Amanda Donohoe

Amanda Donohoe
Born (1962-06-29) 29 June 1962
London, England, U.K.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Partner(s) Russell Haswell

Amanda Donohoe (born 29 June 1962) is an English actress. She had a four-year relationship with popstar Adam Ant and appeared in the music videos for the Adam and the Ants singles "Antmusic" (1980) and "Stand and Deliver" (1981). For her role as C.J. Lamb on the NBC drama series L.A. Law (1990–92), she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (TV) in 1992. Other television roles include playing Natasha Wylde on the British soap opera Emmerdale (2009–10). On stage, she starred as Yelena in Uncle Vanya (New York 1995), Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (London 2001) and in the title role of Hedda Gabler (Manchester 2005). Her film appearances include Castaway (1986), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), The Madness of King George (1994) and Liar, Liar (1997).

Early life

Donohoe was born in London, the daughter of Ted and Joanna Donohoe. She has an older sister, Cordelia. She is of Irish, Russian and Swiss ancestry.[1] Her father worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,[2] which led to the 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 antique dealing business.

Educated at the Francis Holland School, aged 15 she met Adam Ant. Aged 16 she left her parents home, and moved in with Ant in Notting Hill.[2] 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.[2]


After graduation, she came to the attention of worldwide audiences in 1986, when she was cast opposite Oliver Reed as Lucy Irvine in Nicolas Roeg's Castaway. She followed this up with roles in two Ken Russell films The Lair of the White Worm, based on a Bram Stoker novel, and The Rainbow, based on a D.H. Lawrence novel. Another major film role for her was Liar, Liar (1997) starring Jim Carrey.

After relocating to Los Angeles,[2] 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 Abbie Perkins, played by Michele Greene.[3] 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.

On her return to the UK, Donohoe undertook stage work, including replacing Jerry Hall in the stage version of The Graduate.[4] In 2009 she joined the cast of ITV soap opera Emmerdale as businesswoman Natasha Wylde,[2] opposite her on-screen husband Maxwell Caulfield.[5] On 25 July 2010 it was announced that Donohoe would be leaving Emmerdale, with her last screen date was 24 November 2010.[6] On 18 and 19 February 2010, she was a guest panelist 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, a prime suspect and ex-wife to Elk Moon's husband, Jack.

Personal life

Donohoe's domestic partner is the multidisciplinary artist Russell Haswell. The pair live in Suffolk.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Foreign Body Susan Partridge
1986 Castaway Lucy Irvine
1988 Lair of the White Worm, TheThe Lair of the White Worm Lady Sylvia Marsh
1989 Rainbow, TheThe Rainbow Winifred Inger
1989 Dark Obsession Ginny Bruckton
1989 Tank Malling Helen Searle
1990 Paper Mask Christine Taylor
1994 Madness of King George, TheThe Madness of King George Lady Pembroke
1997 Liar Liar Miranda
1997 One Night Stand Margaux
1998 Real Howard Spitz, TheThe Real Howard Spitz Laura Kershaw
1998 I'm Losing You Mona Deware
1998 Stardust Christine Wasacz
2000 Circus Gloria
2000 Wild About Harry Ruth McKee
2001 Phoenix Blue Persha Lovich
2008 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder Admiral Enolo Phid
2009 Calling, TheThe Calling Trish
2011 Last Belle, TheThe Last Belle Siobhan (voice) Short film
2013 Trafficker Alison Reid


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Affair in Mind, AnAn Affair in Mind Druscilla Janus TV film
1988 Les Girls Camilla "Tarts"
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 Hidden Room, TheThe Hidden Room Martha "Dangerous Dreams"
1993 Substitute, TheThe Substitute Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington TV film
1993 Frasier Catherine "Call Me Irresponsible"
1993 Woman's Guide to Adultery, AA 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 Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, TheThe Thorn Birds: The Missing Years Meggie Cleary O'Neill TV film
1996 Deep Secrets Lara TV film
1998 Knight in Camelot, AA 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 Atlantis Conspiracy, TheThe Atlantis Conspiracy Lauren Marcus TV film
2001 Legend of Tarzan, TheThe 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"


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Cymbeline Helen
1984 Great Expectations Estella
1984 Admirable Crichton, TheThe Admirable Crichton Lady Catherine Royal Exchange, Manchester
1996 Uncle Vanya Yelena
1996 Miss Julie Miss Julie Royal Exchange, Manchester
2001 Graduate, TheThe Graduate Mrs. Robinson
2001 Hedda Gabler Hedda Royal Exchange, Manchester
2002 Teeth 'n' Smiles Maggie
2005 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler

Awards and nominations

Donohoe won a Golden Globe Award for her role in L.A. Law and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for her Broadway debut in Uncle Vanya.


  1. Lane, Harriet (2001-02-04). "Mrs Robinson, I presume". The Guardian. London.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5
  3. "Amanda Donohoe to join Emmerdale". BBC News. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. "Amanda Donohoe leaves LA to join Emmerdale". 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
  6. "Emmerdale's Amanda Donohoe to quit the show". Daily Star Sunday. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
  7. Hardy, Rebecca (16 January 2009). "Why my LA dream turned sour: How Amanda Donohoe left Hollywood for Emmerdale". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 27 June 2011.

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