Amanda Holden

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Amanda Holden
Holden in October 2014
Amanda Louise Holden [1]

(1971-02-16) 16 February 1971 (age 48) [2]
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
Residence Surrey, UK
Education Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Actress
  • television talent competition judge
  • television presenter
  • singer
  • author
  • media personality
Years active1991–present
AgentJames Grant [3]
Les Dennis
(m. 1995;div. 2003)

Chris Hughes(m. 2008)
Relatives Jan Holden (great aunt)

Amanda Louise Holden (born 16 February 1971) [2] is an English television presenter and talent competition judge, actress, singer, author and media personality.


Holden has judged on the TV talent show competition Britain's Got Talent since the show began in 2007 on ITV. As an actress, she played the role of Mia Bevan in Cutting It (2002–2004), Sarah Trevanion in Wild at Heart (2006–2008), Lizzie, the Ring Mistress, in the BBC sitcom Big Top (2009), and the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie , for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. More recently she has presented various television shows for ITV including The Sun Military Awards (2009-2014), Superstar (2012), This Morning (2014–present), Text Santa (2015) and Give a Pet a Home (2015).

<i>Britains Got Talent</i> British television talent show

Britain's Got Talent is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Presented by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, it is produced by both Thames and Syco Entertainment, distributed by Fremantle, and broadcast on ITV every year in late Spring to early Summer. The show premiered on 9 June 2007 following the success of America's Got Talent the previous year; it was initially planned for 2005, but a dispute between the broadcaster and its originally intended host led to production being suspended for two years.

ITV (TV network) TV network in the United Kingdom

ITV is a British free-to-air television network with its headquarters in London. It was launched in 1955 as Independent Television, under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority (ITA), to provide competition to BBC Television which had been established in 1932. ITV is the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would usually be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name.

<i>Cutting It</i> British television series

Cutting It is a BBC television drama series set in Manchester, England, focusing on the lives and loves of the team running a hairdressing salon. It ran for four series between 2002 and 2005. The show featured a number of actors who have since become established stars, including Amanda Holden and Ben Daniels.

In 2019, Holden became the co-host of Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston.

Heart (radio network) British radio network

Heart is a radio network of 12 adult contemporary local stations operated by Global in the United Kingdom, broadcasting a mix of local and networked programming. Nine of the Heart stations are owned by Global, while the other three are operated under franchise agreements.

Jamie Theakston is an English television presenter, producer, and actor. He hosted Top of the Pops, co-hosts the national breakfast show with Amanda Holden on Heart and also narrated the BBC documentary series Traffic Cops and Motorway Cops. He has also hosted several television programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Early life

Although born in Portsmouth, Holden spent much of her childhood in Bishop's Waltham and aged 9 she joined Bishop's Waltham Little Theatre Company. She attended Swanmore Secondary School (now Swanmore College), where a teacher recalled that she had a natural talent on stage. At 16 she moved to Bournemouth, [4] [5] and then attended Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. [6]

Portsmouth City & unitary authority area in England

Portsmouth is a port city in Hampshire, England, with a total population of 205,400 residents. The city of Portsmouth is nicknamed Pompey and is mainly built on Portsea Island, a flat, low-lying island measuring 24 square kilometres in area, just off the south-east coast of Hampshire. Portsmouth is the only island city in the United Kingdom, and is the only city whose population density exceeds that of London.

Bishops Waltham town

Bishop's Waltham is a medieval market town situated at the source of the River Hamble in Hampshire, England. It has a foot in the South Downs National Park and is located at the midpoint of a long-established route between Winchester and Portsmouth. It is home to the ruins of Bishop's Waltham Palace, a Scheduled Ancient Monument under English Heritage management, and a well-preserved high street with many listed buildings which now house independent shops.

Swanmore village in the United Kingdom

Swanmore is a rural village and civil parish situated in the Meon Valley, Hampshire, England. It is very near to Bishop's Waltham.



Holden's first television appearance was as a contestant on the game show Blind Date in 1991. From 2006 to 2008, Holden appeared as Sarah Trevanian in three series of ITV's Wild at Heart co-starring Stephen Tompkinson.

Stephen Tompkinson English actor

Stephen Phillip Tompkinson is an English actor, known for his television roles as Marcus in Chancer (1990), Damien Day in Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–98), Father Peter Clifford in Ballykissangel (1996–98), Trevor Purvis in Grafters (1998–99), Danny Trevanion in Wild at Heart (2006–13) and Alan Banks in DCI Banks (2010–16). He won the 1994 British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actor. He also starred in the films Brassed Off (1996) and Hotel Splendide (2000).

Holden's other TV credits include three series of the comedy Kiss Me Kate with Caroline Quentin and Chris Langham, three series of the ITV's The Grimleys , Celeb with Harry Enfield, BBC series Hearts and Bones with Damian Lewis, the Jonathan Creek episode "The Problem at Gallowes Gate" and a Boxing Day special Marple opposite Geraldine McEwan and John Hannah. She also co-starred with Bill Nighy and Tom Courtenay in Ready When You Are, Mr McGill , Jack Rosenthal's comedy drama.

