Her body is tiny, lithe and taut thanks to a lot of tap-dancing, a vegetarian diet and regular Viking Method workouts, which rely on lots of high-intensity moves accompanied by guttural shouts.She gets up early to fit in the training before doing the school run with her two daughters, Lexi, 11, and Hollie, five. ‘I was furious when my mum told me she’d stopped dyeing her hair because no one really sees her.The idea to put on a new version of the original play by renowned screenwriter Richard Harris was Amanda’s after she saw the Liza Minnelli movie on TV. None of them can dance properly because it’s not really about the dancing; it’s about a group of women – and one guy – who get to know each other and become friends.
At nine she was signed up for drama classes and, after leaving London’s Mountview theatre school in 1992, hasn’t stopped working. ‘My position is that a “no” is the first stage on the road to a “yes”.
There is grit, graft and backbone born from her working-class roots and the strong matriarchal spirit she inherited from her mother and her grandmother Ethel, who, at the sprightly age of 96, will still call or email her most days (Amanda bought her an i Pad) to chat or to tick her off ‘for something I’ve said or worn on the telly’.
There is a flash of that carefully hidden vulnerability when you ask Amanda what drives her and she answers too quickly. ‘There are people out there who are much more talented than me, so I push myself harder and I won’t take no for an answer.’She has worked hard – and consistently – to keep the public on her side. I don’t want television to show women bitching and carping.’and he let people see me as I am.
Amanda Holden poses up a storm in the latest issue of You Magazine, alongside a tell-all interview.
One of our favourite shots is of the TV Queen showing off her amazing pins in a pair of itsy bitsy olive green shorts by Ong-Oaj Pairam teamed with a pussy bow pink See by Chloé shirt and Christian Louboutin heels.