|Born||Amanda Louise Holden
16 February 1971
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
|Residence||Richmond, London, England|
|Occupation||Actress, presenter, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Les Dennis (m. 1995–2003)
Chris Hughes (m. 2008–)
Judith Holden (née Harrison)
|Relatives||Jan Holden (Great Aunt)|
Holden's best known roles include 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's first television appearance was as a contestant on game show Blind Date in 1991.
In 2009, Holden appeared as Lizzie the Ring Mistress in the sitcom Big Top.
Holden's other TV credits include three series of the comedy Kiss Me Kate with Caroline Quentin and Chris Langham, three series of the ITV's The Grimleys, Celeb with Harry Enfield, BBC series Hearts and Bones with Damian Lewis, the Jonathan Creek episode "The Problem at Gallowes Gate" and a Boxing Day special Marple opposite 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 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. On 1 June 2009, she appeared with regular presenters Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez. Holden has since signed up with CBS as a British correspondent for The Early Show.
Since 2009, Holden has co-presented A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards annually on ITV with Phillip Schofield. In January 2010, she presented her own three-part series on ITV, Amanda Holden's Fantasy Lives.
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.
Holden 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.
Although born in Portsmouth, Holden spent much of her childhood in Bishop's Waltham. She married 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 record producer Chris Hughes. She married 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 despite medical complications.
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.
|1994||EastEnders||TV soap opera||Carmen|
|1998–2000||Kiss Me Kate||TV sitcom||Mel|
|1999–2001||The Grimleys||TV comedy drama||Geraldine Titley|
|2002-05||Cutting It||TV drama||Mia Bevan|
|Ready When You Are, Mr McGill||One-off TV drama||Police officer|
|2004||Mad About Alice||Sitcom||Alice|
|2006–2008||Wild at Heart||TV drama series||Sarah Trevanion|
|2007–present||Britain's Got Talent||Talent show||Judge|
|2009||Out of My Depth|
|2009–present||A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards||TV award ceremony||Co-presenter|
|2010||The Door||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||Lifestyle programme||Guest presenter|
|2013||Compost Corner: Christmas Special||Children's TV show||Voice of Compostetta|
|2014||Dispatches||Current affairs||Guest presenter|
|This Morning||Daytime show||Co-presenter|
- Blind Date (1991) - Contestant
- Goodness Gracious Me (1998)
- Jonathan Creek (1998)
- Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1998)
- Smack the Pony (1999)
- Virtual Sexuality (1999)
- Hearts and Bones (2000)
- Happy Birthday Shakespeare (2000)
- Now You See Her (2001)
|2014||Pudsey: The Movie||Voice|
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- Amanda Holden's Official website
- Amanda Holden's Twitter page
- Amanda Holden at the Internet Movie Database