Her father worked for the foreign office, and she had a privileged upbringing. However as a teenager, she was a punk and a rebel at school.
She once turned down a role in Coronation Street.
She went out with film director Nick Broomfield for three years.
She won a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress for her role as attorney CJ.Lamb in LA Law.
Amanda Donohoe has now joined the cast of ITV's prison drama Bad Girls for its 8th series in which she'll play Wing Govenor Louise Stoke.
Amanda is no stranger to the set of Bad Girls as she once filmed an episode of Murder City on the very same set.
Amanda punched a fan of her boyfriend Adam Ant out after the fan held a knife on him on television.