Amanda Redman (born 12.08.1957)
Amanda Redman is an English actress best known for her role as Sandra Pullman in the BBC TV series 'New Tricks'.
Childhood: Amanda Redman was born in Brighton, Sussex. Her parents were Ronald and Joan Redman, and her aunt was actress Joyce Redman. As a baby, she suffered third-degree burns on 75% of her body when she was scalded by a pan of hot soup and she was pronounced clinically dead at hospital. She trained as an actress at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Acting career: Amanda Redman had an early role in 1981's 'Richard's Things' opposite Liv Ullmann and Peter Burton. In 1984, she was Marina in the BBC Shakespeare production of 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre' alongside Mike Gwilym. The following year she landed the leading female role in a touring production of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'. In 1992, she was in the comedy drama series 'El C.I.D.' and in 1993 she appeared opposite Kristin Scott Thomas in 'Body & Soul'. In 1999, she portrayed actress Diana Dors in 'The Blonde Bombshell' alongside Keeley Hawes. In 2000, she had a role in the Oscar nominated movie 'Sexy Beast' which also starred Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone. Between 2000 and 2003, she had the lead role in the drama comedy series 'At Home with the Braithwaites' opposite Peter Davison for which she was nominated for a BAFTA TV award. She landed her biggest role to date in the detective series 'New Tricks' in which she starred from 2003 to 2013 alongside Dennis Waterman and Alun Armstrong. She is the principal at the Artists' Theatre School in Ealing.
Personal life: Amanda Redman has a daughter named Emily whose father is Robert Glenister. She encouraged Robert's brother Philip Glenister to pursue acting as a career. She married Damian Schnabel in 2010 after an 11 year relationship. She is a fan of Coventry City FC. In 2012, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The current season is the last that Redman will appear in.
Most crime dramas go stale after a season or two, but the BBC’s New Tricks has somehow managed to keep it fresh season after season for a decade. New Tricks might now be threatened, however, as one of the stars – Amanda Redman – has announced her departure at the end of the current season. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Redman, who plays Sandra Pullman on the show, commented for The Mirror. “because every good thing eventually has to come to an end.”
It's a bittersweet goodbye for Redman.
She continued: “I’m very proud of it, though. New Tricks has been an important part of my life and I’ve found it very easy to play Sandra. She’s very bossy and, I have to admit, so am I!”
Gal (Ray Winstone), an old time ex convict, is now retired. All he does is sweat by the pool, enjoy his form porn star wife Deedee (Amanda Redman), and share drinks with a couple of good friends. The setting is Spain, the sun is hot, and life is free of trouble... until, of course, one day when the peace must be disturbed -- and it is, by a guy named Don Logan. Presumably the titular sexy beast, Don (Ben Kingsley) appears on the scene and hell breaks loose as Gal gets back into his life of crime.
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Director Jonathan Glazer does such a spectacular job of drawing the audience into the world he creates in the edgy, oily and feral British crime thriller "Sexy Beast" that within moments of its opening -- poolside at a retired bank robber's modest desert villa on the Spanish Costa del Sol -- you may actually start fanning yourself from the 100-degree weather on screen.
It's the kind of vicarious reaction felt over and over again through the course of the movie. You truly understand the intense devotion between the ex-con Gary "Gal" Dove (played by the awesome Ray Winstone) and his aging ex-porn queen wife (Amanda Redman). You savor Gal's utterly relaxed bliss at finally living in a world far, far away from his former life. You feel how much he enjoys the company of pal and former associate Aitch (Cavan Kendall) and his wife (Julianne White), who live near by and often come over for barbecue.
But more than anything, you feel in your bones how completely terrified every last one of them is of Don Logan.
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Date of birth
12th August, 1957