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Amanda Jacqueline Redman, MBE (born 12 August 1957[1]) is an English actress, known for her role as Sandra Pullman in the BBC One series New Tricks (2003–13) and as Dr. Lydia Fonseca in The Good Karma Hospital (2017–18). She gained BAFTA TV Award nominations for At Home with the Braithwaites (2000–03) and Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014). Her film roles include For Queen and Country (1988), Sexy Beast (2000) and Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001).

Amanda Redman

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Amanda Jacqueline Redman

(1957-08-12) 12 August 1957 (age 62)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active1979–present
Robert Glenister
(m. 1984; div. 1992)

Damian Schnabel (m. 2010)
FamilyJoyce Redman (aunt)

Early lifeEdit

Redman was born in Brighton. Her father, Ronald Jack Redman (1929–1980), was born in Camberwell, London to parents from the East End, and her mother, Joan Beryl Redman (née Herrington, 1927-2014), was born in India as the daughter of William Herrington, a British Indian Army soldier. Redman's father, who was two years younger than her mother, died at the age of 51 in 1980, when Redman was 23. Redman had one brother, who died in 2008 [2] [3]

Redman is still badly scarred on her left arm as a result of an accident when she was 18 months old.[4] She was scalded with a pan of boiling hot turkey and vegetable [5] soup and suffered burns to 75% of her body. Her arm was the only part of her body permanently affected, but the trauma was so severe that she was pronounced clinically dead at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, Sussex.[6]


Redman trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[7]

In 1984 she appeared as Marina in the BBC Shakespeare production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre opposite Mike Gwilym. She also played Maxine in Oxbridge Blues, a British television mini-series, produced by the BBC and first shown in 1984 written by Frederick Raphael. In 1985 she played Janet in the touring version of The Rocky Horror Show.[citation needed]

In 1986 she played Miss Fairfax (Gwendolen) in the BBC Drama production of The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

She played opposite Liv Ullmann in Richard's Things (1980), took over from Alfred Molina in the 1990s comedy drama El C.I.D., playing a new female lead in the series, and played Diana Dors in the TV film The Blonde Bombshell (1999). She presented an MTV show on satellite TV in the 1990s. She co-starred in the first two series of Dangerfield in 1995, playing Joanna Stevens, and played a role in Taggart the same year. In 2000 she played Deedee Dove in the feature film Sexy Beast. From 2000 until 2003 she played Alison Braithwaite, a woman whose life is turned upside down after she wins the lottery, in ITV's At Home with the Braithwaites. Beginning in 2003, Redman took the role of DSI Sandra Pullman in the BBC's New Tricks.

In June 2006 Redman performed in Children's Party at the Palace as Cruella DeVil for the Queen's 80th birthday, and was the subject of an episode of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, a programme that explored her family history.[8][9]

In July 2013, she announced that she would be leaving New Tricks; Tamzin Outhwaite replaced her. In 2015, she played the role of Jackie Rose in the three-part ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose, starring alongside Ray Winstone. In 2017, she played Lydia Fonseca in the ITV drama series The Good Karma Hospital, this show has been renewed for Season 3 which is to begin filming in August 2018.

Redman is the founder and principal of the Artists Theatre school.

In 2018, she became a patron of Brighton Open Air Theatre. She told the Brighton Argus:

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • 2001 – Nominated – BAFTA TV Award – Best Actress for At Home with the Braithwaites
  • 2002 – Winner – Chlotrudis Award – Best Actress for Sexy Beast [11]
  • 2003 – Nominated – National Television Award – Most Popular Actress for At Home with the Braithwaites
  • 2007 – Nominated – TV Quick Award – Best Actress for New Tricks
  • 2008 – Nominated – Crime Thriller Award – Best Actress for New Tricks
  • 2015 – Nominated – BAFTA TV Award – Best Supporting Actress for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This
  • 2016 – Nominated – New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards – Best Actress for The Trials of Jimmy Rose [12]

Personal lifeEdit

Redman is the mother of Emily from her first marriage to the actor Robert Glenister.[13] She is credited with having encouraged her then-brother-in-law, Philip Glenister, who played DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, to go to drama school and to pursue acting.

