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Amanda Holden was born in Portsmouth in 1971. At 16 she attended Mountview Theatre School in Wood Green, graduating in 1992. In her early career she played Liesl Von Trapp in a production of The Sound of Music at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. 2004 also saw Holden appear in several stage musicals, including her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie where she established herself as an actress, being nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also played Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in June 2011. She played the role for four months, receiving three awards, namely Best Actress in a Musical at the WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoer’s Choice Awards.
Outside of the theatre Holden is best known as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent from 2007 to present. She has also appeared in many TV roles throughout the years, starting her TV career as Carmen in EastEnders in 1994. Her role as Mel in the hit comedy Kiss Me Kate enabled Amanda to become a household name as a TV actress. Whereas more recently Holden has been working as a presenter for TV shows such as This Morning and Dispatches and has appeared in several films.
In October 2016 she will be appearing as Vera in Stepping Out at The Richmond Theatre.
In December 2016 Holden returns to the theatre to play The Fairy Godmother in The London Palladium’s Cinderella. Starring alongside Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Lee Mead and Nigel Havers. Cinderella will run from 9 December 2016 to 15 January 2017.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Cinderella||The Fairy Godmother||The London Palladium||2016||News|
|Stepping Out||Vera||Richmond Theatre||2016|
|Shrek the Musical||Princess Fiona||Theatre Royal Drury Lane||2011||Review|
|Thoroughly Modern Millie||Millie||Shaftesbury Theatre||2004||Review|