Finola Hughes

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Not to be confused with the English cross-country skier Fiona Hughes.
Finola Hughes
Finola Hughes October 2013 (cropped).jpg
Hughes in October 2013
Born (1960-10-29) 29 October 1960 (age 55)
London, England, U.K.
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Russell Young (m. 1992–present; 3 children)
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter

Finola Hughes (born 29 October 1960[1]) is an English actress, television host, entrepreneur, author, dancer, director and producer, best known for role as Anna Devane on the ABC soap operas General Hospital and All My Children, and her portrayal of Laura in the 1983 film Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever.

Hughes is also known for her portrayal of Anna Devane's identical twin, Dr. Alexandra Devane Marick, on All My Children, and Patty Halliwell on the supernatural series, Charmed. She also portrayed Carol in the final seasons of the NBC sitcom Blossom. Hughes has also appeared in the films Aspen Extreme, Above Suspicion and Like Crazy.


Hughes trained in dance and performing arts at the Arts Educational Schools London. In 1981, she originated the role of Victoria the White Cat in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats.[1] In 1983, Hughes starred with John Travolta in the musical film Staying Alive, a sequel to Saturday Night Fever.[2] She played the role of Laura, an English dancer who is the romantic interest of Travolta's character Tony Manero. Hughes also appeared on the sitcom Blossom, and as the X-Men character Emma Frost in the television movie Generation X (1996). In 1997, Hughes starred in Aaron Spelling's short-lived primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades.[1] She was also a frequent guest-star on the television series Charmed, playing the mother of the Halliwell girls, Patricia "Patty" Halliwell. She provided the voice of Lara, Kal-El's biological mother in Superman: The Animated Series. Another voice-over role she had was Miss Robertson on an episode of Fox's animated comedy series Life with Louie.

Hughes at the premiere for Earth in April 2009

From 1985 to 1992, she played Anna Devane on General Hospital. Hughes won a Daytime Emmy in 1991, for Outstanding Lead Actress on General Hospital. She was nominated for the same category in 1990 for Anna, in 2000 for AMC as Alex, and, in 2002, as Anna. After establishing herself as a daytime television star, Hughes shot a feature film cameo as a soap opera actress who loses an award to Sally Field in the satirical film Soapdish (1991).[1] Two years later, she played a leading role in the film Aspen Extreme (1993).

It was announced in April 2006 that Hughes would be returning to GH. In May 2006, as part of the May Sweeps period, three GH veterans would return. Finola Hughes would be reunited with Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) and Emma Samms (Holly Sutton). Following a rise in ratings from her sweeps return, Hughes returned to General Hospital for a limited run through August 2006. Finola would return the following year on 13 July 2007 and once again on 15 April 2008.

In September 2008, Hughes guest-starred in the General Hospital spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift. It has been said[3] that Hughes will return to GH in early 2012 as character Anna Devane to be with her daughter, Robin, and help her through her toughest year. She will be a recurring character but Anna Devane will be front and center and staying in Port Charles awhile. Finola's onscreen ex-husband Tristan Rogers is rumored[citation needed] also to be returning as Robert Scorpio, his character Colin on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless exiled from Genoa City a few months back. Ex-GH co-star Genie Francis, who played Colin's ex will still remain on the soap and will not be returning to GH. In 2010, Finola also appeared in the CSI: NY, Make It or Break It and Melissa & Joey. Finola made a permanent return to General Hospital in March 2012. Her character, Anna Devane, moved in with Luke Spencer.

In 2013, Hughes made her feature-film directing debut with indie comedy-drama The Bet.[4] She later starred with Kathryn McCormick in the dance movie Platinum the Dance Movie.[5] In 2015, Hughes directed her second film, Byrd and the Bees a romantic comedy starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Tracy Spiridakos.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes was born in London, England. She married Russell Young in 1992. They welcomed their first child, son Dylan Joseph Young, on 9 November 2000. Later, they adopted a boy named Cash Justice Young (born 2005) and a girl named Sadie Beatrice Young (born December 2007).[2]


