Five things you might not know about Amanda Holden
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden gets the Who Do You Think You Are? treatment on Thursday 1 December. Here’s a quick recap of the star’s career, which goes back to the early 90s…
Amanda Holden has been prezzing the buzzer on Britain's Got Talent for nearly a decade (Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
With a diverse career spanning singing, television, and theatre, Amanda Holden is full of surprises – as viewers will no doubt discover during her Who Do You Think You Are? journey.
Although best known for judging some of the nation’s wackiest acts on Britain’s Got Talent, Amanda has graced our screens for far longer than people may think. Since the early 90s, she has been busy appearing on soaps, game shows, Christmas pantos, breakfast television, and film.
Before you delve into her family history, here’s five things you may not have known about the star…
1. Up-market beginnings
Amanda Holden made her first television appearance in EastEnders, as a fresh-faced market-stall trader on Albert Square. Playing Carmen, she got into trouble over a pair of heart-patterned boxer shorts. How very 1994.
2. A lorra lorra love
Amanda’s very first TV outing, however, was way back in 1991 as a 19-year-old looking for love on Blind Date. The clip (available on YouTube) is a classic ‘Before They Were Famous’ throwback, with Amanda flirting with would-be Casanova, Barnaby. She even mentions his "podgy bits" or "love handles", as she decides to call them.
3. "Now I'm a believer"
In 2011, Amanda became the first Princess Fiona in the West End production of Shrek. Met with rave reviews, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical gong at the prestigious Olivier Awards.
4. Holden's Got Talent
For those who question her place on the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent, not only can Amanda act, but she can sing too. An avid country music fan, she is no stranger to getting on her cowboy boots, tilting down her Stetson and singing her favourite tune Take Me Home, Country Roads.
5. Blame it on the Boyle
Such was the global sensation of Susan Boyle, the Britain's Got Talent judge was offered a job by CBS’s The Early Show after Amanda's awe-struck reaction to the singer’s rendition of Nessun Dorma went viral. Since then, she has regularly updated the States on celebrity news this side of the pond.