Finola Hughes

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Finola Hughes
FinolaHughesApr09.jpg
Hughes at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
BornFinola Hughes
(1959-10-29) 29 October 1959 (age 54)
London, UK, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, author
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Russell Young (m. 1992–present; 3 children)
Children2 sons, 1 daughter
Website
www.finolahughes.com
 
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Not to be confused with the English cross-country skier Fiona Hughes.
Finola Hughes
FinolaHughesApr09.jpg
Hughes at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
BornFinola Hughes
(1959-10-29) 29 October 1959 (age 54)
London, UK, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, author
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Russell Young (m. 1992–present; 3 children)
Children2 sons, 1 daughter
Website
www.finolahughes.com

Finola Hughes (born 29 October 1959[1]) is an English actress, television host, entrepreneur, author, former dancer, director, and producer, best known for role as Anna Devane on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, General Hospital: Night Shift, and her role as Anna Devane's identical twin sister, Doctor Alexandra Devane Marick, on All My Children. She is also known as Patty Halliwell on the supernatural series, Charmed, continually appearing throughout the course of the entire series, and as Carol on the NBC sitcom Blossom. In films, she is known for her role in Staying Alive, Aspen Extreme, Above Suspicion and Like Crazy.

Career[edit]

Hughes trained in dance and performing arts at the Arts Educational Schools London. In 1981, she originated the role of Victoria the White Cat in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats.[1] In 1983, Hughes starred with John Travolta in the musical film Staying Alive, a sequel to Saturday Night Fever.[2] She played the role of Laura, an English dancer who is the romantic interest of Travolta's character Tony Manero. Hughes also appeared on the sitcom Blossom, and as the X-Men character Emma Frost in the 1996 TV movie Generation X. In 1997 Hughes starred in Aaron Spelling's short-lived primetime soap opera Pacific Palisades.[1] She was also a frequent guest-star on the television series Charmed, playing the mother of the Halliwell girls, Patricia "Patty" Halliwell. She provided the voice of Lara, Kal-El's biological mother in Superman: The Animated Series. Another voice-over role she had was Miss Robertson on an episode of Fox's animated comedy series Life with Louie.

Hughes in 2013

From 1985 to 1992 she played Anna Devane on General Hospital. Hughes won a Daytime Emmy in 1991, for Outstanding Lead Actress on General Hospital. She was nominated for the same category in 1990 for Anna, in 2000 for AMC as Alex, and, in 2002, as Anna. After establishing herself as a daytime TV star, Hughes shot a feature film cameo as a soap actress who loses an award to Sally Field in the soap opera satire film Soapdish (1991).[1] Two years later she played a leading role in the 1993 film Aspen Extreme.

It was announced in April 2006 that Hughes would be returning to GH. In May 2006 as part of the May Sweeps period, three GH veterans would return. Finola Hughes would be reunited with Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) and Emma Samms (Holly Sutton). Following a rise in ratings from her sweeps return, Hughes returned to General Hospital for a limited run through August 2006. Finola would return the following year on 13 July 2007 and once again on 25 April 2008.

In September 2008, Hughes guest-starred in the General Hospital spinoff series General Hospital: Night Shift. It has been said[3] that Hughes will return to GH in early 2012 as character Anna Devane to be with her daughter, Robin, and help her through her toughest year. She will be a recurring character but Anna Devane will be front and center and staying in Port Charles awhile. Finola's onscreen ex-husband Tristan Rogers is rumored[citation needed] also to be returning as Robert Scorpio, his character Colin on the CBS soap The Young and the Restless exiled from Genoa City a few months back. Ex-GH costar Genie Francis, who played Colin's ex will still remain on the soap and will not be returning to GH. In 2010 Finola also appeared in the CSI: NY, Make It or Break It and Melissa & Joey. Finola made a permanent return to General Hospital in March 2012. Her character, Anna Devane, moved in with Luke Spencer.

