Amanda Ryan was born on October 10, 1971, in London. She is an actress who trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is best known for playing Sgt. Carrie Rogers in the UK version of Shameless and appearance in the music video for Walk Away by Funeral for a Friend.
Amanda's most internationally recognized role was when she played Lettice Howard, the fictional lover of The Duke of Norfolk in the Academy Award winning 1998 film Elizabeth starring Cate Blanchett.
The year prior, Amanda played Joanna in the 1997 film Metroland, based on the 1980 novel of the same name by Julian Barnes. She starred in the Inspector Morse episode The Daughters of Cain as Kay Brooks. She has appeared in prodcutions such as BBC2 series Attachments, the film Britannic and the television adaption of The Forsyte Saga and as agnes Wickfield in the 1999 BBC adaption of the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, and more recently as Verity Wright in EastEnders.
Amanda's stage career includes credits in British productions of Patrick Marber's Closer', Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged, Checkov's The Wood Demon and in 2008 the part of Cathy in an adaption of Wuthering Heights by April De Angelis.