Amanda Holden

  • British actress
  • Born February 16, 1971

Amanda Louise Holden (born 16 February 1971) is an English television presenter and talent competition judge, actress, singer, writer, and radio presenter. She has judged on the TV talent show competition Britain's Got Talent since the show began in 2007 on ITV. Holden played the role of Sarah Trevanion in Wild at Heart (2006–2008) and the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. More recently she has presented various television shows for ITV including Superstar (2012), This Morning (2014–2015, 2017–) and Give a Pet a Home (2015).

I was a prefect at school, I never had a tattoo, got a detention or pierced my ears more than once.

My mum loves cats so I took her to see the lion cubs which at about a year old are actually quite big. She wasn't scared at all and went straight over and kissed one on the mouth! She thought they were just like her pets at home.

I am an optimist. I think, as bad as life sometimes gets, there is so much joy and so much good stuff, that there is a balance.

I don't care who or what judges me, nothing's going to stop me from living my life how I choose.

I didn't go nightclubbing much as a teenager in Bournemouth because my friends and I didn't have the money - but we spent a lot of time on the beach, having barbecues, and running into the sea in the middle of the night.

People have been able to see that as cheeky and as flirty as I am, I am not the dreadful slapper that the press used to portray me as. But it will probably all turn around and people will hate me again in a couple of years.

My family are my priority but I've always had a strong work ethic and I like to be busy.

I want to be buried with a mobile phone, just in case I'm not dead.

I should have been out there having a wild time like all the other girls my age, but I wasn't. I was going home every night to what was, initially, a very happy marriage.

It is going to take a very brave man to love me.

In the past, I've thrown myself into work so much there's been very little room for anything else.

I'm in the lucky position financially where I don't have to do things I don't want to do.

My dream is to have a gay son.

I have such a lovely life and I just never imagined that I would miscarry a baby.

I never believed I wouldn't make it - and perhaps that's why I've always found work. I've always stuck at everything I've ever done. I absolutely won't give up.