Amanda Holden Biography
The full name of Amanda Holden is Amanda Louise Holdenis an English actress who is well known for her role as Sarah Trevanion on Wild at Heart, her marriage to Family Fortunes presenter Les Dennis and for being a judge on Britain's Got Talent.
Holden was born in Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire. She was brought up in the village of Waltham Chase in Hampshire by her mother Judith Mary (Harrison) Collister and her stepfather Leslie Drew Collister. She joined the Bishop's Waltham Little Theatre Company when she was nine and credits Angie Blackford as influential in her early stage career. At 16 the family moved to Bournemouth, Dorset and ran a small B&B while Amanda herself studied Drama and English literature A levels with Terry Clarke and Charles Lamb at the Jellicoe Theatre, part of The University of Bournmouth. She successfully auditioned for the independent drama school Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in the Wood Green area of North London when she was 18 and left in July 1992 with an agent.
During an interview on ITV's This Morning on 29 May 2009 she expressed her disappointment when finding out she couldn't attend the following day's FA Cup Final between Everton and Chelsea because it was on the same day as the Britain's Got Talent final. However, Holden was seen on ITV coverage of the final at Wembley just prior to the final.