Amanda Burton Biography
Amanda Burton was born on 10th October 1956 in Derry, United Kingdom. She is an actress known for her role as Heather Black in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.
Amanda attended Ballougry Primary School. After later attending Londonderry High School, a girls-only secondary school in the city of Derry, she moved to England at the age of 18, where she spent three years studying drama at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
Burton had worked almost exclusively in the theatre prior to landing the role of Heather Black in Channel 4’s Liverpool-based flagship drama series Brookside. She left after nearly four years in the role.
In 1993 Burton starred alongside Kevin Whately in Peak Practice until her departure in 1995. In 1996 she then took the main role of Professor Sam Ryan in the highly acclaimed BBC drama Silent Witness; she held this role until 2004. After Silent Witness, she took on the role of Prosecutor Helen West in a series based on Frances Fyfield’s novels. She also played Aunt Polly in a 2003 remake of Pollyanna. One of her most recent roles is as Commander Clare Blake in Lynda La Plante’s drama, The Commander.
In 2010, Burton appeared in the sixth series of BBC drama Waterloo Road as new head teacher, Karen Fisher, and departed the show in 2011. She recently starred in BBC1’s Celebrity Masterchef and made it through to the semi-finals. She appeared as gangster’s wife Cherie Le Saux in ITV drama The Level in Autumn 2016.
Amanda Burton Age
She was born on 10th October 1956 in Derry City, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the youngest of four sisters.
Amanda Burton Married – Amanda Burton Husband
In 1976 he married theatre technician JonathanHartley but they divorced in 1982. In 1989 he married professional photographer Sven Arnstein butthey divorced in 2004.
Amanda Burton Children
He has two children , with his ex husband Sven Arnstein, Pheobe (born 1989) and Brid (born 1991).
What is Amanda Burton Doing Now
Burton currently lives in Hastings, East Sussex.
Movies and Television Roles
- 2009: Bronson.
- 1982– 1986: Brookside
- 1988: Inspector Morse
- 1987 – 1988: Boon
- 1990: Medics
- 1990: A Casualty of War
- 1990: The Storyteller: Greek Myths
- 1991: Van der Valk
- 1992: Lovejoy
- 1993–1995: Peak Practice
- 1996–2004: Silent Witness
- 1996: The Precious Blood
- 1998: The Gift
- 1999: Forgotten
- 2000: Little Bird
- 2001: The Whistle-Blower
- 2002: Helen West
- 2002: Dinotopia
- 2003: Pollyanna
- 2003 – 2008: The Commander
- 2009: Agatha Christie’s Marple
- 2010–2011: Waterloo Road
- 2015: Midsomer Murders
- 2016: The Level
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How big a part of your life has Sam Ryan become?
Amanda Burton: Sometimes I wonder how much I have shaped her and how much she has shaped me over the years. Its a very spiritual connection I have with Sam.
How did you get involved with Silent Witness?
Amanda Burton: I was heavily into Patricia Cornwell at the time and happened to say that Id love to play a forensic pathologist or someone like that. She said the BBC were thinking of creating one. It all went from there the fates and a chance conversation.
How do you feel about the more grisly aspects of being a forensic pathologist?
Amanda Burton: We see a lot more people in paper suits now, but you dont have another female character involved in such grimness.
Why was the decision taken to bring in two new leading characters?
Amanda Burton: I thought we should move it forward and open it out more, in the same way we did three years ago in making her a professor.We can explore more stories and the relationships she has with Leo and Harry are great. It allows her to be a less isolated figure.
With the new additions to the cast, will we be seeing less of Sam?
Amanda Burton: Its very clever the way its been structured. Sam’s still at the centre of every story.
How does Sam connect with the new characters?
Amanda Burton: Leo’s an established pathologist in his own right, they have their disagreements but there is a mutual professional respect. He has his own life and Sam has hers. Harry’s very much the trainee that Sam was a few years ago, and she recognises in him certain qualities. His approach, his caring attitude and the way his mind works on a case. Shes basically his mentor and I really enjoyed that dynamic.
How does Sam’s character develop in the new series?
Amanda Burton: She isnt as troubled as she used to be, she seems to have accepted that her life is like this – shes single, shes fortysomething and shes fine with that.
You’re now a co-producer on the show, how have you found this role?
Amanda Burton: Its been very interesting being a co-producer and being much more involved, seeing how things work from behind the scenes. Obviously I was aware of a lot of it before.You cant be in the business and not realise what it takes to make a show. But it was great to be involved in the whole process and see stories that have come through
development all the way to the final edit, and to have more input into the characters.
Finally, what did you think of French and Saunders famous sketch lampooning Silent Witness?
Amanda Burton: It was a very odd experience watching yourself being taken off like that. Its like Oh my god, do I really do that? Its funny because I was talking to the driver on the way in this morning about it, so when I was filming I did a little bit of an arched eyebrow just for Jennifer.