Donohoe in 1991
29 June 1962 |
London, England, U.K.
Amanda Donohoe (born 29 June 1962) is an English actress. She had a four-year relationship with popstar Adam Ant and appeared in the music videos for the Adam and the Ants singles "Antmusic" (1980) and "Stand and Deliver" (1981). For her role as C.J. Lamb on the NBC drama series L.A. Law (1990–92), she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (TV) in 1992. Other television roles include playing Natasha Wylde on the British soap opera Emmerdale (2009–10). On stage, she starred as Yelena in Uncle Vanya (New York 1995), Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (London 2001) and in the title role of Hedda Gabler (Manchester 2001). Her film appearances include Castaway (1986), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), The Madness of King George (1994) and Liar, Liar (1997).
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 and 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, Donohoe was 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.
|1986||Foreign Body||Susan Partridge|
|1988||Lair of the White Worm, TheThe Lair of the White Worm||Lady Sylvia Marsh|
|1989||Rainbow, TheThe Rainbow||Winifred Inger|
|1989||Dark Obsession||Ginny Bruckton|
|1989||Tank Malling||Helen Searle|
|1990||Paper Mask||Christine Taylor|
|1994||Madness of King George, TheThe Madness of King George||Lady Pembroke|
|1997||One Night Stand||Margaux|
|1998||Real Howard Spitz, TheThe Real Howard Spitz||Laura Kershaw|
|1998||I'm Losing You||Mona Deware|
|2000||Wild About Harry||Ruth McKee|
|2001||Phoenix Blue||Persha Lovich|
|2008||Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Admiral Enolo Phid|
|2009||Calling, TheThe Calling||Trish|
|2011||Last Belle, TheThe Last Belle||Siobhan (voice)||Short film|
|1988||Affair in Mind, AnAn Affair in Mind||Druscilla Janus||TV film|
|1988||Game, Set and Match||Gloria Kent||Regular role|
|1990–1992||L.A. Law||Cara Jean 'C.J.' Lamb||Main role|
|1991||Screen Two||Jane Clemant||"The Laughter of God"|
|1992||Shame||Diana Cadell||TV film|
|1993||It's Nothing Personal||Katherine Whitloff||TV film|
|1993||Briefest Encounter||Siobhan||TV film|
|1993||Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room||Martha||"Dangerous Dreams"|
|1993||Substitute, TheThe Substitute||Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington||TV film|
|1993||Frasier||Catherine||"Call Me Irresponsible"|
|1993||Woman's Guide to Adultery, AA Woman's Guide to Adultery||Jo||"1.1", "1.2", "1.3"|
|1994||Murder Most Horrid||Carmela Vezza||"Overkill"|
|1995||Shame II: The Secret||Diana Cadell||TV film|
|1996||Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, TheThe Thorn Birds: The Missing Years||Meggie Cleary O'Neill||TV film|
|1996||Deep Secrets||Lara||TV film|
|1998||Knight in Camelot, AA Knight in Camelot||Queen Guinevere||TV film|
|1999||Batman Beyond: The Movie||Mrs. Walker / The Queen (voice)||TV film|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Donna Walker / Queen (voice)||"Dead Man's Hand"|
|2000||Ally McBeal||Marianne Holt||"I Will Survive"|
|2000||In the Beginning||Zuleika||TV miniseries|
|2001||Atlantis Conspiracy, TheThe Atlantis Conspiracy||Lauren Marcus||TV film|
|2001||Legend of Tarzan, TheThe Legend of Tarzan||Lady Waltham||"Tarzan and the Gauntlet of Vengeance"|
|2002||Lucky Day||Nora Barkin||TV film|
|2004–2006||Murder City||DI Susan Alembic||Main role|
|2006||Bad Girls||Lou Stoke||Main role|
|2009–2010||Emmerdale||Natasha Wylde||Regular role|
|2013||Toast of London||Ellen||"Vanity Project"|
|2013||Air Force One Is Down||Gillian Berry||TV miniseries|
|2014||Pramface||Sally||"Enchanted Picnic", "Kiss for the Camera"|
|2014||Toast of London||Ellen||"Buried Alive"|
|1984||Great Expectations||Estella||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1984||Admirable Crichton, TheThe Admirable Crichton||Lady Catherine||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1996||Miss Julie||Miss Julie||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1997–1998||HRH||Wallis Simpson||UK tour|
|2001||Graduate, TheThe Graduate||Mrs. Robinson|
|2001||Hedda Gabler||Hedda||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|2002||Teeth 'n' Smiles||Maggie||Sheffield Theatres|
|2011||Star Quality||Lorraine||UK tour|
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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