ITV’s Superstar | Amanda Holden Biography

Amanda Holden, host of SUPERSTAR on ITV1

Superstar is hosted by Amanda Holden.


On graduating from Mountview Theatre School in July 1992, Amanda immediately landed her first role in Granada’s In Suspicious Circumstances with Edward Woodward. She has worked consistently ever since and is one of Britain’s best-loved personalities.

Early film appearances include Intimate Relations and in her early theatre career she played Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest. In 1997 Amanda appeared in the comedy series We Know Where You Live with Simon Pegg for Channel 5. Early in 1998 she was a regular guest on Goodness Gracious Me, the BBC2 TV sketch show series. Also in early in 1998 she also presented reports for Wish You Were Here.

Amanda became a household name when she played the part of Mel in three series of the hit comedy Kiss Me Kate (1998 – 2000)- a co-production by BBC TV and Carlton TV – starring Caroline Quentin and in 1999 she then went on to start as ‘Miss Titley’ in all three series of ITV’s popular comedy series The Grimleys which cemented her reputation as one of the nation’s favourite actresses.

In 2003 she starred in Mad About Alice, a BBC sitcom before taking the title role in the West End musical Thoroughly Modern Millie for which she received outstanding reviews and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

From 2002 until 2005 Amanda starred in three series of the prime-time BAFTA winning and hugely popular show Cutting It, also for the BBC. In 2004 she co-starred alongside Tom Courtney in Ready When You Are Mr McGill, Jack Rosenthal’s classic comedy drama and as Lucy Eyesbarrow in ITV’s big Boxing Day special Marple alongside Geraldine McEwan and John Hannah.

From 2006 until 2008 Amanda played the leading role of Sarah Trevanion in
three hugely successful series of ITV1’s Wild At Heart with Hayley Mills and Stephen Tomkinson. Amongst her presenting credits include When Britain First Had Talent, Really Wild At Heart, Greasemania and the National Music Awards (ITV1). In 2009 she presented ITV1’s Celebrating the Carpenters (alongside Ronan Keating) and for two years running has presented ITV’s prestigious awards ceremony A Night Of Heroes (alongside Phillip Schofield).

In 2010 she presented The Children’s Champions Awards for Sky One (alongside Chris Evans). She currently co-anchors The Early Show for the American network CBS having been their UK Correspondent since June 2009.

In television, 2010 saw Amanda return to the fourth series of ITV1’s smash hit show Britain’s Got Talent alongside fellow judges Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. The show has pulled in audiences in excess of 20 million views and series four resulted in the finding of the worldwide phenomenon Susan Boyle.

In addition to this, in 2010 Amanda starred in a three part series for ITV1 called Amanda’s Fantasy Lives, she presented ITV1’s The Door alongside Chris Tarrant and she fronted the Christmas Tesco Campaign as character Penelope Belcher with Fay Ripley and Mark Addy.

2011 was a busy year for Amanda with the return on Britain’s Got Talent in the fifth series where Amanda starred alongside new judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasslehoff. She continued to report for CBS news as their UK’s correspondent and starred as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical at London’s West End Drury Lane theatre, which premiered 14th June 2011. In 2012 she judged the sixth series of Britain’s Got Talent alongside Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

For her role as Princess Fiona in the West End show Shrek the Musical Amanda enjoyed star reviews and huge success. After creating the role of Princess Fiona in its Opening Premier, Amanda picked up Best Actress in a Musical for the What’s On Stage Awards, Best Theatre Actress at the Glamour 2012 Women of the Year Awards and Best Actress in a Musical for the Cosmopolitan


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