|Born||12 December 1969|
Boston, Lincolnshire, England
Amanda Drew (born 12 December 1969)  is an English actress with extensive credits in theatre, television and film.
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One of four children, Drew was born in Boston, Lincolnshire.   Drew's mother was a nurse  and her father was a vicar.[ citation needed ] When her parents moved to Leicestershire for work, Drew was educated at Beauchamp College in Oadby  [ failed verification ] where she joined a youth theatre, playing Charity in Sweet Charity . She later attended King's School, Ottery St. Mary, when her family moved to Devon.[ citation needed ]
After graduating from RADA in 1992, Drew made her name on stage at the Royal Court Theatre and various other West End productions in both drama and comedy roles. In 2001, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has appeared on This Morning twice and BBC Breakfast News once both for interviews, and also has attended a podcast interview for The Ugly One at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008.
In March 2009 she starred in the UK premiere of Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre. In July 2009 she took the role of Claudia Roe, a fictional amalgamation of female executives of the failed Enron Corporation, in ENRON at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, transferring to Royal Court Theatre in October 2009 and the West End in January 2010.
Drew played the part of Dr. May Wright in the BBC One soap opera, EastEnders , between September 2006 and June 2007, and again in June 2008.  Drew was involved in one of largest storylines of the year, a love triangle between May, her husband Rob Minter (Stuart Laing), and Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon).
The personality of the character has earned her the nickname "Mad May" and "Psycho Doctor" from the media.  Drew has described the role as "a gift of a role for any actor because of her complexity."  Of her return to EastEnders, she has stated: "I'm so excited to be playing her again. It'd be a shame to give too much away, but she has changed in many ways."  Executive producer Diederick Santer has said: "It's great to have Amanda back. May is a hugely popular character. I'm sure viewers will be keen to see what she gets up to and how she's changed." 
In May 2007, it was decided that the ending of a current storyline featuring characters of May, Dawn and Rob would be substantially rewritten due to the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann. The storyline would have seen May ran off with Dawn and Rob's baby shortly after it had been born.  The move attracted some criticism as to how it relates directly to the disappearance of the toddler; the BBC said that "In the current circumstances it was felt any storyline that included a child abduction would be inappropriate and could cause distress to our viewers."  May holds Dawn hostage, intending to steal her baby by performing a caesarean section. May is arrested and Drew left the series.
Trailers for Drew's return to EastEnders, had been shown in the weeks running up to her return on BBC channels; on 6 June 2008. She reprised her role as May, under the assumed name of "Jenny". She was seen smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol, two new activities for the character. May was killed-off on 18 June 2008 when she causes a gas explosion at the Miller house.  
Drew won the "Outstanding Newcomer" at the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in Eastward Ho! at the Gielgud Theatre.
|1992||Between the Lines||Angela|
|Paul Calf's Video Diary||Emma|
|1994||Soldier Soldier||Siobhan Mitchell|
|1995||Degrees of Love||Cordell Hospital Nurse|
|1994, 2003||The Bill||Various roles|
|1998||Men Behaving Badly||Wendy|
|2002||Tough Love||Jilly Barnes|
|2003||M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team||Ruth Taylor|
|2004||No Angels||Dr. Jane Salter|
|2005||The Golden Hour||Peta Larkinson|
|2006–2008||EastEnders||Dr. May Wright||Regular role; 93 episodes|
|2010||Midsomer Murders||Liz Gerrard|
|Paddy and Sally's Excellent Gypsy Adventure||Narrator|
|2013||Silent Witness||DI Reed|
|Life of Crime||Beverley Reid|
|New Tricks||Laura Highsmith|
|The Passing Bells||Annie Edwards|
|2017||The Last Post||Mary Markham|
|2019||Father Brown||Miss Cynthia Rosewood|
|2019–2020||The Trial of Christine Keeler||Julie Ellen Payne|
|2020||Gangs of London||Ms. Kane|
|Doctor Who||The Mouri (voice)||Series 13; "Once, Upon Time"|
|The Girl Before||Carol Younsen (Psychotherapist)|
|A Very British Scandal||Yvonne MacPherson|
|Wednesday||Esther Sinclair||Episode 5: "You Reap What You Woe"|
|The Peripheral||Mrs West|
|2023||The Gold||CS Cath McLean||Six-part BBC drama |
|1997||Remember Me?||Police officer|
|1999||This Year's Love||Old Friend|
|2004||Between Us||Lukas' Mother|
|2008||The Other Man||Joy|
|2010||Jerusalem||Kate Blake||Short film|
|2015||Blue Borsalino||Donna||Short film|
|2018||A Private War||Amy Bentham|
|2021||The Hitman and Her||Mrs. Pierce||Short film|
|2018||Hitman 2||Nancy Burnwood|
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Date & place of birth Born 21 December 1969 in Boston, Lincolnshire.