedy and drama series such as Smack the Pony, EastEnders, Hearts and Bones, Cutting It and as a co-star with Harry Enfield in comedy series Celeb.[1]

In 2009, she appeared as Lizzie the Ring Mistress in the sitcom Big Top, which ran for one series.

Holden's other TV credits include three series of the hit comedy Kiss Me Kate alongside Caroline Quentin, three series of the ITV comedy series The Grimleys, Celeb with Harry Enfield, the critically acclaimed BBC series Hearts and Bones alongside Damian Lewis, the Jonathan Creek episode "The Problem at Gallowes Gate" and a Boxing Day special Marple alongside Geraldine McEwan and John Hannah. She also co-starred with Bill Nighy and Tom Courtenay in Ready When You Are, Mr McGill, Jack Rosenthal's classic comedy drama.


In April 2009, it was reported that the US network CBS had offered Holden the job of one-time guest presenter on The Early Show, a daytime talk show. Holden presented alongside regular presenters Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez on 1 June 2009. Holden has since been signed up with CBS as a British correspondent for The Early Show.

Since 2009 she, alongside Phillip Schofield has presented A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards annually on ITV. In January 2010, she presenter her own three-part series on ITV called Amanda Holden's Fantasy Lives.

In 2010, Amanda co-presented two-part reality series The Door alongside Chris Tarrant. In 2011, Holden narrated the documentary The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song on ITV and on 6 July 2012 she guest presented ITV Breakfast programme Lorraine.

In 2012, Holden presented twelve-part talent show Superstar for ITV. On 24 March 2014, Amanda hosted one episode of the Channel 4 show Dispatches about the treatment for stillbirths and miscarriages


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,[1] which closed earlier than expected at the end of June 2004.[2][3]

She most recently finished playing the role of Princess Fiona in the original West End production of Shrek the Musical, which began on 6 May 2011. The show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 June 2011.[4] She starred alongside Nigel Lindsay, Richard Blackwood and Nigel Harman. Holden departed the show on 3 October 2011, ten weeks earlier than planned, to focus on her unborn child. She was replaced by Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh. For this role Holden won the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[5]


In July 2009, Holden became a gossip columnist for the News of the World'.[6] In October 2013 Amanda released her autobiography called "No Holding Back" which became a Sunday Times Best Seller.

Personal life[edit]

Holden married the comedian Les Dennis in June 1995. They had a temporary split in 2000 when Holden's affair with actor Neil Morrissey[7] was exposed in the press, before eventually separating in December 2002 and divorcing in 2003. Around this time, she alleges that she was sexually assaulted by an unnamed "famous comedian" at a public event.[8]

On 20 January 2006, Holden gave birth to her first child with fiancé Chris Hughes[9] Alexa Louise Florence Hughes (Lexi for short). She married record producer Hughes at Babington House,[10] Somerset, on 10 December 2008 with former Formula One racing driver David Coulthard acting as the best man. After a miscarriage in 2010; she suffered their son being stillborn at seven months in 2011.[11] On 23 January 2012 she gave birth to their second daughter Hollie Rose Hughes. She faced trauma during the birth when she started haemorrhaging in hospital because the placenta had attached itself to her bladder (placenta creta), so when it was lifted out a large artery ruptured.[12] Her heart stopped for four minutes and her life was held in the balance for several days.[13]


Holden campaigned to keep a Sainsbury's out of Bishop's Waltham. Residents of her hometown later accused her of a double standard in November 2010 when she signed a deal with Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket chain.[14]


Holden fronted Everton's breast cancer awareness campaign, sporting a limited edition baby pink club shirt, the colour of breast cancer awareness.[15] In September 2011, Holden was sponsored to bake a cake for every child in the Great Ormond Street Hospital.[citation needed]

Holden ran the London Marathon in 4 hours and 13 minutes on 13 April 2008, in the name of the Born Free Foundation,[16] having collected public and celebrity sponsors online.

In 2013, she became a celebrity ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, following her work with Pedigree's 'Buy One, Feed One' campaign that she, along with Paul O'Grady have been supporting together. O'Grady is also an ambassador for Battersea.[17]


Year Title Genre Role
2003 Eternal Rectangle
Ready When You Are, Mr McGill One-off TV drama Police officer
2004 Mad About Alice TV sitcom Alice
2006-08 Wild at Heart TV drama series Sarah Trevanion
2007— Britain's Got Talent TV talent show Judge
2009 Out of My Depth
Big Top TV sitcom Lizzie
2009— A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards TV award ceremony Co-Presenter
2010 The Door TV game show Co-Presenter
Amanda Holden's Fantasy Lives TV series Presenter
2011 The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song One-off TV Documentary Narrator
2012 Lorraine TV Lifestyle programme Guest Presenter
Superstar TV talent show Presenter
2013 Compost Corner: Christmas Special Children's TV show Voice of Compostetta
2014 Dispatches Presenter For one-off episode
World's Got Talent TV talent show Judge

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Amanda Holden Biography". Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Thoroughly Modern Millie Posts Closing Notices". 3 June 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Modern Millie Cast Defends Holden???". 10 June 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Amanda Holden to star in Shrek musical". BBC News (BBC). 30 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Full List: 2012 Award winners". 19 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Hyde, Marina (7 July 2011). "Did the News of the World target Amanda Holden before giving her a job?". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Holden and Dennis marriage ends". BBC News (BBC). 27 December 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Amanda's Baby Named Already". Sky Living. 23 January 2006. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Sunday Times, 10 January 2010.
  11. ^ I'd been through enough [a miscarriage in 2010 and a stillbirth in 2011].
  12. ^
  13. ^ Thistlethwaite, Felicity (10 December 2013). "What a difference a year makes: Amanda Holden taut new look is quite a change from her former appearance". Daily Mail (London). 
  14. ^ Russell, Tara (4 November 2010). "Amanda Holden accused of double standards over Bishop’s Waltham store plans". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pink Everton 07/08 Umbro charity football shirt". 7 October 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Flora London Marathon – Amanda Holden Runs Wild for Born Free!!". Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
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