Finola Hughes

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Finola Hughes
Finola Hughes 2013.jpg
Hughes in October 2013
Born (1959-10-29) 29 October 1959 (age 61)
OccupationActress, author
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1992)
Children3
Website www.finolahughes.com

Finola Hughes (born 29 October 1959 [1] ) is an English actress, television host, entrepreneur, author, and dancer, 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 .

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She 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 .

Career

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).[ citation needed ]

In 1997, Hughes starred in Aaron Spelling's short-lived primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades . [1] She was 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 .[ citation needed ]

Hughes at the premiere for Earth in April 2009 FinolaHughesApr09.jpg
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 All My Children 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. She returned the following year on 13 July 2007 and once again on 15 April 2008.[ citation needed ]

In September 2008, Hughes guest-starred in the General Hospital spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift . It has been said [3] that Hughes would return to GH in early 2012 as character Anna Devane to be with her daughter, Robin Scorpio, and help her through her toughest year. She is a recurring character but Anna Devane is front and center and staying in Port Charles awhile. 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 2012.

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

Hughes was born in London, England. She married Russell Young in 1992. They welcomed their first child, son Dylan Joseph, on 9 November 2000. Later, they adopted a son born in 2005 and a daughter born in December 2007.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
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
1987Haunted by Her PastMegan McGuire
1990 The Bride in Black Cybil Cobb
1991 Soapdish All My Trials Actress
1993 Aspen Extreme Bryce Kellogg
1994Dark Side of GeniusJennifer Cole
1995 Above Suspicion Iris
1996 Generation X Emma Frost / White Queen
1996The Crying ChildJo Parker
1997 Prison of Secrets Angie
1997The Corporate Ladder Dr. Woodwardvoice
1998 Jekyll Island Ronnie Fredericks
1998 Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Queen Anne voice
199812 BucksClassy
1999Rockin' Good TimesGinger
2000 Intrepid Katherine Jessel
2000 Tycus Amy Lowe
2009 Killer Hair Josette Radford
2010 Disarmed Lilian
2011Driving by BrailleBeth Allen
2011 Like Crazy Liz
2011 All-Star Superman Lilovoice
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Professor Svankmajervoice
2013The BetDirector and executive producer
2014Dance-OffJoAnnOriginal title: Platinum the Dance Movie
2017Byrd and the BeesDirector and executive producer

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982The Kenny Everett Television ShowVarious
1983The Hot Shoe ShowDancer
1987 L.A. Law Lauren Sevilla3 episodes
1985–present General Hospital Anna Devane / Dr. Liesl Obrecht / Alex Devane1985–92, 1995, 2006–08, 2012–present (Anna); 2013 (Liesl); 2017, 2019 (Alex)
1992–93 Jack's Place Chelsea Duffy18 episodes
1994 Burke's Law RhondaEpisode: "Who Killed Romeo?"
1994 Dream On Laura NorthEpisode: "'Tis Pity She's a Neighbor"
1993–95 Blossom Carol28 episodes
1996 Superman: The Animated Series Lara Lor-Van 3 episodes (voice)
1997 Pacific Palisades Kate Russo13 episodes
1997 Sunset Beach Helena Greer3 episodes
1997 Life with Louie Miss Robertsonvoice
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Alison Townsend / Hart-WilliamsEpisode: "Affairs to Remember"
1999 Tracey Takes On... JosieEpisode: "Obsession"
1999–2003 All My Children Alex Devane Marick and Anna Devane1999–2001 (Alex); 2001–03 (Anna)
2004 Hope & Faith Herself2 episodes
1998–2006 Charmed Patty Halliwell 9 episodes
2008 General Hospital: Night Shift Anna Devane4 episodes
2005–08 How Do I Look? Host
2010 CSI: NY Mrs. ChristensenEpisode: "Sanguine Love"
2010 Make It or Break It Viola PettingerEpisode: "What Are You Made Of?"
2010 Melissa & Joey HerselfEpisode: "Dancing with the Stars of Toledo"
2013-2014 Beware The Batman Lady Shiva 7 episodes
2014-2015 Granite Flats Avon Lady / Zelda3 episodes
2020 Good Trouble Director; Episode: "Daylight"

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
YearAwardCategoryTitleResultRef.
1984
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Staying Alive Nominated
[8]
1984
Golden Raspberry Award Worst New Star Staying AliveNominated
[8]
1986
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime General Hospital Nominated
1986
Soap Opera Digest AwardFavorite Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Ian Buchanan) General HospitalNominated
1989
Soap Opera Digest AwardFavorite Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Ian Buchanan) General HospitalNominated
1989
Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Heroine: DaytimeGeneral HospitalNominated
1990
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series General HospitalNominated
[9]
1990
Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Heroine: DaytimeGeneral HospitalWon
[10]
1991
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalWon
[11]
1991
Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Lead Actress: DaytimeGeneral HospitalWon
[12]
1992
Soap Opera Digest AwardBest Wedding (shared with Tristan Rogers) General HospitalNominated
1992
Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Lead Actress: DaytimeGeneral HospitalNominated
2000
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series All My Children Nominated
[13]
2000
Soap Opera Digest AwardFavorite ReturnAll My ChildrenWon
[14]
2002
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesAll My ChildrenNominated
[15]
2013
LA Femme Filmmaker AwardBest Feature (Director)The BetWon
[16]
2015
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series General HospitalNominated
[17]
2016
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
[18]
2017
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
[19]
2020
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
[20]

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