Amanda Redman

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Amanda Redman
Amanda Redman 2015.jpg
Born Amanda Jacqueline Redman
(1957-08-12) 12 August 1957 (age 59)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Robert Glenister (m. 1984–92)
Damian Schnabel (m. 2010)
Children Emily Glenister
Family Joyce Redman (aunt)

Amanda Jacqueline Redman, MBE (born 12 August 1957[1]) is an English actress, known for her role as Sandra Pullman in the BBC One series New Tricks (2003–13). She received BAFTA TV Award nominations for At Home with the Braithwaites (2000–03) and Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014). Her film roles include For Queen and Country (1988), Sexy Beast (2000) and Mike Bassett: England Manager (2005).

Early life[edit]

Redman was born in Brighton.[2] Her father, Ronald, was from Yorkshire and her mother, Joan, was born in India. Redman's father died in 1980, when she was in her early twenties.[3]

Redman is badly scarred on her upper left arm as a result of an accident when she was 15 months old.[4] She was scalded with a pan of boiling turkey-and-vegetable soup and suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body. Her arm was the only part of her body permanently affected, but the trauma was so severe that she was pronounced clinically dead at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, Sussex.[5]


Redman trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[6]

In 1984 she appeared as Marina in the BBC Shakespeare production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre opposite Mike Gwilym. She also played Maxine in Oxbridge Blues, a British television mini-series, produced by the BBC and first shown in 1984 written by Frederick Raphael. In 1985 she played Janet in the touring version of The Rocky Horror Show.[citation needed]

In 1986 she played Miss Fairfax (Gwendolen) in the BBC Drama production of The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

She played opposite Liv Ullmann in Richard's Things (1981), took over from Alfred Molina in the 1990s comedy drama El C.I.D., playing a new female lead in the series, and played Diana Dors in the TV film The Blonde Bombshell (1999). She presented an MTV show on satellite TV in the 1990s. She co-starred in the first two series of Dangerfield in 1995, playing Dr Joanna Stevens, and played a role in Taggart the same year. In 2000 she played Deedee Dove in the feature film Sexy Beast. From 2000 until 2003 she played Alison Braithwaite, a woman whose life is turned upside down after she wins the lottery, in ITV's At Home with the Braithwaites. Beginning in 2003, Redman took the role of DSI Sandra Pullman in the BBC's New Tricks.

In June 2006 Redman performed in Children's Party at the Palace as Cruella DeVil for the Queen's 80th birthday, and was the subject of an episode of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, a programme that explored her family history.[7][8]

In July 2013, she announced that she would be leaving New Tricks, Tamzin Outhwaite replaced her. In 2015, she played the role of Jackie Rose in the 3-part ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose, starring alongside Ray Winstone.

Redman is the founder and principal of the Artists Theatre School.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2001 - Nominated - BAFTA TV Award – Best Actress for At Home with the Braithwaites
  • 2003 - Nominated - National Television Award – Most Popular Actress for At Home with the Braithwaites
  • 2007 - Nominated - TV Quick Award – Best Actress for New Tricks
  • 2015 - Nominated - BAFTA TV Award – Best Supporting Actress for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This

Personal life[edit]

Redman is the mother of Emily from her marriage to the actor Robert Glenister.[9] She is credited with having encouraged her then-brother-in-law, Philip Glenister, who played DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, to go to drama school and to pursue acting. She once desired more children, but after nine miscarriages and two ectopic pregnancies her hopes ended with menopause.[10][11]

Having been together since 1999, Redman married the Virgin designer Damian Schnabel in September 2010.[12] She is a supporter of Coventry City FC.

Redman was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.[13][14]

Notable roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Richard's Things Josie
1982 The Agatha Christie Hour Pauline, Grand Duchess of Ostravia Episode: "Jane in Search of a Job"
1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street Office receptionist
1986 To Have and to Hold Viv Meadows TV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.8
1988 For Queen & Country Stacey
1988 Theatre Night Gwendolen Fairfax Episode: "The Importance of Being Earnest "
1988–1989 Streets Apart Sylvia Grant Episodes 1.1-2.6
1991 Spender Bobby Montgomerey TV Police Action Drama, Spender, Series. Episode 1.4
1991 The Men's Room Sally TV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.5
1992 El C.I.D. Rosie Bromley
1993 Casualty Olivia Purcell Episode: "The Ties That Bind"
1993 Body & Soul Lynn Gibson TV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.6
1993 Demob Janet Deasey Episodes 1.1-1.6
1995 Taggart Julie Carson Episode: "Black Orchid"
1995 Dangerfield Dr. Joanna Stevens 18 Episodes
1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Susan Townsend Episodes: "The Secret House of Death: Part 1" and "The Secret House of Death: Part 2"
1996 Beck Beck Episodes 1.1-1.6
1998 Performance Regan Episode: "King Lear"
1998 Close Relations Prudence Hammond TV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.5
1999 The Blonde Bombshell Diana Dors TV Movie
1999–2000 Hope And Glory Debbie Bryan Episodes 1.1-2.4
2000 Sexy Beast Deedee Dove
2000–2003 At Home with the Braithwaites Alison Braithwaite TV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-4.6
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Karine Bassett
2003–2013, 2015 New Tricks Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman 84 episodes
2005 Mike Bassett: Manager Karine Bassett 6 Episodes
2006 The Children's Party at the Palace Cruella de Vil (The 101 Dalmatians) TV Special
2008 Honest Lindsay Carter Episodes 1.1-1.6
2008 Little Dorrit Mrs. Merdle TV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.5-1.14
2014 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Gwen 'Dove' Cooper TV Movie
2015 The Trials of Jimmy Rose Jackie Rose Series 1; 3 episodes


  1. ^ General Register Office England and Wales Birth Index 1916–2005 shows her birth registered in 1957 (Amanda J. Redman 1957 Q3 Vol 5h, page 131 Brighton)
  2. ^ Miles Goslett and James Tapper (10 August 2009). "Amanda Redman Says She is Dreading Turning 50. Well, It's a Bit Late for That – as her 1957 Birth Certificate Proves". Daily Mail. UK. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Past Stories - Amanda Redman". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Biographical note to BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?"
  5. ^ Viner, Brian; "Amanda Redman: How I've learnt to live with my scars", 27 March 2002 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  6. ^ "Alumni: Past Graduates" (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  7. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are?: Amanda Redman" (Press Office), 24 September 2004 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  8. ^ Waddell, Dan; "WDYTYA? Series One: Celebrity Gallery", 19 October 2004 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  9. ^ Whiting, Kate; "Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks", 13 July 2009 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  10. ^ Nathan, Sara (2012-08-27). "Amanda Redman's Dream of a Baby in her 50s Ended with the Menopause | Mail Online". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  11. ^ McCormack, Kirsty (2014-04-21). "Amanda Redman Opens Up About Experiencing the Menopause and Never Having More Children | Showbiz | News | Daily Express". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  12. ^ Thomas, Liz (2010-09-06). "Amanda Redman Marries Toyboy Damian Schnabel | Mail Online". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 20. 16 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Kenneth Branagh knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours". BBC News. 15 June 2012. 

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