Amanda Donohoe

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Amanda Donohoe
Born (1962-06-29) 29 June 1962 (age 53)
London, England, U.K.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Partner(s) Russell Haswell

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] Her father worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]


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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] In 2009 she joined the cast of ITV soap opera Emmerdale as businesswoman Natasha Wylde,[2] opposite her on-screen husband Maxwell Caulfield.[5] On 25 July 2010 it was announced that Donohoe would be leaving Emmerdale, with her last screen date was 24 November 2010.[6] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Donohoe's domestic partner is the multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell. The pair live in Suffolk.[7]





Awards and nominations[edit]

Donohoe won a Golden Globe Award for her role in L.A. Law and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for her Broadway debut in Uncle Vanya.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Lane, Harriet (2001-02-04). "Mrs Robinson, I presume". The Guardian (London). 
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  3. ^ "Amanda Donohoe to join Emmerdale". BBC News. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
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  5. ^ "Amanda Donohoe leaves LA to join Emmerdale". 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Emmerdale's Amanda Donohoe to quit the show". Daily Star Sunday. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  7. ^ 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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