Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Ken's Girls : Amanda Donohoe

Amanda Donohoe first came to fame in the 1980s for being Adam Ant's girlfriend, starring in music videos such as 'Ant Music' and 'Stand and Deliver'

In 1986 that other great auteur, Nic Roeg, brought her to international notice casting her as the lead opposite Oliver Reed in his adaptation of Lucy Irvine's autobiography Castaway (good film and a good book, detailing Lucy's desert island life experiment which began when she answered a Time Out ad placed by Gerald Kingsland for a 'Girl Friday' - if you haven't seen it or read it, do so! and read Lucy's other book Runaway too!)

Now that's a 'girl with guns' photo!

It was 1988 when she came into the world of Ken taking the role of the Vampish (in more ways than one!) Lady Sylvia in Ken's madcap adaptation of Bram Stoker's The Lair Of The White Worm

It's a brilliantly charismatic, witty, sexy and downright brave turn from her; the kind of thing that virtually should have set her up as the 80s Diana Rigg

Great fashions by designer Michael Jeffery

Oh My God! She Killed Kevin!

Vampires don't shave

Ken getting to the point most unsubtly as per usual!

Following her turn in what is surely the campiest of cult classics and a dear tongue in cheek homage to those kind of Hammer and Universal horrors of pagan myths and reawakened evil in small English villages, Ken cast her the following year, alongside her Lair co-star Sammi Davis, in his adaptation of  DH Lawrence's The Rainbow

It was to be a much more dignified yet still striking and eye catching performance of a character, like the previous, stuck in a stultifying village life with a secret - in this case, she's a lesbian or at the very least bisexual. She befriends, educates and romances Sammi's Ursula before breaking her heart by marrying her uncle, played by David Hemmings

After those two striking performances for Russell, Amanda appeared in the rarely seen adaptation of Len Deighton's Game Set And Match before being Hollywood bound, starring in the 1990s hit drama LA Law (and being involved in the infamous lesbian kiss) Films such as Liar, Liar followed and then as the sun began to set in LA, she returned back to the UK starring in the theatre as Mrs Robinson in The Graduate and picking up roles in low budget films (Circus) short lived series (Murder City) and eventually a lengthy, critically acclaimed stay in Emmerdale

Unlike some of her contemporaries, Amanda has proved she has staying power.

And just because I love it, the wonderful title track from Castaway by Kate Bush, 'Be Kind To My Mistakes' with some clips from the movie. Enjoy...


  1. Wonderful biography of my favourite actress. Thank you for writing this, love the pictures too.

    1. You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by!