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Occupation  Actor
Name  Amanda Root
Spouse  Nawtej Dosangh
Years active  1983 – present
Role  Actress
Amanda Root, youthful and vigorous
Born  1963 (age 57–58) , Chelmsford, Essex, England
Education  Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Awards  Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Nominations  Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
Movies and TV shows  Persuasion, The Forsyte Saga, The BFG, Jane Eyre, The Iron Lady
Similar People  Paul Ritter (actor), Ben Miles, Amelia Bull, Stephen Mangan, Jessica Hynes

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Amanda Root (born 1963) is an English stage and screen actress and a former voice actress for children's programmes.

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Amanda Root

Root is known for her starring role in the 1995 BBC film adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion, her role in the British TV comedy All About Me, as Miranda, alongside Richard Lumsden in 2004, and for voicing Sophie in The BFG.

Amanda Root

She trained for the stage at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

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Life and career

Amanda Root 59th Annual Outer Critics Circle

Root was born in Chelmsford, Essex. She began her career at the Leeds Playhouse in 1983 when she played Essie in Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple.

Amanda Root

"She was a remarkably complete actress even in her early twenties, when physically she looked little more than a child. With her dark soulful eyes she could command a stage, and the Royal Shakespeare Company saw her talent very early on."

Amanda Root

She worked regularly with the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon and London from 1983 to 1991, including playing the role of Juliet to Daniel Day-Lewis's Romeo; a very young Lady Macbeth; Cressida to Ralph Fiennes's Troilus, and Rosaline to his Berowne.

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In 1995, she starred as Anne Elliot in Persuasion, co-starring Ciaran Hinds and John Woodvine. The film (made for TV, then released theatrically) was based on the novel by Jane Austen and was her first leading role in a film.

She won rave reviews (and was nominated for a Tony Award) in October 2008 for her portrayal of the control freak Sarah in The Old Vic's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's interlinked trilogy The Norman Conquests, directed in the round by Matthew Warchus.

Audio

She was the voice of Sophie in the animated film of Roald Dahl's The BFG (1989).

She portrayed Joan de Pucelle in the Arkangel Shakespeare's 2000 production of Henry VI, Part 1.

In 2006, Amanda Root undertook the marathon task of recording an unabridged audiobook of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Published by Naxos it has a running time of 20 hours 30 minutes, spread across 17 audio CDs: ISBN 978-962-634-357-9.

She had previously recorded an abridged 3-hour reading of Jane Austen's Persuasion, published by Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks in July 2004: ISBN 1-84456-035-X.

In November 2007 for BBC Radio 4 she played in the Woman's Hour Drama serial adaptation of F. Tennyson Jesse's novel A Pin to See the Peep Show, and on 2 December 2007 was heard in Arnold Wesker's 75-minute radio play The Rocking Horse, commissioned by the BBC World Service to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

As part of the BBC Radio 4 Hopes and Desires season, she played Lindsey, an incurable romantic who yearns to meet a modern-day Heathcliff, in Nick Warburton's 30 minute comedy Catching Heathcliff, broadcast at 11pm on 15 January 2008.

She was the voice of Fanny in the 2-cassette 1997 BBC radio dramatization of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

Theatre

Her stage credits include:

