29 June 1962 |
London, England, U.K.
Amanda Donohoe (born 29 June 1962) is an English film and television actress. She is known for her 1980s relationship with popstar Adam Ant and her later work on television – including L.A. Law and Emmerdale – and her roles in successful films including Universal's Liar, Liar.
Donohoe was born in London, the daughter of Ted and Joanna Donohoe. She has an older sister, Cordelia. She is of Irish, Russian and Swiss ancestry. Her father worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which led to the family moving a great deal, with a base in London but also living for periods overseas. After her father's retirement, he joined her mother in her antique dealing business.
Educated at the Francis Holland School, aged 15 she met Adam Ant. Aged 16 she left her parents home, and moved in with Ant in Notting Hill. In 1981, Donohoe appeared in the video clips for the songs "Antmusic" and "Stand & Deliver" by Adam and the Ants, when the band were at the height of their fame. Shortly before the band began their 1981 world tour, offered a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, she left Ant and went off to drama college.
After graduation, she came to the attention of worldwide audiences in 1986, when she was cast opposite Oliver Reed as Lucy Irvine in Nicolas Roeg's Castaway. She followed this up with roles in two Ken Russell films The Lair of the White Worm, based on a Bram Stoker novel, and The Rainbow, based on a D.H. Lawrence novel. Another major film role for her was Liar, Liar (1997) starring Jim Carrey.
After relocating to Los Angeles, in February 1991, Donohoe took part in the first of the so-called "lesbian kiss episodes" on American television when her character C.J. Lamb on L.A. Law kissed Abbie Perkins, played by Michele Greene. Donohoe appeared in L.A. Law for two seasons. Some of her other television roles include Murder City, Bad Girls and a guest appearance in Ally McBeal.
On her return to the UK, Donohoe undertook stage work, including replacing Jerry Hall in the stage version of The Graduate. In 2009 she joined the cast of ITV soap opera Emmerdale as businesswoman Natasha Wylde, opposite her on-screen husband Maxwell Caulfield. On 25 July 2010 it was announced that Donohoe would be leaving Emmerdale, with her last screen date was 24 November 2010. On 18 and 19 February 2010, she was a guest panelist on Loose Women. She has also lent her voice to the Activision PC video game "Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder" as Karen Gordon, a prime suspect and ex-wife to Elk Moon's husband, Jack.
- Foreign Body as Susan Partridge (1986)
- Castaway as Lucy Irvine (1987)
- An Affair in Mind (TV movie) as Druscilla Janus(1988)
- The Lair of the White Worm as Lady Sylvia Marsh (1988)
- The Rainbow as Winifred Inger (1989)
- Dark Obsession (aka Diamond Skulls) as Ginny Bruckton (1989)
- Paper Mask as Christine Taylor (1990)
- The Substitute as Gayle Richardson (1993)
- A Womans Guide To Adultery as Jo Saxon (1994)
- The Madness of King George as Lady Pembroke (1995)
- Liar Liar as Miranda (1997)
- A Knight in Camelot as Queen Guinevere (1998)
- Circus as Gloria (2000)
- Glory Glory as Widow (2000)
- Wild About Harry as Ruth McKee (2000)
- Phoenix Blue as Persha Lovich (2001)
- Mary Higgins Clark Lucky Day (2002)
- Starship Troopers 3: Marauder as Admiral Enolo Phid (2008)
- The Last Belle (Short) as Siobhan (voice) (2011)
- Trafficker as Alison Reid (Filming)
- Screen Two: The Laughter Of God as Jane Clemant/Reporter at Press Conference (1986–1991)
- Les Girls (TV series) as Camilla (1988)
- Game, Set, and Match (TV series) as Gloria Kent (1988)
- L.A. Law as Cara Jean Lamb (1990–92)
- Shame as Diana Cadell (1992)
- Rik Mayall Presents episode 'Briefest encounter' as Siobhan Harris (1993)
- Frasier (Episode: "Call Me Irresponsible") as Catherine (1994)
- Murder Most Horrid as Carmela Vezza (1994)
- The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years as Meggie Cleary O'Neill (1996)
- Ally McBeal as Marianne Holt (1997)
- Batman Beyond as The Queen (1999–2001) (voice)
- In the Beginning as Zuleika (2000)
- The Atlantis Conspiracy as Lauren Marcus (2001)
- The Legend of Tarzan as Lady Waltham (2001), 1 episode
- Lucky Day as Nora Barkin (2002)
- Murder City as DI Susan Alembic (2004–06)
- Bad Girls as Lou Stoke (2006)
- Emmerdale as Natasha Wylde (2009–10)
- Loose Women as herself (2010), 2 episodes
- Pramface as Sally (2014), 2 episodes
- Toast of London as Ellen (2014), 1 episode
- Cymbeline as Helen (1984)
- Great Expectations as Estella (1984)
- The Admirable Crichton as Lady Catherine (1984)
- Uncle Vanya as Yelena (1996)
- Miss Julie as Miss Julie (1996)
- The Graduate as Mrs Robinson (2001)
- Teeth 'n' Smiles as Maggie (2002)
- Hedda Gabler as Hedda Gabler (2005)
Awards and nominations
- Lane, Harriet (2001-02-04). "Mrs Robinson, I presume". The Guardian (London).
- "Amanda Donohoe to join Emmerdale". BBC News. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
- "Amanda Donohoe leaves LA to join Emmerdale". Mirror.co.uk. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
- "Emmerdale's Amanda Donohoe to quit the show". Daily Star Sunday. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- Hardy, Rebecca (16 January 2009). "Why my LA dream turned sour: How Amanda Donohoe left Hollywood for Emmerdale". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 27 June 2011.
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