<i>Kiss Me Kate</i> (TV series) television series

Kiss Me Kate is a British sitcom that ran from 1998 until 2000. It followed the everyday life of a counsellor, Kate, who must not only manage her clients' problems, but must also help her neighbours and unsuccessful business partner, Douglas, played by Chris Langham. Amanda Holden played Mel, the receptionist. Darren Boyd played the idiotic Craig, the travel agent downstairs.

Caroline Quentin British actress

Caroline Quentin is an English actress, and television presenter. Quentin became known for her television appearances: portraying Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly (1992–1998), Maddie Magellan in Jonathan Creek (1997–2000), and DCI Janine Lewis in Blue Murder (2003–2009).

Christopher Langham is an English writer, actor, and comedian. He is known for playing the cabinet minister Hugh Abbot in the BBC Four sitcom The Thick of It, and as presenter Roy Mallard in People Like Us, first on BBC Radio 4 and later on its transfer to television on BBC Two, where Mallard is almost entirely an unseen character. He subsequently created several spoof adverts in the same vein. He also played similar unseen interviewers in an episode of the television series Happy Families and in the film The Big Tease. He is also known for his roles in the TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News, Help, Kiss Me Kate, and as the gatehouse guard in Chelmsford 123. In 2006, he won BAFTA awards for The Thick of It and Help.

Holden is currently a judge on Britain's Got Talent along with Simon Cowell, David Walliams, and Alesha Dixon. She joined the show in 2007.

She has appeared on various British series such as Smack the Pony , EastEnders , Hearts and Bones , Cutting It and with Harry Enfield in comedy series Celeb. [7]

In 2009, Holden appeared as Lizzie, the Ring Mistress in the BBC sitcom Big Top . In April 2009, it was reported that the US network CBS had offered Holden the job of the one-time guest presenter on The Early Show , a daytime talk show. On 1 June 2009, she appeared with regular presenters Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez. Holden has since signed up with CBS as a British correspondent for The Early Show.

From 2009 until 2014, Holden co-presented A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards annually on ITV with Phillip Schofield. In January 2010, she presented her own four-part series, Amanda Holden's Fantasy Lives, in which she tried out four of her dream jobs including working as a showgirl in Paris and a magician's assistant in Las Vegas.

In 2010, Holden co-presented The Door with Chris Tarrant. In 2011, Holden narrated the documentary The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song on ITV. On 6 July 2012, Holden guest presented an episode of Lorraine , standing in for Lorraine Kelly. She returned to guest present six further episodes of the show from 4–8 April and 4 July 2016.

In 2012, Holden presented talent show Superstar on ITV. On 24 March 2014, she hosted an episode of the Channel 4 show Dispatches about the treatment for stillbirths and miscarriages.

From 22 September to 18 December 2014, Holden filled in as a co-host on This Morning with Phillip Schofield during Holly Willoughby's maternity leave. She took a short break in January and February 2015 to record the Britain's Got Talent auditions. Christine Lampard stood in for Holden during this time, before she returning to the show from 2 March until 17 July 2015. [8] She returned to This Morning in 2017, to co-present numerous episodes with Ben Shephard.

Holden presented a six-part factual series for ITV called Give a Pet a Home which worked alongside the RSPCA finding homes for animals. The series aired in April and May 2015. [9]

On 18 December 2015, Holden was part of the presenting team for ITV's Christmas telethon Text Santa . In 2016, she presented I've Got Something To Tell You , a factual series for W. [10] [11] She appeared as Miss Pentangle in CBBC's The Worst Witch in 2017.


Holden has appeared in several stage musicals and in 2004, was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the West End production of Thoroughly Modern Millie , [7] which closed earlier than expected in June 2004. [12] [13]

Holden finished playing the role of Princess Fiona in the original West End production of Shrek the Musical , which began on 6 May 2011. The show opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 14 June 2011. [14] She starred with Nigel Lindsay, Richard Blackwood and Nigel Harman. Holden departed the show on 3 October 2011, ten weeks earlier than planned, to focus on her unborn child and was replaced by Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh. For this role, Holden won the Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. [15] In 2016, Holden starred in a West End revival of Stepping Out [16] and reprised her role when it opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in March 2017. [17]


In 1996, Holden played Pamela in Intimate Relations . In 1999, she appeared as a shoe shop assistant in Virtual Sexuality . She was uncredited in the 2013 film One Chance .

Other work

In July 2009, Holden became a gossip columnist for the News of the World. [18]

From 2010 until 2012, Holden appeared in television commercial adverts for supermarket chain Tesco. Since 2012, she has appeared in the television commercial adverts for Danone Oykos low fat yoghurt.

In October 2013, Amanda released her autobiography called No Holding Back [19] which became a Sunday Times best-seller.

