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Derry-born Actress Amanda Burton Returns for UU Honour

9th July 2002

Amanda Burton is one of the UK's busiest and most popular television actresses. She is best known for her roles of Dr Samantha Ryan in Silent Witness and Crown prosecutor Helen West in the series of the same name.

Born in Ballougry, near Londonderry, she left Northern Ireland at 18 to study at Manchester Polytechnic's School of Film, TV and Theatre. Her first television role was as Heather Haversham in the soap Brookside, a part she played for four years.

Other credits included Inspector Morse, Boon, Lovejoy before she landed the plum role of Beth Glover in the medical drama series, Peak Practice. She was in the series for three years before getting the part of Dr Ryan, a role which won her the "Most Popular Actress" title in the TV Quick Awards in 1996.

Away from the popular drama series Ms Burton has shown the range of her talent in her roles in The Gift, in which she played a woman dying of cancer, and in Forgotten, where she was a mother obsessed with finding the killer of her child 20 years before.

She also took part in a documentary charting the efforts to save two orphaned bear cubs discovered in Payette National Forest in Idaho.

Ms Burton was awarded a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of her services to popular drama and television. She was presented with her honorary degree by Professor John Hughes.

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