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Amanda Burton
Born
Irene Amanda Burton

10 October 1956 (1956-10-10) (age 65)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s)
  • Jonathan Hartley
    (m. 1976; div. 1982)
  • Sven Arnstein
    (m. 1989; div. 2004)
Children 2
Awards National Television Award
TV Quick Award

Irene Amanda Burton (born 10 October 1956) is a Northern Irish actress, notable for her television roles as Heather Black in the Channel 4 soap opera, Brookside, from 1982 to 1986; Beth Glover in the ITV drama series, Peak Practice, from 1993 to 1995; Sam Ryan in the BBC crime drama series, Silent Witness, from 1996 to 2004; Clare Blake in the ITV1 crime drama series, The Commander, from 2003 to 2008; and Karen Fisher in the BBC One school-based drama series, Waterloo Road, from 2010 to 2011.

Early life and education

Burton was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, the youngest of four sisters. Her father was a primary school headmaster at Ballougry Primary School, which she attended as a child. After later attending Londonderry High School she moved to England at the age of 18, where she spent three years studying drama at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.

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