love that people are still talking about my tired old breasts’. Amanda Holden.
She first hit our screens back in 1991 looking for love on Blind Date. Since then, Amanda Holden has taken the showbiz world by storm as an actress, singer, presenter and talent show judge.
And as the star who is known for her cheeky sense of humour celebrates her 50th birthday on 16 February, Amanda has already warned us she doesn’t plan on letting age define her in any way, especially when it comes to how she dresses.
“I don’t see the point in growing old gracefully,” she has said in the past.
“I love that people are still talking about my tired old breasts and I’m nearly 50,” the star added.
“Age is totally irrelevant, thanks to people like J.Lo – a hot woman who dresses for how she feels.” Get exclusive celebrity stories and fabulous photoshoots straight to your inbox with OK!’s daily newsletter.
And the mum-of-two is also keen to keep as healthy as possible for her daughters Lexi, 15, and Hollie, nine.
“When I had my girls, I didn’t give my age a second thought – probably because it’s become the norm for women to delay starting families until later in life, and all my friends were in the same boat,” she explained.
“But now I realise I’m hurtling towards 50 with two young children, and I need to do everything in my power to stay as healthy as I can for them.”
She’s been a star for more than two decades now, but the Portsmouth-born celebrity joined her first theatre company at just nine before training in her teens at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
As a young actress she met comedian and presenter Les Dennis and the couple tied the knot in 1995.
The late 90s saw Amanda get breaks in TV, racking up credits in The Grimleys, Smack The Pony and Kiss Me Kate , but in 2000, her marriage to Les hit a crisis point when Amanda’s affair with actor Neil Morrissey made headlines. Shortly after, she and Les separated temporarily.
They reconciled later, but divorced in 2003. Amanda has since opened up about how hard she was hit by the public backlash.
“I found the fall from grace incredibly hard to deal with.
I can’t bear not to be liked. I had an affair and overnight turned into this awful person,” she said.
Amanda threw herself into work, scoring the title role in West End musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and winning herself a Laurence Olivier Award in 2004.
And work success was paired with happiness in her personal life again, as Amanda started dating music producer Chris Hughes in 2004. The couple welcomed their first child, Lexi, two years later.
In 2006, Amanda’s career flew even higher when she was cast in a starring role in ITV drama series Wild At Heart , the same year she bagged a coveted judge’s seat on Simon Cowell’s new talent show, Britain’s Got Talent.
Amanda and Chris tied the knot in Somerset in December 2008, but three years later, the couple were hit with heartbreak when their son, Theo, was stillborn at seven months.
The star has been praised for her openness about dealing with PTSD following Theo’s death.
“There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about Theo, especially when a new school year begins,” she said recently.
The couple’s second daughter, Hollie, was born in 2012. Along with raising her girls, Amanda has fronted various series, hosted This Morning and made a return to the stage with stints in Shrek The Musical and Stepping Out .
This year, Britain’s Got Talent has been paused during the pandemic. But the star has been keeping busy co-hosting her Heart Breakfast radio show with Jamie Theakston and releasing her debut album, Songs From My Heart .
She delayed her 40th celebrations after the birth of Hollie, but did have a big bash for her 41st birthday. With the pandemic preventing any large gatherings, it looks as though Amanda will have to do the same as she enters another new decade.
But even if the party’s on hold, you can bet Ms Holden will make turning 50 fun.
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