In 2013 Hughes made her feature-film directing debut with indie comedy-drama The Bet.[4] She later starred with Kathryn McCormick in the dance movie Platinum the Dance Movie.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hughes was born in London, England. She married Russell Young in 1992. They welcomed their first child, son Dylan Joseph Young, on 9 November 2000. Later, they adopted a boy named Cash Justice Young (born 2005) and a girl named Sadie Beatrice Young (born December 2007).[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980The AppleDancer
1981Clash of the TitansDancer
1982NutcrackerNadia Gargarin
1983Staying AliveLaura
1984The Master of BallantraeAlison Graeme
1987Haunted by Her PastMegan McGuire
1990The Bride in BlackCybil Cobb
1991SoapdishCameo appearance
1993Aspen ExtremeBryce Kellogg
1994Dark Side of GeniusJennifer Cole
1995Above SuspicionIris
1996Generation XEmma Frost/The White Queen
1996The Crying ChildJo Parker
1996Superman: The Last Son of KryptonLaravoice
1997Prison of SecretsAngie
1997The Corporate LadderDr. Woodwardvoice
1998Jekyll IslandRonnie Fredericks
1998Pocahontas II: Journey to a New WorldQueen Annevoice
199812 BucksClassy
1999Rockin' Good TimesGinger
2000IntrepidKatherine Jessel
2000TycusAmy Lowe
2009Killer HairJosette Radford
2010DisarmedLilian
2011Driving by BrailleBeth Allen
2011Like CrazyLiz
2011All-Star SupermanLilovoice
2011Scooby-Doo! Legend of the PhantosaurProfessor Svankmajervoice
2013The BetDirector and executive producer
2014Platinum the Dance MovieJoAnn

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982The Kenny Everett Television ShowVarious
1983The Hot Shoe ShowDancer
1987L.A. LawLauren Sevilla3 episodes
1985–91, 1995, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012—General HospitalAnna Devane

Dr. Liesl Obrecht

1992–93Jack's PlaceChelsea Duffy18 episodes
1994Burke's LawRhondaEpisode: Who Killed Romeo?
1994Dream OnLaura NorthEpisode: 'Tis Pity She's a Neighbour
1993–95BlossomCarol28 episodes
1996Superman: The Animated SeriesLara3 episodes, voice
1997Pacific PalisadesKate Russo13 episodes
1997Sunset BeachHelena Greer3 episodes
1997Life with LouieMiss Robertsonvoice
1998The Love Boat: The Next WaveAlison Townsend / Hart-WilliamsEpisode: Affairs to Remember
1999Tracey Takes On...JosieEpisode: Obsession
1999–2003All My ChildrenAlex Devane Marick and Anna Devane23 July 1999 to 11 September 2003
2004Hope & FaithHerself2 episodes
1998–2006CharmedPatty Halliwell9 episodes
2008General Hospital: Night ShiftAnna Devane4 episodes
2005–08How Do I Look?Host
2010CSI: NYMrs. ChristensenEpisode: Sanguine Love
2010Make It or Break ItViola PettingerEpisode: What Are You Made Of?
2010Melissa & JoeyHerselfEpisode: Dancing with the Stars of Toledo
2013Beware The BatmanLady ShivaEpisode: Safe

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryFilm or seriesResult
19834th Razzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActressStaying AliveNominated
19845th Razzie AwardsWorst New StarStaying AliveNominated
19863rd Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Daytime SerialGeneral HospitalNominated
19884th Soap Opera Digest AwardsFavourite Super Couple: DaytimeGeneral HospitalNominated
19895th Soap Opera Digest AwardsFavourite Super Couple: DaytimeGeneral HospitalWon
19895th Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Heroine: DaytimeGeneral HospitalWon
19906th Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Heroine: DaytimeGeneral HospitalWon
199017th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalNominated
19917th Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress: DaytimeGeneral HospitalWon
199118th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGeneral HospitalWon
19928th Soap Opera Digest AwardsBest Wedding: DaytimeGeneral HospitalNominated
19928th Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress: DaytimeGeneral HospitalNominated
200016th Soap Opera Digest AwardsFavourite ReturnAll My ChildrenWon
200027th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesAll My ChildrenNominated
200229th Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesAll My ChildrenNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Finola Hughes". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Finola Hughes Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Masters, Megan (14 December 2011). "Finola Hughes Returns to General Hospital". TVLine. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "General Hospital's Finola Hughes Turns Film Director with the Bet – Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Finola Hughes to Star in 'Platinum the Dance Movie' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 

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