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Amanda Barrie
Born 14 September 1935 (1935-09-14) (age 74)
Ashton-under-Lyne, England, UK
Spouse(s) Robin Hunter (1967-2004)

Amanda Barrie (born 14 September 1935, Ashton-under-Lyne) is an English actress.



Born as Shirley Anne Broadbent, Barrie attended St Anne's College, St Anne's on Sea. She appeared in pantomime as a child and was a dancer before acting in a number of British television and film roles in the 1960s and 1970s. She was also in two of the Carry On films, a long-running series of British comedy films; she had a supporting turn as a cab driver in Carry On Cabby (1963) and took the title role in Carry on Cleo (1964).

Barrie is well-known for her role as a café proprietor's wife, Alma Sedgewick (later Baldwin), on Coronation Street. She was a bit player in the early to mid-1980s before she was offered a contract in 1988, after which she became a very well-known character. She continued in the role until her retirement in 2001. In the story, Alma was diagnosed with cervical cancer which later caused her death.[1]

Since leaving Coronation Street, she continued to act in the popular ITV1 prison series, Bad Girls, playing inmate Bev Tull from the fifth series to the last, along with Phyl Oswyn played by Stephanie Beacham. The characters together were known as "The Costa Cons". She also became one of the celebrities who took part in Hell's Kitchen; a popular ITV1 "reality TV" series which screened in 2004. While on the show, she became so frustrated with Gordon Ramsay, that she tried to slap him across the face.[2]

From November 2006 to January 2007, Amanda took a starring role in the pantomime adaption of Jack and the Beanstalk in Canterbury. From December 2007 to January 2008, she appeared as the Fairy Godmother in the pantomime adaption of Cinderella at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.[3] From December 2008 to January 2009, she played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. She will again play the role from December 2009 to January 2010 in Rhyl.

Personal life

In 1967 Barrie married theatre director Robin Hunter, and stayed with him until the mid-1980s; the couple had no children and never divorced; he died in 2004.

She is currently in a relationship with the crime writer Hilary Bonner, after coming out as bisexual in her autobiography, It's Not a Rehearsal.[4]

Selected filmography


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