Amanda Louise Holden (born 16 February 1971 in Portsmouth) is an English actress, singer and presenter, best known as a judge on ITV's Britain's Got Talent since the show began in 2007. Holden's best known roles include Mia Bevan in Cutting It, Sarah Trevanion in Wild at Heart, the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, and as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical.
Holden's first television appearance was as a contestant on 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. Holden is a judge on Britain's Got Talent with Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon. She has appeared on various British comedy and drama series such as Smack the Pony, EastEnders, Hearts and Bones, Cutting It and with Harry Enfield in comedy series Celeb.
In 2009, Holden appeared as Lizzie, the Ring Mistress in the BBC sitcom Big Top. 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.
In April 2009, it was reported that the US network CBS had offered Holden the job of 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. Since 2009, Holden has co-presented A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards annually on ITV with Phillip Schofield.
In January 2010, she presented her own three-part series on ITV, Amanda Holden's Fantasy Lives. 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 and on 6 July 2012, she guest presented Lorraine. 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 will return to the show in February 2015.
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, which closed earlier than expected in June 2004. 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. 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 WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Holden played the role of Pamela in Intimate Relations, which was released in 1996. In 1999 she appeared as the shoe shop assistant in Virtual Sexuality.
Amanda was the voice for a character in the 2014 film Pudsey: The Movie. In July 2009, Holden became a gossip columnist for the News of the World'. In October 2013, Amanda released her autobiography called "No Holding Back" which became a Sunday Times Best Seller. Although born in Portsmouth, Holden spent much of her childhood in Bishop's Waltham. She married comedian Les Dennis in June 1995.
They had a temporary split in 2000 when Holden's affair with actor Neil Morrissey was exposed in the press, before eventually separating 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. On 20 January 2006, Holden gave birth to her first child with fiancé record producer Chris Hughes. She married Hughes at Babington House, 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. On 23 January 2012 she gave birth to their second daughter despite medical complications. Holden campaigned to keep a Sainsbury's out of Bishop's Waltham. Residents of her hometown later accused her of a double standard in November 2010 when she signed a deal with Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket chain.
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