24 May 19
AMANDA Holden is one of the UK’s biggest TV stars and is known to enjoy the lavish lifestyle that comes with her star status.
After being a fixture on our screens for more than a quarter of a century, what do we really know about the Portsmouth-born beauty who made her first TV appearance on Blind Date way back in 1991?
Amanda Holden is a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and has appeared on television for 25 years
Who is Amanda Holden’s husband? And what happened to her baby Theo?
The actress, who currently lives in Richmond-upon-Thames, London, is married to Chris Hughes and the couple have two children, Alexa, 12, and Hollie, six.
In February 2011, Amanda lost her baby son Theo when he was stillborn at seven months.
Prior to her marriage to record producer Chris, she got was married to comedian Les Dennis.
The pair got hitched in 1995 and split temporarily after it was revealed she had been having an affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey.
They gave things another go before separating in 2002 and divorced the following year.
Speaking about the affair, Amanda said: “I stand by my statement that women don’t have affairs for sex. You are not happy in your marriage if you seek affirmation somewhere else.
“The thing that angers me is that, if I was a man, it [the bad image] would have all ended years ago.
“If I was Lenny Henry or Angus Deayton or any of the others, but it’s only ever me. I’m not like this slapper, I haven’t put it about. I was engaged twice. I was a relationship girl.”
What is Amanda Holden’s net worth?
Amanda has amassed quite the fortune during her time in the spotlight.
The star has an estimated net worth of £6million.
This is largely down to her later career – including her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent and her product endorsements.
Amanda always wanted to be an actress and joined a theatre group aged nine
Who is Amanda Holden? What is her background?
Amanda Holden, 48, was born in Portsmouth but spent a lot of her childhood living in the small town of Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire.
Her love of drama started early and aged nine she joined Bishop’s Waltham Little Theatre Company.
Amanda’s first TV appearance was as a contestant on Blind Date in 1991.
Since then she has had a myriad of roles on TV, theatre and film.
Amanda was recently involved in an “age rage spat” with Simon Cowell after he accused her of actually being 50.
Amanda was still a teenager when she appeared on Blind Date
How did Amanda Holden become famous?
An acting career was always on the cards for Amanda because the teen moved to Bournemouth at the age of 16 to attend the Mountview Theatre School in Wood Green, London.
Despite this, her first TV appearance is probably not what you’d expect, as the 19-year-old appeared on an awkward episode of Cilla Black’s Blind Date in 1991.
Embarrassingly, Amanda wasn’t selected by the bachelor on the dating show and revealed her ideal man was Jack Nicholson.
While she didn’t land herself a date, the experience did pave the way for her career on television.
Amanda appeared in popular ITV drama Wild At Heart
What else has Amanda Holden starred in?
Amanda is best known for being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent – which she started doing from 2006.
However, she has notched up quite a few shows in her 25 years on TV and stage.
Following a short-lived stint as knicker-selling Carmen in EastEnders in 1994, she went on to appear in Kiss Me Kate, Smack the Pony, Cutting It and Wild At Heart.
She also guest presents on This Morning and Lorraine and has fronted a number of documentaries including an episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches about the treatment for stillbirth and miscarriages, as well as a factual series on ITV called Give a Pet A Home.
Multi-talented Amanda has also graced the West End Stage, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2004.
She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the same year.
Amanda Holden was also one of 13 celebrities to appear on the 2017 series of Who Do You Think You Are.
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Why did Amanda Holden and Phillip Schofield fall out?
Last year Amanda was embroiled in a TV feud with Phil Schofield after she believed he got her axed from This Morning.
In November 2018 she was set to fill in for Holly Willoughby while she is hosting I’m a Celebrity but the offer was withdrawn at the last minute.
A source said at the time: “Amanda was so excited when she learnt she had secured the role.
“She is ITV’s golden girl and has always been a firm favourite with This Morning.
“She’s an experienced co-host and has filled in on the sofa on many occasions, including alongside Phil.
“So she was shocked when she was taken out to lunch by ITV executives who told her that unfortunately, they couldn’t follow through with the offer.
“During the lunch they let slip they thought the decision had been heavily influenced by Phil and that he had thrown a spanner in the works.
“Their meeting was a few weeks before the news broke that Rochelle would be covering for Holly and Amanda was understandably upset.
“Not only had she cleared her work calendar to fit in the dates but she couldn’t understand why Phil might not want her to be his co-host, as she thought they had a great personal and pro relationship.”
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