Redman was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.[14][15]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Richard's Things Josie
1980 Tales of the Unexpected Anna Warrack Episode: "I'll Be Seeing You"
Pat Episode: "The Party"
1982 On the Line Sara Newton 12 episodes
The Agatha Christie Hour Pauline, Grand Duchess of Ostravia Episode: "Jane in Search of a Job"
1984 Oxbridge Blues Maxine Episode: "Oxbridge Blues"
Give My Regards to Broad Street Office Receptionist
Pericles, Prince of Tyre Marina
1986 To Have and to Hold Viv Meadows 8 episodes
Bergerac Pauline Taylor Episode: "Fires in the Fall"
The Importance of Being Earnest Gwendolen Fairfax
1988 For Queen & Country Stacey
Theatre Night Julia Melville Episode: "The Rivals"
1988–1989 Streets Apart Sylvia Grant Series 1—2; 12 episodes
1990 Screen Two Kate Episode: "The Lorelei"
1991 Spender Roberta 'Bobby' Montgomery Episode: "The Candidate"
The Men's Room Sally 5 episodes
Ruth Rendell Mysteries Helen Missal Episodes: "From Doon With Death", Parts 1 & 2
1992 El C.I.D. Rosie Bromley Series 3; 6 episodes
1993 Casualty Olivia Purcell Episode: "The Ties That Bind"
Body & Soul Lynn Gibson 6 episodes
Demob Janet Deasey 6 episodes
1995 Taggart Julie Carson Episode: "Black Orchid"
Dangerfield Dr. Joanna Stevens Series 1—2; 18 episodes
1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Susan Townsend Episodes: "The Secret House of Death", Parts 1 & 2
Beck Beck 6 episodes
1998 Performance Regan Episode: "King Lear"
Close Relations Prudence Hammond 5 episodes
1999 The Blonde Bombshell Diana Dors (1965-1984) Episode: "#1.2"
1999–2000 Hope And Glory Debbie Bryan Series 1—2; 10 episodes
2000 Sexy Beast Deedee Dove
The Wedding Tackle Petula
The Sight Detective Pryce
2000–2003 At Home with the Braithwaites Alison Braithwaite Series 1—4; 26 episodes
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Karine Bassett
2003 Suspicion Carol Finnegan 2 episodes
2003–2013, 2015 New Tricks Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman Series 1—10; 84 episodes
2004 DNA Sally Parker Episode: "DNA", Part 2
2005 Mike Bassett: Manager Karine Bassett 6 episodes
2006 The Children's Party at the Palace Cruella de Vil Segment: "101 Dalmatians"
Vincent Jackie Nelson Episode: "The Bodies Beneath"
2008 Honest Lindsay Carter 6 episodes
Little Dorrit Mrs. Merdle 11 episodes
2014 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Gwen 'Dove' Cooper
2015 The Trials of Jimmy Rose Jackie Rose 3 episodes
2017— The Good Karma Hospital Dr. Lydia Fonseca Series 1—2; 12 episodes
2017 Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy Narrator One-off documentary
Prince Harry and Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply Narrator One-off documentary


  1. ^ General Register Office England and Wales Birth Index 1916–2005 shows her birth registered in 1957 (Amanda J. Redman 1957 Q3 Vol 5h, page 131 Brighton)
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Past Stories - Amanda Redman". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Biographical note to BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?"
  5. ^
  6. ^ Viner, Brian; "Amanda Redman: How I've learnt to live with my scars", 27 March 2002 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  7. ^ "Alumni: Past Graduates" Archived 25 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  8. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are?: Amanda Redman" (Press Office), 24 September 2004 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  9. ^ Waddell, Dan; "WDYTYA? Series One: Celebrity Gallery", 19 October 2004 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  10. ^ 'Top actress backs open air theatre', The Argus, 23 April 2018
  11. ^ "2002, 8th Annual Awards," Chlotrudis Society for Independent Films website. Accessed Oct. 4, 2019.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Whiting, Kate; "Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks", 13 July 2009 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  14. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 20.
  15. ^ "Kenneth Branagh knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours". BBC News. 15 June 2012.

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