Hughes in 2013


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Apple Dancer
1981 Clash of the Titans Dancer
1982 Nutcracker Nadia Gargarin
1983 Staying Alive Laura
1984 The Master of Ballantrae Alison Graeme
1987 Haunted by Her Past Megan McGuire
1990 The Bride in Black Cybil Cobb
1991 Soapdish All My Trials Actress
1993 Aspen Extreme Bryce Kellogg
1994 Dark Side of Genius Jennifer Cole
1995 Above Suspicion Iris
1996 Generation X Emma Frost/The White Queen
1996 The Crying Child Jo Parker
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Lara Lor-Van voice
1997 Prison of Secrets Angie
1997 The Corporate Ladder Dr. Woodward voice
1998 Jekyll Island Ronnie Fredericks
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Queen Anne voice
1998 12 Bucks Classy
1999 Rockin' Good Times Ginger
2000 Intrepid Katherine Jessel
2000 Tycus Amy Lowe
2009 Killer Hair Josette Radford
2010 Disarmed Lilian
2011 Driving by Braille Beth Allen
2011 Like Crazy Liz
2011 All-Star Superman Lilo voice
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Professor Svankmajer voice
2013 The Bet Director and executive producer
2014 Platinum the Dance Movie JoAnn
2015 Byrd and the Bees Director and executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Kenny Everett Television Show Various
1983 The Hot Shoe Show Dancer
1987 L.A. Law Lauren Sevilla 3 episodes
1985–present General Hospital Anna Devane / Dr. Liesl Obrecht Been on and off through the years: 1985–91, 1995, 1999, 2006–2008, 2012–present
1992–93 Jack's Place Chelsea Duffy 18 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Rhonda Episode: Who Killed Romeo?
1994 Dream On Laura North Episode: 'Tis Pity She's a Neighbour
1993–95 Blossom Carol 28 episodes
1996 Superman: The Animated Series Lara 3 episodes, voice
1997 Pacific Palisades Kate Russo 13 episodes
1997 Sunset Beach Helena Greer 3 episodes
1997 Life with Louie Miss Robertson voice
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Alison Townsend / Hart-Williams Episode: Affairs to Remember
1999 Tracey Takes On... Josie Episode: Obsession
1999–2003 All My Children Alex Devane Marick and Anna Devane 23 July 1999 to 11 September 2003
2004 Hope & Faith Herself 2 episodes
1998–2006 Charmed Patty Halliwell 9 episodes
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Anna Devane 4 episodes
2005–08 How Do I Look? Host
2010 CSI: NY Mrs. Christensen Episode: Sanguine Love
2010 Make It or Break It Viola Pettinger Episode: What Are You Made Of?
2010 Melissa & Joey Herself Episode: Dancing with the Stars of Toledo
2013 Beware The Batman Lady Shiva Episode: Safe

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Staying Alive Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award Worst New Star Staying Alive Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime General Hospital Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Ian Buchanan) General Hospital Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Ian Buchanan) General Hospital Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Heroine: Daytime General Hospital Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Heroine: Daytime General Hospital Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime General Hospital Won
Soap Opera Digest Award Best Wedding (shared with Tristan Rogers) General Hospital Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime General Hospital Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series All My Children Nominated
Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Return All My Children Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series All My Children Nominated
LA Femme Filmmaker Award Best Feature[16] The Bet Won
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated


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  5. ^ "Finola Hughes to Star in 'Platinum the Dance Movie' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "General Hospital's Finola Hughes To Direct Byrd And The Bees. - General Hospital News -". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "'Revolution' Star Tracy Spiridakos Joins Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Romantic Comedy (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
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  10. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1990". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Sharbutt, Jay (28 June 1991). "Daytime winners listed". The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon: Western Communications). Associated Press. p. 17. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1991". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Havens, Candace (12 May 2000). "Lead actress Emmy race too close to call". The Union Democrat (Sonora: Western Communications). p. 55. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Associated Press (11 March 2000). "'General Hospital' wins 5 honors". The Vindicator. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Offman, Craig (13 March 2002). "Daytime Emmy noms announced". Variety. Los Angeles: Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Hughes is credited as the Film's director
  17. ^ "Filmmaker Winners 2013-2005". Los Angeles: Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations". New York: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 31 March 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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