Amanda Muggleton (born in London) is a British-born actor who emigrated to Australia in 1974. She trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Dance. She is known for her roles in Australian film, television, and the theatre.
Perhaps her most famous television role is that of Chrissie Latham in Australian soap opera Prisoner. Other roles include Connie Ryan in Richmond Hill, and guest roles in television series including A Country Practice and Cop Shop, and a role in miniseries Sarah Dane. Film credits include Mad Max, Street Hero, Queen of the Road, Mr Reliable, Feeling Sexy and Idiot Box.
Muggleton has since become one of Australia’s best-loved, most versatile and colourful leading ladies in the theatre. She has appeared with all the State and commercial theatre companies. On stage, her performances with State theatre companies include Privates on Parade, The Matchmaker, The Seagull, Shirley Valentine (MTC),Master Class, Nicholas Nickleby, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Soulmates (STC), Duet for One, The Winter’s Tale, Gigi, We Were Dancing (QTC), Twelfth Night, Blithe Spirit (SATC), Educating Rita, Medea and Shirley Valentine (Hole in the Wall, Perth).
Amanda’s commercial credits include HMS Pinafore (Essgee), Hello Dolly (The Production Company), The Book Club, Master Class (ICA), Annie (GFO/SEL/Macks), the original Steaming(Morley, Davis), Eureka! (Essgee) and Losing Louis (Ensemble Theatre). Amanda has won several very significant awards, for Shirley Valentine, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Norman Kessell Award), for Miss Hannigan in Annie(Colleen Clifford Award), Maria Callas in Master Class (a Green Room Award and a Robert Helpmann Award for Best Actress), and a second Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for her role as Mercedes Cortez in the Australian Musical, Eureka!
In 2003, Amanda completed a highly successful national tour of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, playing the White Witch with Dennis Olsen as The Professor. Amanda and Dennis Olsen also devised and co-produced Marvellous Party!, a production that celebrates the words and music of Noel Coward, and which had two sell-out shows at the Concert Hall in the Victorian Arts Centre, a highly successful Victorian tour and has been seen at Capers, Melbourne (2003 and 2004), Friends Restaurant (Hyatt) Perth, Edwards Waterfront Mandurah WA (2004) and Canberra’s Teatro Vivaldi (2004). She also appeared in her own solo cabaret show, which premiered at the Star Casino Showroom, and which will tour nationally.
Out of Marvellous Party! came Darling It’s Noel, produced by International Concert Attractions and directed by Rodney Fisher at the Sydney Opera House in May 2004 and at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth in June 2004. Muggleton is qualified as a speech and drama teacher. She is also a public speaker and can pilot single-engine planes.
Amanda ended 2008 with a nomination at the AFI Awards. Her role of ‘Kathy Booth’ in “City Homicide” earned her the nomination for ‘Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama’. In 2009 Amanda Muggleton and business partner, Bernadette Eichner founded ‘Scene & Heard’, a new acting school based in Sydney’s Lane Cove. Within its first year, the business became so successful they had to relocate the business to new, bigger premises. Amanda also appeared in the 30th Anniversary of “The Man From Mukinupin” for Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney (2009) and in two roles ‘Louis’ and ‘Ethel Reid’ in “The Ruby Sunrise” for Ensemble Theatre, Sydney (2009).
In 2010 Amanda appeared as ‘Bette Davis’ in one-woman show “Me & Jezebel” at the Mackay Entertainment Centre (QLD). One week after it finished, she began rehearsals for the role of ‘Chris’ in “Calendar Girls” which toured nationally and took the role of ‘Lillian’ in “Madagascar” for Black Swan Theatre Company in Perth, WA (October 2010). She also appeared in two episodes of the ABC series “The Librarians” as ‘Rose McConnichie’.
Amanda started 2011 playing multiple roles in “Love Loss & What I Wore” at the Sydney Opera House alongside Magda Szubanski and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. She followed this by playing the role of ‘Susan’ in a one-woman comedy “Just The Ticket” for Ensemble Theatre, Sydney (March 2011). After a short break, Amanda will take over the role of ‘Mrs Peachum’ in “The Threepenny Opera” alongside Paul Capsis for the Sydney Theatre Company, from 1 to 24 September and then head for Perth (WA) where she will play the role of ‘Mrs Johnstone’ in “Blood Brothers”, from 9th November to 4th December – a role she has longed to play.