  • Essie in The Devil's Disciple (Bernard Shaw), Leeds Playhouse, 1983
  • Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, RSC small-scale tour 1983; The Other Place 1984
  • Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1984
  • Moth in Love's Labours Lost, RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1984
  • Lucy Ellison in Today by Robert Holman, RSC The Other Place, October 1984; The Pit Barbican Centre, May 1985
  • Apricot in The Dragon's Tail by Douglas Watkinson, Apollo Theatre, October 1985
  • Neuroza in Tell Me Honestly (Kenneth Branagh), Not the RSC Festival, Almeida Theatre 1985
  • Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba (Federico Garcia Lorca, directed by Nuria Espert), Lyric Hammersmith, September 1986; Globe Theatre, January 1987
  • Harriet in The Man of Mode (George Etherege), RSC Swan Theatre, July 1988; The Pit, April 1989
  • Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, RSC Barbican Theatre, May 1989
  • Betty McNeil in Some Americans Abroad (Richard Nelson), RSC The Pit, July 1989
  • Cordelia in King Lear, RSC Almeida Theatre. September 1989
  • Cressida in Troilus and Cressida, RSC Swan Theatre, April 1990; The Pit, June 1991
  • Rosaline in Love's Labours Lost RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre, September 1990; Barbican Theatre, March 1991
  • Nina in The Seagull (Anton Chekhov), RSC Swan Theatre; November 1990; Barbican Theatre July 1991
  • Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra (Shaw),co-starring with Alec McCowen, Greenwich Theatre, February 1992
  • The Manageress in 50 Revolutions (Murray Gold), Oxford Stage Company, Whitehall Theatre, September 1999
  • Edith in Conversations After a Burial (Yasmina Reza), Almeida Theatre, September 2000
  • Polina Bardin in Enemies (Maxim Gorky in a version by David Hare), Almeida Theatre, May 2006
  • Sarah in The Norman Conquests, an interlinked trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn, Old Vic, October 2008
  • Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Rattigan), Chichester Festival Theatre, July 2011
  • Filmography

