Amanda Annan was born into a family of intellectuals, politicians and diplomats. However, at the age of 16 she decided to choose a totally different path and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Within a year Amanda had been head hunted by the top makeup artist Susie Sollis. Susie persuaded Amanda to put her acting career on hold and introduced her to an agent at the world famous Unique Model Management agency.
Within two weeks Amanda was shooting her first campaign for Vidal Sassoon. This campaign was distinctive because it was the introduction of Vidal Sassoon products to the ethnic populace. Even at the start of her career Amanda was breaking down barriers. Shoots and runway assignments in London, Paris, Milan and New York followed.
Upon her arrival in New York, she decided to take a childhood passion of hers seriously for the first time and enrolled in the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. Serious and dedicated she decided to remain with the program full time for the entire two years.
Being on the Strasberg stage was incredibly scary but also tremendously exciting and gave her a sense of fulfilment that she had never experienced before. With a combination of fear, trepidation and bravery she began auditioning for acting roles.
She returned to her native London and quickly found an agent, the highly regarded Emma Bloomfield whose clients include Alan Dale (Bradford Meade on Ugly Betty). She quickly acquired work in television including the legendary East Enders (BBC1).
Her first foray into film was” A-Z,” a production of the London Shakespeare Group. Six films followed, including “Belief” in which she co- starred with Colette Redgrave of the famous Redgrave clan. Her director Michael Ferguson has directed many successful TV series, including “East Enders” and “Casualty.” “ Rag Tag” which she completed in 2006 was screened at both the Venice and Cannes film festivals.
A sophisticated world traveller she is conversant in French and Greek (resided there for 2 years while shooting a TV series) as well as Italian. She is an athlete, a singer and a devotee of yoga.
Amanda is actively involved with CAMFED, which raises money to educate underprivileged African girls. Also she raises money for the AFC (the African Film Commission) – an organization that develops international understanding and unity among all people through African arts, by sponsoring inter-cultural exchanges and educational activities. In 2008 Amanda joined Richard Branson and Virgin Unite on a charity project to Kenya. The trip to the Masai Mara was a catalyst to Amanda starting her own charity called ETC (Educate The Children). After hosting host her own show for Brit Celeb TV she decided to try her hand out at producing and now also produces an Entertainment News program for the continent as well as several new projects being developed to be piloted later in 2012.
Amanda is a warm, caring and enlightened individual who is assertive and very motivated. She is a great believer in people maximising their full potential. She hopes that her sincere concern for others manifests itself in her work as well as her life.