In 2015, she was the new face of the Alpen Brighter Morning Challenge. [20]

In 2019, Holden signed a recording contract with Virgin EMI Records. [21]


It was announced in April 2019 that Holden would replace Emma Bunton, as the co-host of Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston, at the same time as it went national on 3 June.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Holden has been vegetarian since she was thirteen. [22]

She married comedian Les Dennis in June 1995. They separated temporarily in 2000 after Holden's affair with actor Neil Morrissey [23] was exposed in the press, before separating permanently in December 2002 and divorcing in 2003. Around this time, she alleges that she was sexually assaulted by an "unnamed famous comedian" at a public event. [24]

On 20 January 2006, Holden gave birth to her first child with her fiancé, record producer Chris Hughes. [25] She married Hughes at Babington House, [26] Somerset, on 10 December 2008 with former Formula One racing driver David Coulthard acting as best man. After a miscarriage in 2010, she suffered their son being stillborn at seven months in 2011. [27] On 23 January 2012, despite medical complications, she gave birth to their second daughter. [28]

In 2010 Holden campaigned to keep a Sainsbury's supermarket out of Bishop's Waltham. Residents of her hometown later accused her of a double standard in November 2010 when she signed a deal to appear in advertisements for Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket chain. [29]

In December 2016 Holden's ancestry was the subject of a BBC programme in the Who Do You Think You Are? series. [30] The investigation discovered that her Cornish 5x great-grandfather Collin Thomas served a year's imprisonment, after breaking his apprenticeship as a cordwainer, by enlisting in the Royal Navy and leaving the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland aged 15. Ten years later, while serving in the British Army after the Peninsular War, he met and married a French woman and began a family near Bordeaux, France, before then moving his wife and eldest children back to Great Britain and Ireland. [31] In addition, it transpired that her grandfather Frank Holden, a psychiatric nurse, was aboard the RMS Lancastria, when it was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in June 1940 outside the port of Saint-Nazaire and sank with the loss of thousands of lives. [32] Frank Holden committed suicide in his 70s. [33]

Holden has been a long-standing fan of English Premier League Football Club Everton, attending home and away games when her schedule allows. [34]


Holden fronted Everton's breast cancer awareness campaign, sporting a limited edition baby pink club shirt, the colour of breast cancer awareness. [35] She is a patron of the football club's charity, Everton In the Community. [36] In September 2011, Holden was sponsored to bake a cake for every child in the Great Ormond Street Hospital.[ citation needed ]

On 13 April 2008, Holden ran the London Marathon in 4 hours and 13 minutes, in the name of the Born Free Foundation, [37] having collected public and celebrity sponsors online. Since 2013, Holden has presented the RSPCA's Animal Hero Awards.

In 2013, she became a celebrity ambassador for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, following her work with Pedigree's 'Buy One, Feed One' campaign that she, along with Paul O'Grady have been supporting together. O'Grady is also an ambassador for Battersea. [38]

In June 2018, Holden was photographed underwater by Zena Holloway. [39] She posed as a mermaid in an awareness campaign for PETA to highlight the 'disgusting treatment' of orcas at SeaWorld. [40]

Holden and Hughes live in Surrey. [41] Holden also owns a cottage in the Cotswolds which she has been renovating since 2017. [42]



1994 EastEnders Carmen5 episodes
1997We Know Where You LiveVarious characters12 episodes
1998 Jonathan Creek Petra
1998–2001 Kiss Me Kate Mel
1999–2001 The Grimleys Geraldine Titley
2000–2001 Hearts and Bones Louise Slaney
2002–2004 Cutting It Mia BevanMain Role
2002CelebDebs BlokeMain Role
2003 Greasemania Presenter
2003 Ready When You Are, Mr McGill Police officer
2004 Mad About Alice Alice
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple Lucy EyelesbarrowEpisode4:50 From Paddington
2006–2008 Wild at Heart Sarah Trevanion
2007–present Britain's Got Talent Judge
2009Out of My DepthTrainee midwife [43]
2009 Big Top Lizzie
2009–2014 A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards Co-presenter
2010 The Door Co-presenter
2010Amanda Holden's Fantasy LivesPresenter
2011 The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song Narrator
2012, 2016 Lorraine Guest presenter
2012 Superstar Presenter
2014 Dispatches: Exposing Hospital Heartache Presenter
2014–2015, 2017–present This Morning Relief presenter
2015 Give a Pet a Home [44] Presenter
2015 Text Santa Co-presenter
2016 I've Got Something To Tell You [45] Presenter
2017–2018 The Worst Witch Miss Pentangle [46]
2019 The Celebrity Apprentice Contestant
2019–present Britain's Got Talent: The Champions Judge
Guest appearances
1996 Intimate Relations Pamela
1999 Virtual Sexuality Shoe Shop Assistant
2000 What Women Want Herself
2013 One Chance HerselfUncredited
Television advertisements
2010–2012 Tesco [47] Supermarket chainHerself
2012—Danone OykosLow fat yoghurtHerself
2015— Alpen [48] Healthy GranolaHerself


2019–Heart UK Breakfast with Jamie and Amanda Heart


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