1963 (age 54–55)|
Chelmsford, Essex, England
|Years active||1983 – present|
Amanda Root (born 1963) is an English stage and screen actress and a former voice actress for children's programmes.
Root is known for her starring role in the 1995 BBC film adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion, her role in the British TV comedy All About Me, as Miranda, alongside Richard Lumsden in 2004, and for voicing Sophie in The BFG.
She trained for the stage at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Life and career
She was a remarkably complete actress even in her early twenties, when physically she looked little more than a child. With her dark soulful eyes she could command a stage, and the Royal Shakespeare Company saw her talent very early on.
She worked regularly with the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon and London from 1983 to 1991, including playing the role of Juliet to Daniel Day-Lewis's Romeo; a very young Lady Macbeth; Cressida to Ralph Fiennes's Troilus, and Rosaline to his Berowne.
In 1995, she starred as Anne Elliot in Persuasion, co-starring Ciarán Hinds and John Woodvine. The film (made for TV, then released theatrically) was based on the novel by Jane Austen and was her first leading role in a film.
She won rave reviews (and was nominated for a Tony Award) in October 2008 for her portrayal of the control freak Sarah in The Old Vic's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's interlinked trilogy The Norman Conquests, directed in the round by Matthew Warchus.
In 2006, Root undertook the task of recording an unabridged audiobook of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Published by Naxos it has a running time of 20 hours 30 minutes, spread across 17 audio CDs: ISBN 978-962-634-357-9.
In November 2007 for BBC Radio 4 she played in the Woman's Hour Drama serial adaptation of F. Tennyson Jesse's novel A Pin to See the Peep Show, and on 2 December 2007 was heard in Arnold Wesker's 75-minute radio play The Rocking Horse, commissioned by the BBC World Service to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
As part of the BBC Radio 4 Hopes and Desires season, she played Lindsey, an incurable romantic who yearns to meet a modern-day Heathcliff, in Nick Warburton's 30-minute comedy Catching Heathcliff, broadcast at 11 pm on 15 January 2008.
Her stage credits include:
- Essie in The Devil's Disciple (Bernard Shaw), Leeds Playhouse, 1983
- Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC small-scale tour 1983; The Other Place 1984
- Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1984
- Moth in Love's Labours Lost, RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1984
- Lucy Ellison in Today by Robert Holman, RSC The Other Place, October 1984; The Pit Barbican Centre, May 1985
- Apricot in The Dragon's Tail by Douglas Watkinson, Apollo Theatre, October 1985
- Neuroza in Tell Me Honestly (Kenneth Branagh), Not the RSC Festival, Almeida Theatre 1985
- Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba (Federico García Lorca, directed by Núria Espert), Lyric Hammersmith, September 1986; Globe Theatre, January 1987
- Harriet in The Man of Mode (George Etherege), RSC Swan Theatre, July 1988; The Pit, April 1989
- Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, RSC Barbican Theatre, May 1989
- Betty McNeil in Some Americans Abroad (Richard Nelson), RSC The Pit, July 1989
- Cordelia in King Lear, RSC Almeida Theatre. September 1989
- Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, RSC Swan Theatre, April 1990; The Pit, June 1991
- Rosaline in Love's Labours Lost RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, September 1990; Barbican Theatre, March 1991
- Nina in The Seagull (Anton Chekhov), RSC Swan Theatre; November 1990; Barbican Theatre July 1991
- Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra (Shaw),co-starring with Alec McCowen, Greenwich Theatre, February 1992
- The Manageress in 50 Revolutions (Murray Gold), Oxford Stage Company, Whitehall Theatre, September 1999
- Edith in Conversations After a Burial (Yasmina Reza), Almeida Theatre, September 2000
- Polina Bardin in Enemies (Maxim Gorky in a version by David Hare), Almeida Theatre, May 2006
- Sarah in The Norman Conquests, an interlinked trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn, Old Vic, October 2008
- Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Rattigan), Chichester Festival Theatre, July 2011
|1985||Storyboard||Polly Swift||TV series (1 episode: "Ladies in Charge")|
