Amanda Holden is a British actress, presenter, and singer who has become a household name in the UK. She is known for her work in various television shows, including being a judge on Britain's Got Talent. Holden's warm personality and sharp wit have endeared her to audiences, and she continues to be a popular figure in the entertainment industry.
Amanda Louise Holden was born on February 16, 1971, in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Her father, Frank Holden, was in the Royal Navy, and her mother, Judith Mary Harrison, was a homemaker. Holden grew up in Bishop's Waltham and attended Swanmore Secondary School.
Early Life and Education
Holden began her acting career at the age of 19, appearing in the television series "Blind Date." She went on to land a role in the hit show "Cutting It," which earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the National Television Awards. Holden then appeared in a number of television dramas, including "Wild at Heart" and "The Grimleys."
Holden attended the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, where she studied acting. She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre.
Holden's big break came when she landed the role of Sarah Trevanion in the ITV drama "Wild at Heart," which ran from 2006 to 2012. She then went on to appear in a number of other television shows, including "Big Top," "The Grimleys," and "Kiss Me Kate." Holden also made a name for herself as a presenter, hosting the show "This Morning" and later becoming a judge on the hit show "Britain's Got Talent."
Holden is also an accomplished singer, having released an album in 2000 called "Amanda Holden: The Album." She has also appeared in a number of stage productions, including "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Shrek the Musical."
Holden married comedian Les Dennis in 1995, but the couple divorced in 2003. She later married music producer Chris Hughes in 2008, and the couple has two daughters together, Alexa and Hollie.
Holden has been nominated for a number of awards throughout her career, including several National Television Awards for her work in "Cutting It" and "Wild at Heart." She has also won a number of awards for her work as a judge on "Britain's Got Talent," including a TV Choice Award for Best Talent Show Judge in 2014.
Holden is also known for her philanthropic work, supporting a number of charities including the British Heart Foundation and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.