|Born||Amanda Louise Holden
16 February 1971
Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England
|Residence||Richmond, Surrey, England|
|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|
Judith Holden (née Harrison)
|Relatives||Jan Holden (Great Aunt)|
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.
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.
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.
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, which closed earlier than expected at the end of June 2004.
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. 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 WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Holden married the comedian Les Dennis in June 1995. They had a temporary split in 2000 when Holden's affair with actor Neil Morrissey 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.
On 20 January 2006, Holden gave birth to her first child with fiancé Chris Hughes Alexa Louise Florence Hughes (Lexi for short). She married record producer Hughes at Babington House, 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. 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. Her heart stopped for four minutes and her life was held in the balance for several days.
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.
Holden fronted Everton's breast cancer awareness campaign, sporting a limited edition baby pink club shirt, the colour of breast cancer awareness. In September 2011, Holden was sponsored to bake a cake for every child in the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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.
|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|
- Blind Date (1991) - Contestant
- EastEnders (1994) - Carmen
- Intimate Relations (1996)
- Goodness Gracious Me (1998)
- Jonathan Creek (1998)
- Kiss Me Kate (1998–2001)
- Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1998)
- Smack the Pony (1999)
- Virtual Sexuality (1999)
- The Grimleys (1999–2001)
- Hearts and Bones (2000)
- Happy Birthday Shakespeare (2000)
- Now You See Her (2001)
- Cutting It (2002-2005)
- "Amanda Holden Biography". officialamandaholden.com. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
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- "Amanda Holden to star in Shrek musical". BBC News (BBC). 30 July 2010.
- "Full List: 2012 Whatsonstage.com Award winners". Whatsonstage.com. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
- 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.
- "Holden and Dennis marriage ends". BBC News (BBC). 27 December 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- "Amanda's Baby Named Already". Sky Living. Showbiz.sky.com. 23 January 2006. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- Sunday Times, 10 January 2010.
- http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/mar/25/this-much-know-amanda-holden I'd been through enough [a miscarriage in 2010 and a stillbirth in 2011].
- Russell, Tara (4 November 2010). "Amanda Holden accused of double standards over Bishop’s Waltham store plans". Dailyecho.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- "Pink Everton 07/08 Umbro charity football shirt". Footballshirtculture.com. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
- "Flora London Marathon – Amanda Holden Runs Wild for Born Free!!". Justgiving.com. Retrieved 29 September 2011.