|This Lightning Always Strikes Twice||Sarah Penwarden||TV movie|
|1991||The House of Bernarda Alba||Adela|
|1993||The Man Who Cried||Hilda Maxwell||TV movie|
|The Buddha of Suburbia||First TV Producer||TV mini-series|
|Casualty||Barb Edmonds/Evelyn Winnell/Joyce Paice||TV series (3 episodes: 1993–2018)|
|1994||Hildegard of Bingen||Ricardis||TV documentary|
|Love on a Branch Line||Miss Mounsey||TV series (4 episodes)|
|Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||Kate||TV series (1 episode: "The Taming of the Shrew")|
|1996||Jane Eyre||Miss Temple|
|Breaking the Code||Patricia "Pat" Green||TV movie|
|Deep in the Heart||Kate Markham|
|1997||Harry Enfield and Chums||Miss Hetherington||TV series (1 episode: "Episode #2.6")|
|Turning World||Evelyn Sharples||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Original Sin||Frances Peverell||TV series (3 episodes)|
|Sunnyside Farm||Dawn||TV series (1 episode: "A Rare Visitor")|
|Dangerfield||Alice Stratton||TV series (1 episode: "Guilt")|
|1998||Mortimer's Law||Rachel Mortimer||TV series (6 episodes)|
|Big Cat||Alice||TV movie|
|1999||Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?||Margaret Robinson|
|2000||Anna Karenina||Dolly||TV mini-series|
|2001||Holby City||Abbie Sawyer||TV series (1 episode: "Snakes and Ladders")|
|A Small Summer Party||Karen||TV movie|
|2002||Waking the Dead||Lorna Gyles||TV series (2 episodes)|
|Daniel Deronda||Mrs. Davilow||TV mini-series (4 episodes)|
|The Forsyte Saga||Winifred Dartie née Forsyte||TV series (10 episodes: 2002–2003)|
|2003||Midsomer Murders||Ruth Scholey||TV series (1 episode: "A Talent for Life")|
|The Forsyte Saga: To Let||Winifred Dartie née Forsyte||TV mini-series (4 episodes)|
|Love Again||Maeve Brennan||TV movie|
|A Touch of Frost||Dolores Delmonte||TV series (1 episode: "Another Life")|
|Little Britain||Baby's Mother||TV series (1 episode: "Most People in a Mini")|
|Foyle's War||Elizabeth Lewes||TV series (1 episode: "Fifty Ships")|
|London||Charlotte Brontë||TV movie|
|Rose and Maloney||Marsha Campese||TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.2")|
|2005||The Robinsons||Maggie Robinson||TV series (6 episodes)|
|Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder||Vera Sidney||TV series (1 episode: "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings")|
|2006||The Afternoon Play||Andrea||TV series (1 episode: "The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds")|
|The Impressionists||Alice Hoschedé||TV mini-series (2 episodes)|
|Brief Encounters||June Makenzie||TV series (1 episode: "Lost and Found")|
|Star Trek: New Voyages||Federation Ambassador||TV series (3 episodes: 2006–2009)|
|2007||The Robber Bride||Tony Fremont||TV movie|
|Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of The Music Hall||Mrs. Chant||TV movie|
|2008||Fiona's Story||Julie||TV movie|
|Agatha Christie's Poirot||Mrs. Rendell||TV movie|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||Patricia Smith||TV series (1 episode: "Defence")|
|Thorne: Sleepyhead||Teresa Maxwell||TV movie|
|2011||The Iron Lady||Amanda|
|2012||DCI Banks||Mary Rothwell||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2013||Casualty||Evelyn Winnell||TV series (1 episode: "Punch Drunk Love")|
|Zou||Voice||TV series (1 episode: "Zou the Chef")|
|The Tunnel||Doctor Cross||TV series (1 episode: "Episode #1.8")|
|2015||Count Arthur Strong||Karen||TV series (1 episode: "The Heist")|
|Death in Paradise||Teresa Gower||TV series (1 episode: "Episode #4.3")|
|New Tricks||Eleanor||TV series (1 episode: "Lottery Curse")|
|2016||Their Finest||Cecy/Mrs Brown|
|2017||Sherlock||Emma Welsborough||TV series (1 episode: "The Six Thatchers")|
|The Black Prince||Queen Victoria|
|2018||Unforgotten||Carol Finch||TV series (6 episodes)|
- Trowbridge, Simon (2008). "Amanda Root". Stratfordians, a dictionary of the RSC. Oxford, England: Editions Albert Creed. pp. 429–430. ISBN 978-0-9559830-1-6.
- Regency World magazine interview with Amanda Root Archived 15 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Billington, Michael (7 October 2008). "Theatre review: The Norman Conquests / Old Vic, London". The Guardian.
- "BBC Radio 4 – 15 Minute Drama, A Pin to See the Peep Show". BBC.
- "Sir Arnold Wesker – Playwright". arnoldwesker.com.
- The Stage radio review The Rocking Horse
- "Theatre, dance, opera and cabaret reviews". The Stage.
- "Theatre, dance, opera and cabaret reviews". The Stage.
- Theatre Record and its annual Indexes