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Amanda Burton

Amanda, who studied A-Level biology at Londonderry High School in Northern Ireland, admits that she has always had a fascination for the working body and enjoys her role as Sam Ryan, the forensic pathologist whose mind is as sharp as her scalpel.

Born on 8 January 1957 in Ballougry, County Derry, Northern Ireland, Amanda is the daughter of a headmaster and is the youngest of four sisters. She decided that she wanted to be an actress at the tender age of seven.

She took A levels in English literature and biology before learning her craft at Manchester Polytechnic's School of Film, TV and Theatre. Not long after she graduated, she landed the role of Heather Black (née Huntingdon, née Haversham) in the Channel 4 soap, Brookside, a part she played for four years.

After quitting Brookside, Amanda moved onto the popular ITV drama Boon opposite Michael Elphick (she played Margaret Daly). Parts in Casualty of War, Medics and Peak Practice followed before she took up the role of Dr Sam Ryan, for which she has been voted Most Popular Actress at the National Television Awards three times, and
nominated again in 2003.

Amandas other television credits include the BBC mini series Into the Light, BBC TV movies The Gift (for which she won a Best Actress Silver Nymph at Monte Carlo) and Precious Blood, Little Bird with Niamh Cusack and Helen West with Rita Tushingham, and the BBC drama thriller, The Whistleblower.

She has also made guest appearances in many popular series, such as Inspector Morse, Lovejoy, Stay Lucky and Medics.

Amanda has yet to be tempted onto the silver screen, but went to America to film a documentary for the BBC Born To Be Wild: Black Bear Rescue with Amanda Burton sees her visiting the Idaho Bear Rescue Centre, USA, where she helps with the preparations for the release of six adorable orphaned bear cubs back into the wild.

She is married to photographer, Sven Arnstein.They have two children, Phoebe (born 1989) and Brid (born 1991).

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