Top Quotes by Amanda Donohoe

I don’t like posh hotels. I like small, eclectic hotels, and luxury for me would mean really good company with good food in a really funky, beautiful house in the middle of a field where someone came and serviced the place for us.

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I watch an awful lot of old Hollywood movies – I’ll devour anything with Bette Davis or Joan Crawford. My absolute favourite is ‘Sunset Boulevard’ starring Gloria Swanson.

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I have no regrets about not having children. I still wait for the pang of guilt, but I have none. I tune into the television show ‘Nanny 911’ occasionally which reminds me how much patience and love it take to be a good parent.

Amanda Donohoe

If all you’re doing is making money, you have a luxurious but empty life.

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I’ve always loved my red wine, and when I’m not working I can open a bottle too many. I love to cook, so it’s one for me and one for the casserole. I would consume a bottle of wine on my own of an evening and then literally pass out.

Amanda Donohoe

That’s the problem with soaps, of course. The stories never end. They can go on and on and on.

Amanda Donohoe

Of course, like any woman, I look in the mirror and think, ‘Oh, wouldn’t I look better with a bit of Botox?’ But you’ve got to find comfort in your own skin. I’ve watched women stretch themselves year after year until their faces are no longer recognisable.

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Soaps are one of the few areas on TV that really embrace older women. In drama, there’s this ridiculous invisibility for women between the ages of 40 and 60. Unless you’re old enough to play a grandmother, there just aren’t the roles.

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My father worked for the Foreign Office, so he was away a lot of the time. We were a very volatile family. There was a lot of love and a lot of conflict. The conflict kicked in mostly during my adolescence.

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People say to me ‘You’re a big Hollywood star’, and I find it so funny. I still feel as though I’m the girl from Golders Green. I lead such a boring, normal life. I still go shopping in Sainsbury’s. If the ability to do that was taken away from me, I’d go barmy. You lose your freedom. Be careful what you wish for.

Amanda Donohoe

If you build a career on being a beautiful young woman, that’s going to be a short career. I have to establish I can act. I don’t want to have to visit the plastic surgeon every two years.

Amanda Donohoe

I had no idea ‘L.A. Law’ would be so mega. I knew it was a big show, but I was just one actress in a group of many good, award-winning actresses.

Amanda Donohoe

At 50 you’re more confident, more comfortable in your skin and you don’t put up with nonsense, especially from men.

Amanda Donohoe

Your roots, your family, your friends all become so much more important to you as you get older, especially if you are a wandering minstrel like me.

Amanda Donohoe

I love my work – it’s what I know how to do best.

Amanda Donohoe

Women’s lives get more interesting the older they get. For some reason, when you hit 35, it turns into a grey area filmically. There’s not much more until you start playing grannies. I’m not ready for that. I’m just naffed off that, between 35 and 50, there aren’t better things about.

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I read, go for walks and I love to garden. My hands are such a mess. People think I should have movie star hands, but they’re just gardening ones. Always slightly grubby and with a bit of dirt under the fingernails.

Amanda Donohoe

I don’t think atheism means one does not believe in a spiritual life. I think it means one does not follow the tenets of the established religions.

Amanda Donohoe

My sister is older than me and would often go off, so I grew up alone in a sense. I had to amuse myself and developed a wonderful fantasy world and quite happily lived in it. I think, in adulthood, that helped me. I love pottering on my own.

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I think the joy of any soap opera is it is always there. You are allowed into this world for a little while and it’s safe in that you are watching other people go through some troubles rather than yourself. It’s there every night, and there is something special about that sort of terrestrial television experience for a mass audience.

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It’s either feast or famine, and that’s the way it’s been for as long as I can remember. I’ve spent my whole career thinking I’ll never work again. Every actor lives with that insecurity. You just have to negotiate the rapids as they come.

Amanda Donohoe

My preferred environment is by the sea or somewhere rural. I don’t want to be in a city, I don’t want to visit New York and I don’t want to go shopping.

Amanda Donohoe

The worst hotels are any with a bad bed. I stayed in a hotel where they left cards telling me my enjoyment was of paramount importance. I should have written, ‘Nice rooms, crap beds.’

Amanda Donohoe

Downton Abbey’ is one of my favourite shows ever – it’s just beautifully filmed, and the stories and characters are so wonderful.

Amanda Donohoe

I loved living in Hollywood – and the weather there was just fantastic – but there is something about rural England, and especially Suffolk and Norfolk, that pulls at my heartstrings.

Amanda Donohoe

I have always been a huge fan of reggae music. I remember going to see Bob Marley And The Wailers at the Hammersmith Odeon when I was 13. I went with my big sister, Cordelia, and it remains the most wonderful concert I’ve ever been to.

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