Amanda Redman

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Amanda Redman
BornAmanda Jacqueline Redman
(1957-08-12) 12 August 1957 (age 57)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Robert Glenister (m. 1984–92)
Damian Schnabel (m. 2010)
ChildrenEmily Glenister
FamilyJoyce Redman (aunt)
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Amanda Redman
BornAmanda Jacqueline Redman
(1957-08-12) 12 August 1957 (age 57)
Brighton, Sussex, England
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Robert Glenister (m. 1984–92)
Damian Schnabel (m. 2010)
ChildrenEmily Glenister
FamilyJoyce Redman (aunt)

Amanda Jacqueline Redman, MBE (born 12 August 1957[1]) is an English actress. She played Sandra Pullman in the BBC One series New Tricks.

Early life[edit]

Redman was born in Brighton,.[2] Her father, Ronald, was from Yorkshire and her mother, Joan, was from Sussex.[citation needed] Redman's father died in 1980, when she was in her early twenties.[3]

Redman is badly scarred on her upper left arm as a result of an accident when she was 15 months old.[4] She was scalded with a pan of boiling turkey-and-vegetable soup and suffered burns to 75 per cent of her body. Her arm was the only part of her body permanently affected, but the trauma was so severe that she was pronounced clinically dead at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, Sussex.[5]


Redman trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[6]

In 1984 she appeared as Marina in the BBC Shakespeare production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre opposite Mike Gwilym. She also played Maxine in Oxbridge Blues, a British television mini-series, produced by the BBC and first shown in 1984 written by Frederick Raphael. In 1985 she played Janet in the touring version of The Rocky Horror Show.[citation needed]

In 1986 she played Miss Fairfax (Gwendolen) in the BBC Drama production of The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

She played opposite Liv Ullmann in Richard's Things (1981), took over from Alfred Molina in the 1990s comedy drama El C.I.D., playing a new female lead in the series, and played Diana Dors in the TV film The Blonde Bombshell (1999). She presented an MTV show on satellite TV in the 1990s. She co-starred in the first series of Dangerfield in 1995, and played a role in Taggart the same year. In 2000 she played Deedee Dove in the feature film Sexy Beast. From 2000 until 2003 she played Alison Braithwaite, a woman whose life is turned upside down after she wins the lottery, in ITV's At Home with the Braithwaites. Beginning in 2003, Redman took the role of Sandra Pullman in the BBC's New Tricks.

In June 2006 Redman performed in Children's Party at the Palace as Cruella DeVil for the Queen's 80th birthday, and was the subject of an episode of the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, a programme that explored her family history.[7][8]

In July 2013 she announced that she would be leaving the BBC series New Tricks.

Redman is the founder and principal of the Artists Theatre School.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Redman is the mother of Emily from her marriage to the actor Robert Glenister.[9] She is credited with having encouraged her then-brother-in-law, Philip Glenister, who played DCI Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, to go to drama school and to pursue acting. She once desired more children, but after nine miscarriages and two ectopic pregnancies her hopes ended with menopause.[10][11]

Having been together since 1999, Redman married the mobile-phone designer Damian Schnabel in September 2010.[12] She is a supporter of Coventry City FC.

Redman was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.[13][14]

Notable roles[edit]

1980Richard's ThingsJosie
1982The Agatha Christie HourPauline, Grand Duchess of OstraviaEpisode: "Jane in Search of a Job"
1984Give My Regards to Broad StreetOffice Receptionist
1986To Have and to HoldViv MeadowsTV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.8
1988For Queen & CountryStacey
1988Theatre NightGwendolen FairfaxEpisode: "The Importance of Being Earnest "
1988-1989Streets ApartSylvia GrantEpisodes 1.1-2.6
1991SpenderBobby MontgomereyTV Police Action Drama, Spender, Series. Episode 1.4
1991The Men's RoomSallyTV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.5
1992El C.I.D.Rosie Bromley
1993CasualtyOlivia PurcellEpisode: "The Ties That Bind"
1993Body & SoulLynn GibsonTV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.6
1993DemobJanet DeaseyEpisodes 1.1-1.6
1995TaggartJulie CarsonEpisode: "Black Orchid"
1995DangerfieldDr. Joanna Stevens18 Episodes
1996Ruth Rendell MysteriesSusan TownsendEpisodes: "The Secret House of Death: Part 1" and "The Secret House of Death: Part 2"
1996BeckBeckEpisodes 1.1-1.6
1998PerformanceReganEpisode: "King Lear"
1998Close RelationsPrudence HammondTV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-1.5
1999The Blonde BombshellDiana DorsTV Movie
1999-2000Hope And GloryDebbie BryanEpisodes 1.1-2.4
2000Sexy BeastDeedee Dove
2000-2003At Home with the BraithwaitesAlison BraithwaiteTV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.1-4.6
2001Mike Bassett: England ManagerKarine Bassett
2003-2013New TricksDetective Superintendent Sandra Pullman84 Episodes
2005Mike Bassett: ManagerKarine Bassett6 Episodes
2006The Children's Party at the PalaceCruella de Vil (The 101 Dalmatians)TV Special
2008HonestLindsay CarterEpisodes 1.1-1.6
2008Little DorritMrs. MerdleTV Mini-Series. Episodes 1.5-1.14
2014Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like ThisGwen 'Dove' CooperTV Movie


  1. ^ General Register Office England and Wales Birth Index 1916–2005 shows her birth registered in 1957 (Amanda J. Redman 1957 Q3 Vol 5h, page 131 Brighton)
  2. ^ Miles Goslett and James Tapper (10 August 2009). "Amanda Redman Says She is Dreading Turning 50. Well, It's a Bit Late for That – as her 1957 Birth Certificate Proves". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are? - Past Stories - Amanda Redman". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Biographical note to BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?"
  5. ^ Viner, Brian; "Amanda Redman: How I've learnt to live with my scars", 27 March 2002 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  6. ^ "Alumni: Past Graduates" (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  7. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are?: Amanda Redman" (Press Office), 24 September 2004 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  8. ^ Waddell, Dan; "WDYTYA? Series One: Celebrity Gallery", 19 October 2004 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  9. ^ Whiting, Kate; "Amanda Redman: The laughing policemen are back in New Tricks", 13 July 2009 (Retrieved: 14 July 2008)
  10. ^ Nathan, Sara (2012-08-27). "Amanda Redman's Dream of a Baby in her 50s Ended with the Menopause | Mail Online". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  11. ^ McCormack, Kirsty (2014-04-21). "Amanda Redman Opens Up About Experiencing the Menopause and Never Having More Children | Showbiz | News | Daily Express". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  12. ^ Thomas, Liz (2010-09-06). "Amanda Redman Marries Toyboy Damian Schnabel | Mail Online". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 20. 16 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Kenneth Branagh knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours". BBC News. 15 June 2012. 

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