24 Facts About Amanda Barrie


Amanda Barrie was born on Shirley Anne Broadbent; 14 September 1935 and is an English actress.


Amanda Barrie appeared in two of the Carry On films before being cast as Alma Halliwell in ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, which she played on and off for 20 years.


Amanda Barrie has since enjoyed a varied stage and television career.


Amanda Barrie attended St Anne's College, Lytham St Annes, then trained at the Arts Educational School in London and later at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Amanda Barrie appeared in pantomime as a child and was a dancer before working for many years as a chorus girl in the West End until her first break as an actress came along.


Amanda Barrie then starred in two of the Carry On films, a long-running series of British comedy films: she had a supporting part as a cab driver in Carry On Cabby and took the title role in Carry On Cleo.


In 1965, Amanda Barrie starred alongside Billy Fury in his film I've Gotta Horse.


Amanda Barrie has appeared in many television series into the 1970s as well as presenting Hickory House with former Coronation Street star Alan Rothwell between 1973 and 1977.


Amanda Barrie is well known as Alma Sedgewick, in Coronation Street.


Amanda Barrie was a bit-player in the early to mid-1980s before she was offered a contract in 1988, after which her character became high-profile.


Amanda Barrie continued in the role until her departure in 2001.


Since leaving Coronation Street, Amanda Barrie has continued to act, firstly as Margo Phillips in the long-running BBC medical soap opera Doctors for nine episodes, and 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.


Amanda Barrie became one of the celebrities who took part in Hell's Kitchen and attempted to slap Gordon Ramsay in the face.


Amanda Barrie appeared on a pantomime edition of The Weakest Link dressed as the witch to raise money for charity but she was voted off in the second round.


From November 2006 to January 2007, Amanda Barrie took a starring role in the pantomime adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk in Canterbury.


Amanda Barrie again played the role from December 2009 to January 2010 in Rhyl.


Amanda Barrie played role again from December 2011 to January 2012 in Worthing.


Amanda Barrie again played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft from December 2013 to January 2014.


From 2015 to 2017, Amanda Barrie had a recurring role as a fortune teller nicknamed Psychic Sue in the popular sitcom Benidorm.


In January 2018, Amanda Barrie took part in Celebrity Big Brother.


Amanda Barrie had a relationship with singer Billy Fury in the mid-1960s after they met while filming I've Gotta Horse.


In 1967, Amanda Barrie married theatre director and actor Robin Hunter.


Amanda Barrie came out as bisexual in her autobiography It's Not a Rehearsal.


Amanda Barrie is a distant cousin of Coronation Street co-star Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Bradley.