Amanda Donohoe (born 29 June 1962) is an English actress. She first came to attention as a 16-year-old living with pop singer Adam Ant, appearing in the music videos for the Adam and the Ants singles "Antmusic" (1980) and "Stand and Deliver" (1981) during their four-year relationship. She later moved to the United States, where she appeared in films and on television series, including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress-winning performance during her two years (1990–92) as C.J. Lamb on the NBC drama series L.A. Law. Other television roles include Natasha Wylde on the British soap opera Emmerdale (2009–10). She has had numerous stage roles, including Yelena in Uncle Vanya (New York 1996).
|Donohoe at Women in Film and Television Awards in London, 2005|
Donohoe was born in London, to Ted and Joanna Donohoe. She has an older sister, Cordelia. She is of Irish, Russian and Swiss ancestry. Her father worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which led to her family moving a great deal, with a base in London but also living for periods overseas. After her father's retirement, he joined her mother in her antiques-dealing business.
Educated at the Francis Holland School, at age 15 she met Adam Ant. At 16 she left her parents' home, and moved in with Ant in Notting Hill. In 1981, Donohoe appeared in the video clips for the songs "Antmusic" and "Stand and Deliver" by Adam and the Ants, when the band were at the height of their fame. Shortly before the band began their 1981 world tour, Donohoe was offered a place at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She left Ant and went off to drama college.
After graduation, Donohoe came to the attention of worldwide audiences in 1986, when she was cast as Lucy Irvine in Castaway. She followed this with roles in two Ken Russell films, The Lair of the White Worm and The Rainbow. Another major film role for her was Liar, Liar (1997).
After relocating to Los Angeles, in February 1991, Donohoe took part in the first of the so-called "lesbian kiss episodes" on American television when her character C.J. Lamb on L.A. Law kissed Abby Perkins, played by Michele Greene. Donohoe appeared in L.A. Law for two seasons. Some of her other television roles include Murder City, Bad Girls and a guest appearance in Ally McBeal.
Donohoe made her Broadway debut in a 1995 production of Uncle Vanya, at the Circle in the Square Theatre. She returned to the UK to play Mrs. Robinson in a 2001 stage production of The Graduate.
Once Donohoe had moved back to the UK, she took more work there. She had a lead role as DI Susan Alembic in the crime drama Murder City (2004–2006). In 2009 she joined the cast of ITV soap opera Emmerdale as businesswoman Natasha Wylde. Donohoe played the character until leaving the series in November 2010. On 18 and 19 February 2010, she was a guest panellist on Loose Women. She has also lent her voice to the Activision PC video game Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder as Karen Gordon.
Donohoe's domestic partner is the multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell.
|1986||Foreign Body||Susan Partridge|
|1988||The Lair of the White Worm||Lady Sylvia Marsh|
|1989||The Rainbow||Winifred Inger|
|1989||Dark Obsession||Ginny Bruckton|
|1989||Tank Malling||Helen Searle|
|1990||Paper Mask||Christine Taylor|
|1994||The Madness of King George||Lady Pembroke|
|1997||One Night Stand||Margaux|
|1998||The Real Howard Spitz||Laura Kershaw|
|1998||I'm Losing You||Mona Deware|
|2000||Wild About Harry||Ruth McKee|
|2001||Phoenix Blue||Persha Lovich|
|2008||Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Admiral Enolo Phid|
|2011||The Last Belle||Siobhan (voice)||Short film|
|2018||Blue Iguana||Dawn Bradshaw|
|1988||An Affair in Mind||Druscilla Janus||TV film|
|1988||Game, Set and Match||Gloria Kent||Regular role|
|1990–1992||L.A. Law||Cara Jean 'C.J.' Lamb||Main role|
|1991||Screen Two||Jane Clemant||"The Laughter of God"|
|1992||Shame||Diana Cadell||TV film|
|1993||It's Nothing Personal||Katherine Whitloff||TV film|
|1993||Briefest Encounter||Siobhan||TV film|
|1993||The Hidden Room||Martha||"Dangerous Dreams"|
|1993||The Substitute||Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington||TV film|
|1993||Frasier||Catherine||"Call Me Irresponsible"|
|1993||A Woman's Guide to Adultery||Jo||"1.1", "1.2", "1.3"|
|1994||Murder Most Horrid||Carmela Vezza||"Overkill"|
|1995||Shame II: The Secret||Diana Cadell||TV film|
|1996||The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years||Meggie Cleary O'Neill||TV film|
|1996||Deep Secrets||Lara||TV film|
|1998||A Knight in Camelot||Queen Guinevere||TV film|
|1999||Batman Beyond: The Movie||Mrs. Walker / The Queen (voice)||TV film|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Donna Walker / Queen (voice)||"Dead Man's Hand"|
|2000||Ally McBeal||Marianne Holt||"I Will Survive"|
|2000||In the Beginning||Zuleika||TV miniseries|
|2001||The Atlantis Conspiracy||Lauren Marcus||TV film|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Lady Waltham||"Tarzan and the Gauntlet of Vengeance"|
|2002||Lucky Day||Nora Barkin||TV film|
|2004–2006||Murder City||DI Susan Alembic||Main role|
|2006||Bad Girls||Lou Stoke||Main role|
|2009–2010||Emmerdale||Natasha Wylde||Regular role|
|2013||Toast of London||Ellen||"Vanity Project"|
|2013||Air Force One Is Down||Gillian Berry||TV miniseries|
|2014||Pramface||Sally||"Enchanted Picnic", "Kiss for the Camera"|
|2014||Toast of London||Ellen||"Buried Alive"|
|1984||Great Expectations||Estella||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1984||The Admirable Crichton||Lady Catherine||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1996||Miss Julie||Miss Julie||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|1997–1998||HRH||Wallis Simpson||UK tour|
|2001||The Graduate||Mrs. Robinson|
|2001||Hedda Gabler||Hedda||Royal Exchange, Manchester|
|2002||Teeth 'n' Smiles||Maggie||Sheffield Theatres|
|2011||Star Quality||Lorraine||UK tour|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Lane, Harriet (4 February 2001). "Mrs Robinson, I presume..." The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- Staff writers (23 September 2008). "Amanda Donohoe to join Emmerdale". BBC News. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- Canby, Vincent (24 February 1995). "THEATER REVIEW: UNCLE VANYA; A 'Vanya' Of Spite And Fury". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2018.