Amanda Burton Biography

(Northern Irish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Sam Ryan’ in the TV Series ‘Silent Witness’)

Birthday: October 10, 1956 (Libra)

Born In: Derry, Northern Ireland

Irene Amanda Burton is an Irish actress who is known for the strong characters she has played in the TV series ‘Brookside,’ ‘The Commander,’ ‘Silent Witness,’ and ‘Marcella.’ She used to work in theatre before moving to television in 1982. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Burton has essayed a wide variety of roles, some of which have won her awards. Throughout her career, she has focused on television and is one of the most popular Irish TV actresses as of today. People admire her effortless portrayal of strong characters like Commander Clare Blake in ‘The Commander,’ Dr. Beth Glover in ‘Peak Practice,’ and Dr. Sam Ryan in ‘Silent Witness.’ Her groundbreaking role of Dr. Sam Ryan changed the course of her career in a positive way. The role won her the Most Popular Actress Award at the National Television Awards. She is also a keen supporter of The Children’s Trust and takes part in charity runs like the Great North Run.
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Also Known As: Irene Amanda Burton

Age: 66 Years, 66 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Jonathan Hartley (m. 1976–1982), Sven Arnstein (m. 1989–2004)

children: Brid Arnstein, Phoebe Arnstein

Born Country: Northern Ireland

Actresses Libra Actresses

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females

Notable Alumni: Manchester Metropolitan University

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education: Manchester Metropolitan University

After graduating from Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, Amanda Burton started working in theatres. In 1982, she landed the role of Heather Black in ‘Brookside,’ which was a Chanel 4 drama series. She left the series in 1985, and in 1987, she appeared as Margaret Daly in ‘Boon.’ She was with the show till 1989. The same year, she starred in ‘Where There’s a Will,’ a television movie in which she essayed the role of Alice.
In 1993, she landed a major role in the TV series ‘Peak Practice.’ Her portrayal of Dr. Beth Glover, a no-nonsense medic, won her critical acclaim and established her as one of the most popular Irish television actresses. The series was about a clinic in Derbyshire. The show was a huge success until its very end in 2002.
Amanda Burton left ‘Peak Practice’ in 1995, and the following year, her fans got to see her in ‘Silent Witness’ as Dr. Sam Ryan. The series was about a team of forensic pathologists and scientists and how they solved various crimes. Dr. Sam Ryan is a forensic pathologist who believes that every dead body deserves justice. The role was a powerful one and it changed her life forever. It established her as a bankable lead and also got her the Most Popular Actress Award at the National Television Awards. She was with the show till 2004.
While working in ‘Silent Witness,’ she also appeared in other prominent shows and television movies. In 1998, she was seen in ‘The Gift,’ a television movie in which she essayed the role of Lynn, a woman with terminal cancer. Her role of Rachel Monroe in the television series, ‘Forgotten’ (1999), was appreciated. The series ‘Helen West’ (2002), in which she essayed the main lead, was loved by the audience. The series was based on a novel by Frances Fyfield.
Amanda Burton played another powerful role, that of Commander Clare Blake, in the television movie, ‘The Commander’ (2003). She reprised the role of Commander Clare Blake in ‘The Commander: Virus’ (2005), ‘The Commander: Blackdog’ (2005), ‘The Commander: Blacklight’ (2006), ‘The Commander: The Devil You Know’ (2007), ‘The Commander: Fraudster’ (2007), ‘The Commander: Windows of the Soul’ (2007), and ‘The Commander: Abduction’ (2008).
She played Karen Fisher in the series ‘Waterloo Road’ (2010-11). Amanda Burton’s fans enjoyed her role of Cherie Le Saux in ‘The Level’ (2016). In 2017, she was seen in a short film titled ‘The Dog with the Woman.’ This film was written by her younger daughter and produced by the elder one.
Her latest role in a television series is that of Katherine Maguire in ‘Marcella’ (2019). Katherine is the matriarch of a criminal family. Another interesting fact about this show is that she is working with Anna Friel, who was her co-star in ‘Brookside.’
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Family & Personal Life
Amanda Burton was born on October 10, 1956, in Derry, Northern Ireland. She is the youngest of four sisters. Her father was a primary school headmaster. She received her early education at the Ballougry Primary School in Northern Ireland. She graduated from Londonderry High School, which was an all-girls high school in Derry. At the age of 18, she came to Manchester, London, to study at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre.
She married Jonathan Hartley, a theatre technician, in 1976. Their marriage ended in a divorce in 1982. In 1989, she married Sven Arnstein, a professional photographer. Her first child, Phoebe Marie Arnstein, was born in 1989. Her second daughter, Brid Arnstein, was born in 1991. Her second marriage also ended in a divorce in 2004.
Despite being a popular celebrity, she is not active on social media.

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