Amanda is an actress, singer and presenter. She trained at Mountview Theatre School. Early theatre roles include playing Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, The Importance of Being Earnest and Arsenic and Old Lace. She also had the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award, and Princess Fiona in the West End premiere of Shrek the Musical.
Leading roles in television (drama and comedy) include: The Grimleys, Kiss Me Kate, Happy Birthday Shakespeare, Hearts and Bones, Now You See Her, Ready When You Are Mr McGill, Mad About Alice, Cutting It, Miss Marple, Big Top and Wild at Heart. She is also well known as a TV host presenting Jesus Christ Superstar, Lorraine, Celebrating the Carpenters, Fantasy Lives, Out of my Depth, The Door, Night of Heroes, Dispatches, Give a Pet a Home, This Morning, and most recently I’ve Got Something to Tell You. Amanda is proud to be the longest serving judge on Britain’s Got Talent, and celebrates her 11th year in 2017 alongside Simon Cowell. Her Autobiography No Holding Back became a Sunday Times Best Seller in 2013-14.
“I want to thank the James Grant Group for believing in this project; Jason Maddocks for his support on this production and Maria Friedman for inspiring us every day; thanks to ‘My Mary’ from the whole cast for the constant baking!; to my lovely husband Chris for holding the fort (and me) together; and finally to my beautiful daughters Lexi and Hollie - enjoy this play and know, if you surround yourself with a bunch of wonderful strong girls, you can get through anything in life!”
Television credits include: The Tracey Ullman Show, Hoff the Record, New Tricks (regular), Crims, Siblings, Father Brown, Give Out Girls (regular), Toast of London (regular), Best of Men, Monroe (regular), Friday Night Dinner (regular), Waterloo Road, Comedy Playhouse, Sadie Jones, Tracey Beaker Returns, M I .High, Filth, Mistresses, Robin Hood, Summerhill, Sorted, Doctor Who, EastEnders – NTV nominated (regular), The Last Detective, Murder in Suburbia, Doctors, Where the Heart Is, Harringham Harker, Big Train (regular), Lenny Henry: In Pieces, 15 Stories High, The Cow, Marion and Geoff, Bob Martin (regular), Happiness, Starhunter, The Way It Is, Strangerers, Success, Kiss Me Kate, The Bill, Casualty, The Grove and Loved By You.
Theatre credits include: Stepping Out (Theatre Royal Bath); The Mighty Walzer (Manchester Royal Exchange); McQueen (St James Theatre / Haymarket); Godchild, Old Money and On the Rocks (Hampstead Theatre); Earthquakes in London (NT/tour); Absurd Person Singular (Leicester Curve); Boeing Boeing (West End); The Oak Tree and School Play (Soho); Edmond and Waiting for Leftie (NT); Hello Goodbye (Southwark); Loot (Vaudeville); Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Two and Caught in the Act (Chichester); Love for Love (New End); A Call in the Night (WY Playhouse) and A Christmas Carol, The Changeling, Tamburlaine, The Beggar’s Opera, A Jovial Crew and Macbeth (RSC).
Film credits include: The Casanova Variations, Moomins on the Riviera, The Funeral, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Filth, Wall, Girl Number 9, The Infidel, The Early Days, SuperTex, Killing Time and Hope Machine.
Radio credits include: over 600 plays, comedies and sketch shows for BBC Radio 4, most recently: From Moscow (Teffi), The Norman Conquests, Wolf in the Water and Mrs Robinson, I Presume (actor and writer).
Extensive television credits include: Josh, Inside No 9, Marple - Endless Night, Foyle’s War, Doctor Who, Fast Freddie, Law & Order: UK, Paradox (1 series), The Fixer (2 series), The Catherine Tate Show - Christmas Special 2007, Vital Signs (series), Hotel Babylon (2 series), Walk Away and I Stumble, Frances Tuesday, When I Am 64, Hustle, Final Demand, Red Cap (pilot and 2 series) and EastEnders where she played the hugely popular role of Melanie Healy.
Stage credits include: How the Other Half Loves (West End); Di & Viv & Rose (West End and Hampstead); Breeders (West End); Raving (Hampstead); Charity in Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End) for which she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the WhatsOnStage.com awards; Boeing Boeing (West End); Breathing Corpses (Royal Court) nominated for TMA Award; Flesh Wound (Royal Court); Oliver! (West End); Grease (West End); Carousel (National Theatre) and Radio Times (West End).
Film roles include: Great Expectations directed by Mike Newell, Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Seven Seconds and Out of Control directed by Dominic Savage which won Best Film at Edinburgh and Monte Carlo TV Festival.
Tamzin is the recipient of numerous awards including the Variety Club TV Personality Award 2003, Best Newcomer (National TV Awards 1999), Maxim TV Actress of the Year 2002, an Elle Style Award and many soap awards.
As this is the first production that both my children can watch, I am dedicating this performance to Florence and Marnie.
Theatre credits include Things I Know To Be True (Lyric Hammersmith & Tour), Sex and the Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse), Albion (Bush Theatre), 9 to 5 (ATG UK tour), Abigail’s Party (Royal Theatre Bath), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), The Invisible Man (Chocolate Factory Productions), Oklahoma (Chichester Festival), Well (Apollo Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), The Flint Street Nativity (Playhouse Theatre Liverpool), Hobson’s Choice (Watermill Theatre).
TV credits include Kerry (Lucky Giant/NBC Universal), Dave Shakespeare (Vulture Culture Productions), Two Pints of Lager and a Packer of Crisps (BBC), Chopratown (BBC), Hollyoaks (Mersey Television).
