How Old Is Amanda Holden, Who’s Her Husband Chris Hughes And When Was The Britain’s Got Talent Judge Married To Les Dennis?


AMANDA Holden is one of Britain’s biggest telly stars and has been a fixture on our screens for over a quarter of a century.

Here is the story of the Portsmouth-born beauty who made her first TV appearance on Blind Date way back in 1991.

ITV Picture Desk Amanda Holden is a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and has appeared on television for 25 years

Who is Amanda Holden? What is her background?

Amanda Holden, 47, was born in Portsmouth, but spent a lot of her childhood living in the small town of Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire.

Her love of drama started early and aged nine she joined Bishop’s Waltham Little Theatre Company.

Amanda’s first TV appearance was as a contestant on Blind Date in 1991.

Since then she has had a myriad of roles on TV, theatre and film.

Amanda was recently involved in an “age rage spat” with Simon Cowell after he accused the 47-year-old of actually being 50.

Getty Images Amanda always wanted to be an actress and joined a theatre group aged nine

How did Amanda Holden become famous?

An acting career was always on the cards for Amanda because the teen moved to Bournemouth at the age of 16 to attend the Mountview Theatre School in Wood Green, London.

Despite this, her first TV appearance is probably not what you’d expect, as the 19-year-old appeared on an awkward episode of Cilla Black’s Blind Date in 1991.

Embarrassingly, Amanda wasn’t selected by the bachelor on the dating show and revealed her ideal man was Jack Nicholson.

While she didn’t land herself a date, the experience did pave the way for her career on television.

LWT Amanda was still a teenager when she appeared on Blind Date

What else has Amanda Holden starred in?

Amanda is best known for being a judge on Britain’s Got Talent – which she started doing from 2006.

However she has notched up quite a few shows in her 25 years on TV and stage.

Following a short-lived stint as knicker-selling Carmen in EastEnders in 1994, she went on to appear in Kiss Me Kate, Smack the Pony, Cutting It and Wild At Heart.

She also guest presents on This Morning and Lorraine and has fronted a number of documentaries including an episode of Channel 4’s Dispatches about the treatment for stillbirth and miscarriages, as well as a factual series on ITV called Give a Pet A Home.

Multi-talented Amanda has also graced the West End Stage, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2004.

She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical in the same year.

Amanda Holden was also one of 13 celebrities to appear on the 2017 series of Who Do You Think You Are.


ITV Amanda appeared in popular ITV drama Wild At Heart

What is Amanda Holden’s net worth?

Amanda has amassed a fortune during her time in the fortune.

She has an estimated wealth of £6million.

This is largely down to her later career – including her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent and her product endorsements.

Instagram Amanda’s red dress wowed viewers on This Morning

Is Amanda Holden married?

She married comedian Les Dennis in 1995 and split temporarily after it was revealed she had been having an affair with Men Behaving Badly star Neil Morrissey.

They gave things another go before separating in 2002 and divorced the following year.

Speaking about the affair, Amanda said: “I stand by my statement that women don’t have affairs for sex. You are not happy in your marriage if you seek affirmation somewhere else.

“The thing that angers me is that, if I was a man, it [the bad image] would have all ended years ago.

“If I was Lenny Henry or Angus Deayton or any of the others, but it’s only ever me. I’m not like this slapper, I haven’t put it about. I was engaged twice. I was a relationship girl.”

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