Amanda, Born Free’s Patron, was born in Bishop’s Waltham in Hampshire and is an English actress. Amanda’s first television role was in BBC1 soap opera, Eastenders in 1994 but she is perhaps best known for her role in BBC’s drama series, Cutting It in 2002.
Amanda has appeared in several stage musicals and in 2004 was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the West End production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Amanda’s most recent television appearance is the current ITV drama, Wild at Heart, which aired its first series at the beginning of 2006.
In 2002 Amanda launched straight into work with Born Free by accompanying seven rescued tigers to a new Born Free sanctuary in India. With various stories to tell, these tigers had endured misery in horrific zoos in Belgium, an Italian circus, or even a pet shop in Spain.
From India, Amanda later travelled with Born Free to Romania to investigate the plight of a lioness called Achee, kept in the car-park of the Cypriot Consulate. Achee was rescued and taken to Born Free’s Big Cat Rescue Centre at Shamwari Wildlife Reserve. “It broke my heart to see her suffering but it was wonderful to welcome Achee to her new life in South Africa”.
Always truly dedicated to the animals, Amanda filmed a very special programme with Born Free, Really Wild at Heart, telling the story of three lions held captive in a French circus and their new lives of freedom at Shamwari.
Most recently Amanda has been training and fundraising for the London Marathon 2008 which she is running for Born Free!