Radio credits include No Commitments (BBC), The Big Toe Show (BBC).
Nicola is well known for her many popular television roles such as Suzie Davidson in Clocking Off, Julie Fitzjohn in Holby City, Margaret Clemence in Channel 4’s Brookside, Jackie in ITV’s Christmas Lights/Northern Lights/City Lights and Sarah Williams in BBC’s The Chase. These projects were closely followed by regular leading roles in Superstorm, Strikeback, All at Sea, Safe House and Homefront, as well as Waterloo Road for the BBC, in which she played art teacher Allie Westbrook.
Other television credits include: New Tricks, Moving On, Law and Order, Lark Rise to Candleford, Hotel Babylon, Dead Man Weds and Waking the Dead.
Theatre credits include: A Patriot for Me (RSC); His Girl Friday and Edmund (National Theatre), War Horse (New London Theatre) and One for the Road (Theatre Royal, Northampton). Prior to joining the cast of Stepping Out, Nicola most recently played the regular role of Tess Harris in Emmerdale and has completed shooting on the TV project The Worst Witch.
Lesley's theatre credits include: Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse), Girl with the Pearl Earring (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Way of the World (Theatre Royal Northampton) and The Lemon Princess (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Her many TV credits include Helen Lynley in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, WPC Jenny Dean in Between the Lines (BBC), Holby City, Doctors, Silent Witness, The Murder Room and My Family (BBC), Moonfleet (Sky), The Bill (Talkback Thames) and Friday Night Dinner (Big Talk).
Jessica Alice McCluskey
‘Stepping Out’ is Jessi's professional debut after being discovered by director Maria Friedman whilst performing in an amateur production of 'Sister Act'. Jessi trained at part time theatre school 'Showdown Theatre Arts' and was chosen to represent them in America on numerous occasions as part of their international exchange program with Baltimore School for the Arts.
Credits whilst training include: Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Joanne (Rent), Nelly Forbush (South Pacific), Miss Hannigan (Annie) and most recently Ms. Curran in the European Premiere of ‘Prospect High’ (Tristan Bates Theatre). Jessi is delighted to be involved in such a wonderful production with such a talented cast and would like to say a huge thank you to Maria for her belief and support and to her number one fan, her Dad.
Judith has extensive theatre television and radio experience. She has appeared in theatre all over the United Kingdom.
Her television credits include: Scott and Bailey, Rovers, Moving On, Waterloo Road, Car Share, Our Girl, Birds of a Feather, A Passionate Woman, Shameless, Clocking Off, The Royal, Fat Friends, Seeing Red, The Second Coming, Doctors, Holby City, Brookside, Linda Green and Peak Practice.
Film credits include: The Lies We Tell, Grimsby, Miss Potter and Reinventing Eddie.
Her numerous theatre credits include: When We Are Married (Savoy Theatre); Andy Capp (Aldwych Theatre); Everyone Loves a Winner, Design for Living, The Houses in Between, Crime and Punishment, The Lower Depths, Saturday Night at the Crown, Love on the Dole and Hanky Park. She has also worked extensively with playwrights Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell and John Godber.
Judith is married to Theatre Director, Kenneth Alan Taylor, they have 2 children Jason who is a lighting designer and Jessica who is head of Make up at ITV Leeds and they are very proud to have 5 grandchildren Joseph, Samuel, Billy, Libby and Martha.
Rowan's work in theatre includes: A Dream Play, Iphigeneia at Aulis, Mourning Becomes Electra, Three Sisters, The Talking Cure and Private Lives at the National Theatre, London; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice and Talk of the City for the RSC; A Voyage Round My Father and Lobby Hero at the Donmar Warehouse, London; Playhouse Creatures at the Old Vic, London; Way to Heaven and Forty Winks at the Royal Court Theatre, London; The Importance of Being Earnest at The Oxford Playhouse; Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; The Rivals, Charley's Aunt and Look Back in Anger at the Royal Exchange, Manchester; A Collier's Friday Night at Hampstead Theatre, London; Wit's End at the New End Theatre, London, and Happy Now?, a new play by Lucinda Coxon at the National Theatre, London.
He was seen in David Eldridge's Under The Blue Sky, which ran from July to September 2008 at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, then from December 2009 in Martin Crimp's version of Molière's comedy The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, London. In summer 2009, he appeared as Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Globe Theatre, where he also appeared in the title role of Henry VIII in 2010. In July 2011 he appeared at the Royal Court alongside Romola Garai in The Village Bike.
In 2012 he appeared as Torvald in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Young Vic and in Berenice by Jean Racine at the Donmar Warehouse.
Theatre credits include: Queenie in Show Boat (New London Theatre/Sheffield Crucible); City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse); Kate Bush - Before the Dawn (Hammersmith Eventim Apollo); Matron Mama Morton in Chicago (Curve Theatre, Leicester); Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre and UK and Ireland tours); Ragtime and A Midsummer
Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Cool Hand Luke (Aldwych Theatre); The New Yorkers (Sadler’s Wells Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Savoy Theatre) and Rafiki in The Lion King (Paris Disney).
Opera or session credits include: A Rake’s Progress (Royal Opera House), Momo (Greenwich Theatre), Mass Carib (Nitro), The Charlatans - Modern Nature album and tour, Gravity film soundtrack (Warner Bros) and Kate Bush - Before the Dawn Live album.
Television and film credits include: Florence Foster Jenkins (Pathè), Citizen Khan (BBC), This Morning, Children in Need and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.