Amanda Redman

Amanda Redman

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Amanda Redman
Born Amanda Jacqueline Redman
(1957-08-12) 12 August 1957 (age 61)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Robert Glenister
(m. 1984; div. 1992)
Damian Schnabel (m. 2010)
Children 1
Family Joyce Redman (aunt)

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).

Early life[edit]

Redman was born in Brighton. Her father, Ronald Jack Redman (1929–1980), was born in Camberwell, London to parents from Yorkshire, 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 2012.[2]

Redman is badly scarred on her upper left arm as a result of an accident when she was 18 months old.[3] She was scalded with a pan of boiling 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.[4]


Redman trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[5]

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.[6][7]

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, ‘My stepfather used to bowl right here where the theatre is and my mother used to live in Dyke Road. When I was told about the history of this place I was incredibly moved. Whenever there is a venture where people are honestly trying to put something back into the community, you have to help however you can.’[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2001 – nominated – BAFTA TV Award – Best Actress for At Home with the Braithwaites
  • 2003 – nominated – National Television Award – Most Popular Actress for At Home with the Braithwaites
  • 2007 – nominated – TV Quick Award – Best Actress for New Tricks
  • 2015 – nominated – BAFTA TV Award – Best Supporting Actress for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This

Personal life[edit]

Redman is the mother of Emily from her marriage to the actor Robert Glenister.[9] 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.[10][11]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Richard’s Things Josie
1980 Tales of the Unexpected Anna Episode: “I’ll Be Seeing You”
1982 The Agatha Christie Hour Pauline, Grand Duchess of Ostravia Episode: “Jane in Search of a Job”
1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street Office receptionist
1986 To Have and to Hold Viv Meadows TV mini-series; Episodes 1.1-1.8
1988 For Queen & Country Stacey
Theatre Night Gwendolen Fairfax Episode: “The Importance of Being Earnest “
1988–1989 Streets Apart Sylvia Grant Episodes 1.1-2.6
1990 Screen Two Kate Episode: “The Lorelei”
1991 Spender Bobby Montgomerey Episode 1.4
The Men’s Room Sally TV mini-series; Episodes 1.1-1.5
1992 El C.I.D. Rosie Bromley
1993 Casualty Olivia Purcell Episode: “The Ties That Bind”
Body & Soul Lynn Gibson TV mini-series; Episodes 1.1-1.6
Demob Janet Deasey Episodes 1.1-1.6
1995 Taggart Julie Carson Episode: “Black Orchid”
Dangerfield Dr. Joanna Stevens 18 episodes
1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Susan Townsend Episodes: “The Secret House of Death: Part 1” and “The Secret House of Death: Part 2”
Beck Beck Episodes 1.1-1.6
1998 Performance Regan Episode: “King Lear”
Close Relations Prudence Hammond TV mini-series; Episodes 1.1-1.5
1999 The Blonde Bombshell Diana Dors TV movie
1999–2000 Hope And Glory Debbie Bryan Episodes 1.1-2.4
2000 Sexy Beast Deedee Dove
2000–2003 At Home with the Braithwaites Alison Braithwaite TV Series. Lead role
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Karine Bassett
2003–2013, 2015 New Tricks Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman 84 episodes
2005 Mike Bassett: Manager Karine Bassett 6 episodes
2006 The Children’s Party at the Palace Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians) TV Special
2008 Honest Lindsay Carter Episodes 1.1-1.6
Little Dorrit Mrs. Merdle TV mini-series; Episodes 1.5-1.14
2014 Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This Gwen ‘Dove’ Cooper TV movie
2015 The Trials of Jimmy Rose Jackie Rose Series 1; 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

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