AMANDA BURTON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Amanda Burton                                                                   
Born: 10 October 1956                                                                 
Amanda Burton (born October 10, 1956 in Ballougry, County Londonderry, Northern       
Ireland) is an actress best known for her role as forensic pathologist Doctor (later 
Professor) Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series Silent Witness (from 1996).         
She left the series in 2004, saying that she did not want "to be forever             
associated with it".                                                                 
Burton was the youngest of four daughters of a primary school headmaster. Some       
of her notable television appearances include Brookside (1982–86) and Peak         
Practice (1993–95). After Silent Witness, Burton also 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.                   
Amanda Burton's first marriage was to Jonathan Hartley (1977–1982). Until           
recently she was married to Swedish photographer Sven Arnstein. The couple have       
two children - Phoebe (born 1989) and Brid (born 1991) – and live in Wimbledon,     
In July, 2006 her name was linked with politician David Blunkett, following the       
breakdown of her marriage, after Arnstein had an affair with a younger woman.         
Amanda got engaged to another photographer Stephen Colover in 2007. When             
confronted about a large engagement ring during a magazine interview for her         
newest series of The Commander, she stated how happy she was with her new love.