Amanda Burton

This article is about the actor. For the netballer, see Amanda Burton (netballer).
Amanda Burton
Born (1956-10-10) 10 October 1956
Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Jonathan Hartley (1976-1982; divorced)
Sven Arnstein (1989-2004; divorced); 2 children
Awards National Television Award
TV Quick Award

Amanda Burton (born 10 October 1956) is a Northern Irish actress, well known for her television roles, including Heather Black in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, Beth Glover in Peak Practice, Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness, Clare Blake in The Commander and Karen Fisher in Waterloo Road.

Early years

Burton was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, the youngest of four sisters. Her father was a primary school headmaster.[1] After attending Londonderry High School, a girls-only secondary school in the city of Derry, she moved to England at the age of 18, where she spent three years studying drama at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.[1]


Although best known for her television roles, Burton had worked almost exclusively in the theatre prior to landing the role of Heather Black in Channel 4's Liverpool-based flagship drama series Brookside. After nearly four years in the role, during which time Heather had become one of the show's most-popular residents of Brookside Close, she began to lose sympathy with her character and decided to leave.[2] Following her departure her television work consisted mainly of guest appearances, with parts in a number of peak-time drama series including Minder, Inspector Morse, Boon, Medics, Van Der Valk, Stay Lucky and Lovejoy.[2]

In 1993 Burton starred alongside Kevin Whately in Peak Practice. She played the role of Doctor Beth Glover in the medical drama series, based in Derbyshire's Peak District, for three series until her departure in 1995. In 1996 she then took the main role of Professor Sam Ryan in the highly acclaimed BBC drama Silent Witness; she held this role until 2004. After Silent Witness, she took on the role of Prosecutor Helen West in a series based on Frances Fyfield's novels. She also played Aunt Polly in a 2003 remake of Pollyanna. One of her most recent roles is as Commander Clare Blake in Lynda La Plante's drama, The Commander.[2]

In 2010, Burton appeared in the sixth series of BBC drama Waterloo Road as new head teacher, Karen Fisher,[3] and departed the show in 2011.[4] She recently starred in BBC1's Celebrity Masterchef and made it through to the semi-finals. In Autumn 2016, she will play gangster's wife Cherie Le Saux in ITV drama The Level.[5]

Personal life

Burton married theatre technician Jonathan Hartley in 1976, whom she met while at Manchester School of Theatre. They divorced in 1982. She married professional photographer Sven Arnstein in 1989, and the couple had two children, Pheobe (born 1989) and Brid (born 1991), before divorcing in 2004.[2] Burton currently lives in Hastings, East Sussex. [5]

Notable roles



Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1998 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Won
1999 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Won
1999 TV Quick Award Best Actress Silent Witness Won
2001 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Won
2003 National Television Award Most Popular Actress Silent Witness Nominated
2004 IFTA Award Best Actress in a TV Drama Silent Witness Nominated
2011 TV Quick Award Best Actress Waterloo Road Won

References and notes

  1. 1 2 Bearn, Emily; "Being Amanda Burton",, 10 May 2002; retrieved 14 July 2009.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Amanda Burton at the Internet Movie Database
  3. Waterloo Road Press Release,; accessed 12 August 2015.
  4. Amanda Burton quits Waterloo Road,; accessed 12 August 2015.
  5. 1 2 Lockyer, Daphne (25 September 2016). "The Level's Amanda Burton: Ageing is all about what's going on in your mind". The Express. Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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