Hughes at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
29 October 1959
London, UK, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Russell Young (m. 1992–present; 3 children)|
|Children||2 sons, 1 daughter|
Finola Hughes (born 29 October 1959) is an English actress, television host, entrepreneur, author, former dancer, director, and producer, best known for role as Anna Devane on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, General Hospital: Night Shift, and her role as Anna Devane's identical twin sister, Doctor Alexandra Devane Marick, on All My Children. She is also known as Patty Halliwell on the supernatural series, Charmed, continually appearing throughout the course of the entire series, and as Carol on the NBC sitcom Blossom. In films, she is known for her role in Staying Alive, Aspen Extreme, Above Suspicion and Like Crazy.
Hughes trained in dance and performing arts at the Arts Educational Schools London. In 1981, she originated the role of Victoria the White Cat in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. In 1983, Hughes starred with John Travolta in the musical film Staying Alive, a sequel to Saturday Night Fever. She played the role of Laura, an English dancer who is the romantic interest of Travolta's character Tony Manero. Hughes also appeared on the sitcom Blossom, and as the X-Men character Emma Frost in the 1996 TV movie Generation X. In 1997 Hughes starred in Aaron Spelling's short-lived primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades. She was also a frequent guest-star on the television series Charmed, playing the mother of the Halliwell girls, Patricia "Patty" Halliwell. She provided the voice of Lara, Kal-El's biological mother in Superman: The Animated Series. Another voice-over role she had was Miss Robertson on an episode of Fox's animated comedy series Life with Louie.
From 1985 to 1992 she played Anna Devane on General Hospital. Hughes won a Daytime Emmy in 1991, for Outstanding Lead Actress on General Hospital. She was nominated for the same category in 1990 for Anna, in 2000 for AMC as Alex, and, in 2002, as Anna. After establishing herself as a daytime TV star, Hughes shot a feature film cameo as a soap actress who loses an award to Sally Field in the soap opera satire film Soapdish (1991). Two years later she played a leading role in the 1993 film Aspen Extreme.
It was announced in April 2006 that Hughes would be returning to GH. In May 2006 as part of the May Sweeps period, three GH veterans would return. Finola Hughes would be reunited with Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) and Emma Samms (Holly Sutton). Following a rise in ratings from her sweeps return, Hughes returned to General Hospital for a limited run through August 2006. Finola would return the following year on 13 July 2007 and once again on 25 April 2008.
In September 2008, Hughes guest-starred in the General Hospital spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift. It has been said that Hughes will return to GH in early 2012 as character Anna Devane to be with her daughter, Robin, and help her through her toughest year. She will be a recurring character but Anna Devane will be front and center and staying in Port Charles awhile. Finola's onscreen ex-husband Tristan Rogers is rumored also to be returning as Robert Scorpio, his character Colin on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless exiled from Genoa City a few months back. Ex-GH costar Genie Francis, who played Colin's ex will still remain on the soap and will not be returning to GH. In 2010 Finola also appeared in the CSI: NY, Make It or Break It and Melissa & Joey. Finola made a permanent return to General Hospital in March 2012. Her character, Anna Devane, moved in with Luke Spencer.
Hughes was born in London, England. She married Russell Young in 1992. They welcomed their first child, son Dylan Joseph Young, on 9 November 2000. Later, they adopted a boy named Cash Justice Young (born 2005) and a girl named Sadie Beatrice Young (born December 2007).
|1981||Clash of the Titans||Dancer|
|1984||The Master of Ballantrae||Alison Graeme|
|1987||Haunted by Her Past||Megan McGuire|
|1990||The Bride in Black||Cybil Cobb|
|1993||Aspen Extreme||Bryce Kellogg|
|1994||Dark Side of Genius||Jennifer Cole|
|1996||Generation X||Emma Frost/The White Queen|
|1996||The Crying Child||Jo Parker|
|1996||Superman: The Last Son of Krypton||Lara||voice|
|1997||Prison of Secrets||Angie|
|1997||The Corporate Ladder||Dr. Woodward||voice|
|1998||Jekyll Island||Ronnie Fredericks|
|1998||Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World||Queen Anne||voice|
|1999||Rockin' Good Times||Ginger|
|2009||Killer Hair||Josette Radford|
|2011||Driving by Braille||Beth Allen|
|2011||Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur||Professor Svankmajer||voice|
|2013||The Bet||Director and executive producer|
|2014||Platinum the Dance Movie||JoAnn|
|1982||The Kenny Everett Television Show||Various|
|1983||The Hot Shoe Show||Dancer|
|1987||L.A. Law||Lauren Sevilla||3 episodes|
|1985–91, 1995, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012—||General Hospital||Anna Devane
Dr. Liesl Obrecht
|1992–93||Jack's Place||Chelsea Duffy||18 episodes|
|1994||Burke's Law||Rhonda||Episode: Who Killed Romeo?|
|1994||Dream On||Laura North||Episode: 'Tis Pity She's a Neighbour|
|1996||Superman: The Animated Series||Lara||3 episodes, voice|
|1997||Pacific Palisades||Kate Russo||13 episodes|
|1997||Sunset Beach||Helena Greer||3 episodes|
|1997||Life with Louie||Miss Robertson||voice|
|1998||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Alison Townsend / Hart-Williams||Episode: Affairs to Remember|
|1999||Tracey Takes On...||Josie||Episode: Obsession|
|1999–2003||All My Children||Alex Devane Marick and Anna Devane||23 July 1999 to 11 September 2003|
|2004||Hope & Faith||Herself||2 episodes|
|1998–2006||Charmed||Patty Halliwell||9 episodes|
|2008||General Hospital: Night Shift||Anna Devane||4 episodes|
|2005–08||How Do I Look?||Host|
|2010||CSI: NY||Mrs. Christensen||Episode: Sanguine Love|
|2010||Make It or Break It||Viola Pettinger||Episode: What Are You Made Of?|
|2010||Melissa & Joey||Herself||Episode: Dancing with the Stars of Toledo|
|2013||Beware The Batman||Lady Shiva||Episode: Safe|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Film or series||Result|
|1983||4th Razzie Awards||Worst Supporting Actress||Staying Alive||Nominated|
|1984||5th Razzie Awards||Worst New Star||Staying Alive||Nominated|
|1986||3rd Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Daytime Serial||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1988||4th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favourite Super Couple: Daytime||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1989||5th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favourite Super Couple: Daytime||General Hospital||Won|
|1989||5th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Heroine: Daytime||General Hospital||Won|
|1990||6th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Heroine: Daytime||General Hospital||Won|
|1990||17th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1991||7th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime||General Hospital||Won|
|1991||18th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||General Hospital||Won|
|1992||8th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Best Wedding: Daytime||General Hospital||Nominated|
|1992||8th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime||General Hospital||Nominated|
|2000||16th Soap Opera Digest Awards||Favourite Return||All My Children||Won|
|2000||27th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
|2002||29th Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||All My Children||Nominated|
- "Finola Hughes". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Finola Hughes Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Masters, Megan (14 December 2011). "Finola Hughes Returns to General Hospital". TVLine. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "General Hospital's Finola Hughes Turns Film Director with the Bet – Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- "Finola Hughes to Star in 'Platinum the Dance Movie' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
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