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. Early in 1998 she also presented reports for Wish You Were Here (full ITV network).
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 went on to star 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 2000 Amanda starred in BBC1’s romantic comedy Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Then, from 2000 to 2001 she starred alongside Damien Lewis in two series of BBC1’s Hearts and Bones; a drama series about a group of friends from Coventry who are trying to make a living for themselves in London.
A new drama The Hunt was screened on ITV in 2001, and a 90-minute single drama Now You See Her for Sky One was also shown. In 2002 she co-starred with Harry Enfield in Celeb, a six part comedy series for the BBC.
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 Eyelesbarrow 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.
Amanda’s 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) for two years running. She has presented the prestigious awards ceremony A Night of Heroes every year since 2009 alongside Phillip Schofield for ITV1. In 2010 she presented The Children’s Champions Awards for Sky One (alongside Chris Evans). She regularly reports for CBS The Early Show in New York doing showbiz news and events and has been their UK Correspondent since June 2009.
Amanda played the lead in Big Top, a comedy sitcom for BBC1, which transmitted in 2009, and she appeared in a documentary Out of My Depth for ITV1, which also transmitted in 2009, where she trained as a midwife and helped deliver five babies.
In television, 2010 saw Amanda return to the fourth series of ITV1’s smash hit show Britain’s Got Talentalongside fellow judges Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. The show has pulled in audiences in excess of 20 million viewers 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’sThe Door alongside Chris Tarrant, and she fronted the Christmas Tesco Campaign as character Penelope Belcher (Belcherrr!!) with Fay Ripley and Mark Addy.
2011 was a busy year for Amanda with the return of Britain’s Got Talent in its fifth series where Amanda starred alongside new judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff. 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 hit West End show Shrek the Musical, Amanda enjoyed star reviews and huge success. After creating the role of Princess Fiona in its Opening Premier in London’s West End 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 Awards.
The summer of 2012 she hosted the huge new talent show for ITV1 Jesus Christ Superstar in a battle to find the role of Jesus to star in an Arena Tour of Rock Musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
In December 2012 she hosted a Night of Heroes with Philip Schofield for the 5th year running. From January to June 2013, she was a judge in the 7th series of Britain’s Got Talent, where the winner was the Hungarian shadow group Attraction.
Amanda’s first autobiography No Holding Back became a Sunday Times Bestseller, and was one of the biggest selling autobiographies of 2013.
In 2014 Amanda reported for Dispatches – Exposing Hospital Heartache and was the face of Oykos Yoghurt. In late 2014, Amanda stepped into Holly Willoughby’s shoes as she took over co-hosting This Morning whilst Holly was on maternity leave.
2015 saw Amanda face an exciting Alpen healthy eating campaign, continue her role co-hosting This Morning, front the ITV1 series Give a Pet a Home and she return for a 9th series as a Judge on Britain’s Got Talent.
2016 has been a huge year with Amanda returning once again to the Britain’s Got Talent judging seat, fronting the moving and beautiful series I’ve Got Something to Tell You for digital channel ‘W’ and embarking on the national tour of Richard Harris’s award-winning comedy play Stepping Out, which will be making it’s West End debut at the Vaudeville theatre on 1st March 2017.