    The Sister (TV Mini-Series) 2020
    June Fox
    - Episode #1.4 (2020) ... June Fox
    - Episode #1.3 (2020) ... June Fox
    - Episode #1.2 (2020) ... June Fox
    - Episode #1.1 (2020) ... June Fox
    Summerland 2020/I
    Mrs. Lawrence
    Call the Midwife (TV Series) 2020
    Florrie Watkins
    - Episode #9.2 (2020) ... Florrie Watkins
    MotherFatherSon (TV Mini-Series) 2019
    Interviewer
    - Episode #1.6 (2019) ... Interviewer
    Silent Witness (TV Series) 2019
    Olivia Walsh
    - Deathmaker: Part 1 (2019) ... Olivia Walsh
    Unforgotten (TV Series) 2018
    Carol Finch
    - Episode #3.6 (2018) ... Carol Finch
    - Episode #3.5 (2018) ... Carol Finch
    - Episode #3.4 (2018) ... Carol Finch
    - Episode #3.3 (2018) ... Carol Finch
    - Episode #3.2 (2018) ... Carol Finch
    - Episode #3.1 (2018) ... Carol Finch
    The Other Side of The Coin (TV Movie) 2018
    Wife
    Patrick Melrose (TV Mini-Series) 2018
    Virginia Watson-Scott
    - Some Hope (2018) ... Virginia Watson-Scott
    Casualty (TV Series) 1993-2018
    Barb Edmonds / Evelyn Winnell / Joyce Paice
    - Episode #32.24 (2018) ... Barb Edmonds
    - Punch Drunk Love (2013) ... Evelyn Winnell
    - Wild Card (1993) ... Joyce Paice
    The Black Prince 2017
    Queen Victoria
    Sherlock (TV Series) 2017
    Emma Welsborough
    - The Six Thatchers (2017) ... Emma Welsborough
    Their Finest 2016
    Cecy / Mrs Brown (Careless Talk Film)
    New Tricks (TV Series) 2015
    Eleanor
    - Lottery Curse (2015) ... Eleanor
    Death in Paradise (TV Series) 2015
    Teresa Gower
    - Damned If You Do... (2015) ... Teresa Gower
    Count Arthur Strong (TV Series) 2015
    Karen
    - The Heist (2015) ... Karen
    The Tunnel (TV Series) 2013
    Doctor Cross
    - Episode #1.8 (2013) ... Doctor Cross
    Zou (TV Series) 2013
    - Zou the Chef (2013) ... (English version, voice)
    DCI Banks (TV Series) 2012
    Mary Rothwell
    - Dry Bones That Dream: Part 2 (2012) ... Mary Rothwell
    - Dry Bones That Dream: Part 1 (2012) ... Mary Rothwell
    The Iron Lady 2011
    Amanda
    Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (TV Series) 2006-2011
    Extra / Federation Ambassador
    - Enemy Starfleet (2011) ... Extra
    - Blood and Fire: Part Two (2009) ... Extra
    - Blood and Fire: Part One (2008) ... Extra
    - To Serve All My Days (2006) ... Federation Ambassador
    Thorne: Sleepyhead (TV Mini-Series) 2010
    Teresa Maxwell
    Law & Order: UK (TV Series) 2010
    Patricia Smith
    - Defence (2010) ... Patricia Smith
    Poirot (TV Series) 2008
    Mrs Rendell
    - Mrs McGinty's Dead (2008) ... Mrs Rendell
    Fiona's Story (TV Movie) 2008
    Julie
    Miss Marie Lloyd (TV Movie) 2007
    Mrs. Chant
    Starship Farragut (TV Series) 2007
    Lt. Allison Bell
    - The Captaincy (2007) ... Lt. Allison Bell
    The Robber Bride (TV Movie) 2007
    Tony Fremont
    The Impressionists (TV Mini-Series) 2006
    Alice Hoschedé
    - Episode #1.3 (2006) ... Alice Hoschedé
    - Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Alice Hoschedé
    Brief Encounters (TV Mini-Series) 2006
    June Makenzie
    - Lost & Found (2006) ... June Makenzie
    The Afternoon Play (TV Series) 2006
    Andrea
    - The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds (2006) ... Andrea
    Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder (TV Series documentary) 2005
    Vera Sidney
    - The Case of the Croydon Poisonings (2005) ... Vera Sidney
    Empire (TV Mini-Series) 2005
    Noella
    - Arkham (2005) ... Noella
    - Will (2005) ... Noella
    - Pilot (2005) ... Noella
    The Robinsons (TV Series) 2005
    Maggie Robinson
    - Episode #1.6 (2005) ... Maggie Robinson
    - Episode #1.5 (2005) ... Maggie Robinson
    - Episode #1.4 (2005) ... Maggie Robinson
    - Episode #1.3 (2005) ... Maggie Robinson
    - Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Maggie Robinson
    - Episode #1.1 (2005) ... Maggie Robinson
    Girl Afraid (Short) 2004
    Bloom (Short) 2004/II
    Helen Chapman
    All About Me (TV Series) 2004
    Miranda
    - Best Laid Plans (2004) ... Miranda
    - Where There's Blame (2004) ... Miranda
    - A Dog Called Wonga (2004) ... Miranda
    - Little Voice (2004) ... Miranda
    - Badmarsh (2004) ... Miranda
    - Downloading (2004) ... Miranda
    - The First Mrs Craddock (2004) ... Miranda
    - The Name Game (2004) ... Miranda
    Rose and Maloney (TV Series) 2004
    Marsha Campese
    - Katie Phelan: Part 2 (2004) ... Marsha Campese
    - Katie Phelan: Part 1 (2004) ... Marsha Campese
    Foyle's War (TV Series) 2003
    Elizabeth Lewes
    - Fifty Ships (2003) ... Elizabeth Lewes
    Little Britain (TV Series) 2003
    Baby's Mother
    - Most People in a Mini (2003) ... Baby's Mother
    A Touch of Frost (TV Series) 2003
    Dolores Delmonte
    - Another Life (2003) ... Dolores Delmonte
    Love Again (TV Movie) 2003
    Maeve Brennan
    The Forsyte Saga (TV Series) 2002-2003
    Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #2.4 (2003) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #2.3 (2003) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #2.2 (2003) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #2.1 (2003) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #1.6 (2002) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #1.5 (2002) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #1.4 (2002) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Winifred Dartie
    - Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Winifred Dartie
    Midsomer Murders (TV Series) 2003
    Ruth Scholey
    - A Talent for Life (2003) ... Ruth Scholey
    Daniel Deronda (TV Mini-Series) 2002
    Mrs. Davilow
    - Episode #1.4 (2002) ... Mrs. Davilow
    - Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Mrs. Davilow
    - Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Mrs. Davilow
    - Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Mrs. Davilow
    Waking the Dead (TV Series) 2002
    Lorna Gayles / Lorna Gyles
    - Special Relationship: Part 2 (2002) ... Lorna Gayles
    - Special Relationship: Part 1 (2002) ... Lorna Gyles
    A Small Summer Party (TV Movie) 2001
    Karen
    Holby City (TV Series) 2001
    Abbie Sawyer
    - Snakes and Ladders (2001) ... Abbie Sawyer
    Anna Karenina (TV Mini-Series) 2000
    Dolly
    - Part 4 (2000) ... Dolly
    - Part 3 (2000) ... Dolly
    - Part 2 (2000) ... Dolly
    - Part 1 (2000) ... Dolly
    Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 1999
    Margaret Robinson
    Big Cat (TV Movie) 1998
    Alice
    Mortimer's Law (TV Series) 1998
    Rachel Mortimer
    - Episode #1.6 (1998) ... Rachel Mortimer
    - Episode #1.5 (1998) ... Rachel Mortimer
    - Episode #1.4 (1998) ... Rachel Mortimer
    - Episode #1.3 (1998) ... Rachel Mortimer
    - Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Rachel Mortimer
    - Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Rachel Mortimer
    Dangerfield (TV Series) 1997
    Alice Stratton
    - Guilt (1997) ... Alice Stratton
    Sunnyside Farm (TV Series) 1997
    Dawn
    - A Rare Visitor (1997) ... Dawn
    Original Sin (TV Mini-Series) 1997
    Frances Peverell
    - Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Frances Peverell
    - Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Frances Peverell
    - Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Frances Peverell
    Turning World (TV Series) 1997
    Evelyn Sharples
    - Episode #1.3 (1997) ... Evelyn Sharples
    - Episode #1.2 (1997) ... Evelyn Sharples
    - Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Evelyn Sharples
    Harry Enfield and Chums (TV Series) 1997
    Miss Hetherington
    - Episode #2.6 (1997) ... Miss Hetherington
    Deep in the Heart 1996
    Kate Markham
    Breaking the Code (TV Movie) 1996
    Patricia 'Pat' Green
    Jane Eyre 1996
    Miss Temple
    Screen Two (TV Series) 1995
    Anne Elliot
    - Persuasion (1995) ... Anne Elliot
    Hildegard of Bingen (TV Movie documentary) 1994
    Ricardis
    Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Series short) 1994
    Kathryn Minola
    - The Taming of the Shrew (1994) ... Kathryn Minola (voice)
    Love on a Branch Line (TV Mini-Series) 1994
    Miss Mounsey
    - Ain't She Sweet (1994) ... Miss Mounsey
    - I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (1994) ... Miss Mounsey
    - I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight (1994) ... Miss Mounsey
    - Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1994) ... Miss Mounsey
    The Buddha of Suburbia (TV Mini-Series) 1993
    First TV Producer
    - Episode #1.4 (1993) ... First TV Producer
    - Episode #1.3 (1993) ... First TV Producer
    - Episode #1.2 (1993) ... First TV Producer
    - Episode #1.1 (1993) ... First TV Producer
    The Man Who Cried (TV Movie) 1993
    Hilda Maxwell
    The House of Bernarda Alba (TV Movie) 1991
    Adela
    The BFG 1989
    Sophie (voice)
    Worlds Beyond (TV Series) 1986
    Julia
    - Guardian of the Past (1986) ... Julia
    Time for Murder (TV Series) 1985
    Sarah Penwarden
    - This Lightning Always Strikes Twice (1985) ... Sarah Penwarden
    Storyboard (TV Series) 1985
    Polly Swift
    - Ladies in Charge (1985) ... Polly Swift

    Soundtrack

    The BFG (performer: "Mirror, Mirror") 1989

    Additional Crew

    Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II (TV Series) 2011

    - No Win Scenario (2011) ... (production crew)

    Self

    The 63rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) 2009
    Self - Nominee
    Peter Ackroyd's London (TV Mini-Series documentary) 2004
    Charlotte Brontë / Charlotte Brontë - Novelist
    - Water and Darkness (2004) ... Charlotte Brontë
    - Fire and Destiny (2004) ... Charlotte Brontë - Novelist
    The Adventure of English (TV Mini-Series documentary) 2003
    - Speaking Proper (2003)
    The South Bank Show (TV Series documentary) 1987
    Claire Clairmont
    - Birth of Frankenstein and Dracula (1987) ... Claire Clairmont

    References

    Amanda Root Wikipedia


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